As a non-business student at the University of Michigan-Flint, you can pair any bachelor's degree with a business minor. A minor in business can not only make you a better-rounded applicant for employers but also help increase your business expertise. You will be able to bring a new perspective to the table with your business minor and enhance your overall understanding of Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Business, Human Resources Management, or Marketing. The business minor program is handpicked for non-business majors to receive these specialized business concepts in the least amount of credits.

Entrepreneurship

WHAT IS ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION MANAGEMENT (EIM)?

Entrepreneurship is the capacity and willingness to develop, organize, and manage a venture along with any of its risks. Innovation Management is handling all of the activities needed to “introduce something new”. This includes the idea development and implementation, as well as the product launch and introduction of new internal processes. The minor provides depth and breadth of educational exposure for students interested in either starting their own business or working in entrepreneurial and innovative organizations.

Why a minor in EIM?
The curriculum emphasizes entrepreneurship, innovation, and new product development management, conflict resolution and negotiation, team-building, and project management.  Management faculty are available to consult with students wishing to pursue careers in entrepreneurship and innovation management.  The School of Management awards roughly $50,000 per year in scholarships largely targeting entrepreneurship/innovation management majors and minors.
Jobs in Entrepreneurship

Pursuing entrepreneurship and being innovative gives students the freedom to be their own boss, make their own hours, and pursue their own values. Perhaps most importantly, it enables them to make money doing whatever they love most.  Also, there is virtually no limit on what one can earn as an entrepreneur.  Several former Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management minors have used what they have learned to launch their own ventures like photography studios, developing apps, and patenting/promoting designs.  Even if one does not want to start a business, corporations want to hire entrepreneurial and innovative employees.

Students will be well prepared for a career such as:

  • Starting the Company of their Dreams!
  • Working in a Start-up
  • Working for an Innovative Company
  • Being a Director of Venture Creation
  • Owning a Franchise
  • Becoming an Innovation Manager
  • Becoming a Program Manager
  • Becoming a Project Manager
Expert Faculty

Faculty teaching entrepreneurship and innovation management courses have practical work experience that enhances the learning environment. Like all University of Michigan instructors, they have a passion for education and years of teaching and mentorship experience. Management faculty are available to consult with students wishing to pursue careers in entrepreneurship and innovation management.

Perfect Pairings

An Entrepreneurship minor is well suited for all majors. Those students pursuing a major in Computer Science, Engineering, Performing Arts/Theatre, or STEM majors greatly enhance their career options with an Entrepreneurship Minor. Interested students can email Professor Mark Simon or schoolofmanagement@umich.edu for more information or schedule an appointment with a business advisor.

EIM Minor Requirement

Fifteen credits as follows, with a grade point average of C (2.0) or higher

ECN 202 - Principles of Economics (Microeconomics) (3)
EIM 340 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3) (Starting Fall 2020 fulfill the social science general education requirement)
BUS 250 - Contemporary Legal Issues for Business (3)
MGT 341 - Human Behavior in Organizations (3) (prerequisite: a course in sociology or psychology)
EIM 349 - Innovation Management (3) (prerequisite: ECN 202, MGT 341)
 
Please refer to the online catalog for the EIM Minor Requirements.
 
 
 

Finance

What is Finance?
Finance is a broad term that describes two related activities: the study of how money is managed and the actual process of acquiring needed funds. Because individuals, businesses, and government entities all need funding to operate, the field is often separated into three sub-categories: personal finance, corporate finance, and public finance.
Why a Minor in Finance?
The finance minor prepares students for professional careers in the fields of corporate finance, banking and financial institutions, and investment. The finance curriculum emphasizes developing an understanding of these three areas of finance through courses on forecasting, portfolio theory and security analysis, options and futures markets, accounting, money and banking, management of working capital, and management of financial institutions. 
Jobs in Finance
The finance curriculum will provide students with fundamental financial management tools to succeed in analyzing and executing the financial aspects of managerial decisions. 
 
Students will be well prepared for a career such as: 
 
  • Credit Analyst
  • Equity Researcher
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Planner
  • Investor Relations
  • Loan Officer
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Risk Management
  • Stockbroker
  • Treasury Analyst
  • Wealth Management
Expert Faculty

Faculty teaching finance courses have practical work experience that enhances the learning environment. Like all University of Michigan instructors, they have a passion for education and years of teaching and mentorship experience. Finance faculty members are available to consult with students wishing to pursue careers in any of the above-mentioned areas. 

PERFECT PAIRINGS

A Finance minor is well suited for all majors. Those students pursuing a major in Economics or Mathematics greatly enhance their career options with a Finance minor. Interested students can email schoolofmanagement@umich.edu for more information or schedule an appointment with a business advisor.

Finance Minor Requirement

Fifteen credits as follows, with a grade point average of C (2.0) or higher

FIN 361 - Financial Management (3) (prerequisite: ACC 201, SCM 211 or MTH 375, ECN 201, ECN 202)

Four from:

FIN 363 - Investments (3) (prerequisite: FIN 361)
FIN 365 - Portfolio Theory and Security Analysis (3) (prerequisite: FIN 363, SCM 313)
FIN 461 - Financial Management Application and Strategy (3) (prerequisite: FIN 361)
FIN 463 - Financial Engineering and Risk Management (3) (prerequisite: FIN 363)
FIN 466 - International Finance (3) (prerequisite: FIN 361)
FIN 468 - Management of Financial Institutions (3) (prerequisite: FIN 361)
 

Please refer to the online catalog for the Finance Minor Requirements.

General Business

What is General Business?

General Business provides broad exposure to all crucial components that contribute to a business.  You'll get an overview of many functions in the business world and base your studies on how these functions interact. General business allows you to study all functions of a business operation rather than a specialization in any one area of business. 

Why a minor in General Business?

This minor is an excellent option if you are a working professional, established in your career or a student seeking a minor with a wide variety of online courses in areas where you would like to build more skills and develop more. A career in business can lead to a job at any corporation or business, but there is an increasing need for business skills in government, commerce, and non-profit organizations. Business principles can serve as the backbone for economic, political and social systems at all levels. Elective options from operations and supply chain management, accounting, finance, management, entrepreneurship, and international business allow students to customize their curriculum based on their career interests and aspirations.

Jobs in General Business

This flexible minor allows students to study in a variety of business areas related to his/her career goals.  Courses expose students to various areas of business necessary in the competitive marketplace. 

Students will be well prepared for a career such as: 

  • Account Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner
  • Franchisee
  • Officer Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Sales Representative
Expert Faculty

Faculty teaching general business courses have practical work experience that enhances the learning environment. Like all University of Michigan instructors, they have a passion for education and years of experience teaching and researching current business issues.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

A General Business minor is well suited for all majors, especially those pursuing an online degree. Those students pursuing a major in Actuarial Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, English, Healthcare Administration, Performing Arts/Theatre, and STEM majors greatly enhance their career options with a General Business minor.  Interested students can email schoolofmanagement@umich.edu for more information or schedule an appointment with a business advisor.

General Business Minor Requirement

Fifteen credits, with a grade point average of C (2.0) or higher, from:

ACC 201 - Principles of Financial Accounting (3) (prerequisite: MTH 111)
ACC 202 - Principles of Managerial Accounting (3) (prerequisite: ACC 202)
BUS 110 - Business Concepts and Careers (3)
BUS 250 - Contemporary Legal Issues for Business (3)
EIM 340 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3)
FIN 269 - Personal Finance (3)
FIN 361 - Financial Management (3) (prerequisite: ACC 201, SCM 211 or MTH 375, ECN 201, ECN 202)
MGT 341 - Human Behavior in Organizations (3) (prerequisite: a course in sociology or psychology)
MKT 330 - Principles of Marketing (3) (prerequisite: ECN 202)
 
Please refer to the online catalog for the General Business Minor Requirements.

Human Resources Management

What is Human Resources Management?

Human Resources Management (HRM) is the process of hiring and developing employees so that they become more valuable to the organization.  Human Resource Management includes conducting job analyses, planning personnel needs, recruiting the right people for the job, orienting and training, managing wages and salaries, providing benefits and incentives, evaluating performance, resolving disputes, and communicating with employees at all levels.

Why a minor in Human Resources Management?

The human resources management minor is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in the fields of general management or in human resource management. These fields demand a range of personal qualities and skills, from the ability to work with diverse employees to the active promotion of organizational goals. The ideal student has "soft skills" like integrity, fair-mindedness, and a proactive personality, as well as be able to cope with conflicting points of view, function under pressure, and demonstrate discretion. The "hard skills" necessary include computer proficiency, strong written and oral communication, math, and principles of business.

The curriculum intends to give students a broad understanding of organizations by addressing necessary managerial knowledge and skills.  In order to help an organization function effectively, the curriculum focuses on managing teams, leading change, negotiation tactics, human resource development, and exploring key areas in human resources management.  All of the courses are built around the concept of portfolio development.  In each course, the assignments will either enable the student to investigate career options, demonstrate marketable and applicable skills, or result in a project/paper which will make the student stand out in the job market. 

Jobs in Human Resources Management

Graduates with this minor will be attractive for the positions of general manager in small organizations, and entry-level management or staff persons in human relations departments in larger corporations. 

Students will be well prepared for a career such as:

  • Diversity Manager
  • HR Business Partner
  • HR Generalist
  • Human Capital Strategist
  • Human Resources Director
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Risk Manager
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Relations Manager
  • Talent Development Specialist
Expert Faculty

Faculty teaching human resource management courses have practical work experience that enhances the online learning environment. Like all University of Michigan instructors, they have a passion for education and years of teaching and mentorship experience.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

A Human Resources Management minor is well suited for all majors. Those students pursuing a major in Healthcare Administration or Psychology greatly enhance their career options with a Human Resources Management minor. Interested students can email schoolofmanagement@umich.edu for more information or schedule an appointment with a business advisor.

Human Resources Minor Requirement 
Fifteen credits, with a grade point average of C (2.0) or higher, as follows:
 
MGT 341 - Human Behavior in Organizations (3) (prerequisite: course in sociology or psychology)
MGT 344 - Human Resource Management (3) (prerequisite: SCM 211 or PSY 322 or SOC 215)
 
Two from:
MGT 346 - Contemporary Labor-Management Issues (3) (prerequisite: BUS 250)
MGT 445 - Human Resource Development (3) (prerequisite: MGT 341, MGT 344)
MGT 449 - Issues in Leadership and Change Management (3) (prerequisite: MGT 341)
 
One from:
INB 442 - International Management (3) (prerequisite: INB 385)
MGT 347 - Managing Projects and Teams (3) (prerequisite: MGT 341)
MGT 443 - Developing Negotiations Skills (3) (prerequisite: MGT 341)
PSY 365 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3) (prerequisite: PSY 100 and a course in research design)
 
Please refer to the online catalog for the Human Resouces Minor Requirements.

Marketing

What is Marketing?

Marketing is the action or business of promoting and selling products or services, including market research and advertising.  Marketing refers to activities undertaken by a company to promote the buying or selling of a product or service, including the advertising, selling, and delivering of products to consumers or other businesses. Marketing is often described by those in the field as both a science and an art. Marketers use their skills to analyze hard data to identify both customer needs and new product development.   While there are many opportunities to deal with hard data, there is also an important component related to the interpretation of data and translating it into marketing actions that will allow the firm to reach its objectives.  Marketing professionals are also involved in planning methods to determine where to market and set prices.  Using their creative side, marketers plan and develop communications strategies and coordinate the delivery of products and services to current and potential customers. 

Why a Minor in Marketing?
Ideally, a marketing student is both creative and precise with a passion for innovation and the ability to analyze and communicate statistics and data. Most students find marketing to be an exciting and challenging field.  It allows them to explore and utilize a wide range of skills—from statistical analysis (Marketing Research) to the analysis of human behavior in the marketplace (Consumer Behavior).  An additional plus is a growing interest in marketing by service providers such as health care institutions, community cultural centers, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions. This minor is an excellent option if you are a working professional, established in your career, or a student seeking a minor with a wide variety of online courses.
Jobs in Marketing 
There are opportunities to enter exciting state-of-the-art careers in media buying, advertising, sales, consumer research, retail merchandising, promotions, brand management, marketing research and new product development. 
 
Students will be well prepared for a career such as: 
 
  • Brand Consultant
  • Communication Manager
  • Content Director
  • Digital Marketing Specialist
  • eMarketing Specialist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Marketing Manager
  • Media Relations Manager
  • Qualitative Research Director
  • Relationship Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Sales Representative
  • SEM/SEO Manager
  •  Social Media Strategist
Expert Faculty

All UM-Flint marketing faculty have earned doctoral degrees and bring practical working knowledge into the learning environment. Like all University of Michigan instructors, they have a passion for education and years of experience teaching and researching current business issues.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

A Marketing minor is well suited for all majors, especially those pursuing an online degree. Those students pursuing a major in Communications, English, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, or Psychology greatly enhance their career options with a Marketing minor. Interested students can email schoolofmanagement@umich.edu for more information or schedule an appointment with a business advisor.

Marketing Minor Requirement

Fifteen credits as follows, with a grade point average of C (2.0) or higher

MKT 330 - Principles of Marketing (3) (prerequisite: ECN 202)
MGT 341 - Human Behavior in Organizations (3) (prerequisite: a course in sociology or psychology)
 
Three from:
 
MKT 332 - Marketing Research (3) (prerequisite: BUS 115 (fulfills technology general education requirement), SCM 211 or equivalent, MKT 330)
MKT 336 - Integrated Marketing Communications (3) (prerequisite: MKT 338)
MKT 338 - Consumer Behavior (3) (prerequisite: SCM 211 or equivalent, MKT 330, a course in psychology)
MKT 430 - Services Marketing (3) (prerequisite: BUS 115 (fulfills technology general education requirement), SCM 211 or equivalent, MKT 330, ECN 201, ECN 202)
MKT 432 - International Marketing (3) (prerequisite: BUS 115 (fulfills technology general education requirement), SCM 211 or equivalent, MKT 330, ECN 201, ECN 202)
MKT 435 - New Product Development (3) (prerequisite: MKT 332, ECN 201, ECN 202)
 
Please refer to the online catalog for the Marketing Minor Requirements.

 

Hailey Andres

"As a graphic design major, I was looking for additional coursework that I could take that would allow me to gain a broader understanding of the industry I would be working in. Adding on a marketing minor at UM-Flint offered me a greater perspective in this sector and has given me a competitive edge when seeking internship opportunities." 

- Hailey Andres, BFA Art & Design and Minor in Marketing

Neil Kagerer

"I decided to add on an Entrepreneurship Minor because it would help me refine my leadership skills, and it would allow me to explore an interest of mine. The EIM minor is great for anyone interested in learning about how to start a business, shape their personal brand, and teaches important transferable skills!!!" 

- Neil Kagerer, BA in Sociology and a Minor in Entrepreneurship

Mustafa Salim

“I’ve always been interested in financial markets and the economy. As an economics major, I wanted to add more depth to my degree. The Financial Management Association solidified the idea of adding a Finance minor to my degree.” 

- Mustafa Salim, BA in Economics and Minor in Finance

IN-PERSON AND ONLINE Classes

For maximum convenience, we offer classes during the day, evening, in a hybrid format, and also 100% online. You can customize your business minor to fit your learning and lifestyle needs each semester by taking any class format.

OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN FROM ENTREPRENEURS

UM-Flint's faculty are connected to amazing individuals and exciting organizations at the forefront of entrepreneurship in Flint and worldwide. The Hagerman Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosts entrepreneurship competitions and speaker events

PREPARING COLLEGE GRADUATES FOR Professional Success

The School of Management assists students with career readiness by hosting a variety of career development events like business career fairs, workshops, alumni speakers, employer in residence, company tours, and more! Career Planning Counselor, Antonio Riggs, is able to discuss a plan to land your internship or dream job. 

Engaging Class Trips

The School of Management faculty and staff offer annual trips. Recent trips include: Federal Reserve in Detroit, United Shore, Quicken Loans, Huntington Bank, Dominos, and more. These trips give students the opportunity to learn about the day to day operations of the organization and about internship opportunities.

Get Involved with an Award winning Student Organization

The School of Management proudly supports and sponsors eight student organizations that are nationally recognized and have received national awards. Recently, the Entrepreneurs Society was awarded the 2019 Global Chapter of the Year. Student organization members gain real-life career experience and make professional connections not only within the Flint community, but worldwide. 

Discover Yourself and make life long friends on a faculty-led study abroad trip

The School of Management hosts faculty-led study abroad trips that are three weeks or shorter in the spring/summer semester. You will gain firsthand knowledge about business and culture in a foreign counrty alongside an experienced professor and a group of peers. Study abroad trips count towards UM-Flint credit and are eligible for financial aid and scholarships.

AACSB Accredited

UM-Flint's School of Management is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.