The General Business Minor is designed to provide students in non-BBA majors with an understanding of the language and basic concepts of business as well as practical skill development related to business organizational functions. The minor may be a good introduction and assistance to students preparing to enter business graduate programs. The deadlines to apply are October 1st and March 1st.

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Competitive Admission

For students in majors other than listed below, admission is limited and competitive based on an application (see link, above) which consists of:  

  1. A motivational statement for pursuing the General Business Minor (maximum 375 words or 2,000 characters)
  2. Minimum grades of “C” earned in General Education Cluster 1 (Critical Thinking) and Cluster 3 (Quantitative Reasoning) courses.
Non-Competitive Admission

Students in good standing who declare in one of the following majors are automatically eligible for the General Business Minor:

  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Hospitality Management
  • Health Services Administration
  • Physics
  • Sport/Recreation Management
Required Courses

ACTG 244 - Accounting for the Non-Business Major*

CIS 204 - Computer Information Systems**

ECON 201 - Microeconomics

FIN 345 - Finance for the Non-Finance Major

MGT 305 - Management and Organization Behavior***

MKTG 380 - Principles of Marketing

* COB 242 may substitute for ACTG 244
** COB 204 may substitute for CIS 204
*** Engineering majors may substitute ENGR 221 and ENGR 322 for MGT 305 

Declaration Process

Students in good academic standing who have been accepted into the minor should submit a declaration of minor request via MyMadison.

Transfer Credit Restrictions

Matriculated JMU students may only take one course required for the minor for transfer credit. Students who plan to take a course for transfer credit should complete the:

  • Permission to Take Courses for Transfer Credit form (including all signatures, prior to registering for the course elsewhere.)

Students may be required to obtain and submit a course description or course syllabus to determine equivalency.

Graduation Requirement

The General Business Minor requires a minimum 2.0 GPA for graduation on all courses completed at JMU. Transfer credit is not calculated in the GPA.


Even though an advisor is not formally assigned, any advisor in the College of Business Academic Success Center is able to advise a General Business minor. Please contact the ASC to schedule an advising session.

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