Apr 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

General Business Minor

A minor in general business is available to all JMU students in good standing. The application process is non-competitive for students in the majors listed below and competitive for all others. Students who declare one of the following majors are automatically eligible for the general business minor and may declare the minor without submitting an application:

  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Health Services Administration
  • Hospitality Management
  • Physics
  • Sport and Recreation Management

If a student changes majors, they may be required to apply and be accepted into the minor, regardless of whether or not the student has completed any of the course requirements. 

Students are highly encouraged to officially declare the minor prior to taking courses within the minor. Completion of courses in the minor courses does not guarantee nor facilitate acceptance into the minor.

Students with declared majors in any other undergraduate degree program may submit an application for consideration for admission into the general business minor. Admission is limited and competitive based on an applicant’s admission packet consisting of: 

  • An essay describing motivation for earning the general business minor.
  • Grades earned in General Education Cluster 1 – Critical Thinking and Cluster 3 Quantitative Reasoning courses. Only applicants with minimum grades of “C” are eligible for consideration.
  • Students seeking to declare the minor must electronically submit their application packets prior to March 1 or October 1 for admission consideration for the subsequent fall and spring semesters. Applications are accepted year-round but are only reviewed in March and October.


The following courses must be successfully completed with a minimum 2.0 grade point average in order to graduate with the general business minor.

Total: 18 Credit Hours


1 COB 242  may substitute for ACTG 244 .

2 COB 204  may substitute for CIS 204 .

3 Engineering majors may substitute ENGR 221  and ENGR 322  for MGT 305 .

Matriculated JMU students may only take one minor course for transfer credit. Students who plan to take a course for transfer credit should review the Office of the Registrar’s guidelines and complete the Permission to Take Courses for Transfer Credit form, including all signatures, prior to registering for the course elsewhere.