Degree options & courses

Program overview

Cornell’s business major provides pathways to business careers in three high-demand fields: finance, business analytics and actuarial science. The department also offers a major in economics and business, which provides a deeper foundation in social science integrated with business.

Educational model

Whether you choose the business degree path or pursue a major in economics and business, you will follow our three-part educational model:

Foundation in theory

First, we provide a solid foundation in economic and finance theory that trains students to "think like economists." Whether your path leads you straight to the workplace or to graduate studies, our rigorous and coherent economic framework builds the skills necessary to address complex economic problems and interpret the many facts that influence decisions.

Applying economic principles

Second, we complement our strength in economic theory with a wide range of application-intensive courses. From 200-level courses onwards, you will see economic logic applied to contexts as diverse as environmental protection, professional sports, U.S. history, investments, and the banking sector. Our applied courses provide a solid grounding in techniques for analyzing data and testing economic models.

Learning by doing

Finally, because of our distinctive One Course At A Time curriculum, Cornell students have the opportunity to experience aspects of economic and business life that are outside the reach of most undergraduates. Experiential learning occurs in a variety of ways:

  • Off-campus courses allow you to meet the people, visit the places, and directly observe the processes being studied.
  • Internships can be scheduled any time without affecting your coursework.
  • Business leaders, best-selling authors, and scholars frequently join our classrooms.
  • All upper-level business courses focus on real-world business cases.


The Berry Center for Economics, Business, and Public Policy provides many exceptional benefits to our students, including support for internships, off-campus courses, distinguished visitors, research projects, and post-graduate planning. The Career Engagement Center provides innovative and purposeful career development opportunities for Cornell College students, including the Cornell Fellows Program which provides high-level opportunities at companies and organizations throughout the world.

Academic support

In Cornell's Economics and Business program, you will be challenged and enabled to succeed. Through the dedicated members of the Economics Honors Society, the department provides tutoring services for all of our introductory level classes. The department also works closely with Cornell's Center for Teaching and Learning, which offers customized guidance on writing and quantitative skills.

Careers and graduate study

Many of our alumni have moved directly into careers in business and government. Some have started their own firms. Others have found the Economics and Business major to be ideal preparation for graduate studies in business or law. We regularly place students in top-rated Ph.D. programs in economics.