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Explore Business Related Majors

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Some majors are more obviously related to business than others, so it's important to familiarize yourself with the range of possibilities to explore. The following is a list of SOME ways to plan for a career in business through academic programs at the University of Minnesota. It's important to familiarize yourself with the range of possibilities and to reflect on your skills and interests along the way. Many people who work in business-related careers do not have an undergraduate degree in a business-related field. We encourage you to use the following lists as a starting point to consider the best path for your goals, but to remember that major does not always equal career.

List is broken down:

  • List I: Majors directly related to the study of business principles and practices
  • List II: Majors in a discipline with a strong correlation to business principles. These majors also offer the opportunity to gain skills aligned with many business careers.

List I:

  • Accounting
  • Agriculture and Food Business Management
  • Agriculture Communication and Marketing
  • Applied Economics
  • Business and Marketing Education
  • Construction Management
  • Entrepreneurial Management
  • Finance
  • Finance and Risk Management Insurance
  • Health Services Management
  • Human Resource Development
  • Human Resources and Industrial Relations
  • International Business
  • Management Information Systems
  • Manufacturing Operations Management
  • Marketing Public and Nonprofit Management
  • Retail Merchandising
  • Sports Management Supply Chain and Operations Management
  • Sustainable Systems Management

List II:

  • Communication Studies
  • Economics
  • Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management
  • Industrial Systems Engineering
  • Information Technology Infrastructure
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics (Actuarial Science Specialization)
  • Product Design
  • Psychology
  • Recreation, Park and Leisure Studies
  • Statistics
  • Technical Writing and Communication
  • Urban Studies






Minors that might be a great option to diversify your major/degree and help build business skills and an understanding of business culture:

  • Management Minor
  • Business Law Minor
  • Digital Media Studies Leadership Minor
  • Accounting Certificate

Many of the majors above are competitive majors and it is important to check with the college about admissions requirements and application procedures.

Review these lists and choose a few majors to explore based on your interests and goals. Use the Major Profiles page to learn more about each major of interest.

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