Adding business skills and acumen to your Bachelor of Arts studies at VIU is a powerful combination for future career success. Taking a minor in business along with a major in another subject for your Bachelor of Arts degree adds balance to your education, teaching you the practical aspects of how organizations and economies work, and augments your critical thinking, creativity and problem-solving skills.
Taking business studies courses allows you to turn your passion into a unique business venture, or move into administrative or management positions where an introduction to business will serve you well. This interdisciplinary studies in business program gives you a well-rounded skill-set to find success when applying to many jobs in many different types of organizations.
Business plays a major role in the structure and functioning of contemporary society. Rapid changes in technology, environmental pressures on natural resources, structural shifts in the economy, changes in consumer preferences, global competition, and employment dislocation in many industries all necessitate a better understanding of the role and nature of business in today's society.
VIU's B.A., Minor in Business, contains a liberal arts component to improve students' understanding of the intellectual and applied linkages between Social Sciences, Humanities and Business. Also, combined with studies in other areas, it will provide students with business knowledge and skills that will enhance their opportunities for employment. Students will develop an appreciation and understanding of how to achieve organizational objectives within the constraints and opportunities of a diverse and turbulent external environment. Lectures, seminars, research projects and case studies are augmented by computer simulation exercises, "live" field exercises, and computer lab-based instruction.
Years 1 and 2
Note: Mathematics 11 with minimum “C ” grade, and Mathematics 12 with minimum “C” grade, or equivalents, are prerequisites for many Business courses.
Years 3 and 4