International Relations

The objective of the International Relations concentration is to foster creative thinking about pressing global problems and to equip students with the analytic tools, language expertise, and cross-cultural understanding to guide them in that process. To this end, the concentration draws on numerous departments including political science, history, economics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, religious studies, and area studies. The IR concentration is organized around a multidisciplinary core and two sub-themes: security and society, and political economy and society. It has a three-year language requirement that must be linked to the student’s selected region of the world. All concentrators are required to undertake a capstone project using research in a second language.


The IR concentration requires 14 courses and the equivalent of 3 years study of a second language.

Core Courses 1
ANTH 0110Anthropology and Global Social Problems1
ECON 0110Principles of Economics1
HIST 1900American Empire Since 18901
POLS 0400Introduction to International Politics1
or POLS 0200 Introduction to Comparative Politics
SOC 1620Globalization and Social Conflict1
Track Requirements (five courses from ONE track distributed between the sub-themes: 25
Security and Society:
Conflict (two or three courses):
War and Society
Nations within States
Modern Genocide and Other Crimes against Humanity
Global Security After the Cold War
American Foreign Policy
Society (two or three courses):
Ethnographies of Global Connection: Politics, Culture and International Relations
Religion and Global Politics
Global Media: History, Theory, Production
Ethnic Politics and Conflict
The International Law and Politics of Human Rights
War in Film and Literature
Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the Modern World
Political Economy and Society:
Economics (two or three courses):
Intermediate Microeconomics
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Current Global Macroeconomic Challenges
International Trade
International Finance
Political Economy (two or three courses):
Two Billion Cars: Humans, Markets, Cultures, and the Automobile
Money, Work, and Power: Culture and Economics
Globalization and the Rise of Asia
Politics of the Illicit Global Economy
Money and Power in the International Political Economy
Regional Focus 32
Research Methods 41
Capstone Course, from the following options: 51
Honors thesis (two courses: INTL 1910, INTL 1920)
Senior seminar paper (see website for approved senior seminars)
Directed research project (Independent Study)
Total Credits14

Required for all students, preferably to be taken during their freshman or sophomore years. Advanced Placement credit does not count toward the concentration.


This is only a subset of the more comprehensive list of applicable courses.


Both courses must be on the same area. Content must build on track of study. Students are required to link these with language study.


Prior to 7th semester. Quantitative or qualitative course from approved list.


Must be taken senior year. Must incorporate language skills.

Detailed lists of courses that satisfy these requirements may be obtained from the IR program website:

The program has a director, an associate director/concentration advisor, and a faculty advisor for each track to assist students in planning their academic programs.