Undergraduate Programs
Specializations & Minors


Customize your coursework

Students work with their Academic Advisor to develop an individualized plan that could include a business specialization, a major outside of business, minors, or any combination of these curricular opportunities.

As a business major, you will select one of 12 specializations or the Business Management program (only offered on our regional campuses). Specializations provide in-depth course work with a focus on a specific area of study in business.

Choosing a Specialization

Minors & Other Certifications

You can choose from more than 150 minors at Ohio State, some with a direct relationship to business (which are highlighted below) and many others from disciplines outside the field of business.

  • Minors consist of 12-18 hours. With appropriate planning, you can incorporate a minor within your four year degree plans.
  • A minor allows you to pursue academic interests that go beyond your major
  • You can explore different perspectives and interact with Ohio State students from outside of business.
  • A minor can complement your business specialization and make you more marketable to employers or enhance your graduate school application.

We offer the following business minors:

  • Business Minor

    The Business Minor is designed to provide students in majors other than business with an understanding of the language and basic concepts of business. The minor consists of five courses, one each from the areas of accounting, finance, management and human resources, marketing, and operations management.

    The Business Minor does not have an application process. Upon completing the curriculum requirements, a student need only to file the Business Minor Program Form with their college office. No approval from the Fisher College of Business is required.

    Curriculum Requirements

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    The Ford Motor Company provided financial support to help develop this program.

    Contact information

    Undergraduate Programs Office
    Fisher College of Business
    120 Schoenbaum Hall
    210 Woodruff Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43210
    (614) 292-2715

  • Business Analytics Minor

    Designed with extensive input from industry interested in hiring individuals to work with “big data,” the Business Analytics Minor is an opportunity for students across disciplines to complement their major with skills in this fast-growing and important field.

    What is Business Analytics?

    Business analytics is the process of transforming data into insights for better business decisions. The Business Analytics Minor provides an understanding of how to extract patterns to predict behavior and other business outcomes as well as the ability to make informed decisions using a data-driven approach. A three-stage framework is used to build these skills:

    Learning Objectives:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of how data acquisition and analysis is done in organizations to meet a specified set of objectives
    • Demonstrate critical thinking associated with: problem identification, decision making, assessing value propositions supported by data, and generating a logical synthesis of information from data
    • Demonstrate an understanding of and ability to detect patterns in data, draw inferences and conclusions supported by the data, and communicate insights through visualization and written reporting
    • Identify and assess ethical issues surrounding data-informed decision making

    Extracurricular Opportunities:

    There are many ways for students interested in analytics to enhance their education beyond the classroom. You can choose from hundreds of Ohio State student organizations, in addition to other opportunities offered by Fisher.

    Curriculum Requirements:

    The Business Analytics Minor consists of 15 credit hours, including nine hours of required courses and six hours of elective courses.

    Curriculum Requirements

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor

    The Undergraduate Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor is offered through a collaboration of the following colleges: Fisher College of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Arts and Sciences (Department of Design).

    Designed for capturing the economic value in creative ideas for commercially viable products and services, this educational program enhances a student’s understanding of and appreciation for entrepreneurship and innovation.

    Curriculum Requirements

    For students who have begun the Entrepreneurship Minor prior to Spring 2015, please speak to an Academic Advisor.

  • Insurance Minor

    The minor is designed (1) to provide students with an opportunity to complement their major studies with a specialization in Insurance; (2) to engage students from different majors to create an interdisciplinary classroom experience; and (3) to prepare students for various employment opportunities in the rapidly growing field of insurance.

    Why Insurance?

    • Insurance is part of every business, every industry.
    • Risk is a major driving force in business operations, and insurance is an extremely valuable tool to help managers mitigate risk.
    • Insurance is an incredibly stable career. Whatever happens to the economy, people and businesses will always need insurance.
    • Insurance companies offer top benefit packages and opportunities for continuing education and professional development.
    • Insurance is a career where YOU can make a difference!!

    Curriculum Requirements

  • International Business Minor

    The international Business Minors is designed to provide students with an opportunity to complement their major studies with a deeper understanding of how the global economy works, to develop a greater appreciation of business opportunities and risks associated with a more interconnected world, and to prepare students for working in cross-national settings.

    The International Business Minors consists of 15 credit hours, including nine hours of required courses and six hours of elective courses. 

    Curriculum Requirements

  • Real Estate Minor

    The Real Estate Minor provides an interdisciplinary introduction to core issues in real estate finance, city and urban planning and construction management and prepares students for the various employment opportunities in the field of real estate. While the minor draws on classes from three different departments (Department of Finance, Department of City and Regional Planning and Department of Construction System Management), students are free to select courses that best compliment their current major.

    What is Real Estate?

    The real estate industry offers a number of exciting career paths for students of different academic backgrounds. Depending on students’ personal interests, they can pursue careers in real estate investment, real estate development, property and asset management, consulting, marketing, commercial brokerage, construction, accounting, design, architecture, planning and many others. The real estate minor is designed to provide students with an overview of this vibrant industry and provide them with industry specific skills and knowledge.

    Curriculum Requirements

    The real estate minor consists of a total of 15 credit hours:

    Prerequisite courses:

    • College algebra (Math 1130 or 1148 or equivalent or higher) or math placement level M or L

    • Microeconomics (Econ 2001.01 or equivalent) - Credits: 3

    Required courses (15 total credit hours):

    • BUSFIN 3400 – Introduction to Real Estate – Credits: 3

    • 12 elective hours of your choice- see below.

    Elective courses

    Each student has to fulfill 12 elective credit hours. Students will be encouraged to take courses from each of the three disciplines represented, but it is not required.

    • BUSFIN 4410 – Real Estate Finance – Credits: 3

    • BUSFIN 4411 – Real Estate Management – Credits: 3

    • BUSFIN 4412 – Real Estate Law – Credits: 3

    • BUSFIN 4413 – Real Estate Planning and Development – Credits: 3

    • BUSFIN 5402 – Real Estate Valuation – Credits: 3

    • BUSML 4380 – Advanced Logistics Management – Credits: 1.5

    • BUSML 4388 – Warehouse Operations – Credits: 1.5

    • CRP 3400 – Planning for Sustainable Economic Development – Credits: 3

    • CRP 3600 – Land Development – Credits: 3

    • CRP 5010 – Historic Preservation Planning – Credits: 3

    • CRP 5400 – Planning for Housing – Credits: 3

    • CONSYSM 2205 – Introduction to Construction Project Management – Credits: 3

    • CONSYSM 2310 – Electrical and Lighting Systems – Credits: 3

    • CONSYSM 2345 – Mechanical Systems for Buildings – Credits: 3

    • CONSYSM 5670 – Green Building and Sustainable Construction – Credits: 3

    For more information about the minor and about other real estate related opportunities, please contact Supaphen Niroula at niroula.1@osu.edu or visit the Center for Real Estate.

    Real Estate Minor sheet

Other Certifications:

  • Global Option in Business (GO Business)

    Enhance your degree by incorporating global opportunities through the Global Option in Business (GO Business) program, a university approved micro-credential.

    What is GO Business?

    Learn the impact of global cultural diversity, the benefits of including global perspectives, how to navigate a different business culture, and the critical knowledge to bridge differences, you can develop as a dynamic global citizen and business leader! The requirements are designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and qualities to thrive in the global business world. Show your global academic achievements and your global mindset to future recruiters who are increasingly in search of candidates with global talent.

    You are able to complete the program without adding time to graduation by selecting courses and experiences that are already a part of your business degree. 

    Overview of Program Requirements:

    To receive the Global Option in Business designation, students will complete the following requirements:

    • A. Global Academic Courses (6 credits)
    • B. Global Experience (1 experience)
    • C. Culture and/or Language Courses (6 credits)
    • D. Global Activity (2 activities)
    • E. Global Competency Evaluation (ePortfolio + GPA Check)
    • Complete sections A-D prior to your graduating term. Courses may overlap with your major, minor, honors curriculum, or general education requirements.
    • Submit required forms to verify your participation in programs and/or activities
    • Complete all required courses with a C or above grade to fulfill requirements
    • Start your Global Option ePortfolio page upon starting the program and complete within one month of the start of your graduating term
    • Enter your graduating term with an overall 3.0 or above GPA

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  • Dean's Leadership Academy

    Leaders solve societal challenges, empower others, and elevate our quality of life. Start making a positive impact today by developing your leadership skills in the Dean’s Leadership Academy!

    Why participate in the Dean's Leadership Academy?

    Employers look to hire students who possess the following skills: teamwork (78% of employers), problem solving (77% of employers) and effective communication (75% of employers). By completing the DLA coursework, you will build these and many more.

    Curriculum Requirements:

    To complete the Certificate, you must complete five (5) of the courses listed below:


    MHR 2210: Personal Leadership and Team Effectiveness (3 credits)


    1. MHR 4244: Negotiations (3 credits) 
    2. MHR 3211: Leadership and Character (3 credits)
    3. MHR 3220: Leadership Legacy (3 credits)
    4. MHR 4228: Organizational Coaching (3 credits) 
    5. MHR 4235: Developing Leaders through Practical Exercises (3 credits)
    6. MHR 4236: Crucial Conversations (3 credits)

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