University of Wisconsin–Madison

Undergraduate Certificates

Development Economics Certificate

For students who are interested in learning more about the global economy, understanding the roots of poverty, and investigating policy solutions.

Courses look at the impact of globalization on populations worldwide, and aim to help you use analytical skills to understand the impact of population growth on global economies. There are also courses to explore the topics of environment and development, hunger and food security and regional courses on Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia.

Choose the 15-credit Certificate in Development Economics to sharpen your understanding of some of the most pressing problems facing the global community.

In order to declare the Certificate, the student must have successfully completed AAE 215, Econ 101, or Econ 111 or a comparable introductory economics course.

The Certificate requires 5 courses, including a minimum of one from each of the following options:

  1. AAE 474 – Economic Problems of Developing Areas
  2. AAE Core course: 373 or 374
  3. Elective AAE Courses: 319, 350, 373 or 374, 462, 473, 477
  4. Other Elective Courses
      1. Community and Environmental Sociology: 380, 540, 630.
      2. Economics: 364, 464, 467, 475.
      3. Geography: 339
      4. International Business: 200, 445.
      5. International Studies: 402.
      6. Political Science: 348, 350, 351.
  5. One additional course from the options 2-4 above

More information on courses and requirements can be found in The Guide.

Certificate in Business Management for Ag & Life Sciences

The CALS Business Management for Agricultural and Life Sciences Certificate (CBC) is an excellent complement to your CALS degree. Develop business analysis, communications and problem solving skills to supplement your degree work and enhance your appeal to employers.

The certificate requires four core courses and two electives, to be layered into your CALS degree plan. The required courses are offered in partnership with the Departments of Agricultural & Applied Economics, Life Sciences Communications, the Wisconsin School of Business and the Renk Agribusiness Institute. This certificate is available exclusively to CALS degree holders. Agricultural Business Management majors are ineligible due to course overlap.

Completion of the certificate requires a total of 18 credits.

Twelve credits are in the required core:

No substitutions are allowed for the core courses. A limit of two courses may be used for both certificate and degree credits.

The remaining six credits can be chosen by students from the following options:

  • AAE 319, 320,322, 323, 419, 421, 526 or 540
  • DYSCI 233, 234, or 535
  • LSC 250, 251, 431, 432, or 435

More information can be found in The Guide or on the certificate website.

Questions? Please contact:

Linda Davis
Undergraduate Student Services
Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
University of Wisconsin-Madison
427 Lorch Street, Room 424
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-9488

linda.davis@wisc.edu