At which campus can I study this program?
Requirements for a minor may be completed at any campus location offering the specified courses for the minor. Students may not change from a campus that offers their major to a campus that does not offer their major for the purpose of completing a minor.
The minor in economics requires completion of 18 credit hours of coursework in economics. In addition to the introductory courses (ECON 102 and ECON 104), economics minors must complete 12 semester hours in economics elective courses at the 300/400 level. Note that at least 6 of those credit hours must be at the 400 level. The economics minor is a strong complement to virtually any major, including those within, and outside of, the School of Business. Since most School of Business majors will, as part of their major, already have earned 6 to 9 credits toward the economics minor, earning a minor in economics is particularly attractive for these students. The economics minor provides a general introduction to economic thought helping students better understand a variety of contemporary economic issues. The minor can enhance the market value of a major and can provide students with options and opportunities beyond those offered by the major program of study.
What is Applied Economics?
Economics is the study of how individuals, firms, and governments allocate their scarce resources. A foundation in economic thought and policy complements many degree programs in business and beyond.
You Might Like This Program If...
- You are a non-business major who is curious about how economic principles shape your major field of study.
- You are a business major who wants additional education in economics.
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Requirements for the Minor
A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10.
|Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better|
|ECON 102||Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy||3|
|ECON 104||Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy||3|
|Supporting Courses and Related Areas|
|Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better|
|Select 6 credits from ECON courses||6|
|Select 6 credits of 400-level ECON courses||6|
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Kerry Adzima, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Economics
Erie, PA 16563
The minor in Applied Economics can be pursued by students in most Penn State Behrend degree programs. Penn State Behrend has a comprehensive support system to help you identify and achieve your goals for college and beyond. Meet with your academic adviser often and take advantage of the services offered by the Academic and Career Planning Center beginning in your first semester.
Going beyond the required education in economics can make you a more competitive job candidate in any field.
Opportunities for Graduate Studies
Adding a specialized minor such as Applied Economics to a primary business, science, or liberal arts major program demonstrates to graduate programs your commitment to interdisciplinary thinking.