Applied Economics

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

After completing courses 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, and any majors that include overlap of two or more core courses.

How many credits are required?

12 core credits on topics like intermediate microeconomics, trade, finance, and policy. In addition, 6 credits in introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics.

I’m interested. What’s next?

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

Current business minor students:

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

Foundation Courses

This minor requires 6 credits in microeconomics and macroeconomics before taking the minor’s core courses. A letter grade of a C or better is required.

Core Requirements

The minor’s core requirements (12 credits) must be fulfilled by taking courses from the lists below.  Please note that 9 credits must be SC Johnson College of Business courses, which include any course code of AEM, HADM, NBA, or NCC.

*Econ Majors – please note that cross-listed ECON course codes will NOT satisfy requirements for the various topics category.

A letter grade of a C or better is required.

Transfer courses are not permitted for core requirements. Students may not “double count” courses that overlap with the other business minors – the courses you choose may only count toward one minor.