Marketing Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I declare a major in marketing?

You must declare a major by completing a major request form in the College of Business Undergraduate Advising and Student Resources office, Barsema Hall 201. When you apply to NIU, you're asked your "intended" major. This is not the same as declaring your major. If you're not sure if you completed a major request form, ask your academic advisor.

Do you offer a minor in marketing?

Regardless of your major, you can minor in marketing to enhance your skills in preparation for entry-level career opportunities.

What jobs can I get with a marketing degree?

You can have a career in fields such as advertising, interactive marketing, marketing research, product/brand management, public relations, retailing, sales and sales promotion. You are strongly advised to take courses in your interested area of study, to become active in a professional student organization and participate in at least one internship. Entry-level positions for NIU marketing graduates include sales, interactive marketing, marketing research and retailing management.

Are scholarships available to marketing majors?

The Department of Marketing awards scholarships and monetary awards to upper-division marketing majors every spring semester. You must be a declared marketing major, have successfully completed UBUS 310 and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. You must meet all of the eligibility requirements and submit articles of criteria by the due date of Feb. 1 to the Department of Marketing.

Who is my academic advisor?

If you're a freshman or sophomore, your academic advisors are located in the College of Business Undergraduate Advising and Student Resources office, Barsema Hall 201.

If you're a junior or senior who has completed or is currently enrolled in UBUS 310, your academic advisor is Emily Cronauer in the Department of Marketing, Barsema Hall 128.

When do I need to make an appointment to see my academic advisor?

You should meet with your academic advisor every semester to make sure you are meeting graduation requirements. The best time to schedule an appointment is early in the semester, to avoid the bottleneck during registration. Check with the Department of Marketing front desk to schedule an appointment with Emily Cronauer.

What courses are required?

All business majors are required to take the same business core courses. As a marketing major, you have specific required courses.

What are the specialized areas of study in marketing?
  • Professional sales
  • Digital marketing
What are marketing electives and how many do I need?

Marketing electives are 300- and 400-level marketing courses that are not required. Marketing electives are three (3) credit hour courses with the exception of MKTG 395. You must take 9-12 credit hours of marketing electives.

Where can I find course descriptions?

Catalog course descriptions may be found in the course catalog.

What is the portfolio?

All graduating marketing majors are required to complete a student portfolio consisting of examples of marketing course work.

When do I submit a portfolio?

Graduating seniors submit their portfolios during the last two weeks (prior to final exam week) of their final semester in marketing courses.

How do I register for classes?

Log in to MyNIU using your zID and password. Click on "Enrollment" on the left toolbar.

When do I register for classes?

Log in to MyNIU, click on "Enrollment" on the left toolbar, then click on "Enrollment Dates" to find out which day your appointment is to begin registering for classes.

How do I enroll in permit courses?

Obtain a permit number from your advisor or course instructor.

If a class is closed, can I ask the teacher permission to take it?

If a class is closed, contact the Department of Marketing advisor. Marketing faculty will refer you to the advisor since they're not able to enroll students or change class limits.

How do I find course offerings?

Choose the "Search for Classes" option on MyNIU and then click "Search."

How do I know if I meet all graduation requirements?

You can review the university graduation requirements. It's important that you meet with your academic advisor should you have any questions. Your individual academic progress report is also available through MyNIU using the "Self Service" link and then selecting the "Degree Progress/Graduation" option.

When and how do I apply for graduation?

You may apply for graduation through MyNIU using the "Self Service" link and then selecting the "Degree Progress/Graduation" option.

  • For May graduation: Dec. 1
  • For August graduation: May 1
  • For December graduation: July 1
How do I obtain an internship?

Internship opportunities are emailed to you as they become available. Career Services also posts internship positions to their website, and they offer the NIU Internship Fair every fall and spring semester. If you're interested in receiving academic credit for your internship, you must meet with Academic Advisor and Internship Coordinator Emily Cronauer. You must have completed UBUS 310 to be eligible.

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