Applied Economics Minor


The applied economics minor will give you a solid foundation in economics principles and how they’re put into action in the real world. You’ll develop critical thinking skills, an analytical approach to problem solving, proficiency data analysis, and knowledge of financial and economic concepts. Overall, you’ll begin to understand how the production, distribution, and consumption of wealth affects business and policy decisions and the economy.

After completing prerequisites in introductory economics, your elective courses can focus on specific industries and areas such the environment and natural resources, international development, food policy, agriculture, and the public sector.

Who’s eligible for the applied economics minor?


All Cornell undergraduates except students enrolled in Dyson

How many credits are required?


18 credits (3 must be AEM) on topics like microeconomics, macroeconomics, trade and finance, and policy

I’m interested. What’s next?


After reviewing the requirements below and our FAQ and policies page, you can begin the process using the Business Minors Dashboard.

Current students:


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


Prerequisites for the applied economics minor

You are required to complete 6 prerequisite credits in microeconomics and macroeconomics before you can begin the core courses for the applied economics minor. Transfer and AP credits can be applied toward these prerequisite courses.

Core requirements for the applied economics minor

The applied economics minor’s core includes 12 credits. Keep in mind that 3 of these 9 credits must be fulfilled with AEM courses.

All core courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. Transfer courses are not permitted for core requirements. Students may not “double count” courses that overlap with other AEM minors—the course you choose can only count toward one minor. To count toward your 3 AEM credits, a course must have the AEM course code.