International Trade and Development Minor


The international trade and development minor offers a range of courses on trade, international finance, and the economics of developing countries. You’ll have the opportunity to study macroeconomics issues in trade and finance and microeconomics issues rooted in Cornell’s long tradition as a leader in international agriculture.

After completing prerequisites in introductory economics, your elective courses can 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.

Who’s eligible for the international trade and development minor?


All Cornell undergraduates except students enrolled in Dyson

How many credits are required?


21 credits (6 must be AEM) on topics like microeconomics, macroeconomics, and international trade, finance, and policy

I’m interested. What’s next?


After reviewing the requirements below and our FAQ and policies page, you can begin the process using the Business Minors Dashboard.

Current students:


You can manage your minor and track your progress using the Business Minors Dashboard.


Prerequisites for the international trade and development minor

You are required to complete 6 prerequisite credits in microeconomics and macroeconomics before you can begin the core courses for the applied economics minor. Transfer and AP credits can be applied toward these prerequisite courses.

Core requirements for the international trade and development minor

The international trade and development minor’s core includes 15 credits. Keep in mind that 6 of these 15 credits must be fulfilled with AEM courses.

All core courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. Transfer courses are not permitted for core requirements. Students may not “double count” courses that overlap with other AEM minors—the course you choose can only count toward one minor. To count toward your 6 AEM credits, a course must have the AEM course code.