Category: College of Business

Business Bash: Minor Programs and Pizza

TOMORROW April 10th @ 4:30 in room 101 of the Academic Office Building (AOB)
The COB will share information about minors. Our minors lead to exciting pathways for students to broaden their academic horizons, complement their majors, and cultivate skills essential for success in today’s dynamic professional landscape.

Minors may complement a wide range of majors and provide students with valuable interdisciplinary skills and knowledge. Below is a description of each minor offered; individual degree audit requirements are linked.

  • Business: In today’s fast-paced and competitive global economy, having a solid foundation in business principles is essential for success. Our Business Minor offers students a comprehensive overview of key concepts and skills necessary to thrive in diverse organizational settings. This minor is not open to students majoring in Accounting (BACC and BAC1), Engineering Management (BEM), Finance (BFIN), Management (BMGT, BMG1, BMG2), Management Information Systems (BMIS), and Marketing (BMKT).
  • Business IT Solutions: In an era where technology drives business innovation, this minor empowers students with the power to leverage IT solutions effectively within corporate landscapes. From data management to digital transformation strategies, students experience business and technology, equipping themselves for dynamic roles in modern enterprises. This minor is not open to students in Management Information Systems (BMIS)
  • Construction Management: This minor provides a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies involved in construction projects. Through courses encompassing project planning, risk management, and sustainable construction practices, students gain the knowledge sought after in the construction industry.
  • Economics: Explore the intricate mechanisms of economies and decision-making processes with our Economics minor. From macroeconomic principles to microeconomic analysis, students develop an understanding of economic phenomena, empowering them to navigate the complexities of global markets and policymaking realms. This minor is not open to students in Economics (BEC).
  • Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Innovation: For the aspiring innovators and disruptors, this minor offers a place to cultivate entrepreneurial mindsets and skills. From ideation to creation, students use their abilities to identify opportunities, navigate challenges, and drive impactful change in the entrepreneurial landscape.
  • FinTech: Dive into the intersection of finance and technology with our Fintech minor. From different trading practices, students will explore cutting-edge technologies shaping the future of financial services. Equipped with fintech expertise, they are poised to thrive in the rapidly evolving landscape of finance and banking.
  • Global Business: In an increasingly interconnected world, proficiency in global business practices is paramount. Our Global Business minor offers students a view of international markets, cross-cultural management strategies, and global supply chain dynamics. With a global mindset and cross-cultural competencies, students will excel in the interconnected global marketplace.

APMP Accepting Applications for 2024-25

Our Applied Portfolio Management Program (APMP) is now accepting applications for the 2024-25 Academic Year–DUE Mon, MARCH 11.   

Program participation, if accepted, begins in Summer 2024 with FIN4801 enrollment and continues through Spring 2025.

Go to the APMP website to download the application if you want to manage over $2 million in the stock market next year. 

This opportunity is open to ALL students regardless of major.

Cruz is Fall 2023 Undergraduate Commencement Speaker

Excerpt from Michigan Technological University blog by Cyndi Perkins.

Undergraduate student speaker Aerith Cruz, management information systems, enjoys skiing at Mont Ripley. A northern lights chaser and Keweenaw explorer, she carried out her goal to create and expand access to opportunities for others across campus by serving as a mentor to prospective students, an Orientation team leader and an ExSEL peer mentor at MTU’s Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success.

She also served on the Center for Diversity and Inclusion President’s Council, helping guide CDI initiatives and advocating for the needs of students across campus.

The Leading Scholar program brought Cruz to Tech. She’s been a proponent ever since, volunteering at 11 scholarship events and supporting prospective students as a Tech Pal mentor.

“My journey to Michigan Tech began in my junior year of high school, when I met an alumna while leading a FIRST Robotics demo at my former elementary school,” said Cruz, who hails from Chaska, Minnesota. “Her passion for Tech sparked my curiosity. When I explored what Michigan Tech has to offer, I discovered the Leading Scholar program. The application deadline was less than a week away! I challenged myself to pursue the opportunity. As a result, I was one of the six winners of Tech’s most prestigious and competitive full-ride scholarship award, which recognizes exemplary leadership and academic excellence.”

Cruz began paying the opportunity forward from the moment she arrived on campus, continuing to be involved in activities that challenge and nurture prospective Huskies competing in the scholarship program. 

“One of my Tech Pals from a 2020 Leading Scholar event recognized me in the dining hall years later,” Cruz said. “He acknowledged that I encouraged him to attend Tech and helped him be successful during his Leading Scholar event. It’s highly rewarding to see the impact of my leadership through the achievement of others.”

Cruz continued to challenge herself while at Tech, earning the 2023 President’s Award for Leadership and the Rising Star of the Year award.

As president of Michigan Tech’s section of the Society of Women Engineers, which has more than 200 members, Cruz presented at national conferences in 2021 and 2022, and was one of 10 students nationwide who received the Outstanding Collegiate Member Award at the 2023 SWE national conference. Cruz is only the second Michigan Tech SWE member to receive this award since the organization was established at MTU in 1976. 

Other highlights of Cruz’s term included hosting the event “Breaking Stereotypes for Women Engineers” and establishing the SWE Endowed Scholarship, which will award funding annually to a SWE member beginning in 2026. 

“I’m thrilled to leave a legacy in support of the future generations of women engineers at Michigan Tech.”Aerith Cruz, undergraduate student speaker, 2023 Midyear Commencement

-Aerith Cruz, undergraduate student speaker, 2023 Midyear Commencement

Cruz has also helped to further the cycle project, which provides menstrual products on campus at no charge, and created fundraisers for local Keweenaw organizations. She remains involved in FIRST Robotics, mentoring a team that advanced to the 2022 world championships semifinals, volunteering as a supervisor at competitions and serving as an executive board member of Copper Country Robotics.

Her philanthropy and leadership extends to her recreational activities. The former high school varsity fencer and coach became president of Michigan Tech’s Fencing Club, introducing beginner’s lessons, teaching at community events and creating a competitive training regimen. 

“Since then, more than 250 students and community members have tried the sport for the first time and active membership in the group has increased by 500%,” she said.

Cruz, who is completing her degree work in three and a half years, will begin her career as an associate technical project manager at 3M. “I look forward to moving with my family to Houston, Texas,” she said. “Our family — mom, dad, and younger sister — travel together. So far, we have traveled to 21 countries outside of the United States. I’m excited to continue our travels, exploring more of the world with my family.”

Cruz also credits faculty, family and friends for her success, including two particularly important influences. 

“My mother, Joana Cruz, is my inspiration and role model. She motivates and coaches me to strive to be the best version of myself. She supports me in every opportunity, activity and involvement I’ve pursued. I would not be who and where I am today without her,” she said. “I also extend my deepest gratitude to Dr. Gretchen Hein — the SWE advisor, my mentor and friend — who nominated me for the national SWE award and many others. She is my biggest advocate at Michigan Tech.”

“I am incredibly grateful to be selected as the undergraduate student speaker,” said Cruz. “With every opportunity that has been presented to me, I have always challenged myself with a simple question: ‘Why not? Let’s just go for it.’ I hope to inspire my fellow graduates to continue challenging themselves in their future endeavors, and that there can be a lot of impact within that simple question.”

Tools to find a general education course

Find classes to meet your general education requirements.  Using the “Attribute Search” will help you find classes available for a particular semester.

Advanced functions are available to search for classes on this site here

After you select the term (Spring 2024 or Summer 2024) you will go to the search functions (see picture below)

  1. SUBJECT:  Select multiple subjects by using the “Ctrl” + right click function or you can select all subjects with a left mouse click and highlight all subjects by dragging down.
  2. CAMPUS:  If wanting online courses select “MTU Online” in “Campus” search.   NOTE most online options are available in Summer terms and some online courses in Fall and Spring are limited regarding enrollment.
  3. PART OF TERM:  AKA Track A (1st Half of Term) or Track B (2nd Half of Term) is helpful especially in Summer to select the track you would wish to take a class.
  4. ATTRIBUTE TYPE:  Finally…need a course to fulfill a particular General Education requirement (attribute) such as a HUFA (Humanities and Fine Arts) course? This can provide a list of courses available to fulfill a requirement for a particular semester.  TIP:  Select multiple subjects or subjects you are interested in or all subjects to maximize the search.
Screenshot of the course search website

Idea Pitch Competition – Registration Now Open

Do you have an innovative idea that could disrupt the norm and redefine “business as usual”? If so, we invite you to showcase your innovation at the upcoming Fall 2023 Idea Pitch Competition. Register here

Date and Time: October 11, 2023, from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Location: Great Lakes Research Center, Room 202

At the Idea Pitch Competition, you will have a platform to present your groundbreaking idea in an engaging community setting. Each contestant will have THREE MINUTES to captivate the audience and judges with their visionary ideas. Judges will vote to select top pitches and award cash prizes to the top contestants:

  • First place: $200
  • Second place: $100
  • Third place: $50
  • Honorable mention: $25 
  • Audience favorite: $25

Pitch Deck Submissions Due: October 9, 2023 (Send to

Live Pitch Event: October 11, 2023, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

COB Golf Etiquette Outing (Sun, Sept 24)

We are excited to announce an upcoming event that will provide an excellent opportunity for both beginner golfers and those interested in learning about golf etiquette. Don’t worry if you’re new to golf; this outing is designed to be inclusive and educational for all skill levels. 

  • Event Details: Date: Sunday, September 24th 
  • Golfers will be placed on tee times from 3-5pm 
  • Location: Portage Lake Golf Course

During this outing, you will have the chance to:

Learn Golf Etiquette: Our experienced “mentors” will provide insights into golf etiquette, rules, and the dos and don’ts on the golf course, making it an ideal event for beginners. Network and Socialize: Golf is not just a sport; it’s a valuable tool for building relationships, both personally and professionally. You’ll have the chance to connect with fellow students who share your interest in golf and business.

Practice Your Swing: For those who are new to golf or looking to improve their game, there will be opportunities to practice your swing and get out on the course! 

To sign up for the outing, please fill out the Google Form linked below:

Space is limited, so make sure to secure your spot by registering early. We look forward to seeing you on September 24th for a day of learning, networking, and, of course, golf! If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to contact Roger Woods ( or Madison Mattila ( Thank you, and we can’t wait to tee off with you!  

Madison Mattila

3rd Year Undergraduate Student

Resume and Headshot Special Event by KSI

Mon, Sept 18, 2023

Refine your professional presence at KSI’s (Kappa Sigma Iota for Accounting) first event of the year!

Discover strategies for crafting a standout resume from experienced faculty in the COB. Additionally, get a headshot to enhance your profile. Elevate your personal brand and prepare to leave a lasting impact.

Join KSI for this exciting event ($15) and gain access to all club events for the rest of the year at no additional cost. Headshots are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Show up anytime from 5-6:30!