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Maxwell / Department of Economics

Undergraduate Program

Minor Requirements

To pursue a minor in economics, a student must complete the following requirements:

  1. 3-6 credits of Principles of Economics (ECN 203 or equivalent); and
  2. 15 credits of upper division economics courses, including:
    • ECN 301 (or ECN 311) Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
    • ECN 302 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
    • Three other upper division electives in economics (ECN 300 or higher except ECN 301, ECN 302, ECN 311, ECN 470, ECN 495, ECN 496 or ECN 499). 

Note:  ECN 310 Microeconomics for Business may NOT be taken for credit towards the minor.

In all, 18 to 21 credits of economics courses are required for the economics minor (depending on whether 3 or 6 credits of principles are taken). A minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required of all courses counted toward the minor in economics. School of Management majors who minor in economics may substitute FIN 355 for ECN 481. Credit cannot be granted, however, for both ECN 481 and FIN 355. In addition, economics minors will NOT receive credit for both ECN 365 and ECN 465.

ECN 311 (Intermediate Mathematical Microeconomics) may be taken instead of ECN 301. ECN 311 is recommended for all students with good analytical abilities and appropriate mathematical preparation, and especially for students contemplating graduate school in business, economics or public policy.

All credits for the minor must be Syracuse University letter-graded coursework, except transfer credit (Academic Rules and Regulations).Only 3 credits can be transfer credit towards the economics minor and requires approval by a  Petition to Faculty. For example, students transferring in credit for ECN 101/102 must take an additional elective to complete the minor in order to meet the 15 credit hour rule. (See Part IV for P/F details.)

Students interested in pursuing a minor in economics should fill out the Declaration of Minor and include minor courses already taken, as well as those anticipated in future semesters to complete the minor.

Revised 6/17