Business Administration

Georgetown College offers a minor in Business Administration.

The Business Administration Minor in Georgetown College offers students an opportunity to develop business knowledge and skills, in combination with their liberal arts education, to better equip them to contribute to the global economy with creativity, integrity, and a commitment to social responsibility. This minor brings College students together with McDonough School of Business (MSB) students in various curricular programs to examine the field of business from diverse intellectual perspectives and more thoroughly understand business in a cultural, political and social context. The minor allows College students to take business courses in the six main areas of accounting, finance, operations, management, marketing, and strategy, ethics, and public policy, as well as in selected liberal arts disciplines that build bridges between a student’s major, minor or other interests and the broad field of business. All students in the Business Administration Minor take a course in Ethical Values of Business that challenges students to apply their learning in an ethical manner and prepares them to contribute generously to their intellectual and professional communities.

Students accepted to the Business Administration Minor may not take more business courses than the minor requires. Students accepted to the Business Administration Minor and students interested in applying for the minor should not take ACCT-001 or FINC-150.

Minor in Business Administration

A College student is eligible to apply for the Business Administration Minor if he/she:

  • is in the spring term of sophomore year,
  • will complete the final of the 4 prerequisites (see below) by spring of sophomore year ,
  • has a maintained a 3.3 cumulative grade point average cumulatively and in the prerequisite courses.*

* While a minimum 3.3 is preferred, applications are reviewed by the committee in a holistic manner.

The program is limited to 50 students per class, selected on the basis of an application submitted in spring of their sophomore year. Junior and senior students are not eligible to apply retroactively. (Note: spring sophomore or junior transfer students to the College interested in the minor should speak to their advisor as soon as possibl upon matriculation to Georgetown.) The application will consist of an essay outlining the student’s reasons for seeking a minor in Business Administration, with an emphasis on how the minor would complement the student’s other major or minor interests. A committee of deans from both the College and the McDonough School of Business will review the applications.

Requirements for the Minor 

4 prerequisites:

  • Calculus (MATH-035)
  • Statistics (MATH-040, MATH-140, OPIM-173, ECON-121, or GOVT-201)*
  • Economics: Microeconomics and macroeconomics, only one of which may be completed with AP credit.
    • If you have AP credit for both ECON-001 and 002, take ECON-101 or ECON-102.
    • If you have AP credit for ECON-001 only, take ECON-002.
    • If you have AP credit for ECON-002 only, take ECON-001.
    • If you have no AP credit in ECON, take ECON-001 and 002 or take ECON-003 and ECON 101 or 102.

*Note: for students interested in taking courses in FINC and/or OPIM, only GOVT 201 and OPIM 173 satisfy the statistics prerequisites for courses in those areas.  Students who have taken any other statistics course who later decide to take FINC and/or OPIM courses should speak to their advisor.

6 required courses (plus OPIM-170 or 172)

  • OPIM-170, Computational Business Modeling (1 cr.) or OPIM-172, Statistical Models for Business (2 cr.)
  • ACCT-101, Accounting I
  • STRT-230 Ethical Values of Business
  • 4 Advanced Electives: Students must take at least 3 courses in MSB, excluding ACCT-001 and FINC-150. Students may choose to take a broad-based minor or to specialize in a single area by taking at least 3 electives in one area to gain in-depth knowledge. Students may choose the 3 MSB courses from offerings in:
    • Accounting
    • Finance
    • Management, Leadership, and Innovation
    • Marketing
    • Operations and Information Management (OPIM-173 Business Statistics will not count as an elective towards the minor)
    • Strategy, Ethics, and Public Policy
    • The fourth elective may be from any of the above MSB areas or from the list of approved College “Bridge Electives,” courses that explore the cultural, political, and social contexts of business. These are designated electives in College departments; the list will be maintained by the College Dean’s Office. Students are encouraged to take as their fourth elective an approved College course in their major or minor discipline, or in another area of interest to enhance the integration of their curricular programs. This course, however, will only count toward the Business Administration Minor, and not toward the student’s major or other minors. (Note: “Bridge electives” must be taught in the College. They cannot be transferred from other schools in the University or from abroad).

Study Abroad

Students are strongly advised to complete all business electives on campus at Georgetown. Study abroad programs should be appropriate for students’ majors, but students may receive credit toward the business administration minor for a course (maximum of one) taken while studying abroad. The course must be approved in advance by the MSB Undergraduate Program Office. For more information, including to view MSB-approved study abroad programs, please visit the Office of Global Education at Office of Global Education.

Questions about the Business Administration Minor may be directed to Assistant Dean Jessica Ciani-Dausch at cianij@georgetown.edu.