Administrator: Revamped minor won’t hurt students

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    The requirements for the general business minor at the Neeley School of Business have been restructured, but the senior associate dean of the Neeley School said students will be hurt in no way, shape or form.

    The currently required six classes for the business minor have been revamped into six new classes that will combine the basics of the courses to make them more appropriate for non-business majors. Current business minors have had to seek department permission to register for some of the old minor requirements.

    With enrollment for non-business majors up to 600, the business school wanted to have courses that would be helpful to the non-business majors and not so specific in content, said Bill Moncrief, the senior associate dean of the business school.

    What the business school is trying to do is phase into the new business minor and phase out of old, he said. There is always a year or a year and a half of students who get caught in the middle of the change, but no one will be hurt by the changes, Moncrief said.

    The current business minor puts students in courses for business majors, and the restructured minor will have courses specifically for business minors.

    Heather Bing, a sophomore interior design major and business minor, said the restructured minor will be more beneficial because only the basics of the classes will be covered, which is what she wanted from a business minor.

    “The new classes will help business minors get a glance into the business world without having to be an expert in the field,” Bing said.

    Moncrief said the new classes will be structured differently than current classes and will cover more of an overview of the content.

    The current accounting classes, Principles of Financial Accounting and Principles of Managerial Accounting, are being replaced by one class, Introduction to Accounting.

    “Students will now just have one accounting class instead of two, which is something everyone is happy about,” Moncrief said.

    Kaitlyn Nobel, a sophomore advertising and public relations major and business minor, said she felt like she wasted her time taking two accounting classes when now only one will be required.

    “I had a hard time in one of my accounting classes, and it would have been a lot easier being in a class that was an overview of accounting, instead of in-depth. The new business minors have it a lot easier,” Nobel said.

    Nobel also said she knew of a lot of students who didn’t understand the new requirements and how the old classes would transfer.

    Moncrief said students are just nervous about a change, but that the change will not cost anyone for the negative.

    “If a students started on the old business minor, all those classes will count and replace what is a new minor requirement. No one will lose any credit for classes previously taken,” Moncrief said.

    The business school will work with students individually to help with the confusion and getting permits into the correct classes, Moncrief said.