The Belk College offers minors in Economics (ECON), International Management, Management Information Systems (MGIS), and Operations and Supply Chain Management (OPER).
The study of Economics offers students a problem-solving discipline to foster their intellectual and career development. It provides students with a balanced and broad educational background and prepares them to choose from a wide range of career alternatives.
The Economics program explores the economic decisions of individuals, businesses, governments, and other institutions. It examines the nature of economic activity, why it takes place, and how it affects everyone's lives. The program includes elective courses that enable students to tailor their educational program to meet personal needs and interests. The study of economics also helps students develop a way of thinking that is logical and rigorous. It provides decision-making tools that they can apply to personal as well as business decisions and use to address the many economic decisions they will face in the future.
The Minor in International Management is designed to provide students who have an interest in global business with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of international management. Topic areas include the international business environment, including economic trends, politics, and cultural variations and norms; managerial issues, including all functions of a typical multinational enterprise such as organization, production, marketing, human resources, political risk assessment, and negotiation; and international finance. The Minor in International Management offers students a competitive advantage in career opportunities across a broad spectrum of business and government sectors both domestically and globally. The Minor in International Management is only open to students majoring in the Belk College of Business.
Management Information Systems
The minor in Management Information Systems is designed to provide students who have an interest in business information systems with a broad foundation for integrating information technology techniques and concepts into their major field of study in business. The demand for business graduates who are knowledgeable about the design, planning, developing, managing and evaluating of information systems continues to increase as the economy moves from a manufacturing to an information base. The demand for MIS professionals has increased dramatically during the past ten years and the trend is expected to continue. However, there is also an increase in the demand for management information systems professionals who have an in-depth understanding of the application domain and who can apply MIS concepts in contexts which are more specific to their major. Thus, professionals with a primary interest and expertise in marketing, health care, banking, finance, accounting, management, are being sought by business application-area specialists. The focus of the minor in MIS; to impart a framework for understanding MIS and for utilizing MIS tools to the non-MIS majors. The minor will offer graduates a competitive advantage in terms of the types of positions for which they qualify. Graduates of the program will be able to act as technical liaisons between MIS professionals and their home departments, as sales specialists for specialized software/applications systems, and as technical representatives.
Operations and Supply Chain Management
The minor in Operations Management (OM) is designed to provide Business and non-Business students who have an interest in supply chain management, manufacturing, and service operations with a broad foundation of OM concepts and analytical methodology to be integrated into their major field of study.
The minor will offer graduates a competitive advantage in terms of the types of positions for which they qualify. The minor in OM is directed not only at UNC Charlotte students majoring in Business but also those majoring in other Colleges. The benefits of a minor in OM include increased marketability in the public and private sector and the ability to leverage one's major discipline with a solid understanding of one business area, increased analytical thinking, problem solving ability, and an understanding of internal and external environments of service and business organizations.