Business Advising Center

HBS Academic Policies

Please note that the following academic policies apply to Herberger Business School students only.

Declare a Business Major. A student can declare a business major by contacting the Office of Records and Registration, AS 118, or by changing their major. The student should then go to the Business Advising Center (CH 229) where they will meet with a business advisor.

Declared business majors without HBS Upper Division Status meet with a business advisor in the Business Advising Center to receive their access codes for registration each semester.

Declared business majors without HBS Upper Division Status are allowed to register for the following lower division business core courses only if they have completed at least 12 credits of other course work with an overall GPA of at least 2.40 by the registration period of the semester of enrollment: ACCT 291, ACCT 292, BLAW 235, IS/STAT 242, MGMT 201, and MKTG 220.

HBS Upper Division Status. To be considered for Upper Division Status in the Herberger Business School, a declared business student must have:

  1. Achieved an overall GPA of at least 2.5.
  2. Completed at least 40 credits at the time of application to HBS Upper Division Status, including HBS 111, ENGL 191, CMST 192, MATH 106 or MATH 112, and ACCT 291, the latter two courses with a grade of “C-” or better.
  3. Enrolled in (or completed) ACCT 292, BLAW 235, ECON 205, ECON 206, IS/STAT 242, and CNA/CSCI 169. (IS/STAT 242 and CNA/CSCI 169 require a grade of “C-“ or better).

Note: To be eligible for HBS Upper Division Status in Accounting, students must have a 2.5 GPA average in ACCT 291 and ACCT 292.

Declared business students must apply for HBS Upper Division Status in the Business Advising Center (CH 229). HBS Upper Division Status is not granted until the Admit to Upper Division Status form is signed by the student, the faculty advisor, and the Business Advising Center. It is then submitted to the Office of Records and Registration. This process can take a week or more, thus students should meet with their major advisor well before registration for the next semester begins.

Admission to Herberger Business School Minors and Courses

Non-business majors may take no more than 30 credits in the Herberger Business School.

Minor Programs in Business. Students interested in minoring in business should visit with the Business Advising Center for information and application information. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for admission to a minor.

Non-business major students may complete only one minor in the Herberger Business School. The following eight minors are available for non-business major students: Entrepreneurship; Finance; General Business; Global Business; Information Systems; Management; Marketing; or Real Estate.

The following six minors are available for business majors: Finance; Global Business; Information Systems; Management; Marketing; or Real Estate. Business majors cannot minor in Entrepreneurship or General Business. 

Enrollment in 300/400 Level Herberger Business School Courses. Students with declared business majors with HBS upper division status and minors who have completed 40 semester credits may register for upper-division (300/400 level) business school courses. Permission of the department chair is required for ALL OTHER STUDENTS to enroll in upper-division business courses. Generally, permission is given only if the student: (a) has completed at least 40 credits, (b) has been admitted a major or minor program requiring these courses, (c) has a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, and (d) has the appropriate prerequisites. 

Other Herberger Business School Academic Policies

Changing HBS Majors. Students can switch to another major within the School. Students switching to the Accounting major must have a 2.5 GPA average in ACCT 291 and ACCT 292.

Residence Requirement. Students choosing a business major must complete a minimum of 30 resident upper division credits (300-400 level) in the Herberger Business School at St. Cloud State University.

Core Requirements for Business Programs

All students majoring in business must complete the following courses.

The first set of courses is part of the lower business core and must be completed or enrolled in before applying for HBS Upper Division Status.

  • HBS 111 Orientation to the Herberger Business School (1 cr.)
  • MATH 106 Finite Mathematics* OR MATH 112 College Algebra*
  • ACCT 291 Accounting I*
  • ENGL 191 Introduction to Rhetorical and Analytical Writing
  • CMST 192 Introduction to Communication Studies
  • ACCT 292 Accounting II
  • BLAW 235 The Legal, Global and Ethical Environment of Business
  • IS/STAT 242 Business Statistics*
  • ECON 205 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 206 Principles of Microeconomics
  • CSCI/CNA 169 Computers in Society*

* A grade of “C-“ or better is required. 

The following three courses can be completed either before or after admission to HBS Upper Division Status.

  • HBS 211 Career Essentials
  • MGMT 201 Introduction to Professional Management
  • MKTG 220 Introduction to Marketing

The following five courses are ordinarily completed after the student earns HBS Upper Division Status:

  • MKTG 333 Business Communication Strategies (Note: ENGL 332 or CMST 341 are also allowable courses to meet this requirement and can be completed before being admitted to HBS Upper Division Status)
  • IS 340 Management Information Systems
  • FIRE 371 Managerial Finance
  • MGMT 383 Operations Management
  • MGMT 497 Strategic Management (to be taken in the last semester of enrollment; must be taken at SCSU) 

Suggested plans of study (degree maps) for all majors in the Herberger Business School are available online (type “degree maps” in the search field of the SCSU website).

Transfer Policies

Please go to for additional HBS academic policies related to transfer students and transfer credits.


Last Updated: 8/3/2021