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Aug. 21, 2006
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New program allows KU students to earn a minor in business

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Business has announced the creation of the business minor, which will offer non-business majors valuable insight into the corporate world.

Ted Boone, director of the business minor, said the program, which was launched at the beginning of the fall semester, consists of six core business courses: finance, management, marketing, decision sciences, accounting and information systems. Students with a minor in business can complete the required coursework in one academic year without delaying graduation.

“While it’s not a full-fledged business degree, it gives students enough flavor and enough knowledge to deal with businesses in their chosen field,” Boone said.

William Fuerst, dean of the business school, recognized the importance of a business minor when he came to KU in 2000. At that time, the school was not in a position to initiate a new minor. Recent increases in funding, including differential tuition, changed that.

“This will be a tremendous program for the KU School of Business and the entire state of Kansas,” Fuerst said. “Non-business students will have a unique opportunity to enhance their current major with a practical business background. We are very excited about the new business minor.”

Significant student demand and a benchmarking survey by the school confirmed the need for the new program. In the past, to gain a business background, non-business students had to either double major or take one or two selected business courses. Boone said the minor will give students another option, one that has proved to be in high demand at other universities.

According to Boone, students will learn the language and essentials of business and have the opportunity to apply that knowledge to their own interests and specialties.

Boone said an official count of enrolled students has not been conducted, but he anticipates the numbers will be strong as the program gains recognition across campus.

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