Undergrad classroom


The Carlson School undergraduate curriculum features:

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

  • 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)
  • BA 1001 Analyzing Business Problems using Excel (1 credit)
  • BA 2021 Career Skills (formerly BA 3000) (1 credit)
  • 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.

Fall semester

  • SCO 2550 Business Statistics: Data Sources, Presentation, and Analysis* (4 credits)
    Statistics may be an option for some students in their first year
  • 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 Supply Chain and Operations* (3 credits)
    • MGMT 3004 Business Strategy* (3 credits)
  • Additional course of student's choice (optional)

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

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 Human Resource Management and Strategy* (3 credits)
  • ACCT 3001 Introduction to Management Accounting* (3 credits)
  • IDSC 3001 Introduction to Information Technology in Business* (3 credits)
    Students planning to major in Management Information Systems should complete this class during their sophomore year.

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

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.

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.

You will complete an international experience at some 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.

1. Can identify, define, and solve business problems 

  • a. Evaluate and competently apply the common language, frameworks, and tools used by businesses and organizations to identify and solve problems. 
  • b. Consider the implications of organizational and external environments in implementing contextualized solutions.

2. Understand the impact of diverse philosophies and cultures on business and management practice within and across cultures 

  • a. Appreciate the importance of managing across borders in an increasingly global economic environment.
  • b. Can identify strategies to increase effectiveness when working with others whose culture, traditions, and language are different from their own. 

3. Can communicate effectively within a business and management context

  • a. Develop and deliver effective oral communications for business audiences.
  • b. Develop and deliver effective written communications for business audiences.

4. Have acquired skills for ethical and effective professional citizenship, and lifelong leadership and personal development 

  • a. Understands the contribution individual integrity makes to organizational social responsibility and demonstrates integrity in actions. 
  • b. Can effectively evaluate self and is prepared for continuous personal and professional growth.

Bringing Credits to College

Use the following resources to see how you could be awarded for college-level coursework you've already completed:

Advanced Placement Course Awards

International Baccalaureate Course Awards

Liberal Education Transfer Guides