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Specialized Minor in Commerce

Students in an eligible Humanities program can take almost all of the same core business courses a Commerce major would take, all while earning a degree in Humanities. This combination will give students an edge in their future careers as graduate who not only have a solid foundation in core business topics but who can also engage in critical, ethical, and constructive enquiry, work with and understand diverse customers and colleagues, develop persuasive arguments that are grounded in evidence, and communicate complex and thought-provoking ideas. By taking this combination at McMaster, students will also benefit from the faculty’s emphasis on Humanities as Leadership, an emphasis which will prepare them to excel and rise to the challenges of an ever changing society.

Eligibility

Students apply at the end of their first year, at the same time as program selection (during the month of April). Admission is limited and selection is based on academic achievement. Students must meet or exceed the following criteria to apply:

·       Cumulative Grade Point Average of 6.0

·       Economics 1B03 with a minimum grade of B-

·       Economics 1BB3 or Math 1M03

·       Students must also qualify for and be enrolled in one of the following Single Honours programs:  Art History, Classics, Communication Studies, English, French, History, Justice, Political Philosophy, and Law, Linguistics, Multimedia, Philosophy, Theatre & Film Studies

How to Apply

Students apply using a service request. This can be found in your Mosaic Student Centre in the drop-down menu starting with ‘other academics…’. Applications are due no later than April 30.

Course Requirements

Click here to view the specific course requirements in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Comparison of Programs​

Specialized Minor in Commerce
(Single Honours Humanities Bachelor of Arts)

Honours Bachelor of Commerce


Year 1


Humanities Courses, including courses taken for admission to Honours B.A. program

Electives to include:
ECON 1B03 – Introductory Microeconomics
ECON 1BB3 – Introductory Macroeconomics OR
MATH 1M03 – Calculus for Business, Humanities and the Social Sciences


COMMERCE 1DE0 – Business I Orientationˆ
COMMERCE 1AA3 – Introductory Financial Accounting
COMMERCE 1BA3 – Organizational Behaviour
COMMERCE 1E03 – Business Environment and Organizationˆ
ECON 1B03 – Introductory Microeconomics
ECON 1BB3 – Introductory Macroeconomics
MATH 1M03 – Calculus for Business, Humanities and the Social Sciences (or MATH 1A03, or MATH 1LS3)

Electives


Years 2 & 3


Honours Humanities B.A. Requirements

Electives, to include:
6 units (2 courses) from
COMMERCE 1AA3 – Introductory Financial Accounting
COMMERCE 1BA3 – Organizational Behaviour

18 units (6 courses) from
COMMERCE 2AB3 – Managerial Accounting I
COMMERCE 2BC3 – Human Resource Management and Labour Relations
COMMERCE 2FA3 – Introduction to Finance
COMMERCE 2KA3 – Information Systems in Business
COMMERCE 2MA3 – Introduction to Marketing
COMMERce 2oc3 – Operations Management
COMMERCE 2QA3 – Applied Statistics for Business
COMMERCE 3MC3 – Applied Marketing Management
COMMERCE 3S03 – Management Skills Development


COMMERCE 2AB3 – Managerial Accounting I
COMMERCE 2BC3 – Human Resource Management and Labour Relations
COMMERCE 2FA3 – Introduction to Finance
COMMERCE 2KA3 – Information Systems in Business
COMMERCE 2MA3 – Introduction to Marketing
COMMERCE 2OC3 – Operations Management
COMMERCE 2QA3 – Applied Statistics for Business
COMMERCE 3FA3 – Managerial Financeˆ
COMMERCE 3MC3 – Applied Marketing Management
COMMERCE 3QA3 – Management Science for Businessˆ
COMMERCE 3S03 – Management Skills Development

12 units of Level 3 or 4 Commerce coursesˆ

Electives


Year 4


Honours Humanities B.A. Requirements

Electives to include:
3 units (1 course) from
HUMAN 4BU3 – Applied Arts and Commerce∗
HUMAN 3LM3 – The Art of Leadership: Mentorship∗
HUMAN 4LM3 – Reimagining Leadership∗

6 units of Level 3 or 4 Commerce courses


COMMERCE 4PA3 – Business Policy: Strategic Managementˆ
COMMERCE 4SA3 – International Businessˆ

Electives, which may include additional Level 3 or 4 Commerce courses


Degree


Honours B.A. with a Specialized Minor in Commerce


Honours Bachelor of Commerce


MBA


Subject to meeting all admission requirements, eligible applicants may complete the DeGroote School of Business’ Accelerated MBA program (8 months of full-time study)


Subject to meeting all admission requirements, eligible applicants may complete the DeGroote School of Business’ Accelerated MBA program (8 months of full-time study)

NOTES
∗Denotes courses taken as Minor-specific requirement
ˆDenotes courses taken as Commerce-specific requirement

 

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