Undergraduate Business Minors
An undergraduate minor is a valuable opportunity to gain expertise that complements your major or explore a passion outside your main field of study. Since every successful organization requires a solid business foundation, minoring in business can give you an edge in any career. All undergraduate students at American University can declare a minor in a business discipline. Thinking about pursuing a master’s degree? Adding a minor gives you a head start if you’re considering our combined bachelor’s/master’s programs.
The number of credits required varies depending on the program.
We offer everything from business administration to entrepreneurship to sustainability.
Business minors are available to all American University students.
Understanding how businesses work is valuable knowledge in any career. Plus, you'll show potential employers you're already prepared for more senior roles. Kogod’s minor in business administration covers the basics of accounting, finance, marketing, and management, plus core business concepts that apply to organizations large and small. No matter your major, a strong grasp of business fundamentals will make you a valuable employee or a well-prepared business owner.
Our accounting minor focuses on financial accounting—preparing public financial statements for a business—and managerial accounting—preparing financial statements for an organization’s internal management. This minor is valuable if you’ll need extensive accounting knowledge in your career or if you’re preparing for a professional accounting career. If you go on to earn your MS in accounting or taxation, you’ll be well-prepared for the Uniform CPA Exam and meet the educational requirements for licensure in most states.
A minor in business analytics opens a multitude of career paths in consulting, government, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations. The ability to examine and use data to make better business decisions has become one of the most highly sought-after skills by employers, and the demand for business analysts is expected to grow almost three times faster than the average of all other occupations. You'll be ready to provide valuable, data-driven insights to help your organization make better business decisions.
Business and Entertainment
Show business is just that—a business. And understanding the financial, marketing, and legal underpinnings of the industry will give you an edge in any entertainment career. With classes ranging from music copyrighting to talent representation to sports marketing, our minor in business and entertainment equips you with the tools to thrive in a highly competitive industry.
Looking to start your own business? Interested in joining a start-up? Our entrepreneurship minor not only gives you the skills you need to succeed in a wide variety of settings but helps you understand the entrepreneurial mindset. Whether in a new business or social venture, established nonprofit or private company, or global or local setting, the foundation you build with our minor in entrepreneurship is an asset anywhere.
Money management is the backbone of every organization, and Kogod’s minor in finance provides you with an understanding of key finance concepts—like accounting, economics, and statistics—and allows you to explore your interests. Get hands-on experience with our Student Managed Investment Fund or Real Estate Investment Trust, create financial models, look at finance from an international perspective, and more.
Information Systems and Technology
Every company is a technology company, and understanding the technology a company is built on means faster, smoother, safer operations. Our minor in information systems and technology provides the knowledge you need to align your business with the technology that supports it, allowing you to make informed management, sales, and strategy decisions.
All business is global, so why not learn how it’s done? Kogod’s minor in international business helps you understand the opportunities and challenges in commerce across borders, from market entry to trade to foreign investment. You’ll come away from a minor in international business with an understanding and appreciation of how political economies and cultures affect business at home and abroad.
Leadership and Management
The ability to lead and manage people and organizations is a talent that requires study and development, just like any other job skill. Every organization needs capable leaders, and with the skill set you acquire in the leadership and management minor, you’ll be up to the task. Whether you’re looking to lead small teams or entire companies, the knowledge you learn here will serve you for the rest of your career.
You can’t sell something if no one knows about it, whether it’s a consumer product or a social movement. Our minor in marketing teaches you the fundamentals of the field—product, price, promotion, and place—plus an understanding of essentials like consumer behavior, communications, and creating integrated campaigns. And since we think people learn best by doing, you’ll be diving into real-world case studies and working on projects for real organizations.
Sustainability has never been more critical, and businesses that don’t take a long-term approach to their environmental, social, and economic impacts will be left behind. With a minor in sustainability, you’ll have the skills to guide private and public organizations toward more sustainable management and operational practices and be ready for a career in corporate responsibility, social entrepreneurship, sustainable development, and more.