A student may earn a minor in business by completing a minimum of 27 units of business related courses as outlined in this section. Students who wish to declare a minor in business should complete the appropriate form with the Registrar’s Office.
A minor gives a student the ability pursue a competency outside of their degree program without having to fulfill all of the degree requirements of a double-major. For more information on the difference between minors, double majors, and double emphases, please click here.
Required Courses for Business Minor (9 Courses)
In today’s world there is a need for strategic thinking and business vision based on a different paradigm. Competition is not only between products and services, but also between business models. Students will learn about innovation-driven business strategies and methodologies to develop business designs to successfully compete in the new economy.
This course focuses on introducing the idea of “entrepreneurial marketing” and is aimed at students who plan to start a new venture or take a job as a marketing professional pursuing an innovative marketing approach. Students will study a full spectrum of marketing strategy and tactics that are especially suitable for entrepreneurial firms aiming for high growth and innovation yet faced by limited resources and uncertain industry dynamics. Students will work in teams on marketing plans for their own venture or for other high profile entrepreneurs or executives. The focus of this course is on hands-on experiences and practical relevance of innovative marketing concepts.
In this class students get a “big picture” look at the ingredients of a start-up firm and the process of creating one. The class details those ingredients, discusses the stories (good & bad) of people who have done it, and learn the process by going through it with a self-select team. Students learn: the business planning process, which maps how to move from an idea to an actual enterprise offering an actual product/service/apostolate; How to craft a compelling and clear business story that captures the true essence of your business; and finally acquire inquisitiveness as to how the world of business really works. The class deliverable is a complete Business Plan created by student teams along with a presentation of the plan.
This course teaches students to meet and resolve objections and conflicts that result from written and oral proposals and pitches. Emphasis is on resolving customer obstacles before addressing your own. Topics covered include: Wants vs. Needs; Win-Win Strategies; Best Alternatives to Agreement; Schedule vs. Quality vs. Cost; Progress vs. Perfection. The class progresses through carefully structured, progressively more complex negotiation exercises. Students learn how external and internal negotiation has become a way of life for effective managers in a constantly changing business environment.
This course will prepare you to act both strategically and tactically - utilizing social media tools like blogs, microblogs (Twitter), vodcasts, video, and networking sites to engage with your audience and sell your products and services. You will discover how to use analytic tools to gauge the effectiveness of your campaigns and communicate meaningfully with your audience. In this class, we will divide into small groups. Each group will build their own blog, as well as two accompanying social media accounts (Twitter & Facebook) for their chosen “business,” and we will analyze their implementation and progress.
This course is an introductory-level course for students. Its intent is to give an in-depth understanding of the differences between – and similarities of -- leadership and management. The course focuses on the major traits of leaders and managers, and augments these with examples of great historic leaders, including George Custer and Jesus Christ. The course also studies the many leadership traits of Abraham Lincoln, and looks at how these can be applied in modern business to improve management techniques. As part of the learning process, students give summaries of Lincoln’s leadership lessons, using short, Power Point presentations.
This course will teach students how to write and speak effectively in business and other communication.
This course covers: external financial reporting decisions including financial statements, recognition, measurement, valuation, and disclosure; and planning, budgeting and forecasting including strategic planning, budgeting concepts, forecasting techniques, budgeting methodologies, annual profit plan and supporting schedules, and top-level planning and analysis.
This course provides the student with the fundamental understandings of how financial issues impact the decision-making process in companies. Students learn the significance of costs, profitability, and the general financial consequences that result from day-to-day business decisions. They will learn strategies to make better investment and financing decisions in entrepreneurial settings. The course covers the stages of the company growth process, from startup to exit. The case studies cover technology-based businesses, with the emphasis on gaining financial insights. The course will introduce the student briefly to structuring multi-staged start-up financings, understanding business models, and valuing entrepreneurial ventures. The primary objective of this class is that students will be able to demonstrate, at a basic level, a global understanding of the knowledge and practice of the core business discipline of finance.
This course covers financial performance management, including cost and variance measurements, responsibility centers and reporting segments, and performance measures; cost management including measurement concepts, costing systems, overhead costs, supply chain management, and business process improvement; internal controls including governance, risk, and compliance, internal auditing, and systems controls and security measures.
This course is designed to give students an intermediate level understanding of finance and introduce them to advanced concepts of finance as they are applied in the real world. The teaching materials will incorporate the use finance in business settings to provide students with relevant applications. Course topics will include valuation, capital budgeting, investing and finance decision making and short and long term finance strategy. The course will also cover financial analysis, mergers and acquisitions and international finance considerations. In addition to promoting the John Paul the Great Catholic University the course will be instructed with the intention of providing students specific learning outcomes related to finance. After concluding the course, students should have a solid understanding of the intermediate concepts, theories and principles of finance.
* Choose two from these courses
Note that all students are required to take 7 Business courses as part of their General Education, so only two additional courses beyond that are necessary for a minor.
**Please note that course offerings and course descriptions are subject to change.
**Please see the University Catalog for the most up to date information.