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Global Business Practices to Improve the Human Condition Minor

Any student at Virginia Tech can put Ut Prosim into action by completing the Minor in Global Business Practices to Improve the Human Condition. This interdisciplinary minor will teach students how to address societal issues using sound business practices in an international setting.

Why do it?

Business practices can act as a catalyst for change. Students will benefit from understanding global societal issues and the awareness and application of business practices which can be used to foster social change and improve prosperity. They will integrate knowledge and awareness gained throughout this minor into a capstone course, and then apply that knowledge to a small community project with an international component.

“I was able to participate in classes that I would have never known even existed before. I was able to meet many people who are so different from me and gain a new perspective on many different things.” - Global Business Practices to Improve the Human Condition graduate, 2022


The 21-credit hour minor in Global Business Practices to Improve the Human Condition includes 12 hours of required core courses, 6 hours of elective courses chosen either the social change or prosperity track, and a 3-hour capstone experience.

HTM/MGT 2314: International Business
ECON 2005: Principles of Economics
BIT/MGT 2404: Multicultural Problem Solving and Analytics
ECON 3034: Poverty and Discrimination

Students select 6 credit hours of elective courses from one of two tracks, with course topics such as multicultural communication, international management, community service learning, economic justice, sustainable urbanization, and social entrepreneurship. For a complete list of elective courses, consult the Registrar checksheet (follow this link, click on 'checksheets', scroll down to Minors, and find the minor checksheet you're interested in).

Who is it for?

The minor in Global Business Practices to Improve the Human Condition is open to all interested students with a GPA of at least a 2.0.

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This minor is hosted by Pamplin International Programs in collaboration with numerous departments across Virginia Tech.

Pathways Concepts

Core Concepts*
1a - Advanced/Applied Discourse
2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities
3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences
5f - Foundational Quantitative and Computational Thinking
5a - Advanced/Applied Quantitative and Computational Thinking
7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States
*Students are guaranteed to meet at least three of the core concepts listed

Integrative Concepts
Ethical Reasoning
Intercultural and Global Awareness