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Adding a Minor 101

Adding a Minor 101

Are you considering adding a minor to your college degree? Minoring provides you with an opportunity to learn about something you are interested in and can help your skill set be more specific or diversified! Here are the steps you should take to add a minor to your degree! 

First, you want to consider what you are looking for out of your minor. Do you want to specialize in a certain skill for business? Do you want to diversify your skill set to encompass a broader knowledge of business? Or do you want to branch out and learn about something completely different, like advertising or agronomy? You can view the full list of minors and details about them here to help you decide!

After deciding which route you want to go, it’s time to look at all of your options! SDSU offers 101 minors throughout it’s different departments; within the Ness School, there are 12 minors available for you to choose from! They include: Accounting, Agricultural Business, Agribusiness Marketing, Commodity Risk Management, Economics, Entrepreneurial Studies, Human Resources, Land Valuation and Rural Real Estate, Management, Marketing, Ranch Management and Banking and Financial Services (available online through Northern State University). You can learn more about each of these minors below!


So, you’ve found a minor you want, but you don’t know how you can add it? It’s a simple process, so let’s get into it! 

First, you need to go to your MyState account. Sign in to your account and find the tab labelled ‘My Current Profile’. In this box, you will see your email, your address, your degree(s) and your advisor! 

Paying attention to the yellow boxes in this section, find the one labeled ‘Add Minor’ - this will be under your degree information. Clicking it will bring you to the Add/Delete a Minor Request Form; here you should fill out the information marked with a red asterisk! This includes your student ID, first and last name, email, how many minors you’re adding, which minors they are and if you are dropping a minor!

After filling out the form, you can click submit! It may take a while for your minor to show up on your accounts, so don’t fret if you don’t see it right away. As a best practice, you should consult your academic advisor before deciding which minor to add and they can help you out with all of your questions!

Still trying to decide which minor is right for you?

Here is a little bit of information about the minors offered in the Ness School: 


The Accounting minor provides students with advanced training in accounting, including managerial, financial, cost and income tax accounting. It is recommended for students with career interests in fields such as accounting, finance, business administration, and entrepreneurship. It provides a strong foundation for a graduate program in accounting.

Agricultural Business

The Agricultural Business minor builds on a foundation of economic theory as it applies to the agricultural sector. This minor will benefit students pursuing careers in production agriculture, agribusiness, rural banking, and other fields.

Agribusiness Marketing

The Agribusiness Marketing minor exposes students to the details of agricultural commodity market and provides training in both the theory and practice of pricing tools such as futures and options. This minor will benefit students pursuing careers in commodity marketing, risk management, production agriculture, agribusiness, rural banking, and other fields.

Commodity Risk Management

This minor focuses on the quantitative skills needed to analyze agricultural commodities – hedging techniques, fundamental analysis, technical analysis, price forecasting, risk analysis, etc. The minor will utilize the resources of the First Dakota National Bank e-Trading Lab to train students in all aspects of risk management of agricultural commodities. It is important not only for agricultural producers to understand risk management, but it is also very important for the producers’ industry partners to understand prudent risk management – brokers, bankers, insurance agents, input suppliers, buyers, etc. 


The Economics minor provides a rigorous exploration of modern economic theory. This minor will appeal to students pursuing careers in fields such as economics, finance, policy analysis, business analysis, or for future graduate study in economics, business, or related fields.

Entrepreneurial Studies

The Entrepreneurial Studies minor gives students the opportunity to increase their knowledge of the skills needed to start, own, and/or operate a business, become a community leader, transfer technology to a merchandisable product, and assist others in entrepreneurial efforts. This minor is designed to give all students the opportunity to earn a better living and to contribute to society via their chosen field by becoming an entrepreneur.

Human Resources

A minor in Human Resources will provide a focus to help students who are interested in building their knowledge base and skills in the primary areas of human resources including employee recruitment, retention, training, and compensation. The coursework focuses on issues related to the effective management of human resources in public agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations. It integrates knowledge from sociology, human resources, business and psychology.

Land Valuation and Rural Real Estate

The Land Valuation and Rural Real Estate minor will prepare students in the application of skills in economics, finance, mathematics, and law to the issues associated with land and real estate property ownership, development and transfer. This minor will benefit students pursuing a broad portfolio of careers in bank lending, real estate investment trusts, farm and estate succession planning, insurance, construction firm management, economic development and planning, as well as providing specific preparation towards appraisal or real estate certification and licensing!


The Management minor is designed to produce professionals who are able to manage resources in organizations. The minor provides core competencies in management, business finance, management information systems, and human resources management with additional discipline-specific applied management courses.


The Marketing minor represents a multi-department collaborative effort to provide students with supplementary training in both the qualitative and quantitative aspects of marketing. The minor will benefit students pursuing careers in marketing, business, sales, journalism, hospitality management, and advertising, among other fields.

Ranch Management 

A minor in Ranch Management will provide students with a broad, cross-disciplinary training that integrates financial management, grassland management, and livestock management. Each of these components is critical to the success of ranching enterprises. The minor will provide students with a breadth of knowledge critical for success as a ranch manager.