Non-Business Students

Business fundamentals are valuable in every field.

Looking to boost your skill-set and add value to your degree? The Business minor, a selection of elective courses and certificate programs are available to UGA students in any major.

Minor in Business

As non-business UGA graduates advance in their careers, many of them will need to understand the fundamentals of the business environments in which they work. A business minor gives non-business undergraduates the opportunity to gain a basic understanding of business principles. This academic minor in business consists of five courses that provide students with fundamental business skills to complement their primary area of study and broaden their post-graduation opportunities.

The business minor consists of 15 credit hours of courses in economics, accounting, finance, marketing and management:

  1. Accounting Requirement (3 hours):
    ACCT 1160 - Survey of Accounting (3 hours)
    ACCT 2101 - Principles of Accounting I (3 hours)
  2. Economics Requirement (3 hours):
    ECON 2105 - Principles of Macroeconomics (3 hours)
    ECON 2106 - Principles of Microeconomics (3 hours)
  3. Business Foundations (9 hours – courses must be taken at UGA):
    FINA 3001 - Financial Management (3 hours)
    MARK 3001 - Principles of Marketing (3 hours)
    MGMT 3001 - Principles of Management (3 hours)

The online (E) and Honors (H) versions of these courses will also be accepted. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all coursework to earn the minor.

Minor Eligibility Requirements

The minor in business is open to all UGA undergraduates, except those already admitted to a Terry College academic major or who intend to apply to a Terry major.

Fulfillment of all application requirements must be documented in official UGA student record by the application deadline—no exceptions.

  • 3.2 UGA Cumulative GPA
  • 15 semester hours completed at UGA
    In progress hours cannot be counted.
  • 45 semester hours completed overall at UGA and/or other institutions
    In progress hours cannot be counted.
  • Course Prerequisites
    Accounting Requirement*: ACCT 1160 or ACCT 2101 (3 hours)
    Economics Requirement: ECON 2105 or ECON 2106 (3 hours)

    One of these courses must be completed; the other can be in progress at the time of the application.

    *Students should take ACCT 1160 unless the student's major requires ACCT 2101. Access to ACCT 2101 is restricted to certain majors, whereas ACCT 1160 is open to any major.
    **Students may use earned AP/IB credit to satisfy this requirement. Earned credit can be seen in a student’s DegreeWorks audit. 
  • Testing Requirements
    Students are required to submit ACT or SAT scores to the University to receive the highest level of consideration for admission to the Terry business minor. If a student has not taken the ACT/SAT, s/he must take the ETS Proficiency Profile prior to the application deadline to receive any level of consideration. Students may also supplement their application by submitting a score from the ETS Proficiency Profile if they believe their ACT/SAT scores do not represent their current performance level.

IMPORTANT: Applicants should read the detailed Testing Requirement instructions.

An applicant’s test scores, major and grades in accounting and economics will be used in the selection process.

When to Apply

Applications will be accepted twice per year, once near the midpoint of fall semester and once near the midpoint of spring semester. No application will be accepted outside the application window.

The next application opens March 2, 2020, and will remain open through March 19, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

This is a high-demand minor; admission is capped and not guaranteed, even if students meet all requirements.

Completing the Minor

Students must earn the grade of "C" or better in each minor-required course for it to be counted toward completion. All upper-division classes used to complete the minor must be earned from the University of Georgia.

Courses taken to satisfy Core Areas I through V may not be counted as coursework in the minor. Students accepted into the minor should anticipate the need to replace ECON 2105 and/or ECON 2106 if those courses were previously used to satisfy Area V requirements.

Only students who apply and are accepted to the minor are eligible to have the business minor listed on their university record. If you are accepted to the minor and at any point decide to become a business major, you must drop the business minor. Terry College majors and intended-majors are not eligible for the minor.


For additional details, see the Business Minor Checklist. For more information, contact the Undergraduate Programs Office at


  Start the Business Minor Application (MyID required)

Business Electives Offered

You don't have to be a Terry student to take business electives in the these topics:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Music Business
  • Real Estate
  • Risk Management and Insurance

Certificate Programs

  • Actuarial Science Certificate
  • UGA Entrepreneurship Certificate Program
  • FinTech Certificate
  • Certificate in Legal Studies
  • Leadership Fellows
  • Music Business Certificate
  • Workforce Diversity Certificate

Learn More About Certificate Programs


High School Students

Get a preview of life as a business major by one of our summer residency programs.

  • Accelerated Business Program
  • Terry Business Academy

Summer Programs