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Economics Minors

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The Department of Economics offers 2 minors, the Minor in Economics and the Minor in Business Economics. The requirements for both minors are listed below. Both are available to any student at Purdue (Krannert School of Management students included) except for econ majors. Both minors require completion of principles of microeconomics (ECON 25100) and principles of macroeconomics (ECON 25200), but then differ:

The Minor in Economics requires a course in intermediate theory (either macro or micro) and then any two economics upper-division elective courses. Download the plan of study: Minor in Economics

The Minor in Business Economics requires Managerial Economics (ECON 30100) and then two upper-division elective courses. However, at least one of the upper-division electives must come from a short list of business-focused courses. Download the plan of study: Minor in Business Economics

Economics majors have priority in registering for Economics courses. Students pursuing an Economics Minor are not given this priority and are not allowed to register for upper-division Economics courses until after Krannert registration restrictions are lifted. Course overrides are not provided and space in upper-division courses is not guaranteed. The demand for Economics courses is very high and many sections are already full when registration restrictions are lifted: When registration restrictions are lifted.

Minor in Economics


Minor in Business Economics

Complete both of the following courses with a grade of C- or better

(6 hours)

Complete one of the following courses with a grade of C- or better (3 hours)

Complete 6 additional credit hours of upper-division ECON courses with a grade of C- or better (6 hours)


Complete all of the following courses with a grade of C- or better (9 hours)

Complete 6 additional credit hours of upper-division ECON courses with a grade of  C- or better. These credits cannot come from ECON 340, and at least one course must come from the following list (6 hours)

ECON 35200 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
ECON 36100 Antitrust and Regulation
ECON 38000 Money and Banking
ECON 46100 Industrial Organization


Additional Requirements

  • Students may only complete one of the above minors, not both.
  • These minors are not available to Economics majors
  • A grade of a C- or better must be earned in any course used to fulfill the minor. A course with a grade of "pass" can not be used to fulfil any requirement of the minor.
  • Transfer credit for courses that are a direct match will be accepted for the minor. Undistributed transfer credit (i.e. ECON 2XXXX) will not be accepted. To see how courses from other institutions transfer to Purdue use the Transfer Credit Course Equivalence Guide.

Upper Division Course List

ECON 32500Economics of Sports
ECON 34000 or ECON 51100Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
ECON 35200 or ECON 51200 Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECON 36000 or ECON 56200 Econometrics
ECON 36100 Antitrust and Regulation
ECON 36200 Health Economics
ECON 36500 History of Economic Thought
ECON 36700 Law and Economics
ECON 37000 International Trade
ECON 37600 Economics of the European Union
ECON 38000 Money and Banking
ECON 38500 Labor Economics
ECON 39000 Capitalism, Socialism, and Incentives
ECON 42200 Public Finance & Taxation
ECON 45100 Game Theory
ECON 45200Empirical Macroeconomics
ECON 46100 Industrial Economics
ECON 46600 International Economics
ECON 47100 Behavioral Economics
ECON 48500Racial and Gender Discrimination
ECON 49900 Senior Honors Thesis
ECON XXXXX Krannert Approved Study Abroad Course

Sample Plans of Study

Combined degree for STEM majors pursuing a minor in Economics

Majors in Engineering, Mathematics, and Statistics pursuing a Minor in Economics are encouraged to take Econ 511 (fall semester), Econ 562 (fall semester), and Econ 512 (spring semester). These graduate level courses can be used to fulfill the upper-level course requirements for a Minor in Economics. These three courses can also be used toward meeting requirements for the MS degree in Economics. One option open to students who take these courses is to complete the remaining requirements (21 credit hours) for the MS degree in Economics after graduating by taking an innovative set of online courses specifically designed for the MS degree program.  Follow the link for more information on the combined degree program: BS in Engineering, Science, or Mathematics and MS degree in Economics.