Business Minor

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

Please note that after the Spring 2021 semester, all business minor questions & advising will be through the Carey Business School & the Business minor requirements will change. For questions, contact: Michael Tyler, [email protected]

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 minor is a joint program supported by the Carey School of Business and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences as well as the Whiting School of Engineering. It offers 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: 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: 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 [email protected], to schedule an appointment with the Academic Program Coordinator.

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

    • Two Core Courses:
    • EN.661.380 Decision Analytics*
    • EN.660.105 Foundations of American Enterprise
      OR AS.180.102 Elements of Microeconomics*Students are encouraged to fulfill the Decision Analytics requirement, but will be allowed to substitute statistic courses by choosing one of the two options listed below:
    • Option 1: For students who wish to replace Decision Analytics with Statistics
    • EN.550.111 Statistical Analysis I
      OR AS.230.205 Introduction to Social Statistics
      OR AS.280.345 Public Health Biostatistics
      OR EN.550.113 Statistics Through Case Study
    • EN.550.112 Statistical Analysis II
    • Option 2: For students who wish to replace Decision Analytics with Statistics
    • EN.540.305 Modeling & Statistical Analysis of Data for ChemBE
      OR EN.553.211 Probability & Statistics for the Life Science
      OR EN.553.310 Probability & Statistics for the Physical Sciences & Engineering
      OR EN.553.430 Introduction to Statistics
      OR EN.560.348 Probability & Statistics for Engineers
    • Required Courses:
    • EN.660.250 Identifying & Capturing Markets
    • EN.660.343 Operations Management
    • EN.660.200 Principles of Finance
    • EN.660.340 Principles of Management
    • EN.660.203 Financial Accounting
    • Elective:
    • Students must take one EN.660.XXX or EN.661.XXX elective at the 300 or 400-level.


    Students using a transfer or study abroad course must have it approved by JHU & the syllabus reviewed by CLE. A maximum of one course may be taken on an S/U basis. All courses applied to the Business minor must be completed with a grade of C- or above.


  • 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.


    All students interested in the minor may make an appointment to speak with a CLE Academic Program Coordinator to receive guidance about the program.

    Students can declare the minor via SIS. Hover over the Registration tab in SIS and select “online forms.” Complete the “add a new major/minor” form. For questions or concerns, contact the Business Minor advisor: Lindsey Menzies, [email protected]

    Center for Leadership Education
    102 Whitehead Hall
    [email protected]

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