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 (156 Uris Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-7601)

Email: Phone: (607) 255-7645

Director: Professor David Lee, Applied Economics and Management, 236 Warren Hall,
Administrative Coordinator: Diego Fossati, Uris Hall,

Regular Office Hours (Effective Tuesday, August 26, 2014)

Diego Fossati

Tuesday- 2:00-4:00pm & Wednesday 9:00-11:00am

Additional Office Hours

Thursday, August 21st 3-5pm

Friday, August 22nd 3-5pm 

Monday August 25th 3-5pm.

David Lee
By appointment only