The minor in international relations introduces students to the foundations of study in the field, including issues of security, international norms and organizations, comparative politics, and political development. Students also complete three electives in the minor from the lists below, providing ample opportunity to focus their studies in the area they choose.

1. The minor in International Relations is available to full-time, degree candidate students who have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher.

To qualify for the minor, students must demonstrate proficiency in a modern foreign language. Proficiency is demonstrated by completing one advanced-level modern language course.

2. Politics majors may apply only one course from their major (either PO 104 or PO 106) to the International Relations minor, and must complete at least two courses from the list of offerings in the Politics Department.

3. Prior to preregistration for the fall of their senior year, students must declare to the director of the minor their intention to work towards completing the minor.4. Per College regulations, Candidates must have an average G.P.A. of 2.00 in the required courses for successful completion of the minor.

The program requires completion of five courses. 

Students must complete the following two courses:

  • PO 104 - Comparative Politics
  • PO 106 - International Relations

  • Students must also complete three additional courses.  At least one of these courses must be drawn from each of the following two lists:

Politics

In the Politics Department, students must complete at least one of the following courses. (Politics majors must complete at least two of the following courses):

  • PO 214 - International Law
  • PO 224 - International Organization and Global Governance
  • PO 232 - International Political Economy
  • PO 275 - Human Rights
  • PO 322 - Justice and War in International Relations
  • PO 326 - Latin American Politics
  • PO 332 - Political Violence
  • PO 333 - Peacemaking, Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding
  • PO 360 - Comparative Democratization

History

From the History Department, students must complete at least one of the following courses:

  • HI 226 - Modern European History
  • HI 175 - Asian Civilization
  • HI 326 - Modern Britain
  • HI 329 - Modern Germany
  • HI 330 - Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century
  • HI 332 - Modern France
  • HI 333 - Europe since 1945
  • HI 355 - Modern American Foreign Relations
  • HI 376 - Modern Latin American History
  • HI 377 - Modern Russia
  • HI 378 - Modern China: 1600-Present
  • HI 379 - Modern Japan: 1600-Present
  • HI 382 - History of the Middle East
  • HI 384 - British Empire
  • HI 385 - Vietnam War
  • HI 386 - World War II
  • HI 391 - The History of Southern Africa
  • HI 399 - Special Topics: Special Areas
  • Cold War