Business Economics Minor

Best of Both Worlds

No matter what major you pursue in the College of Arts and Letters, you can also earn a minor in Business Economics — taking full advantage of a liberal arts education while becoming literate in key business principles. 

Arts and Letters alumni have long had a stellar track record of success. Whether you enter the business world immediately after graduation, enroll in graduate or professional school, or start life after Notre Dame by joining a service organization, you can leverage the traditional liberal arts skills — writing effectively, analyzing data, thinking critically, speaking and leading persuasively — into almost any career path you choose. 

With the Business Economics minor, you add to your professional skill set an understanding of specialized terminology used in business and the fundamental concepts of a market economy.  

The Course Sequence

1. Principles of Microeconomics (typically taken first or second year)

2. Statistics (typically taken first, sophomore, or junior year)

3. Principles of Macroeconomics (typically taken sophomore or junior year)

4. Introductory Accountancy (typically taken junior or senior year)

5. Introductory Finance (typically taken junior or senior year)

When and How

Arts and Letters students typically declare this minor in their sophomore year, but can declare at any time.

The minor in business economics is for Arts and Letters students only.

The Details

  • Students may not double-count any of the above courses to fulfill a requirement in their major—but Psychology or Sociology majors (for example) can use their respective departmental Statistics course to fulfill the statistics requirement for the business economics minor. Per established practice in these departments, students who use the departmental Statistics course to fulfill another requirement will be expected to substitute another course for their major. For more information, contact the director of undergraduate studies in your department.
  • The business economics minor is not open to students already majoring in Economics—but Economic majors can take the two Business courses (these courses will not count as Economics major elective credit).
  • No more than one course for the business economics minor (three credit hours) may be taken at another institution without departmental approval. Approval by the Department of Economics is also required for transfer credit.
  • No AP credit will be accepted as a substitute for courses in the business economics minor but it does qualify you to take a more advanced class.

Learn More

Contact the Department of Economics Director of Undergraduate Studies.