Feb 22, 2024
The program of study in International Relations combines a rigorous and diverse set of courses from the social sciences and the humanities to help students develop conceptual and problem solving skills to address global issues that are by nature complex and interdisciplinary. The International Relations major is administered by the Department of Politics, in consultation with the History, Economics and Business, Modern Languages and Classics Departments.
Major requirements include:
Students in the International Relations major must take a minimum of 11 courses, as specified in the requirements below.
International Politics Requirement.
Students must complete the following five core courses in international politics:
International Political Institution Requirement.
Students must complete one of the following international political institution courses:
International Relations Theory Requirement
Students must complete one of the following theory courses:
Students must complete any two of the following history courses:
Depending on scheduling availability, one geography course may count for one of the two required history courses. Students may complete any one of the following courses:
Students must complete one of the following Economics courses:
Students must complete one advanced level language course (or a literature course for a language that does not offer an advanced language course). Students are also strongly encouraged to complete a language minor. The senior comprehensive examination will include a language component
Senior Comprehensive Examination:
Comprehensive examinations, both written and oral, are required. The written exam is the ETS National Test in Political Science. The oral exam will require the student to discuss different aspects of international relations before a committee composed of faculty from the Politics, History, and Business and Economics departments. These oral comprehensives will have a language component. The individual student’s selected foreign language will determine which professor from the modern language or classics department will be asked to participate in the oral examination. Students completing language minors do not have to take the language component of the oral comprehensive examination.
Students are strongly encouraged to gain real international experience during their undergraduate years through study abroad, travel and internships.
IR majors generally take their international political institution requirement, their economics requirement, and one of their history requirements. Depending on initial placement, they may also be completing their modern or classical language requirement. The remainder of their schedules can be filled by other core or major requirements, general electives or courses for a minor or double major.
IR majors generally take International Political Economy (PO 330), their international relations theory requirement, and the second of their history requirements. They also take Research Methods in the spring semester. Students who study abroad will need to take Research Methods at a different time. The rest of students’ schedules can be occupied with other major requirements, core requirements, general electives, or courses for a minor or double major
IR majors take their senior seminar requirement in the fall semester. The rest of their schedules can be occupied with other major requirements, core requirements, general electives, or courses for a minor or double major.