Minor in Liberal Arts in Business
College of Arts and Sciences, Interdisciplinary Program
John Roach Center for the Liberal Arts (JRC) 323, (651) 962-5693
MacKenzie (ENGL), director
The Liberal Arts in Business Program is an interdisciplinary minor which provides students the opportunity to combine the distinct learning experiences of a concentration in a liberal or non-business related field with exposure to career-related studies and significant work experience. It is designed for students majoring in the liberal arts who want preparation for their career search.
Students who minor in the Liberal Arts in Business Program elect a major field of study from any of the liberal arts disciplines – that is, from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and the like. Students who major in any of the Business fields or in Health and Human Performance are not eligible for the program.
The program’s requirements consist of coursework and an internship. Students choose a set of six courses (detailed below) from a broad range of pre-professional and professional areas. In their senior year, students take IDSC 333 Liberal Arts in Business Program Studies, a capstone seminar that brings together the perspectives of economics, business, and the liberal arts. Students also complete an internship in a career-related field. A variety of options and opportunities are available through the Career Center; students are encouraged to be creative and to search for inventive ways of implementing a plan of practical work experience.
As part of its commitment to Liberal Arts in Business Program students, the University of St. Thomas extends to graduates of the program the opportunity to take undergraduate business courses tuition-free, on a space-available basis. There is no limit on the number of such courses the student may take. Students may take these courses either for credit or as audits, but may not use the courses toward a major or minor in business.
Application for admission is made through the Liberal Arts in Business Program director’s office, currently in the Department of English. Application should normally take place during the second semester of the sophomore year, but may occur later.
Liberal Arts in Business Minor
This minor is only available for non-business majors.
Four credits from the following:
- ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics (4 credits)
- ECON 252 Principles of Microeconomics (4 credits)
Note: Other courses from the Department of Economics may be acceptable if the necessary prerequisites have been met, and on the approval of the director of the Liberal Arts in Business.
Plus four credits from the following:
- CISC 130 Introduction to Programming and Problem-Solving Sciences (4 credits)
- CISC 200 Introduction to Computer Business and Technical Applications (4 credits)
- STAT 220 Statistics I (4 credits)
Note: Other courses from the Department of CISC may be acceptable if the necessary prerequisites have been met, and on the approval of the director of the Liberal Arts in Business.
Plus a total of twelve credits in Business, chosen from among the following:
- ACCT 100 Principles of Accounting 1 (4 credits)
- ACCT 200 Principles of Accounting II (2 credits)
- BETH 300 Ethical Principles in Business (2 credits)
- BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders (2 credits)
- BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good (2 credits)
- ENTR 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation (2 credits)
- FINC 310 Core Financial Management (2 credits)
- MGMT 200 Working Skillfully in Organizations (2 credits)
- MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing (2 credits)
- OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management (2 credits)
Note: With the exception of BLAW 300, all these courses require prerequisites, generally BUSN 100. OPMT 300 requires STAT 220, MATH 101 or above, and sophomore standing. Sophomore standing is also required for MKTG 200 and MGMT 200.
Other courses from the Opus College of Business may be acceptable if the necessary prerequisites have been met, and on the approval of the Director of the Liberal Arts in Business.
- LABM 330 Liberal Arts in Business Internship (0 credit)
- LABM 333 Liberal Arts in Business Studies (4 credits)
Note: Another course that integrates themes involving the relation between the liberal arts and the world of work may be acceptable provided the necessary prerequisites have been met, and on the approval of the director of the Liberal Arts in Business.
Liberal Arts in Business Undergraduate Courses
|LABM 330||Liberal Arts Business Intern||0|
|Description of course Liberal Arts Business Intern :||Participants in the Renaissance Program complete one internship in a career-related field. Students are encouraged to be creative and to search for inventive ways of implementing a plan of practical work experience. A variety of options and opportunities is available through the Career Center.|
|LABM 333||Liberal Arts Business Studies||4|
|Description of course Liberal Arts Business Studies :||In accord with the Renaissance Program's commitment to foster the integration of theoretical and practical learning, the design of this course is to promote the investigation of some theme or problem having a particularly interdisciplinary focus. This course will rely upon concepts and models stemming from both theoretical and practical sources in an attempt to further integrate aspects of these distinct branches of higher learning. Among the types of issues or topics that could fall within the scope of this course are: the meaning and value of work; the nature and place of technology; the relationship of individual to community; views of self - as worker and theoretician; models and parameters of authority. Prerequisites: 80 completed credits.|