To earn a minor in Economics a student must pass Economics 102,104, 302, 304 and six (6) additional credits in Economics courses at the 400 level. Grades of “C” or better must be earned in all courses which are used to fulfill the minor in Economics. Courses used in the minor may not be taken on a Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory basis.

Only courses in the Economics Department may be counted. Substitutions of courses in other departments are not allowed.

Students who wish to take their 400 level courses at Behrend or Capital Campuses must obtain the approval of the Undergraduate Officer.

Beginning on May 1, 2020, the Economics Department will no longer be accepting transfer credits for the following courses:

  • ECON302 (Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis)
  • ECON304 (Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis)
  • ECON306 (Introduction to Econometrics)

Thus, all Economics majors and minors must complete these courses through Penn State.

Transfer credits processed before May 1, 2020 will still count toward the major/minor. But nothing will be accepted after this date. If you have any questions, please speak with your academic adviser.

Declaring a Minor

A minor can be declared any time after you have been accepted in a major and attained fifth semester classification (60 credits). You apply for a minor in the “update academics” area in LionPATH.


To graduate with a minor, you must be accepted in the minor before the late drop deadline of your last semester.
Learn more about key dates and deadlines .

A minor certificate will be awarded to each graduate successfully completing the minor. A statement that a Minor in Economics has been conferred will appear on a student’s transcript.


No more than 6 credits of transfer coursework can be used to satisfy Economics minor requirements.  Of these 6 credits, no more than 3 credits can apply toward the 400-level.

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