Undergraduate Minors

Complement your major
with a business minor.

The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business offers nine minors, each open to eligible undergraduate students at Cornell University.


Employers are looking for graduates who understand how businesses operate, work well with others, contribute to cross-functional teams, and demonstrate complex problem-solving abilities. While you’ll gain some of these skills in your major, a business-focused minor broadens your perspective and develops these skills through real case studies and business simulations. And you’ll be among a diverse group of peers from other majors, colleges, and schools at Cornell.

Why pursue a minor in business?

By pursuing a minor from the SC Johnson College, you’ll have the opportunity to tap into resources offered by a top business school as you learn from esteemed faculty and practitioners and find connections throughout the college’s networks. Regardless of the industry you enter after graduation, it’s always beneficial to know and understand the major drivers of business decisions:

  • What is the market for a new product or service?
  • How can we operate more effectively and efficiently?
  • How does the current economy affect our organization’s decisions?
  • What financial implications does this decision have?

As a result, you’ll engage more effectively with your managers and counterparts, and if entrepreneurship is in your future, you can use your business minor as a stepping stone.

What’s the takeaway?

Added business experience can expand your career interests, open up new opportunities, and help you become more competitive in the job market, which could lead to a quicker career trajectory in an industry you’re passionate about.

Current students:


You can manage your minor and track your progress using the Business Minors Dashboard.


Explore minors
in the SC Johnson College

Choose from minors in business, entrepreneurship, applied economics, and real estate


Some minors are open to specific majors, while others are open to all Cornell University undergraduates. Research our minors and choose one that’s related to your career ambitions and eligibility requirements.


General business and entrepreneurship minors

Business Minor


Gain an understanding of general business concepts, frameworks, and methods

Open to: All Cornell undergraduates except students enrolled in SHA, Dyson, and ORIE

Business Minor

Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Develop a creative mindset and approach business challenges like an entrepreneur

Open to: All Cornell undergraduates except students enrolled in Dyson

Entrepreneurship & Innovation


Business minors for engineering and life sciences majors

Dyson Business Minor
for Life Sciences Majors


Understand business goals and practices related to science and healthcare career paths

Open to: Select majors in Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Human Ecology, and in CALS

Minor for Life Science Majors

Dyson Business Minor
for Engineers


Apply business principles to engineering products, solutions, and teams

Open to: Students in the College of Engineering and some majors in CALS and Arts & Sciences

Minor for Engineers


Applied economics and management minors

Agribusiness Management


Learn to address food and agriculture market challenges in the United States and abroad

Open to: All Cornell undergraduates except students enrolled in Dyson

Agribusiness Management

International Trade and
Development


Study trade, international finance, and economics of developing countries

Open to: All Cornell undergraduates except students enrolled in Dyson

International Trade & Development

Applied Economics


Gain a solid foundation in economics and how its theories are applied in the real world

Open to: All Cornell undergraduates except students enrolled in Dyson

Applied Economics

Environmental, Energy, and Resource Economics


Examine the role of sustainability in business and economics development

Open to: All Cornell undergraduates except students enrolled in Dyson

Resource Economics Minor


Real estate minor

Minor in Real Estate


Prepare for a career in the commercial real estate industry

Open to: All Cornell undergraduates students

Real Estate Minor


What’s next?

After you’ve explored the college’s minors above, you’ll need to make sure you’ve accounted for prerequisites and officially declared your intent to minor. For more information on how to declare your minor, our policies on transfer credits, and more, visit our FAQ and policies page.

Questions? Contact us:

B38 Warren Hall
Open during university business hours and by appointment
minors@business.cornell.edu