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Corporate Strategy


The Corporate Strategy minor exposes students to the numerous methods that businesses use to create competitive advantage in their marketplace. Students learn how to evaluate the competitive implications of broad trends, analyze competitors, identify growth opportunities, and create successful brands. The Corporate Strategy minor helps students properly approach a vast array of business situations ranging from challenges with starting a new firm to growing revenue in a mature business.


The minor in Corporate Strategy requires 18 credit hours. Course Descriptions
The following courses are required:

  • FNEC 1600 (previously 140): Financial Accounting
  • MGRL 1100 (194): Fundamentals of Management
  • MGRL 3250 (198): Corporate Strategy

Three elective courses to be chosen from:

  • MGRL 1200 (190): Principles of Marketing
  • MGRL 2200: Data Analysis and Presentation
  • MGRL 3105 (185): Negotiation
  • MGRL 3200 (191): Advanced Marketing
  • MGRL 3209 (192): Creative Advertising
  • MGRL 3300 (195): Entrepreneurial Challenge
  • MGRL 2300 (196): Entrepreneurship: The Business Planning Process
  • MGRL 3110: Business Management
  • FNEC 2600 (220): Managerial Accounting
  • FNEC 2700 (240): Corporate Finance
  • FNEC 3705 (275): Financial Management
  • *CMST 2120 (204): Organizational and Managerial Communications

*CMST 2120 can only count toward the Corporate Strategy minor for students who have already successfully declared the minor and completed the course before the Fall 2014 semester.
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Minors may be combined with any departmental or interdisciplinary major; however, the minor in Managerial Studies must include 15 credit hours that are being counted solely toward the minor. Students electing a second minor in Managerial Studies must complete at least 12 credit hours counted solely toward the second minor. For those of you double minoring in Corporate Strategy and Financial Economics, you must view Financial Economics as your first minor and Corporate Strategy as your second minor.

Due to the unique situation of a double Managerial Studies minor, the Degree Audit in YES may sometimes lead students to the wrong conclusions about which classes or how many classes they need to take. If you are considering double minors in Managerial Studies we strongly recommend visiting the Managerial Studies administration to review course requirements in Calhoun 215.

We recommend that students take MGRL 1100, Fundamentals of Management and FNEC 1600, Financial Accounting as early as possible.

Always refer to your Undergraduate Catalog for the most accurate information.