Policy, International Trade and Development

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Students receive a broad exposure to policy, international trade, and agricultural development. The concentration provides a global and societal perspective for administration, government, policy analysis, social processes, and international economics. 


Understand domestic and global challenges related to food production, development, and the environment. Learn how to use economics to evaluate policy responses to these challenges. Develop analytical skills to evaluate data and quantify relationships between policy, trade, food production, environmental outcomes, and human well-being.


Pursue independent research on a topic in agriculture, trade, or development policy; past topics include international food security, the effect of international trade on hunger, and links between agriculture and the environment. Take part in an immersive experience studying in places like Sierra Leone, China, or Brazil.


Influence policymakers on agricultural, trade or international development policy. Help businesses develop their international markets. Work with international development agencies to improve the wellbeing of farmers and families in developing countries. Go to graduate school in economics, international relations, public policy, or law. 


See current requirements View the eight semester plan

For more information about Policy, International Trade and Development, please contact:

Lauren Karplus
Academic Advisor, Experiential Learning Coordinator
304c Mumford Hall
1301 W. Gregory
Urbana Illinois 61801