Colangelo College of Business Minors

The goal of the Colangelo College of Business is to educate and develop values-driven business leaders with quality business and management degrees. Whether you are looking to improve your management skills, strengthen your communication or establish a business of your own, a Colangelo College of Business minor can help complement your major program and future goals. Explore which minor degrees are available now. You will be taught best practices while completing courses that are designed to provide you with a comprehensive background in your area of interest.

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The minor in business analytics can provide you with hands-on foundational skills in analytics and a detailed overview of database structures, data visualization, predictive and perspective analytics, and data mining topics. This minor program focuses on technology, statistics and how to use and interpret data to analyze business.

The minor in business analytics at GCU is 20 credits and includes these courses:

  • Introduction to Computer Technology (BIT-200)
  • Business Statistics (BUS-352)
  • Introduction to Database Structure (SYM-400)
  • IT Project Management (BIT-415)
  • Introduction to Business Analytics (BIT-430)

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For individuals interested in the organizational, people-oriented skills of management, GCU offers a business management minor program. You are taught the skills required to be a global citizen, critical thinker and responsible leader in today's global economy. Focus on key functional areas such as organizational behavior and management, servant leadership and human resources management. In this minor program, you will be taught the approaches to organizational development with an emphasis on the practical aspects of changing organizations to improve effectiveness.

The business management minor at GCU is 20 credits and includes these courses:

  • Servant Leadership (MGT-410)
  • Managing Business Communication and Change (MGT-325)
  • Organizational Behavior and Management (MGT-420)
  • Global Business (BUS-390)
  • Human Resources (MGT-434)

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For creative and innovative individuals who are looking to function as entrepreneurs in their own business or in creative roles within organizations, GCU offers a minor in entrepreneurial studies. Entrepreneurship is not just about starting a new business, but also about recognizing opportunity and leading an organization to pursue it. The minor in entrepreneurial studies degree is built on the principles of personal integrity, values and innovation, and addresses key business areas, including innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.

The minor in entrepreneurial studies at GCU is 16 credits and includes these courses:

  • Public Relations and Networking Skills (ENT-320)
  • New Venture Financing (ENT-420)
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENT-436)
  • Business Execution (ENT-446)

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A minor in food and nutrition management combines food science and hospitality management knowledge, which can enable you to better understand the food and nutrition management industry. With this minor, you can gain critical knowledge of how food safety and science are effectively integrated into the hospitality industry.

The minor in food and nutrition management at GCU is 24 credits and includes these courses:

  • Nutrition and Wellness (NSC-150)
  • Introduction to Hospitality (HOS-200)
  • Applied Nutrition (BIO-319)
  • Food Sciences/Lab (NSC-350/L)
  • Events and Tourism Management (HOS-455)
  • Food and Beverage Service Management and Operations (HOS-460)

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A minor in general business can provide you with a foundation in business knowledge and skills focusing on the areas of economics, management, organizational behavior, technology, statistics and accounting. This minor complements any non-Colangelo College of Business major with an emphasis on supporting career-readiness, surveying technological trends, as well as engaging in microeconomic, macroeconomic and economics topics. This minor also introduces fundamental principles and practices of financial accounting and how understanding organizational behavior leads to effective management practice.

The minor in general business at GCU is 20 credits and includes these courses:

  • Introduction to Technology (BIT-200)
  • Fundamentals of Accounting (ACC-240)
  • Business Statistics (BUS-352)
  • Essentials of Economics (ECN-351)
  • Organizational Behavior and Management (MGT-420)

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A minor in marketing addresses topics such as marketing principles, strategic management, and the key elements of advertising and public relations. You will examine buyer and consumer behavior using a scientific approach that examines distinct buyer strategies and decision-making processes of purchase by organizational buyers and consumers. This minor teaches you about business research processes and the research documents used as tools to aid in managerial decision-making. Topics include designing research projects, collecting primary and secondary data, conducting ethical research, applying statistical tools and measurement techniques, developing a marketing plan, and reporting the research in both written and oral presentation formats.

The minor in marketing at GCU is 20 credits and includes these courses:

  • Introduction to Marketing (MKT-315)
  • Buyer and Consumer Behavior (MKT-345)
  • Promotion and Advertising (MKT-415)
  • Marketing Management (MKT-450)
  • Digital Marketing and Advertising (MKT-462)

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A minor in sports and entertainment management can prepare you to specialize in professional sports marketing, sports media, amateur and professional athletics, and sports and entertainment event planning. Coursework for this degree focuses on developing key business skills with specific application to the sports industry. You will be given an introduction to event planning for athletic, recreational, entertainment and special events with an emphasis on customer engagement, sales and venue management. In this minor program, marketing concepts as they apply to sports organizations, such as promotions, public relations, sponsorships and sales will be introduced and explained.

The minor in sports and entertainment management at GCU is 20 credits and includes these courses:

  • Introduction to Marketing (MKT-315)
  • Introduction to Sports and Entertainment Management (SPT-230)
  • Sports and Entertainment Analytics (SPT-350)
  • Sports and Entertainment Marketing (SPT-370)
  • Sports and Entertainment Event Planning (SPT-375)

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The minor in supply chain and logistics management focuses on procurement, logistics and systems aspects of global supply chains. This minor can prepare you for positions that focus on optimizing organizational effectiveness and managing and analyzing global supply chains.

The minor in supply chain and logistics management at GCU is 20 credits and includes these courses:

  • Business Statistics (BUS-352)
  • Global Supply Chain Operations (SCM-400)
  • Lean and Quality Management (SCM-410)
  • Procurement and Global Supply Chain Management (SCM-450)
  • Manufacturing Planning and Control Systems (SCM-454)

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The minor in hospitality management can prepare you for industry positions that focus on a culture of care. You will be taught what it means to work in a diverse and inclusive environment that emphasizes serving others to become more effective and empathetic leaders. The courses you’ll take with this minor demonstrate how various sectors of the hospitality industry, such as hotel and lodging, food and beverage service, and events and tourism, are interconnected and interdependent.

The minor in hospitality management at GCU is 16 credits and includes these courses:

  • Introduction to Hospitality (HOS-200)
  • Hotel and Lodging Management and Operations (HOS-440)
  • Food and Beverage Service Management and Operations (HOS-460)
  • Events and Tourism (HOS-455)

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Accounting, Finance and Economics Minors

If you enjoy working with numbers and wish to explore the financial side of business, consider our minors in accounting, finance and economics. Depending on the minor you choose, you will take courses surrounding financial procedures and standards, business finance and investments, along with other concepts that are complimentary to many majors, such as conscious capitalism and Christian worldview.

Focus on accounting principles and theories necessary for preparing financial statements in the United States by pursuing GCU’s accounting minor degree. Prepare to study the theories and practices of preparing income taxes of corporations, partnerships, estates, trusts and individuals. The principles of cost accounting, including job order systems, process costing, activity-based costing and budgeting are also taught throughout this accounting minor.

The minor in accounting at GCU is 20 credits and includes these courses:

  • Financial Accounting (ACC-250)
  • Managerial Accounting (ACC-260)
  • Intermediate Accounting I (ACC-370)
  • Intermediate Accounting II (ACC-371)
  • Cost Accounting (ACC-360)

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The minor in faith and free markets is founded on the Christian worldview and free market capitalism. This minor may be ideal for students who want to combine their love of business with their Christian faith. The courses included in this minor delve into how conscious capitalism, democracy, theology and entrepreneurship work together to promote ethical free market capitalism and human flourishing.

The minor in faith and free markets at GCU is 18 credits and includes these courses:

  • Christian Worldview (CWV-101)
  • American Government and Politics (GOV-140)
  • Christian Life: The Way of Jesus (CWV-316)
  • Poverty of Nations (ECN-449)
  • Conscious Capitalism: Free Market Perspectives (BUS-476)

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For those interested in a career in corporate finance, banking, insurance or investment companies, GCU offers a finance and economics minor. Coursework encompasses areas such as finance, economics, statistics, financial and managerial accounting, marketing, investments and portfolio management. This minor dives into international trade and finance while exploring the interrelationships between the international monetary environment and financial planning for corporations with overseas operations.

The finance and economics minor at GCU is 28 credits and includes these courses:

  • Business Statistics (BUS-352)
  • Essentials of Economics (ECN-351)
  • Financial Accounting (ACC-240)
  • Fundamentals of Business Finance (FIN-350)
  • Intermediate Finance (FIN-450)
  • Introduction to Investments (FIN-375)
  • International Trade and Finance (ECN-450)

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Military Service (ROTC) Minors

The U.S. Armed Forces require knowledgeable, well-educated personnel. GCU offers a robust and relevant education designed specifically for Army and Air Force military service students. You can pursue an Army or Air Force minor to sharpen your abilities in team leadership, military history, defense policy and other key areas.

View our list of courses below offered in the Army ROTC minor program. In this minor, you’ll be taught how to become a strong leader, valuable team member and what it takes to become a part of the Army.

The Army ROTC minor at GCU is 27 credits and includes these courses:

  • Introduction to the Arm (MSL-101N)
  • Foundations of Agile and Adaptive Leadership (MSL-102N)
  • Leadership and Decision Making (MSL-201N)
  • Army Doctrine and Team Development (MSL-202N)
  • Training Management and the Warfighting Functions (MSL-301N)
  • Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations (MSL-302N)
  • The Army Officer (MSL-401N)
  • Company Grade Leadership (MSL-4022N)
  • American Military History (HIS-231)

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If your interests and goals lie in becoming a part of the Air Force, consider GCU’s Air Force ROTC minor. This in-depth minor program consists of courses that are designed to educate you and instill the values of leadership, communication, physical fitness and teamwork needed to be a part of the Air Force.

The Air Force ROTC minor at GCU is 36 credits and includes these courses:

  • Heritage and Values I (AES-101A)
  • Leadership Laboratory (AES-102)
  • Heritage and Values II (AES-103A)
  • Leadership Laboratory (AES-104)
  • Team and Leadership Fundamentals I (AES-201A)
  • Leadership Laboratory (AES-202A)
  • Team and Leadership Fundamentals II (AES-203A)
  • Leadership Laboratory (AES-204)
  • Leading People and Effective Communication I (AES-301A)
  • Air Force Physical Fitness (AES-294A)
  • Air Force Physical Fitness (AES-294B)
  • Air Force Physical Fitness (AES-294C)
  • Air Force Physical Fitness (AES-294D)
  • Air Force Physical Fitness (AES-294E)
  • Air Force Physical Fitness (AES-294F)
  • Air Force Physical Fitness (AES-294G)
  • Air Force Physical Fitness (AES-294H)
  • Leadership Laboratory (AES-302)
  • Leading People and Effective Communication II (AES-303A)
  • Leadership Laboratory (AES-304)
  • National Security, Leadership Responsibilities and Commissioning Preparation I (AES-401A)
  • Leadership Laboratory (AES-402)
  • National Security, Leadership Responsibilities and Commissioning Preparation II (AES-403B)
  • Leadership Laboratory (AES-404)

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FAQs for Aspiring Business Minors

To assist you in finding the perfect business minor for you, read through some frequently asked questions and learn more about different minor options.

The Colangelo College of Business at GCU offers business programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. This accreditation establishes that GCU’s business programs are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to meet the standards, quality and integrity required for this accreditation.

GCU’s business minors reflect the same quality as its business degree programs. Knowing that you are completing business minor courses from an established, recognized institution can help you feel confident that you will be taught approved material that can help you reach your career goals.

Gaining knowledge in accounting through an accounting minor may be a valuable addition to your skillset. Courses in accounting can teach you insight into various aspects of managing financial data, and may be useful in a variety of career paths you may choose to pursue down the road, such as positions in technology, banking or even real estate.

A minor in business management can teach you important skills about managing various aspects of an organization, such as human resources, accounting, finance and marketing. Having this background of knowledge of human behavior and business communication may be useful and widely applicable to various career paths and can make this minor an ideal choice for many looking to pursue business-related careers.

Yes, you can choose to add a marketing minor to any major degree program, such as psychology. Depending on your career goals, this could make for an ideal combination for you. Principles of business are found in all organizations, and whether you’re looking to take your psychology studies to private practice or a larger corporation, learning marketing and business concepts can be valuable. If you’re considering joining the business world after you graduate in any sense, a minor in marketing can provide you with a solid understanding of major aspect of business.

An economics minor can provide engineering majors with an even more diverse set of knowledge and skills. There are many aspects of engineering that involve the need to understand complex financial situations. Completing a minor in economics can provide an engineering student with the understanding of managing large budgets, portfolios, business finance and investments. These may all prove to be valuable skills to any aspiring engineer as they pursue their career in any discipline.

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