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International Relations

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School of Humanities and Sciences

Explore how global, regional and domestic factors influence relations between actors on the world stage.

What You'll Study

The undergraduate program in International Relations is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major allowing students to explore how global, regional and domestic factors influence relations between actors on the world stage. The program equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary to analyze choices and challenges that arise in this arena. IR majors pursue study in world politics, including courses in political science, economics, history, and language, focusing on issues such as international security, political economy, economic development, and democratization. Students must spend at least one quarter overseas. The major prepares students for careers in government and the corporate sector, and for admission into graduate programs in law, business, economics, and political science.

Degrees Offered

  • BA
  • Minor
  • Honors

More Information

Exploratory Courses


History of the International System since 1914 (HISTORY 102)


The Changing Face of War: Introduction to Military History (HISTORY 3F, HISTORY 103F)


Human Trafficking: Historical, Legal, and Medical Perspectives (CSRE 105C, FEMGEN 105C, HISTORY 105C, HUMRTS 112)


Introduction to European Studies (POLISCI 213E)


The Future of the European Union: Challenges and Opportunities


Introduction to Global Justice (ETHICSOC 136R, PHIL 76, POLISCI 136R, POLISCI 336)


International Law and International Relations


International Law and International Relations


The U.S., U.N. Peacekeeping, and Humanitarian War (HISTORY 201C, INTNLREL 140X)


Camera as Witness: International Human Rights Documentaries


Challenging the Status Quo: Social Entrepreneurs Advancing Democracy, Development and Justice (AFRICAST 142, AFRICAST 242, CSRE 142C, URBANST 135)


Political Economy of the Southern Cone Countries of South America


Diplomacy on the Ground: Case Studies in the Challenges of Representing Your Country (HISTORY 252B)


Transitional Justice, Human Rights, and International Criminal Tribunals (ETHICSOC 280, HUMRTS 103, INTLPOL 280)


Myths and Realities of U.S.-China Relations


Crisis and Cooperation: Contemporary Research on International Security


United Nations Peacekeeping (PEDS 60Q)


Mass Atrocities: Reckoning and Reconciliation


International Organizations and Accountability

Related Links

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