BSS Minors

A. Minor in Accounting

The Minor in Accounting (ACT) is devoted to non-BBA students. It composes of two basic required Accounting courses (6 credits) and four advanced courses in Accounting (12 credits). The Minor in Accounting provides students with the ability to:

  • Use practical approach to solving accounting problems and develop the skills needed to
    analyze financial documents.
  • Communicate complex accounting information in “user friendly terms” and effectively
    explain and interpret business policies and accounting procedures.
  • Appreciate the global context in which organizations operate. Understand how various
    markets integrate to facilitate commerce and improve firms’ productivity.
  • Understand that financial reporting is a matter of trust between reporting entities and users
    of financial reports.

B. Minor in Business Administration

The Minor in Business Administration (BUS) is devoted to non-BBA and non-CIS students. It prepares students to gain basic skills in Business Administration. This minor includes five (5) required courses (15 credits) and one (1) elective (3 credits).

C. Minor in Computer Information Systems

The Minor in Computer Information Systems (CIS) offers students from various disciplines the opportunity to study business-oriented information systems. It provides students with fundamental core courses in order to meet recognized demands for Information Technology and Information Systems knowledge and skills in the business world. The Minor in Computer Information Systems helps students acquire new areas of expertise and
enhance their professional marketability. It is designed for non-CIS students and it composes of six (6) required courses (18 credits).

D. Minor in Economics

The Minor in Economics (ECO) is devoted to non-BBA students. This minor includes two (2) required basic Economics courses (6 credits) and four (4) advanced Economics courses (12 credits). Students enrolled in this minor will have the ability to:

  1. Demonstrate real world problem solving capabilities and apply them to a large variety of economic issues that go far beyond companies.
  2. Communicate effectively by defending and writing clearly about economic issues and theories.
  3. Analyze and interpret basic quantitative information with a wide range of statistical and computational tools.
  4. Understand economic way of thinking and its application to problems such as development, environment, health, migration, etc.
  5. Demonstrate a basic descriptive knowledge of the African and world economies.
  6. Understand the role of institutions, especially markets and government, in shaping economic outcomes, especially the impacts of public policies on companies’ profits and the general business environment.

E. Minor in Entrepreneurship

The Minor in Entrepreneurship (ENT) aims at introducing students to the basic concepts and tools of the entrepreneurship process. It provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to undertake entrepreneurial activities such as creating new and innovative ventures. This
minor is open to all IUGB students who are not enrolled in the BBA with a Concentration in Entrepreneurship program.

Students completing the Minor in Entrepreneurship will have the ability to:

  • Develop a desire/passion to be an entrepreneur.
  • Develop an understanding of entrepreneurship and basic entrepreneurial concepts.
  • Understanding the process of new venture creation including: Generating idea, identifying new business opportunities, creating a business plan, and securing funding for the new company.

Career options for graduates from The Minor in Entrepreneurship at IUGB include: Starting their own ventures, developing new products or services, commercializing technological innovations, and work as an entrepreneur in existing organizations.

The Minor in Entrepreneurship consists of courses totalizing 21 credit hours. These include core requirements courses (18 credits) and advanced courses (3 credits).
Prerequisites:
Prior to enroll in the Minor in Entrepreneurship program; non-business students must take the following courses:

  • BUS 1301 Survey of Business (3 credits).
  • ACT 2301 Principles of Accounting I (3 credits).
  • ACT 2302 Principles of Accounting II (3 credits).
  • ECO 2302 Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits).

Core requirements:
Students enrolled in the Minor in Entrepreneurship must take all courses below (18 credits):

  • FIN 3305 Corporate Finance (3 credits).
  • MGS 3305: Business & Entrepreneurship (3 credits).
  • MGS 4317 Create a New Venture: From Idea to Launch (3 credits).
  • MKT 3301 Principles of Marketing (3 credits).
  • FIN 4317 Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Finance (3 credits).
  • MKT 4318 Marketing for Entrepreneurs (3 credits).

Advanced Courses:
In addition, students must choose one course (3 credits) from the following advanced
entrepreneurship courses:

  • MGS4326/CIS 4326: Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation (3 credits).
  • MGS 4328: Sustainable Business & Social Entrepreneurship (3 credits).
  • MGS 4329 Corporate Entrepreneurship (3 credits).
  • MGS 4332 Venture Growth Strategies (3 credits).

F. Minor in Finance

The main goal of the Minor in Finance (FIN) is to provide a secondary area of expertise in Finance to students majoring in other disciplines (than business) in order to allow them to take the leadership in their subsequent jobs. This will broaden their learning experiences and professional opportunities. This minor encompasses three (3) required courses (9 credits) and three (3) advanced Finance courses (9 credits).

G. Minor in International Relations

The Minor in International Relations (IR) provides students with basic knowledge in International Relations. It is opened to all IUGB students. This minor includes two (2) required courses (6 credits) and four (4) advanced courses (12 credits).

H. Minor in Management

The Minor in Management (MGS) is designed for non-BBA students who want to acquire a good basic understanding of management. The main goal of this minor is to: (a) help student develop fundamental knowledge in the field of Management; and (b) provide these students with the skills allowing them to find creative solutions to business problems and make smart decisions to help organizations succeed.

I. Minor in Marketing (MKT)

The purpose of the Minor in Marketing (MKT) is to:

  1. Provide non-BBA students with an understanding of the fundamental concepts of marketing and how to apply these concepts.
  2. Equip non-BBA students with the marketing skills to function effectively in the global environment.
  3. Enable non-BBA students to gain an understanding of consumer behavior, along with the knowledge and tools needed to coordinate the marketing elements into integrated campaigns.

J. Minor in Political Science

The minor in Political Science (POL) allows non-BAPOL students to demonstrate knowledge of world and African politics, and international affairs. Students in this program will be able to demonstrate an understanding of politics both at the theoretical and empirical level, and demonstrate knowledge of various geographical regions in order to function professionally in an international environment or to continue studies at the graduate level.

Students enrolled in the Minor in Political Science will take one (1) required course in Political Science (3 credits), two (2) Political Science sub-field courses (6 credits) and three (3) advanced Political Science courses (9 credits).