International Relations Minor

The Einaudi Center offers an International Relations Minor, which is an interdisciplinary program open to undergraduates enrolled in any of the seven Cornell undergraduate colleges. It provides a structured yet flexible program for undergraduates to take advantage of the vast resources available at the university for studying the politics, economics, history, languages, and cultures of the countries and regions of the world.

Graduates of the program have gone on to pursue further education in fields such as political science and anthropology and to successful careers in international law, economics, agriculture, trade, finance, and government service. They have worked in international and nongovernmental organizations, in cross-cultural affairs, in journalism, and in education.

The IR Minor is not a major or a department, but rather a program offering a selection of courses reaching across colleges and departments. Students pursue the Minor in addition to their regular degree. Students have majored in such fields as anthropology, city and regional planning, communications, government, history, natural resources, industrial and labor relations, and computer science. International course work and language study add a global and cross-cultural dimension to those majors. Some students even design an independent major in some aspect of international relations or comparative social or cultural studies. Spending a semester or year of study abroad can contribute to meeting the course requirements of the IR Minor, including the language requirement.

Contact Information

The Office of the IR Minor is located at the Einaudi Center (140A Uris Hall Uris Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-7601)

Email: Phone: (607) 255-4195

Director: Professor David Lee, Applied Economics and Management, 236 Warren Hall,
Administrative Coordinator: Natalie Letsa, 140A Uris Hall,

Office Hours

Natalie Letsa
M-W-F 9:30-11am, M 2:30-3:30pm

David Lee
By appointment only