Business Minors

Although many people don’t consider themselves to be businesspeople, every career involves business skills in some way. General business and concentrated minors provide an excellent complementary set of skills to enhance a student’s primary career goals and degree.

These skills include understanding business fundamentals, competition between firms, management of people and processes, financial accounting and financial statements, financial management and investing, international trade and cross-cultural awareness.


The Department of Business Administration offers the following minors:


With a minor in accounting, students will study accounting principles, intermediate accounting and have the opportunity to add 2 other business electives.


Students pursuing a minor in business will study accounting principles, economics and principles of management and have the option to add 2 other business electives.


With a minor in finance, students will learn the skills of financial management, investment brokerage, insurance and real estate. Students will study accounting principles, macroeconomics and business finance.


International Business
A minor in international business will learn the trends and practices that prepare them to succeed with colleagues and business partners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Students will study accounting principles, macroeconomics and business finance.


Students pursuing a minor in marketing will study microeconomics, principles of marketing and have the opportunity to take 3 other marketing minor electives.


If you’re interested in becoming business savvy with a business minor while pursuing a non-business degree, we encourage you to speak with one of our advisors early in your college career to be better prepared to add this into your studies. Any of these minors’ pair well with another degree in business, communication, nursing or education.

Ruber Raul Alvarez Matos graduated from Southwestern Adventist University with degrees from the Department of Business Administration and Department of Religion.
“I decided to be a pastor when I was in my freshman year but learning about business had always been one of my passions. Knowing about business has helped me in my ministry in a tremendous way. Learning about accounting and finance has helped me understand the financial reports that the treasures of my churches hand me in our board meetings. Knowing about management has helped me to be a better leader and understand the many things that I can do to serve my churches better.
“A few particular classes helped me to find a vision, a goal and then come up with a strategy. Doing the SWOT analysis before making any important decisions in the church has saved me from many failures. Those are things that you can only learn by taking business classes. Overall, I can say that my business degree has helped me become the pastor that I am today.”


While you may not think of business directly relating to your career path, business is used in almost every industry. Adding a business minor gives you the knowledge of how a company works, business expertise, financial understanding, communication skills and leadership skills.


  • Payroll
  • Accountant
  • Cash Management
  • Copywriter
  • Technical Writer
  • Public Relations
  • Graphic Designer
  • Business Development Manager
  • Cost Estimator
  • Financial Analyst
  • Asset Manager
  • Budget Analyst

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Faculty Profiles

Aaron Moses, PhD

Department of Business Administration
AdventHealth Endowed Chair of Business Administrat

Satyanarayana Ramella, PhD

Department of Business & Financial Services
Assistant Vice President

Chanda Santo, MBA

Department of Business Administration
Assistant Professor