Preparing for the Business World
The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business offers two undergraduate majors and multiple business minors through the college’s two AACSB International-accredited undergraduate business schools:
- Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management: Accounting, agribusiness management, applied economics, business analytics, entrepreneurship, environmental, energy & resource economics, finance, food industry management, international trade and development, marketing, strategy. The Dyson School is also part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
- Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration: Hospitality management, entrepreneurship, finance, real estate.
Opportunities to minor in a business-related field include:
- The Business Minor (BUS) is intended for students majoring in subject areas other than business, to gain exposure to business concepts, frameworks, and methods.
- The Undergraduate Minor in Real Estate prepares students for careers in the commercial real estate industry and is open to students regardless of major.
- The Dyson Business Minor for Engineers (DBME) is specifically tailored to the educational and career needs of engineering students.
- The Dyson Business Minor for Life Sciences Majors (DBMLS) offers business concepts in the context of nonprofit, research, pre-med, pre-dental, and pre-vet fields.
- The Applied Economics and Management (AEM) Minors offer specializations in food and agricultural business; applied economics; environmental, energy, and resource economics; and international trade and development.
- The Policy Analysis and Management (PAM) minor builds on a rigorous interdisciplinary focus to describe and analyze public policy problems, particularly in the areas of health policy, regulatory policy, and social policy.
- The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor (EI) offers students a more general approach to stimulate entrepreneurial thinking and problem solving.
Furthermore, you can prepare for a business career by pursuing coursework in five other Cornell undergraduate colleges and schools (listed here alphabetically):
- College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: Applied economics and management (Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management), communication.
- College of Arts and Sciences: Economics, math, sociology, etc.
- College of Engineering: Operations research and engineering.
- College of Human Ecology: Fashion design management; design and workplace strategies; policy analysis and management.
- School of Industrial and Labor Relations: Human resource management and labor relations.
Moreover, Entrepreneurship at Cornell is the hub for students to explore startup opportunities, enter business plan competitions, and engage with faculty, industry mentors and fellow students to create tomorrow’s business innovations today.
Each program offers a different approach to preparing for a business career. Whichever field you choose, you’ll leave Cornell more certain of where it is you want to go and very well prepared to get there!
Why the Business World (and We Mean World) Beats a Path to Our Door
You should know that J.P. Morgan Chase, Procter & Gamble, GE, Goldman Sachs, Google, Abercrombie & Fitch Co., and several hundred other companies routinely come to campus. Their recruiters are interested in talking with and hiring Cornell students because of the undisputed value of an employee with a Cornell education. A large number of not-for-profit employers also come to Cornell seeking students with business skills.
Cornell Career Services offices, in your undergraduate college or the university-wide career services office, are staffed with professionals who will be glad to suggest job-hunting strategies, discuss interviewing techniques, and work with you on putting together an effective resume. If you’re looking for advice about or insight into a field, tap into the Cornell alumni network through Cornell Career Services’ Cornell Handshake system, the CALS Alumni Mentor Network or one of Cornell’s formal job-shadowing programs.
With so many paths open to students interested in the business world, deciding which route to follow at Cornell sometimes can be difficult. The best advice we can give you is to do some additional investigating. Whatever your decision, rest assured that you’ll leave Cornell with thorough training in your field and a solid background in management preparation. That and your Cornell degree are a powerful combination!