Business Minor

The business minor in the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business is a popular option for a number of majors—so popular, in fact, that it is one of the largest undergraduate minors available on campus. This means diverse classroom discussions, professional connections, and industry insights you wouldn’t have gained as part of your major’s course requirements.

What’s more, basic business skills and foundational knowledge makes you a more marketable job or graduate school candidate.

Who’s eligible for the business minor?

All Cornell undergraduates except students enrolled in the Nolan School, Dyson, and ORIE.

How many credits are required?

12 core credits across areas such as management, marketing, accounting, and finance. A 3 credit microeconomics and 3-4 credit statistics course are required foundation courses.

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.

Foundation Courses

This minor requires at least 3 credits in statistics and 3 credits in microeconomics.  We recommend taking these courses before taking the minor’s core courses and require them to be completed by your sixth semester.  A letter grade of a C or better is required.

Core Requirements

The remaining 12 credits must be fulfilled by taking courses in each of the four categories below. A letter grade of a C or better is required.

Students may not “double count” courses that overlap with the other business minors – the courses you choose may only count toward one minor.

A path to Johnson's MPS in Management

The Johnson Graduate School of Management in the SC Johnson College offers an MPS in Management program and an MPS in Management – Accounting Specialization program. If you want to pursue either of these programs within two years of graduation, completing the business minor with a satisfactory GPA will waive some of the programs’ prerequisites, their application fees, and their GMAT/GRE testing requirements.