Business Administration program

Undergrad minor

Get the business background you need.

UW-La Crosse’s Business Administration Undergraduate Student Minor allows non-business majors to gain an understanding of the functional aspects of business and organizations. Students develop practical, managerial, and business decision-making skills through a core set of business courses including accounting, economics, management, and marketing.

The business administration minor is available to any student outside the College of Business Administration.

Gain a competitive edge

A business minor provides a competitive advantage in the workplace as students gain an understanding of what is going on behind the scenes of business.

It is also an excellent choice for students with entrepreneurial aspirations related to their major program area of study. For instance, many exercise and sport science majors pursue the minor, which increases their understanding of what it takes to run a fitness center or become a personal trainer.

Students who choose a business administration minor come from diverse backgrounds and career aspirations. The largest number of students come from exercise and sport science, followed by communication studies. Other majors include computer science, biology, statistics, geography, chemistry, microbiology, mathematics, public administration, public health and community health education, sociology, Spanish, and therapeutic recreation.

What distinguishes the business administration minor?

Customize the minor based on interest

In addition to taking core courses in business, students may choose electives that align with their interests and future career needs. For instance, chemistry and biology majors interested in pharmacy sales may decide to take professional selling as an elective.

Assistance in course selection

The College of Business Administration Dean’s Office assists students in selecting their business minor courses to ensure they meet student’s overarching career objectives.

Attainable addition

The minor is 24-25 credits. If students declare the minor early in their academic career, these credits can easily be incorporated into their major without need for additional semesters of study.

Sample courses

ACC 221 Accounting Principles I An introduction to accounting as an information system. Emphasis is on reporting to external constituencies: investors and creditors. Topics include recording economic activities of the firm and the resultant financial reports, time value of money concept and its applications to financial reporting. Prerequisite: students must have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours; only open to CBA majors or when required by another major/minor. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.

ECO 110 Microeconomics and Public Policy Introduction to microeconomic principles and their application to decision-making by individuals, businesses, and government. General topics include supply and demand, market structures, product markets, government regulation, income distribution, international trade, and economic analysis of current social issues. Prerequisite: grade of "C" or better in MTH 051, or completion of MTH 115 or MTH 116 or MTH 123 or STAT 145, or placement in MTH 150 or higher. Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.

MGT 308 Organizational Behavior This course provides an introduction to organizational behavior. Emphasis is on key individual and group level behavioral processes deemed essential for effective management. They include perception, motivation, communication, and group dynamics. In addition, the course covers some basic concepts of organizational theory such as organizational structure and design, organizational culture, and strategy and goals. Prerequisite: admission to business. Also open to majors with a business concentration, or business minors, with junior standing. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.

MKT 309 Principles of Marketing An introduction to the study of marketing in business and other organizations. Topics include: the marketing environment, marketing strategies and decision-making, marketing ethics and the international dimension of marketing strategy. Prerequisite: ECO 110; business minor or a major with a business concentration and junior standing, or admission to business. Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.