The government contracting market sector is huge. At the federal level, alone, the U.S. General Accountability Office reported that annual obligations through contracts for goods and services exceeded $430 billion. Many of the federal agencies that contract for goods and services, as well as the contractors that carry out those contracts, are in the Washington DC metropolitan area. There is a need to prepare those Business School students who seek careers in government agencies or with government contractors with the skills and knowledge to promote success in their careers. A minor in government contracting will meet this need by providing students with an understanding of the best practices, processes, and methodologies of government contracting. Students will gain this understanding from a government agency’s perspective, as well as from a government contractor’s perspective.


At least eight credits of the minor courses must be unique to the Government Contracting Minor and not applied toward any other major, minor, or concentration. Students must achieve a grade of C or better in each course that is applied toward the minor. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: GOVC

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

Required Courses

BUS 315Introduction to the Government Contracting Industry3
MKTG 307Federal Government Marketing3
Total Credits6


Choose 3 of the following courses:
ACCT 320Introduction to Government Accounting 1
ACCT 472Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting 1
FNAN 341Introduction to Firm Valuation
MGMT 413Organizational Development and Management Consulting
MIS 431Data Mining for Business Applications
OSCM 320Supply Chain Management in a Global Economy
OSCM 465Government Contracting and Procurement
Total Credits9