Applied Economics Minor

Applied Economics involves the application of economic theory and empirical methods to examine a wide range of topics in different areas of economics such as agricultural economics, economic education, development economics, economic growth, labor economics and public economics. It also seeks to explain the impacts of public policies in these areas. The Applied Economics minor is for students who want to include a basic core of APEC coursework to enhance or supplement their major program. 

It’s advised that students who wish to minor in Applied Economics consult with the Major Coordinator for Applied Economics to develop a program plan before completing electives in the minor.


A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required for minor program coursework, which must be taken on a letter grade basis with a minimum grade of C-.

To receive a minor, students must complete Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics, plus 9 credits from elective courses at the 3000 level or higher. No more than 6 credits may be counted for both a major and the Applied Economics minor.

Visit the University Catalog for a full list of requirements and course options. For a printer-friendly version of the APEC minor information, click on the “View PDF Version” link on the right side of the University Catalog page.

How to Apply

To declare an Applied Economics minor, please fill out the Add/Drop a CFANS Minor form online. You may wish to consult with the Applied Economics Major Coordinator or your academic advisor regarding the selection of elective courses, but this is not required.