If you wish to pursue a minor with the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, please review our policies and frequently asked questions before declaring your intent. While each of our nine minors have varying prerequisite and core course requirements, all of them share some common processes when it comes to transfer credits, certification, and declaration.
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 college’s minors and always confirm they are permissible BEFORE you enroll in the class—otherwise your credits might not transfer as planned.
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.
A course is acceptable for transfer credit only if it is listed on your college transcript. If you might take a course outside of Cornell University, you should check with your college’s registrar for specific policies about transfer credit before you begin the course.
No. Core requirements and transfer policies vary across minors. Make sure to carefully read the requirements for your minor’s core courses. For example, the following four minors do not accept transfer credit for core courses: agribusiness management, applied economics, international trade and development, and environmental, energy, and resource economics.
Unless prior permission is obtained, you may not substitute courses that are required for each 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 declare, certify, 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.
Complete the online application and the Declaration of Intent by selecting current and future courses to fulfill each category in the minor. The declaration is intended to signal the interest and intent in pursuing a minor, but it does not guarantee enrollment in any of the minor courses. To declare, use the Business Minors Dashboard.
You are required to report your own courses and grades. Once all coursework has been completed, make sure you certify completion when your final grades are posted. This is generally around mid-May for spring graduates and mid-December for fall graduates. Use the Business Minors Dashboard. 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.