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 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 core requirements. These classes lay the foundation for the minor and should be completed by your sixth semester, typically the end of your junior year.
All courses must be completed with a letter grade of C or better. Effective with the Summer 2021 term, S/U grades will NOT be accepted.
Yes, AP credit is acceptable as long as the course has been accepted by your college and is listed on your transcript. On the Minors Dashboard, remember to select the AP course option.
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, 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.
*Note: we will NOT accept course descriptions or overviews.
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. A petition is not an automatic approval – we need to evaluate course content. When you submit your substitution petition, a current version of the course syllabus is required. If you are considering taking a course outside of Cornell, you should check with your college’s registrar for specific policies about transfer credit before you enroll in the course.
Only 1 substitution is allowed per minor, whether for foundation or core courses.
We will make an exception for students who were admitted as transfer students to Cornell. For those students who took the foundation course(s) at their previous institution and the course(s) were counted by their College at Cornell, we will accept the course(s). For core courses taken at a prior institution, the minors office will consult with the faculty director to review the course content to ensure it is equivalent to the Cornell course. Remember that all courses need to be submitted via the Substitution Petition in your Minors Dashboard.
Declaring and completing your minor
You can begin working in the Business Minors Dashboard as early as your first year. Use this site to sign up, track your progress, confirm completion, or drop a minor.
Plan ahead. Review each minor’s eligibility and 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. Reach out to the Minors office to discuss your course plan and feasibility of completing the minor during your time at Cornell.
You may sign up for your chosen minor as early as your first year. This will give you enough time to plan out your courses. Your will be eligible to enroll in the core courses starting your sophomore year. 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. You are not officially pursuing one of the minors until you are signed up in our system.
Your course plan is your plan of courses you’ll take to complete the minor. On your dashboard, enter in your planned courses and semester under each category and then your plan will be complete.
You will not be penalized if your actual course of study deviates from your plan. We realize things change, but we want you to plan ahead and have a viable course plan during your time at Cornell.
All requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better. Effective with the Summer 2021 term, S/U grades will NOT be accepted.
A course will usually be marked rejected for one of three reasons:
1) You did not meet the grade minimum of a C.
2) You entered the wrong course. The exact course number as listed on your student record needs to be listed otherwise it will come back as rejected (i.e. AEM 2241 versus HADM 2250, both which are finance courses).
3) You took a course outside of Cornell and it needs to be submitted via the substitution petition.
You are required to report your own courses and grades. We verify your completed courses and grades against your student record.
Once all coursework has been completed and your final grades are posted, you are ready to confirm completion! You will be prompted to attest you have met all requirements and be given a short survey. The minors office will be notified and will verify your minor completion and submit for the minor to be listed on your transcript—this will not happen until you confirm completion.
We do not limit the number of business minors that you can pursue. However, some minors cannot be taken together because they are too similar to each other. The important rule is that students may not “double count” courses that overlap with the other business minors – courses may only count toward one minor.
You may pursue only one of the business minors (Business, DBME, DBMLS, FAB) in combination with one of the other minors, should you choose.
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.
Once the minors offices reviews your confirm completion, you will get an auto-email saying your minor is complete. Your dashboard will also show “COMPLETE”. You will see your minor listed on your transcript AFTER your degree is conferred.
If you have submitted your confirm completion, please be patient while your minor is being reviewed. If there is an issue with your minor, you will receive an email explaining what changes need to be made to complete your minor.
We recommend to begin with the foundation courses. For the business minors, students tend to start with a management, marketing or accounting course and then follow with a finance course.
Capstone courses are taken last and intended to bring together all of your coursework in a practical application.
**Please note** some courses are offered in only fall or onlyspring. As you are planning your minor, look ahead to see when the courses are offered to ensure that it will fit with the plan you’ve chosen.
Policies on retaking courses varies across colleges. We recommend you check with your registrar as well as the Minors office.
Some of our minors have an in-school credit requirement or a JCB requirement to complete the minor. This means that of the courses you are already taking for your minor, a certain amount of those credits must be from the Johnson College of Business (JCB). These courses include any course code of AEM, HADM, NBA, or NCC.
You can see the amount of in-school credit required for each respective minor on their individual pages on the website or on your dashboard.