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International Relations

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.

Study Abroad: Students are strongly encouraged to gain real international experience during their undergraduate years through study abroad, travel and internships.

Course Sequence - Classes of 2015 - 2017


Please refer to the Online College Catalogue and consult with your academic advisor for recommended course sequencing. Revised graduation requirements for each graduating class can be found in the Guide to the Core Curriculum.

Course Sequence - Class of 2018 and Beyond


Freshman Year
Conversatio I Conversatio II
Freshman English (or Other Core Requirement) Freshman English (or Other Core Requirement)
Language Language
Comparative Politics International Relations

In the sophomore year: 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.

In the junior year: 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.

In the senior year: 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.