What is Economics?

Economics is the scientific study of how society manages its scarce resources. The economics minor at the UC Carl H. Lindner College of Business (Lindner) helps students develop strong research and analytical skills while exploring issues such as the production of goods and services and the distribution of income among people. Economics involves both the investigation of theories to explain economic systems and the application of these theories to areas such as finance and banking, labor relations, poverty reduction, taxation and investment.

Admission Requirements

Current Lindner students may add this minor to enhance their majors. Non-Lindner students already pursuing a baccalaureate degree in any college at the University of Cincinnati can add the minor to their program as long as they meet the following requirements:

  • Have 30 earned semester credit hours
  • Have at least a 3.0 University GPA and be enrolled in a four-year degree granting program
  • Complete at least 50 percent of all minor coursework in the Lindner College of Business
  • Earn a 2.0 in minor courses to be certified with the minor.

 To apply for the minor, students should visit the Lindner Programs Options site.

Students will be notified by email of their acceptance into the program and the process for registration in the Lindner classes required for the minor.

Students who add an economics minor typically possess the strong analytical skills necessary for interpreting and evaluating arguments. Most enjoy reading and are successful when asked to work independently. Economics students are critical thinkers who enjoy vigorous in-class discussions and like to apply their learning to real-world problems, as well as to theoretical concerns. Consequently, they enjoy researching and debating different points of view on wide-ranging issues involving public affairs.

Students who combine a minor in economics with another major increase their options for a wide variety of careers. Many career tracks require the kind of understanding and analysis of contemporary events and trends enhanced by the study of economics. These include professions in health, education, agriculture, urban and regional affairs, law, journalism, energy and environmental careers.

Students who have been accepted to the minor will see the minor appear on their application for graduation. Students apply for graduation in the minor as they normally would for their bachelor’s degree.

Application Deadlines

Applications deadlines for the business minors follow the “application for change in college” dates.

Fall Semester – July 1                   

Spring Semester – November 1               

Summer Semester – March 1

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The UC College of Business has been accredited continuously since 1919 by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting agency for business colleges.