Grow in Your Niche: Focused Ways to Explore Your Interests

Minors and concentrations provide a defined pathway to dive deep into your area of interest — either within or outside your major. Some students like the convenience of this structured guidance. Others prefer to choose their electives à la carte. No matter which option you select, the School of Hotel Administration (SHA) gives you a powerful and flexible platform for your educational experience, backed by the limitless learning resources of Cornell University.

What’s the Difference between a Minor and a Concentration?

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Broaden Your Options with Minors

Minors, which are available to all Cornell students, can relate directly to your major, complement your major, or be quite different. Coursework can be within SHA or at other Cornell schools.

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Concentrations — Exclusive to SHA

Only SHA students can select concentrations, which are broad areas of focus within your major and have a 12-credit minimum. Concentrations are directly related to the business of hospitality.

Your Options for Minors and Concentrations

Allowing you to explore an area in depth, minors include SHA’s minor in real estate, business-focused minors through the SC Johnson College of Business, and a rich variety of more than 70 majors from across Cornell’s many schools, in numerous other fields and disciplines. There are also three broad SHA concentrations, each comprising a minimum of 12 credits: finance, accounting, and real estate (FARE); hospitality leadership (HOLD); and services marketing and operations management (SMOM). After choosing a concentration, you will choose an area of focus within that concentration.

The back of students as they look out a window SHA Real Estate Minor

The only SHA-focused minor, our real estate minor is available to SHA and non-SHA students and prepares you for a career in the rapidly changing field of commercial real estate. This minor draws on the unmatched real estate capabilities of SHA’s faculty. The real estate minor focuses on real estate investment, real estate finance, real estate consulting, structured finance, and real estate transaction support. In addition to coursework, this minor helps you forge quality industry connections. Typical career paths include real estate developer, asset management analyst, acquisitions analyst, financial analyst, loan origination and underwriting professional, and many other pathways.

University-Wide Minors

Cornell University’s schools offer a wealth of knowledge that many students find complementary to their SHA degree. These minors can enrich your career preparation.

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Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MEI)

This minor provides a general approach to entrepreneurial thinking and problem solving, as well as approaches to driving innovation in a corporate setting. A minor in entrepreneurship and innovation prepares you for careers that involve creating new businesses; working in startups or large innovative firms; addressing sustainability issues; and contributing to entrepreneurial ecosystems through finance, accounting, law, policy, and consulting.

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Minor in Applied Economics

Providing a solid foundation in economics principles, and an understanding of how they’re put into action, this minor helps you develop critical-thinking skills, an analytical approach to problem solving, proficiency in data analysis, and knowledge of financial and economic concepts. You’ll discover how the production, distribution, and consumption of wealth affects business and policy decisions and the economy. After introductory economic coursework, you can focus on specific industries and areas, such as the environment and natural resources, international development, food policy, agriculture, or the public sector.

Minor in Food and Agricultural Business

This minor gives you the opportunity to select core business courses relevant to your personal and career interests in food or agricultural business and take coursework that helps you better understand the characteristics of food or agricultural sectors in the U.S. or elsewhere in the world. This minor is great if you’re interested in food processing, marketing and distribution, production and marketing of agricultural products, or businesses that support food and agricultural enterprises.

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If you’re interested in sustainable business, energy, and the environment, consider this minor, which focuses on the interrelationship between the economy and the environment. Coursework also examines the role of sustainability in business and economic development. Introductory economics courses are followed by foundational courses connecting economic theories to the environment, energy, and natural resources, and explores the business case for sustainable practices and how organizational decisions can affect the economy and the environment.

Minor in International Trade and Development

Offering a range of courses on trade, international finance, and the economics of developing countries, this minor provides the opportunity to study macroeconomics issues in trade and finance, as well as microeconomics issues rooted in Cornell’s long tradition as a leader in international agriculture. Beginning with introductory economics, the minor provides electives for you to focus on topics such as the economics of food and agriculture, policy analysis, political economies, and research methods related to international development and emerging markets.

Cornell University Minors

In the spirit of founder Ezra Cornell, Cornell University offers more than 70 minors throughout its many schools and departments, in many fields. You can consider a minor in a foreign language, computer science, theater, nutritional and health sciences, and many others. For more information, visit Undergraduate Minors under the Cornell University Fields of Study.

Concentrations at SHA

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Finance, Accounting, and Real Estate (FARE)

Within this finance concentration, choose from the following areas of focus: corporate finance, general financial management, hospitality controllership, security analyst/investment banking, design, and development.

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Hospitality Leadership Concentration (HOLD)

Areas of focus include: human resources, law, managerial leadership, and entrepreneurship.

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Services Marketing & Operations Management (SMOM)

Areas of focus include: beverage management, business analytics, corporate food and beverage operations, information systems management, revenue management, services marketing management, and specialty operations.


Expand Your Learning with Experiential Learning Opportunities

Take advantage of SHA’s program flexibility to explore your passions outside the classroom. You can study abroad or focus on research, or immerse yourself in hospitality through our Hotel Leadership Development Program (HLDP). Or earn an associate’s degree through our alliance with the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park while completing your bachelor’s at SHA and graduate with two highly coveted degrees in just four years.

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Choose Coursework to Fit Your Interests

If you declare a concentration and minor, you have a useful framework for selecting appropriate coursework. Work carefully with your academic adviser to ensure that the courses you choose are suited to your specific career and industry goals.

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Comprehensive Guidance for Your SHA Journey

SHA faculty advisers help you translate your academic interests into a powerful course of study, providing current information about course offerings, concentrations, research, co-curricular opportunities, and facilitating networking. Office of student services (OSS) professional academic advisers can help you clarify your career and life goals and choose coursework to support your achievement of those goals. OSS career-management advisers help you develop crucial career competencies and facilitate access to university career resources and powerful industry and alumni networks.

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Begin your hospitality career with an SHA degree in hotel administration. The rigorous academic coursework, personalization with minors or concentrations, extended academic opportunities, student experience, world-class faculty, and so much more make Cornell the place for you.

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