Business Minor

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Are you interested in business, but also in history, literature, political science or other liberal arts subjects? Most universities offer one or the other, forcing you to choose between business and liberal arts. At Brandeis, you can bring together the best of both worlds.

Our business curriculum builds on the strengths of the Brandeis International Business School. At the same time, the business minor includes courses from across our liberal arts departments, such as history, sociology, philosophy and American studies.

The minor program allows you to earn your bachelor's degree in the liberal arts or science field of your choice, while also gaining a broad understanding and practical exposure to business.

How to Declare

The business minor welcomes all students who wish to augment their liberal arts education with a brief but sophisticated overview of business issues.

Satisfactory completion of the minor is noted on the student's permanent record and transcripts.

To declare the minor, you must have already completed Econ 2a or 10a or be currently enrolled in Bus 6a and BUS 10a. Minimum grade for is a C or higher to declare the minor.

Go to the Business minor declaration/change form


The business minor requires six courses:

Core Courses

  • Survey of Economics (ECON 2a) or Introduction to Microeconomics (Econ 10a) gives you a conceptual foundation in economics.
  • Financial Accounting (BUS 6a) gives you the tools you need to analyze business data.
  • Business Fundamentals (BUS 10a) introduces the most important functions in a business and the roles of business in society.

Additional Courses

  • One non-ECON, Business and Society course: refer to the "Thematic Electives in Business and Society" section of the requirement sheet.
  • Any one business (BUS) course, numbered above BUS 10a, including LGLS 189a; but not including BUS 89a or BUS 98a.
  • One additional course: any Business & Society elective (including ECON courses) or Business Administration elective.

Note: You MUST earn a grade of "C" or above to count toward your minor in your core and all Business Administration electives. "C-" is the minimum grade you must earn in your Business and Society courses. No courses taken pass/fail will count towards the Business minor.