Expanding Credentials

Foster School begins offering Business Minor, Business For Life Badge

Only a select number of students earn entrance to the Foster School’s degree programs each year. But so many more at the UW eventually work in business.

To equip them, the Foster School is offering new ways to build a business acumen.

The Business Minor is open to all non-business majors, intended to offer broader inclusion and accessibility to students around the UW—from classics to pharmacology, from human centered design to law, societies and justice.

The six-course minor program offers the opportunity to construct a set of fundamental business skills through courses in finance, accounting, management, marketing, sales and information systems, plus more than a dozen electives to accommodate individual career interests.

Short of the minor, Foster also now offers a Business for Life digital badge. The badge is a suite of verifiable micro-credentials that can be displayed on social media such as LinkedIn and used in digital portfolios and resumes. Earning the Business for Life badge requires completing introductory finance and accounting courses, plus two additional from the Business Minor core.

The curriculum for these programs was developed by Foster faculty and is offered in partnership with BECU.

Ed Kromer Managing Editor Foster School

Ed Kromer is the managing editor of Foster Business magazine. Over the past two decades, he has served as the school’s senior storyteller, writing about a wide array people, programs, insights and innovations that power the Foster School community.