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Majors & Minors

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Undergraduate Majors

The accounting major prepares students to analyze, synthesize, and report data so others can use it to make informed decisions.  This program allows students to pursue diverse careers in business and accounting including auditing, consulting, public accounting, budgeting, and forecasting.

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The major in business economics provides a high-quality education with a balanced emphasis in both business and economics. Graduates from the business economics major possess a unique mix of analytical and applied business skills well-suited for employment in upper level management and public service positions. Graduates also have solid preparation for graduate studies in law, economics, and in Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs.

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Entrepreneurs are experts at solving problems and seizing opportunities. They may start their own business, grow a small or family business, or be innovative within a larger business. Entrepreneurs learn from their successes, and their failures, in order to improve the world around them.

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The finance major teaches students how to make the most of financial markets, successfully raise capital, manage risk, grow assets, and serve the diverse needs of shareholders, partners, and employees.  Graduates pursue diverse careers in banking, investing, security analysis, insurance, government, real estate, and all types of financial management.

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The international business program explores the global economy and will prepare students for the international marketplace.  In this major, students learn about the international aspects of finance, management, marketing and logistics and have a variety of elective courses to expand their global knowledge.

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Management is essential to every business, no matter how large or small. Students who complete the Management major receive a quality education that prepares them to manage people and projects in any business from entrepreneurship to corporate leadership.

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The management information systems (MIS) program is designed to provide students with a strong educational foundation to prepare them as information system (IS) professionals. This major provides comprehensive training in the application, use, and management of information systems preparing students to provide effective information services and support.

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Marketing affects every aspect of a company.  Decisions include issues related to product design, pricing and market analysis, promotional planning, and selling strategies.  Marketing students get real-world experience and have multiple opportunities to work with business professionals. This program prepares students for careers in product management, advertising management, marketing research, market analysis, and sales.

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Supply chain management is a unique program that refers to the coordination and movement of a product from its creation and production to the point it is delivered to the customer. This could be anything from paper products to jet engines. It’s the heart and soul of every business. Graduates pursue careers with manufacturers, distributors, transportation carriers, logistics service providers, and consulting firms.

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Undergraduate Minors

Entrepreneurial studies is an interdisciplinary program that provides opportunities to students to learn about entrepreneurship – the process of creating value through recognizing and developing opportunities. It serves to complement the student’s major area of study, in any college, by offering a means of putting theory and science into practice.

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Students with a major in the College of Business may earn a minor in international business by completing 15 credits of approved course work and one year of foreign language study and completion of an approved study tour course offered by the College of Business, or an approved study abroad/internship experience. The minor must include at least 6 credits numbers 300 or above taken at Iowa State University with a grade of C or higher. Students with declared majors have priority over students with declared minors in courses with space constraints

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Students with a primary major in the College of Business may qualify for a minor specialization in one of the college’s departments by taking at least 15 credit hours in the minor specialization, 9 hours of which may not be used to satisfy any other department, college, or university requirement. The minor must include at least 6 credits in courses numbered 300 or above taken at Iowa State University with a grade of C or higher.

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The College of Business offers a structured minor in general business to students outside the College. The minor requires a minimum of 15 credits and must include at least 6 credits in courses numbered 300 or above taken at Iowa State University. A “C” average or better is required in courses used to satisfy the minor requirements. All pre-requisites for minor courses must be met prior to taking the course. All minor courses must be taken for a grade. Students with declared majors have priority over students with declared minors in courses with space constraints.

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