Minors

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Obtaining a minor is a great way to customize your undergraduate experience and achieve a broad understanding of a subject that interests you. Less rigorous than a major program, minors usually require 18-30 credit hours, and our campus has more than 100 to choose from.  ACE offers the following minors;

  • Environmental Economics and Law
  • Food and Agribusiness Management
  • International Development Economics

To declare one of the three ACE minors or to learn more, please schedule an appointment with Lauren here: Meet with Lauren.  Be sure to select her name. Note that a minor advising appointment is required by our department before we will add the minor to your record.

Please review the minor descriptions and requirements for each ACE minor below: 

The minor in Environmental Economics and Law is designed to provide students with basic skills in economic and legal analysis, and to teach them how to apply those tools to environmental problems. Students will emerge from this minor with in-depth knowledge about issues related to environmental protection and natural resource management and possibly sustainable development or land-use planning. The 300- and 400-level courses may have additional prerequisites not included in requirements for the minor.

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Required for the Minor in Environmental Economics and Law

 

ACE 210

Environmental Economics

3

ACE 310

Natural Resource Economics

3

Select one of the following:

3-4

ACE 100

Introduction to Applied Microeconomics

 

ECON 102

Microeconomic Principles

 

Select two of the following:

6

ACE 306

Food Law (Spring only course)

 

ACE 403

Agricultural Law (Spring only course)

 

ACE 406

Environmental Law (Fall only course)

 

ACE 456

Agr and Food Policies (Spring only course)

 

BADM 300

The Legal Environment of Bus (See Course Explorer for restrictions)

 

Select one of the following:

3

ACE 410

Energy Economics (No longer offered)

 

ACE 411

Environment and Development (Fall only course)

 

CEE 434

Environmental Systems I (Pre-requisites and restrictions apply)

 

ECON 414

Urban Economics (Pre-requisites and restrictions apply)

 

ECON 484

Law and Economics (Pre-requisites and restrictions apply)

 

Total Hours

18-19

A minimum of 18 hours must be completed for this minor. Courses in the minor cannot be completed Credit/No Credit.

Enrollment in the Environmental Economics and Law minor is not available to students enrolled in the Environmental Economics and Policy concentration of the Department of ACE.

At least 6 hours of 300- and 400-level courses must be distinct from major requirements, meaning courses may not also be counting towards major requirements.  Courses may have additional prerequisites not included in requirements for the minor.

The Food and Agribusiness Management minor is designed for students to deepen their knowledge of the economics and management of agribusinesses as a complement to studies and practices in their major field. Courses will address food, biofuels, biotechnology, agriculture, the environment, and management within the global agribusiness system.

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Required for the Minor in Food and Agribusiness Management

 

ACE 100

Introduction to Applied Microeconomics

3-4

or ECON 102

Microeconomic Principles

ACE 222

Agricultural Marketing (Fall only course)

3

ACE 231

Food and Agribusiness Mgt (Spring only course)

3

Select at least three hours from:

3

ACE 210

Environmental Economics

 

ACE 251

The World Food Economy

 

ACE 306

Food Law (Spring only course)

 

ACE 335

Food Marketing and Behavior (Spring only course)

 

ACE 345

Finan Decision Indiv Sm Bus (Pre-req. and Fall only course)

 

Select two of the following:

6-7

ACE 427

Commodity Price Analysis (Pre-requisites required)

 

ACE 428

Commodity Futures and Options (Pre-requisites required)

 

ACE 430

Food Marketing (Pre-req. and Spring only course)

 

ACE 431

Agri-food Strategic Management (Pre-req. and Spring only course)

 

ACE 435

Global Agribusiness Management (Pre-requisites required)

 

ACE 436

International Business Immersion (Travel course, not currently offered)

 

ACE 444

Financial Services & Investing Planning (Pre-requisites required)

 

Total Hours:

18-20

A minimum of 18 hours must be completed for this minor. Courses in the minor cannot be completed Credit/No Credit.

Enrollment in the Food and Agribusiness Minor is not available to students enrolled in the Agribusiness Markets and Management concentration of the Department of ACE, but students in other concentrations in ACE may be admitted to the minor.

At least 6 hours of 300- and 400-level courses must be distinct from major requirements, meaning courses may not also be counting towards major requirements.  Courses may have additional prerequisites not included in requirements for the minor.

The International Development Economics minor is designed for students to deepen their understanding of international development practices around the globe. Courses will examine food, trade, agriculture, the environment, policy, and aid practices as they relate to development goals and international development practices.

Required for the Minor in International Development Economics

 

ACE 100

Introduction to Applied Microeconomics

3-4

or ECON 102

Microeconomic Principles

ACE 251

The World Food Economy

3

Select one of the following:

3

ACE 222

Agricultural Marketing (Fall only course)

 

ACE 254

Economic Systems in Africa (Spring only course)

 

ACE 255

Economics of Food and Environmental Justice (Spring only course)

 

ACE 270

Consumer Economics (Spring only course)

 

Select two of the following:

6

ACE 411

Environment and Development (Fall only course)

 

ACE 436

International Business Immersion (Travel course not currently offered)

 

ACE 451

Agriculture in Intl Dev (Pre-req. and Spring only course)

 

ACE 452

The Latin American Economies (Not currently offered)

 

ACE 454

Econ Dev of Tropical Africa (Not currently offered)

 

ACE 455

International Trade in Food and Agriculture (Pre-req. and Fall only course)

 

At least 12 hours taken from the preceding two categories

3

TOTAL HOURS

18-19

Some of these courses have additional non-ACE prerequisites.  A semester-long study abroad experience in an emerging market or development economy (i.e. countries not part of the OECD) will be accepted in lieu of one of these courses.

Enrollment in the International Development Economics minor is not available to students enrolled in the Policy, International Trade and Development concentration of the Department of ACE, but students in other concentrations in ACE may be admitted to the minor.

At least 6 hours of 300- and 400-level courses must be distinct from major requirements, meaning courses may not also be counting towards major requirements.  Courses may have additional prerequisites not included in requirements for the minor.

Courses in the minor cannot be completed Credit/No-Credit.

Sustainability Minor

The Sustainability, Energy, and Environmental Fellows Program is a campus wide undergarduate minor that promotes systems-level thinking about energy and sustainability.  This minor is offered in partnership with six academic units - one of which is the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (ACE).