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Minors Available to Management Students

Whitman students are encouraged to pursue a minor offered by other SU schools or colleges and should seek assistance from their academic advisor in choosing a minor that will enhance their academic program. With careful and early planning, many minors can fit into the undergraduate curriculum without a need for extra coursework. While management students are allowed to pursue most minors offered outside of the Whitman School, provided that they have the appropriate prerequisites, they most often choose a minor in economics, global enterprise technology, information management and technology, political science, psychology, public communication studies or a foreign language.

Minors in Management

The Whitman School offers several minors in management, allowing students to pursue either a general program that provides a broad base of management studies (business minor) or a more specialized program that provides more in-depth study in a particular area of management. A minor in management can help students in the schools and colleges at Syracuse University learn about subjects that contribute to success in business, not-for-profit, and government organizations. Some background knowledge in management is seen as beneficial by many prospective employers.


The minors in Whitman are available to matriculated undergraduate students from all Syracuse University schools and colleges other than the Whitman School, provided that they have the permission of their home school or college and have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.2 after having completed their first full-semester at Syracuse University.

Due to course sequencing and enrollment limitations, applicants must have a minimum of four semesters (spring or fall) remaining on main campus at Syracuse University to complete the minor requirements. Any student wishing to apply for a Whitman minor after the second semester of their sophomore year will be ineligible to declare the minor due to space availability and course sequencing. Taking coursework before applying to the minor will not necessarily reduce the four semester requirement.


There are two deadlines for submitting applications for management minors: November 1 and April 1 of each academic year. All applications received before the deadline will be reviewed and considered based on merit, time, and the volume of total applications.

To Declare a Minor in Management

  1. Check with your home school or college office, to make sure you have room in your program for the required number of management courses. Also double check that you have a cumulative GPA at Syracuse of at least 3.2.
  2. Fill out a minor APPLICATION form (available in Suite 215) and turn it in to the Whitman Undergraduate Office before the deadline (April 1 in spring semester & November 1 in fall semester).
  3. You will be notified via email whether your application is approved or denied shortly after the deadline has passed. If approved, you will be instructed to pick up the declaration form we have prepared for you and then bring it to your home school/college, so it can be recorded on your SU record on myslice (you will want to have the minor declaration processed prior to your enrollment appointment to be sure you are able to access the seats reserved in the minor courses).
  4. Accepted students must plan accordingly to take courses over remaining semesters in order to complete minor requirements. Any change to graduation or future academic plan may impact the ability to complete the minor.

Transferring Courses into Minors in Management

All 18 credits must be taken through the Whitman School of Management/Syracuse University. Transfer credit and pass/fail coursework will not be accepted towards the minor.