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Why is a Managerial Studies minor better than a major in business?

A minor in Managerial Studies offers the student the opportunity to not only explore business, but also other studies of choice. Each student in the Managerial Studies Program develops a unique way of thinking that is complemented by a differentiated knowledge base. Unlike a traditional business program, the Managerial Studies Program is not limited to students wishing to work in business after college. The Managerial Studies Program is designed to also help future doctors, lawyers, artists, and other professionals prepare for their unique endeavors.

Given my course schedule, I am unable to squeeze in a minor in Managerial Studies. What key courses would you recommend to give me some business basics?

Students sample our Managerial Studies courses for many reasons. Some try a course or two to see if they have a genuine interest in business. Others want to learn some key concepts and the language of business so that the transition to the working world will be smoother. We would recommend any of the following courses as good starting points:

  • MGRL 1100: Fundamentals of Management
  • MGRL 1200: Principles of Marketing
  • FNEC 1600: Accounting

What job opportunities do I have with a minor in Managerial Studies?

A wide range of employers hires from Vanderbilt each year. The skills and knowledge you gain with a Managerial Studies minor are highly desired by corporations, financial institutions, consulting firms, and many other different employers. You will be able to converse in the language of business about current events in the marketplace and demonstrate your analytical skills in interview case studies.

I plan to work in the non-profit sector. What value does a minor in Managerial Studies have for me?

Understanding finance, marketing, and strategy is essential to working in the non-profit sector. Starting a charity or a service organization involves the same knowledge and skills that an entrepreneur needs when starting a for-profit company. A student can become invaluable to a non-profit organization when he or she is capable of creating annual budgets, marketing to new volunteers and donors, generating positive public relations, or strategizing on how to best serve the clients of the organization.