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Business Minors Policies and FAQs
If you wish to pursue a minor with the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, please review our policies and frequently asked questions before signing up. While each of our minors have varying prerequisite and core requirements, all of them share common processes when it comes to signing up, transfer credits, substitution petitions, grade requirements, and certification.
Our minors require that you complete certain courses before you begin fulfilling the required core components.
The prerequisites listed for each minor are meant to be completed before you take any of the minor’s core courses. These classes lay the foundation for the minor and are therefore considered necessary prerequisites.
All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better if you’re taking the prerequisite for a letter grade; however, taking a prerequisite course S/U is also permitted.
Yes, online courses are acceptable for prerequisites as long as the course is listed on your transcript. You must submit your request to take an online course for approval PRIOR to taking the course.
Yes, AP credit or transfer credit is acceptable for the prerequisite courses as long as the course is listed on your transcript.
Transfer credits and course substitutions
Minors aside, you should always check with your college’s registrar any time you are taking courses outside of Cornell to be sure they transfer. Make sure you understand our policies related to transfer credits for the minors and always confirm they are permissible BEFORE you enroll in the class—otherwise your credits might not transfer as planned.
No. Core requirements and transfer policies vary across minors. Make sure to carefully read the requirements for your minor’s core courses.
If you want transfer credits to count toward your minor, you must submit a request for review PRIOR to taking the course. The request will be reviewed by the curriculum committee to determine if the course will meet your minor’s requirements. When you submit your substitution petition, you must include a copy of the proposed course’s syllabus with the following: mode of instruction, institution, instructor, number of credits, meeting times/hours, exam schedule, and list of topics.
Cornell course substitutions, study abroad courses, and courses taken at another institution may all be submitted for review via a substitution petition. All requests must be made in advance of course enrollment, with the exception of transfer credits taken prior to Cornell enrollment. When you submit your substitution petition, you must include a current version of the course syllabus. Only 1 substitution petition is allowed per minor for core courses. If you are considering to take a course outside of Cornell, you should check with your college’s registrar for specific policies about transfer credit before you begin the course.
If you are transferring to Cornell from a previous institution, you must submit a substitution petition for review. The request will be reviewed by the curriculum committee to determine if the course will meet your minor’s requirements. When you submit your substitution petition, you must include the course syllabus. A course is acceptable for transfer credit only if it is listed on your college transcript. Only 1 core course may be transferred in to count toward the minor.
Declaring and completing your minor
You can begin working in the Business Minors Dashboard as early as your freshman year. Use this site to sign up, track your progress, confirm completion, or drop a minor.
Plan ahead. Review each minor’s eligibility, prerequisites, and core course requirements on our website to determine if you will be able to complete the minor during your time as an undergraduate. Plan a course of study that will help you complete the requirements.
You may sign up for your chosen minor as early as your freshman year. This will give you enough time to plan out your courses. The latest you may sign up for a minor is by your sixth semester at Cornell, typically the fall of your junior year. Please use the Business Minors Dashboard to sign up. After creating your profile, select your current and future courses to fulfill each category in the minor.
Only Cornell University online courses count toward the minor to fulfill core requirements. Online courses taken at outside institutions are not permitted.
All core requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better.
You are required to report your own courses and grades. Once all coursework has been completed, make sure you confirm completion when your final grades are posted. This is generally around mid-May for spring graduates and mid-December for fall graduates. The Business Minors Office will verify completion and submit for the minor to be listed on your transcript.
You may drop your minor at any time without penalty. To drop the minor, simply select “Drop Minor” from your profile on the Business Minors Dashboard.