The Business Minor at the Rady School of Management provides 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. 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.
Declaring the minor
The business minor is open to registered UCSD students pursuing a bachelor's degree. There is no separate admissions process. While you may declare a minor throughout your first few years, we strongly reccommend you do it at your earliest convenience. Rady sends important information regarding class offerings and policy changes to our minors through our minor list.
You may declare a minor through Tritonlink. For a step-by-step video tutorial on how to declare please visit our main FAQ page.
Students majoring in International Studies - International Business cannot earn a minor in business. You may not pursue both an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor and Business.
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.
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.
Students must complete a total of 20 upper-division units to satisfy the requirements of the business minor. Only two lower-div classes may be taken for business minor credit.
Find a forecasted course calendar on the undergraduate homepage.
Ethics (4 units)Choose between
Accounting (4 or 8 units)Choose between:
Core (12 units)All courses are required.
All core classes require upper division standing
Elective Courses (8 units required)
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. Please consult with the appropriate department for enrollment and prerequisite inquiries.
- MGT 12: Personal Financial Management
- MGT 16: Personal Ethics at Work 1
- MGT 18: Managing Diverse Teams
- MGT 105: Product Promotion and Brand Management
- MGT 106: Sales and Sales Management
- MGT 117: Business Law
- MGT 121A: Innovation to Market A
- MGT 121B: Innovation to Market B
- MGT 129: Topics in Entrepreneurship2
- MGT 153: Business Analytics
- MGT 162: Negotiation 2
- MGT 164: Business and Organizational Leadership
- MGT 166 Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility1
- MGT 172: Business Project Management
- MGT 174: Supply Chain Management
- MGT 183: Financial Investments
- MGT 184: Money and Banking
- MGT 185: Investment Banking
- MGT 198: Directed Group Study3
- MGT 199: Independent Research Project3
- AIP 197: Internship3
- 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
- ENG 100D: Design for Development
- ENG 100L: Design for Development Laboratory 2
- 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
1 You must have fulfilled the ethics requirement prior to using MGT 16 or MGT 166 as an elective
2You must complete 2-2 unit courses to complete one elective requirement
3Subject to department approval.
To earn an business minor, you must :
Finish the minor with an overall minor GPA of 2.0
While not required, students may take two electives in the same functional area and thus have a "mini-concentration" in that subject. Mini-concentrations will not show up in your diploma or your degree audit. These mini-concentrations are:
Frequently Asked Questions - Business
Please note however that the topics of some courses are broad enough that they are relevant to both business and entrepreneurship. For example, MGT 121A and MGT 121B as well as MGT 105 can serve as for both minors so students that have not yet decided what minor to pursue are encouraged to explore these courses before choosing. The course descriptions on our Tentative course schedule will list clearly what classes are used in both minors. Students are not allowed to do both minors and would thesefore have to pick between one and the other.Additionally, upper division accounting classes cannot count for business minor credit.
For California Community Colleges: All preapproved courses taken a California Community College will be listed in assist.org.
Other 4 year Institututions and Colleges outside of Califonia: please fill out a petition for the course and submit it alongside the syllabus for the course. You may email this petition to email@example.com or drop it off in person to 2E112Study Abroad: Before studying abroad, submit your Academic Planning form to Rady's advising department along with course descriptions or syllabus of the courses you would like to apply toward your minor. Allow approximately one to two weeks for review and approval.
Students may take classes abroad and apply them toward their minor, so long as they are deemed equivalent to Rady classes. Before studying abroad, submit your Academic Planning form to Rady's advising department along with course descriptions or syllabi from the courses you would like to apply toward your minor. Allow approximately one to two weeks for review and approval.
Upon return, and once your coursework appears on your Academic History on Tritonlink, you will need to submit an Undergraduate Student Petition ( http://registrar.ucsd.edu/StudentLink/Undergrad_Petition.pdf) and course syllabus for each class you want to apply toward your minor for approval. Additional documentation such as papers or exams may be requested.
Note that Rady accepts a maximum of two transfer courses to be applied toward a minor (this includes lower division courses transferred from a community college).
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