Courses of Interest for Business Careers

If you are interested in a career in business, you should include courses in fields such as business, labor and employment relations, or health policy administration in your plan of study. Speak with HDFS and other relevant department advisers to develop an appropriate plan of study based on your interests. We have identified many courses that you can take to learn skills relevant to these careers. We have clustered them according to where they fit into your degree audit to help you with planning.

Do not just randomly pick classes from these lists. Carefully consider your goals and what you need to learn, and then select courses that fit your interests. Students interested in human resources will take very different courses than students interested in managing a resort or theme park. See our academic advisers and advisers in relevant fields of study for assistance.

Additional advising for business-related fields of study:

Relevant general education classes

Your Social & Behavioral Science classes can be particularly helpful as you explore careers in business. Be sure to consider the 3-6-9 option, which allows you to take 9 credits of social and behavioral sciences.

Examples of relevant GS courses include, but are not limited to:

AEE 201 (GS)
Interpersonal Skills for Tomorrow's Leaders (3) Study of concepts of self identity, values and interpersonal relations as related to professional and personal life.

AYFCE 211 (CAS 222, CIVCM 211) (GS;US;IL)
Foundations: Civic and Community Engagement (3) Conceptual foundations of public scholarship and orientation to contemporary themes and issues in civic and community engagement.

AYFCE 270 (GS)
Consumer and Financial Skills (3) Introduces consumer and financial concepts and skills needed to function in society; increases financial security today and in the future.

B A 100 (GS)
Introduction to Business (3) A comprehensive view of the contemporary environment of business.

ECON 014 (GS)
Principles of Economics (3) Analysis of the American economy, emphasizing the nature and interrelationships of such groups as consumers, business, governments, labor, and financial institutions. Students who have passed ECON 002 or 004 or are registered in the College of Business Administration may not schedule this course.

ECON 102 (GS)
Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy (3) Methods of economic analysis and their use; price determination; theory of the firm; distribution.

ECON 315 (GS)
Labor Economics (3) Economic analysis of employment, earnings, and the labor market; labor relations; related government policies.

ECON 342 (GS)
Industrial Organization (3) Industrial concentration, size, and efficiency of business firms, market structure and performance, competitive behavior, public policy and antitrust issues.

IST 110 (GS)
Information, People and Technology (3) The use, analysis and design of information systems and technologies to organize, coordinate, and inform human enterprises.

LER 100 (GS)
Employment Relations (3) Introductory analysis of the employment relationship and of the interrelated interests of managements, workers, unions, and the public.

OLEAD 100 (GS)
Introduction to Leadership (3) This course introduces key leadership concepts and practices based on current theory and research. It is designed to help students to discover the knowledge and skills that are characteristic of effective leaders.

Relevant HDFS electives

Several HDFS courses are relevant to this career path. Some of the required courses are particularly important including HDFS 301, HDFS 411, and HDFS 455. Other courses are very relevant to these fields, including:

Administrative knowledge

HDFS 216: Personal and Interpersonal Skills

HDFS 440: Family Policy

HDFS 446: Programs and Services in Gerontology

HDFS 453: Family Participation and Involvement in Child Services

Special topics that may be relevant, based on your career goals

HDFS 416: Racial and Ethnic Diversity

HDFS 424: Family Development in an Economic Context

HDFS 425: Work as a Context of Human Development

Supporting courses for students interested in business careers

**Keep in mind you may take either HDFS courses or courses in other fields to fill in your supporting courses. It is your choice. Please go to corresponding department advising for information about the courses you would like to take. Some courses might be on our supporting courses list such as:

Courses that may be particularly relevant:

  • ACCTG, BA and MGMT: take courses in small business administration and management
  • CAS: courses in conflict resolution, organizational communication, and civic and community engagement are highly relevant
  • ECON: A basic understanding of economics is important if you want to be involved in business fields
  • HPA: courses in public health administration may be relevant
  • LER: understanding labor and employment relations can be very important for careers in human resources
  • PSYCH: there are interesting courses in organizational psychology that are very relevant
  • RHS: courses focus on working with individuals and groups

Optional Minors

As you think about courses to take, you may want to consider adding a minor. Relevant minors include Business/Liberal Arts, Business Logistics, Communications Arts and Sciences, Dispute Management and Resolution, Economics, Education Policy Studies, Health Policy and Administration, Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Leadership Development, Recreation, Parks & Tourism Management, and Supply Chain and Information Sciences Technology.