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.

Requirements

The IR concentration requires 14 courses and the equivalent of 3 years study of a second language. Regardless of track, all IR concentrators must take all five core courses, research methods, regional focus, and capstone courses.

Security and Society track

Core Courses
Students must take all 5 core courses, preferably during freshman or sophomore year. AP credit does not count toward the concentration.
ANTH 0110Anthropology and Global Social Problems: Environment, Development, and Governance1
ECON 0110Principles of Economics1
HIST 0244Understanding the Middle East: 1800s to the Present1
HIST 1121The Modern Chinese Nation: An Idea and Its Limits1
POLS 0400Introduction to International Politics1
Track Requirements (five courses distributed between the sub-themes):5
Governance and Diplomacy (two or three courses):
A Global History of the Atomic Age
Law, Nationalism, and Colonialism
History of American Intervention
Iran and the Islamic Revolution
Diplomacy, Economics & Influence
Russia and Post-Soviet States
Security, Governance and Development in Africa
The International Law and Politics of Human Rights
Contraband Capitalism: States and Illegal Global Markets
War in Film and Literature
Geopolitics of Oil and Energy
Global Justice
Democratic Theory and Globalization
Post Conflict Politics
Society (two or three courses):
Human Trafficking, Transnationalism, and the Law
Media Wars: The Middle East
Humanitarianism in Uniform
Russia and Post-Soviet States
Research Methods1
Prior to 7th semester. Quantitative or qualitative course from the following approved list.
Ethnographic Research Methods
Statistical Inference I
Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Introduction to Econometrics
Econometrics I
Introductory Statistics for Social Research
Regional Focus2
Both courses must be on the same area. Students are required to link these to language study.
Language
Three years university study or equivalent. Must correspond to region.
Capstone Course, from the following options:1
Must be taken senior year. Must incorporate language skills. Students may choose from the following:
Iran and the Islamic Revolution
Diplomacy, Economics & Influence
India in the World
Media Wars: The Middle East
Humanitarianism in Uniform
Senior Honors Seminar
Politics of European Integration
Contraband Capitalism: States and Illegal Global Markets
Geopolitics of Oil and Energy
Global Justice
Democratic Theory and Globalization
Post Conflict Politics
Total Credits14

Political Economy and Society Track

Core Courses
Students must take all 5 core courses, preferably during freshman or sophomore year. AP credit does not count toward the concentration.
ANTH 0110Anthropology and Global Social Problems: Environment, Development, and Governance1
ECON 0110Principles of Economics1
HIST 0244Understanding the Middle East: 1800s to the Present1
HIST 1121The Modern Chinese Nation: An Idea and Its Limits1
POLS 0400Introduction to International Politics1
Track Requirements (five courses from distributed between the sub-themes):5
Economics (two or three courses): All students MUST take Micro and Macro
Intermediate Microeconomics
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Plus an International Economics course:
Current Global Macroeconomic Challenges
International Trade
Financial Institutions
Finance, Regulation, and the Economy: Research
Political Economy (two or three courses):
Environmental Economics and Policy
Diplomacy, Economics & Influence
Politics of European Integration
Prosperity: The Ethics and Economics of Wealth Creation
Politics, Economy and Society in India
Money and Power in the International Political Economy
Contraband Capitalism: States and Illegal Global Markets
Geopolitics of Oil and Energy
Capitalism: For and Against
Culture, Identity and Development
Research Methods1
Prior to 7th semester. Quantitative or qualitative course from the following approved list.
Ethnographic Research Methods
Statistical Inference I
Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Introduction to Econometrics
Econometrics I
Introductory Statistics for Social Research
Regional Focus2
Both courses must be on the same area. Students are required to link these to language study.
Language
Three years university study or equivalent. Must correspond to region.
Capstone Course, from the following options:1
Must be taken senior year. Must incorporate language skills. Students may choose from the following:
Iran and the Islamic Revolution
Diplomacy, Economics & Influence
India in the World
Media Wars: The Middle East
Humanitarianism in Uniform
Senior Honors Seminar
Politics of European Integration
Contraband Capitalism: States and Illegal Global Markets
Geopolitics of Oil and Energy
Global Justice
Democratic Theory and Globalization
Post Conflict Politics
Culture, Identity and Development
Total Credits14

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