Business Minor

Students may declare the minor beginning in the Spring semester, 2017.

The minor is a combined effort between the Whiting School Center for Leadership Education, Krieger’s Economics Department and the Carey Business School.

The minor offers Johns Hopkins undergraduates a focused, quantitative minor that will prepare them more effectively for careers in small companies, major corporations, and consultancies as well as acceptance into graduate programs in accountancy and Business.

The primary objective for the minor is to help students position themselves as leaders among their peers in the private sector, government, the non-profit sector, and the world of social enterprises. At the conclusion of their program, successful students will be able to:

  • Enter a variety of careers such as finance, management, real estate, marketing, accounting and consulting.
  • Create, analyze, and implement value propositions about projects and products for the benefit of various audiences, from shareholders to local communities.
  • Establish and manage brands and products and also institutions and organizations.
  • Build, manage and grow valuable and lasting relationships with clients, customers, shareholders, creditors, and local communities.
  • Recognize, understand, capitalize on, and generate changing trends in local and global economies.
  • Be responsible business leaders who are engaged citizens of their communities, cities and countries.

The joint program plans to achieve its goal of training future leaders by offering an instructional program that combines critical analysis and theoretical grounding in a broad set of core and required courses, some depth through a relevant elective chosen from a list of courses in specialized topics, and hands-on experience through internships, community-based learning, and experiential programs.

  • Q: When can I declare the Business Minor?
    A:Students may declare the minor beginning in the Spring semester, 2017.
    Q: What are the requirements for the Business Minor?
    A: To complete the Business minor, students must complete two foundational courses, five core courses and one elective. See Requirements tab.
    Q: Who can take Business Courses?
    A: Business courses are open to all Johns Hopkins Arts & Sciences, Engineering, and Peabody students.
    Q: Do I have to declare the Business minor to take Business courses?
    A: No. Students may choose to take only a course or two. They do not have to declare the minor.
    Q: The Business minor says the Carey Business School is working with CLE and the Econ Dept. but I only see courses for the latter two. How do I sign up for CBS courses and where will they be offered?
    A: All courses for the Business Minor will be offered as ASEN Homewood courses, through the CLE as EN.660 courses and Econ as AS.180 courses. CBS courses can be found among the other EN.660 offerings.
    Q: Since the minor is co-run by three schools, where do I go for advising support?
    A: Advising for the minor will be hosted through the Center for Leadership Education, in Whitehead Hall. You may contact, to schedule an appointment with the Academic Program Coordinator.
    Q: I have already declared the E&M (A&FM/M&C) minor and I would like to add or switch to the Business minor. How can I do that?
    A: Contact to switch or add minors. Students who wish to add the Business Minor, in addition to another CLE minor, must have four unique courses.
    Q: Do courses double count between minors?
    A:Many courses overlap but to complete two CLE minors, students must take four unique courses.

  • Students may declare the minor beginning in the Spring semester, 2017.

    View full requirements here: Business Minor Requirements

  • The Business minor has introduced two courses that are brand new to the Homewood campus. Among the previously existing WSE and KSAS courses, 660.200 Principles of Finance and 660.343 Operations Management fall under the 5 required core courses.

    660.200 Principles of Finance:

    This course covers central issues in financial management and corporate finance. Students will learn how financial managers make investment, financing and other decisions and what are the tools they use to reach such decisions. Topics covered include time value of money, risk, valuation, capital structure, capital budgeting, dividend policy and mean-variance portfolio selection. The course provides the analytical tools and the financial theories needed to implement sound financial decisions within a corporation (and outside of a corporation). Ideas are presented in a cohesive way within the framework of the no-arbitrage principle, the fundamental principle shaping all aspects of modern finance. Command of the subject is crucially important for anyone considering a career not only in investment banking, investment management or trading, but also in general management, corporate strategy, management consulting, entrepreneurship, and the non-profit world.

    660.343 Operations Management:

    This course aims to (1) direct your attention to fundamental problems and issues confronting all operations managers, (2) provide you with language, concepts, and insights which will help you to deal with these issues in order to gain competitive advantage through operations, and (3) further develop your ability to use analytical approaches and tools to understand and handle various managerial situations. Because the course deals with the management of “processes”, it applies to both for-profit and non-profit organizations, to both service and manufacturing organizations, and to virtually any functional area or industry.

  • Students may declare the minor beginning in the Spring semester, 2017.

    It is necessary that all students interested in the minor make an appointment to speak with a CLE Academic Program Coordinator to receive guidance about the program.

    1. Please complete a Business Minor Inquiry Form here.

    The form should be completed before your scheduled appointment with an Academic Program Coordinator.

    Center for Leadership Education
    105 Whitehead Hall

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