Jul 13, 2024  
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog

International Relations (BA in International Relations)

The International Relations major requires a minimum of 37 credits selected from the options listed under Parts A, B, C, D, and E below. In choosing courses, students are encouraged to work with their advisors to achieve an appropriate degree of substantive coherence across disciplines and analytical approaches. Such choices should also be taken into consideration by the student in selecting the language(s) used to fulfill the language co-requisite.

Part A: Core Curriculum (7 Courses)

Part A represents the core of the IR major, and includes basic requirements in Government, Economics, History, and Sociology. All requirements must be met, and no substitutions are allowed. Prerequisites in (parentheses).

Part B: Methods (1 Course)

Part B includes courses designed to familiarize students with the basic methodological tools of disciplines contributing to the IR major. Students who intend to write an Honors thesis or independent study in IR should select the methods course that provides the necessary tools to complete their research. It may be fulfilled with any of the following courses:

Part C: Social and Cultural Contexts (1 Course)

Part C emphasizes the role that social and cultural contexts play in international relations, and exposes students to relevant disciplinary approaches. Students may fulfill part C with any of the following courses:


If students take more than one course from the Part C list, those courses may be used as electives to fulfill Part E. SOCL 313 can be used to fulfill EITHER the Part A SOCL core requirement or the Part C Social and Cultural Contexts requirement, not both.

Part D: Capstone (1 Course)

To fulfill part D, each student must successfully complete one of the following:

Part E: Electives (2 courses)

IR majors may choose any two courses from the list below, provided that no more than nine of the twelve total courses required for the concentration come from the economics and/or government department. All the courses in Part C listed above can also count as Part E courses.