Undergraduate studentsThe Carlson School undergraduate curriculum features:

This is a sample of a typical four-year plan. Your actual schedule may vary and your academic adviser will help plan your coursework to meet your educational goals.

First Year Coursework
  • ECON 1101 Principles of Microeconomics* (4 credits)
  • ECON 1102 Principles of Macroeconomics* (4 credits)
  • MATH 1142 Short Calculus* or MATH 1271, Calculus I* (4 credits)
  • MGMT 1001 Contemporary Management* (3 credits)
    Students who enter the program as a Junior transfer student will take MGMT 3001 instead of MGMT 1001.
  • MGMT 1005 Corporate Responsibility & Ethics* (3 credits)
  • WRIT 1301 or 1401 Freshman Writing, or equivalent* (4 credits)
  • PSY 1001 Introduction to Psychology (4 credits)
  • Liberal Education Requirements

Students must complete all designated courses (*) with a C- or better.

Second Year Coursework

Fall semester

  • SCO 2550 Business Statistics: Data Sources, Presentation, and Analysis* (4 credits)
  • ACCT 2050 Introduction to Financial Accounting* (4 credits)
  • Liberal Education Requirements
  • ​Additional core course such as IDSC 3001 or HRIR 3021

Spring semester

  • Immersion Core
    • MKTG 3001 Principles of Marketing* (3 credits)
    • FINA 3001 Finance Fundamentals* (3 credits)
    • SCO 3001 Introduction to Operations Management* (3 credits)
    • MGMT 3004 Business Strategy* (3 credits)
  • BA 3000 Career Skills (1 credit)
  • ​Additional course of student's choice (optional)

Students must complete all designated courses (*) with a C- or better.

Additional Core Requirements

To help you gain a well-rounded perspective you will take additional key business coursework throughout your undergraduate degree including:

  • MGMT 3033W Business Communication* (3 credits)
  • HRIR 3021 Personnel and Industrial Relations* (3 credits)
  • ACCT 3001 Introduction to Management Accounting* (3 credits)
  • IDSC 3001 Information Systems for Business Processes and Management* (3 credits)
    Students planning to major in Management Information Systems should complete this class during their sophomore year.
Majors and Minors

Once admitted to the Carlson School you have your choice of 10 majors and best of all, there are no additional requirements to get into your major. If you can't choose just one you can explore double majors and minors, including over 140 options offered at the University of Minnesota. You will declare your major in your sophomore year and spend junior and senior year focusing on your upper-division major coursework.

Liberal Education Requirements

To earn a degree at the University of Minnesota you must complete Liberal Education requirements, which complement your major curriculum and help you learn new ways of thinking. These courses are designed to be integrated throughout your undergraduate experience.

International Experience

You will complete an international experience at some point point during your undergraduate experience to help expand your global business knowledge. There are hundreds of short term and semester length programs at the University of Minnesota to choose from. Both the Carlson Global Institute and Learning Abroad Center offer programs around the globe that fulfill the requirement. You will participate in International Experience (IE) 101 early in your program to begin planning.

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