Business Minor

An engaging and interactive curriculum in finance, marketing, operations, and organizational behavior principles in real-world contexts.

A minor for all majors

The Business Minor at the Rady School of Management is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of business theory, practices, and applications. Because of the wide range of academic interests and majors among the UC San Diego undergraduate population, each course covers the application of business principles to a broad variety of fields.

The Rady School Business Minor is designed for students who envision careers that require an understanding of the basic principles and practices of business. Rady School business courses are application-oriented, exploring theoretical approaches and emphasizing the implementation of those theories across a wide range of real-world contexts. Courses are designed to promote continuity from one course to another to help demonstrate the interconnectivity of business fundamentals.

Declaring the minor

Before declaring a minor, please contact your college advisor in order to ensure that you will not exceed the maximum unit limitation by pursuing a minor.

The Rady Business Minor is open to all undergraduate UC San Diego students and does not require a separate admissions process.

Minor Requirements

Business Minor Coursemap

Required coursework focuses on business operation fundamentals, project management, business ethics, and entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. Many of Business Minor courses are also team focused, encouraging the development of skills in team interaction, consensus building, conflict resolution, group presentations and organizational leadership. Additionally, Rady School courses provide learning opportunities for undergraduate students that are unique to the UC San Diego campus. Students who complete the minor will bring a much-valued perspective to their initial employment.

To fulfill the requirements of the Business Minor, students must take five required core courses and two 4 unit electives for a total of 28 units.

  • All courses taken for the Business Minor must be taken for taken for a letter grade. However, the prerequisite MGT3/MATH10A/MATH20A may be taken Pass/No Pass, but first ensure that you are not required to take it for a letter grade for a major or general education requirement.
  • Students must earn at least a C- in each course used for the minor and must finish the minor with an overall minor GPA of at least 2.0.
  • A maximum of two lower division classes may be applied toward the minor (MGT4 and MGT5 taken together count as one lower division class that is a substitute for MGT45 when applied toward the Business Minor).
  • Max of two upper division classes can overlap. Starting in Fall 2016, a maximum of two upper division classes can overlap between your major and minor.

* Students majoring in International Studies - International Business cannot earn a minor in business.

Required Core Courses

Find a forecasted course calendar on the undergraduate landing page

Core (Complete all three classes)

Elective Courses (Choose two classes)

Because business principles are applicable to a broad range of fields, we accept business-related electives completed either at the Rady School or from other departments.

  • AIP 197: Internship (with departmental approval)
  • BISP 194: Introduction to Biotech (2 unit. With departmental approval, when topics apply)
  • COMM 110G: Communication in Organizations
  • COMM 109D: Advertising and Society
  • COMM 162: Advanced Studies in Cultural Industries
  • COMM 106F: The Film Industry
  • COMM 106I: Internet Industry
  • ENG 100B: Engineering Leadership (2 unit)
  • ENG 100D: Design for Development
  • ENG 100L: Design for Development Laboratory (2 unit)
  • ENG 201: Venture Mechanics
  • ENG 202: Enterprise Dynamics
  • ENG 203: Applied Innovation
  • MATH 193A: Actuarial Mathematics
  • MATH 193B: Actuarial Mathematics
  • MATH 194: Mathematics of Finance
  • PSYC 178: Organizational Psychology
  • SOCI 121: Economy and Society
  • SOCI 132: Gender and Work
  • SOCI 140F: Law and the Workplace
  • SOCI 148E: Inequality and Jobs

Important information

Some electives, such as ENG100B and L, are only worth 2 units. 28 units are required for the minor, so a 2 unit elective will not satisfy a full elective requirement. Take two 2 unit electives for a full elective credit.

A maximum of two lower division classes may be applied toward the minor (MGT4 and MGT5 taken together count as one lower division class that substitutes for MGT45 when applied toward the Business Minor).

Note: MGT187: New Venture Finance, MGT128/R: Innovation in Service Enterprises, and MGT167: Social Entrepreneurship cannot count toward the business minor. These classes are part of the minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Additionally, upper division accounting classes cannot count for business minor credit.


While not required, students may take two electives in the same functional area and thus have a "mini-concentration" in that subject. These mini-concentrations are:

  • Finance: MGT 12, MGT 183, MGT 184, MGT 185, MATH 193A, MATH 193B, MATH 194
  • Marketing: MGT 105, MGT 106, COMM 109D, COMM 106I
  • Organizational Behavior: MGT 18, MGT 162, MGT 164, COMM 106F, COMM 110G, SOCI 121, SOCI 132, SOCI 140F, SOCI 148E, PSYC 178
  • Operations: MGT 172, MGT 174, COMM 162, ENG 100B

Lower division transfer credits for courses that are clearly equivalent in scope and content to lower division Rady School courses required for the Business minor will be accepted from regionally accredited United States institutions and from foreign institutions recognized by the Rady School of Management.


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