Business Administration/Business Studies Minor
Note: The Business Administration minor has been renamed to Business Studies for the Class of 2024, with some adjustments made to the curriculum as well. The Business Administration/Business Studies minor is open by application only and students apply in the spring semester of their sophomore year.
The application for the Business Studies minor for the Class of 2025 is now closed.
The deadline for the application was Friday, March 3rd at 11:59 pm EST.
All applicants received decisions by the end of March 2023.
About the Minor
The Business Administration/Business Studies minor in the Georgetown University College of Arts & Sciences 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 and integrity. 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 and analytics, management, marketing, and strategy, economics, 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.
- The minor 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.* The application will consist of an essay outlining the student’s reasons for seeking a minor in Business Administration/Business Studies, with an emphasis on how the minor would complement the student’s other major or minor interests. A committee of deans from the College and the McDonough School of Business will review the applications.
- *Interested transfer students who matriculate to Georgetown in spring of sophomore year or in junior year should speak to their advisor as soon as possible upon matriculation to Georgetown.
- Students accepted to the minor and students interested in applying for the minor should not take ACCT-001/ACCT 1001 or FINC-150/FINC 1150 (these courses do not count toward the minor). All College students (including minors) are limited to a maximum of 6 MSB courses (ACCT, BADM, FINC, MARK, MGMT, OPIM/OPAN, and STRT) within their College degree. All MSB courses taken above and beyond 6 will not count toward the College degree.
- Students who wish to complete the minor and take FINC-150 or FINC 1150 must make sure that 1 of the Advanced Electives required for the minor is a College bridge elective (see below), thereby keeping the total number of MSB courses in the degree within the limit of 6.
- Minors must take ACCT 101/ACCT-1101 in the fall term of their junior year (or upon return if a student is studying abroad in the fall term of junior year). Students in the minor or interested in applying for the minor should not take ACCT 001/ACCT-1001.
- As part of completing the minor, students may take up to one “bridge” elective. These are designated courses within the College that explore the cultural, political, and social contexts of business.
Bridge electives offered in a particular semester can be found in the Schedule of Classes using the “College/Bus Admin Minor Bridge” attribute search.
Effective Fall 2023, all main campus courses have been renumbered using a new 4-digit numbering system: https://schedule.georgetown.edu/course-renumbering-crosswalk/
AMST-382 Advertising and Social Change
ANTH-170 Commerce Across Cultures: Trade in Turbulence
CATH-205 Catholicism and the Origins of Modern Business
CLSS-342 Ancient Roman Economy
COSC-011 Introduction to Information Privacy
COSC-287 Data Science
COSC-411 Information Warfare
ECON-243 International Trade
ECON-244 International Finance (students may not take this and FINC-250)
ECON-264 Global Equity Capital Markets
ECON-384 Topics in Trade
ECON-391 Japanese Economy
ECON-408 Economics of Information
ECON-429 Topics in Competition and Regulation\
ECON-458 Economic Crises
ECON-461 Industrial Organization
ECON-465 Money, Banking, & Financial Markets
ECON-481 Labor Economics
ECON-484 Political Economy of Trade Policy
ENST-441 GIS Environment and Health
GOVT-261 International Political Economy
GOVT-262 International Organizations
GOVT-354 Environmental Politics
GOVT-362 Poverty and the World Economy
GOVT-382 Max Weber
GOVT-415 Dept Seminar: Globalization and International Law
GOVT-478 Poverty and Inequity
GOVT-499 Dept Seminar: Politics, Markets, and Cultures
HIST-203 Global/Local Foods and Food Systems
HIST-284 History of American Labor
HIST-290 Oil and World Power
HIST-328 China and the US
HIST-382 Topics in US History: Unfree Labor in US after 1865
MATH-240 Applied Statistical Methods
MUSC-261 Perform Arts & Museum Mgmt I
MUSC-262 Perf Art Adm:Fund/Grnt/Mkt/PolJ
PHIL-129 Ethics: Global Justice
PHIL-377 Ethics and Economics
PHIL-141 Ethics: Moral Foundations of Market Society
SOCI-154 Sociology of the 1 Percent
SOCI-157 Global Power Elites
SOCI-166 Modernization and Development
SOCI-167 Globalization and Social Change
SOCI-168 CBL: Social Entrepreneurship
SOCI-220 CBL: Global Inequalities/Social Justice
SOCI-223 Visual Sociology and Consumer Technology
SOCI-226 Consumerism in East Asian Societies
SOCI-245 Philanthropy and Social Change
SOCI-258 Inequality and Social Chance in Latin America
SOCI-437/438 Project DC
WGST-224 Labor, Sexuality, Globalization
ARAB-328 Business Arabic
CHIN-321 Business Chinese
FREN-293 Business French
GERM-292 German Business Culture
JAPN-322 Business Japanese II
KREN-321 Business Korean I
PORT-171 Business Portuguese
SPAN-209 Adv Spanish for Business
— For students in the Class of 2021, 2022, and 2023, please see “Business Administration Minor” for prerequisites and minor requirements.
— For the Class of 2024 and later, please see “Business Studies Minor” for prerequisites and minor requirements.
For Class of 2021, 2022, and 2023
College students are eligible to apply for the Business Administration minor if they:
- are in the spring term of sophomore year,
- will complete 4 prerequisites (see below) by spring of sophomore year,
- have earned a 3.3 grade point average cumulatively and in the prerequisite courses.*
*While a minimum 3.3 g.p.a. is preferred, applications are reviewed by the committee in a holistic manner.
- 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.
- 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.
6 required courses (plus OPIM-170):
- OPIM-170, Computational Business Modeling (1 cr.)
- ACCT-101, Accounting I
- STRT 230, Ethical Values of Business
- 4 Advanced Electives: Students must take at least 3 courses in MSB. (Note: ACCT 001, FINC 150, OPIM 170, OPIM 172 and OPIM 173 do not count toward this requirement.) 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:
- Management, Leadership, and Innovation
- Operations (Statistics/Analytics; Management Science; Operations Management)
- 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.” These are designated electives in College departments that explore the cultural, political, and social contexts of business. 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 taken in the College. They cannot be transferred from other schools in the University or from abroad). Bridge electives can be found in the Schedule of Classes using the “College/Bus Admin Minor Bridge” attribute.
For Class of 2024 and later
College students are eligible to apply for the Business Studies minor if they:
- are in the spring term of sophomore year,
- will complete 2 prerequisites (see below) by the end of fall semester* of sophomore year,
- have earned a 3.3 grade point average cumulatively and in the prerequisite courses.**
*Beginning with the Class of 2025, students are required to have completed both prerequisite courses by the end of the fall semester of sophomore year (i.e., before applications are due in spring of sophomore year).
**While a minimum 3.3 g.p.a. is preferred, applications are reviewed by the committee in a holistic manner.
- 1 Statistics course (MATH 040/MATH 1040, MATH 140/MATH 2140, OPIM 173/OPAN 2101, ECON 121/ECON 2110, or GOVT 201/GOVT 2201)
- 1 Economics course (ECON 001/ECON 1001, ECON 002/ECON 1002, or ECON 003/ECON 1003)
6 required courses (plus OPIM-170/OPAN 1101):
- OPIM 170/OPAN 1101, Computational Business Modeling (1 cr.)
- ACCT 101/ACCT 1101, Accounting I
- 2 of the following core business courses:*
- FINC 211/FINC 2101, Business Financial Management
- MARK 220/MARK 1101, Principles of Marketing
- MGMT 201/MGMT 1101, Management and Organizational Behavior
- MGMT 220/ MGMT 2220, Foundation of Entrepreneurship
- OPIM 220/ OPAN 2201 Modeling Analytics
- STRT 261/STRT 3260, International Business
- STRT 283/STRT 3101, Strategic Management
*Students should check prerequisites for specific courses in advance. Students may need additional coursework before enrolling in certain core business courses.
- 3 Electives: Students must take at least 2 additional courses in the MSB. (Note: ACCT 001/ACCT 1001, FINC 150/FINC 1150, MGMT 3231, OPIM 170/OPAN 1101, OPIM 172/OPAN 2102 and OPIM 173/OPAN 2101 do not count toward this requirement.) Students may choose to take a broad-based minor or to specialize in a single area by taking multiple electives in one area to gain in-depth knowledge. Students may choose the 2 MSB courses from offerings in:
- Management, Leadership, and Innovation
- Operations and Analytics
- Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy
- The third elective may be from any of the above MSB areas or from the list of approved College “Bridge Electives”. These are designated electives in College departments that explore the cultural, political, and social contexts of business. Students are encouraged to take a Bridge Elective 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 Studies Minor, and not toward the student’s major or other minors. (Note: “Bridge electives” must be taken in the College. They cannot be transferred from other schools in the University or from abroad). Bridge electives can be found in the Schedule of Classes using the “College/Bus Admin Minor Bridge” attribute.
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 Studies 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 viewing MSB-approved study abroad programs, please visit the Office of Global Education.
Questions about the Business Administration/Business Studies minor may be directed to Assistant Dean Stefan Zimmers at email@example.com.