Montana State University

Business Minors

The following business minors are offered by the College of Business. All minors are open to students from majors outside of business.

  • Accounting (not available to accounting-option students)
  • Business Administration (not available to business-major students)
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  • International Business
  • Management of Information Technology

The Accounting minor is not available to business students in the accounting option, and the Business Administration minor is not available to students in any option in the College of Business. The Entrepreneurship, International Business, and Information Technology minors are open to students in any major.

In accordance with the Board of Regents' policy, students must earn a C- or better in all courses in a minor.


ACCOUNTING MINOR

The course work in the Accounting minor helps students understand the role that accounting plays in business decisions. Students who minor in accounting will learn how to prepare and analyze income statements, balance sheets, cost/managerial reports, and tax returns.

Students must complete all of the following courses:

Credits
BUS 211--Business Software Applications 3
ACTG 201--Principles of Fin Acct 3
ACTG 223--Principles of Acct II 3
ACTG 327--Inter Fin Acct & Reporting I 3
ACTG 321R--Accounting Information Systems I 3
15 credits

In addition students must complete any three (9 cr.) of the following list of 3 credit courses:

BFIN 322--Business Finance
ACTG 328--Inter Fin Acct & Reporting II
ACTG 410--Cost/Mgmt Acct I
ACTG 420--Cost/Mgmt Acct II
ACTG 421--Accounting Information Systems II*
ACTG 401--Principles of Fed Tax-Ind
ACTG 415--Governmental & Not-for-Profit Acct I*
ACTG 441--Financial Statement Analysis
Elective Courses     9 credits
Total Required Credits     24 credits

*ACTG 328 is a prerequisite for these courses.


BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION MINOR

Students seeking a minor in business administration must complete the following courses.

Credits
Take one of the following:
     BUS 201--Managerial Communication    3
     WRIT 201--College Writing II     3
     WRIT 221--Intermediate Tech Writing     3
ACTG 201--Principles of Fin Acct    3
ACTG 202--Principles of Managerial Accounting     3
BUS 301--Management and Organization*   3
BUS 341--Principles of Marketing*    3
BFIN 322--Business Finance*   3
BUS 361--Introduction to Law*   3
ECNS 202--Principles of Macroeconomics     3
ECNS 204IS--Microeconomics     3
STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics      3
30

*Of the four required courses denoted with an *, three must be taken in residence at MSU.


ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT MINOR

Enrollment in the minor is open to business and non-business students. Program objectives include:

  • To provide the knowledge, skills and expertise necessary for successful entrepreneurial careers.
  • To provide a general overview of the field of business and management.
  • To provide entrepreneurial expertise and economic stimulus to the region and the state.

Students seeking the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management minor will take the following courses.

Credits
ACTG 202--Principles of Managerial Accounting     3
BUS 201--Managerial Communication    3
BUS 301--Management and Organization   3
BUS 341--Principles of Marketing    3
BFIN 322--Business Finance   3
BUS 361--Introduction to Law   3
Take one of the following:
     BFIN 456--Financial Mgmt for Entrepreneurial     3
     MKTG 342--Market Research    3
     MKTG 445--Professional Selling     3
     MKTG 446--Marketing for Entrepreneurs     3
MGMT 461--Small Business Management     3
MGMT 462--Entrepreneurship     3
MGMT 463--Entrepreneurial Experience     3
30

MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MINOR

Enrollment in the minor is open to business and non-business students. Program objectives include:

  • To provide perspectives, concepts, and tools to evaluate and exploit business opportunities and challenges presented by changing information technology.
  • To develop managerial skills to facilitate organizational change that accompanies adoption and implementation of new information technologies.
  • To understand and cope with the complexities of business risk including data security and regulatory compliance.
  • To examine the linkages between information technology, business strategy, and creating competitive advantage

Students seeking the Management of Information Technology minor will complete the following courses.

Credits
ACTG 201--Principles of Financial Accounting     3
ACTG 202--Principles of Mang Acct    or 3
    ACTG 223--Principles of Acct II     
BUS 211--Business Software Applications     3
BUS 301--Management and Organization     3
BUS 311--Information Systems     3
MGMT 314--Business Web Site Design     3
MGMT 412--Design of E-Commerce Sites     3
MGMT 414--Data-Driven Web Services     3
Take two(6 credits)of the following:
     MGMT 315--Networks and Telecommunications     3
     MGMT 413--Contemporary Support Systems     3
     ACTG 421--Accounting Information System II     3
30

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MINOR

The objectives of the International Business minor are:

  • To provide students a broad-based interdisciplinary educational experience that will enable students to succeed in a culturally diverse global business environment.
  • To enable students to acquire the basic skills and knowledge necessary for a career in international business.
  • To provide students a flexible yet rigorous program that suits each student's own individual needs and interests.

Foreign language study is not required but is strongly recommended. As many as 14 credits of language study may be applied toward the minor as electives. The 20 credits of electives must come from at least three different disciplines including, for example, language, geography, history, political science, religious studies or business. A study abroad experience is also strongly recommended.

Students completing the International Business minor will complete the following courses. Students are responsible for fulfilling the appropriate prerequisites for all courses.

Credits
ECNS 314--International Economics     3
MKTG 441--International Marketing     3
MGMT 464--International Management     3
**General Electives      14
***Restricted Electives      6
29

**General electives are selected in consultation with a College of Business International Business minor advisor from an approved list available on the College website and in Reid 457, the Bracken Center, of lower- and upper-division elective courses which can include up to 14 credits of language study.

***Restricted electives are selected in consultation with a College of Business International Business minor advisor from an approved list available on the College website and in Reid 457, the Bracken Center, of upper-division courses.


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