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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 International Relations concentration will only accept new declarations through the class of 2023. Students in any class year can learn more about the new concentration in International and Public Affairs. 

Requirements

The IR concentration will be available to students graduating through the class of 2023.

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 Courses5
Students must take 5 core courses, preferably during freshman or sophomore year. AP credit does not count toward the concentration.
Anthropology and Global Social Problems: Environment, Development, and Governance
Principles of Economics
Introduction to International Politics
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Globalization and Social Conflict
Plus 1 History course from the following:
History of Capitalism
Modern Africa: From Empire to Nation-State
The Making of Modern East Asia
Understanding the Middle East: 1800s to the Present
From the Columbian Exchange to Climate Change: Modern Global Environmental History
The Modern Chinese Nation: An Idea and Its Limits
Track Requirements (five courses distributed between the sub-themes):5
Governance and Diplomacy (two or three courses):
War, Anti-War, Postwar: Culture and Contestation in the Americas
Cybersecurity and International Relations
Migration and Borders in a Time of Climate Crisis
Engaged Climate Policy at the UN Climate Change Talks
La France en guerre
Sense and Scientific Sensibility: Beyond Vision, From the Scientific Revolution to Now
Locked Up: A Global History of Prison and Captivity
A Global History of the Atomic Age
State Surveillance in History
Culture and U.S. Empire
U.S. Human Rights in a Global Age
Law, Nationalism, and Colonialism
History of American Intervention
International Law
International Journalism: Foreign Reporting in Practice
History of American Intervention
Bilateral and Multilateral Policy and Diplomacy
Iran and the Islamic Revolution
Roots of Crisis in Central America
Computers, Freedom and Privacy: Current Topics in Law and Policy
When Leaders Lie: Machiavelli in International Context
From Dictatorship to Democracy in the Iberian Peninsula: Transformations and Current Challenges
Politics of the Illicit Global Economy
Politics in Russia and Eastern Europe
Maps and Politics
U.S. Gender Politics
Ethnic Politics and Conflict
Global Governance
International Security in a Changing World
Roots of Radical Islam
Security, Governance and Development in Africa
War and Peace
Theory of International Relations
Global Justice
The International Law and Politics of Human Rights
War and Politics
American Foreign Policy
Contraband Capitalism: States and Illegal Global Markets
International Relations in Europe
War in Film and Literature
Political Psychology of International Relations
Nuclear Weapons and International Politics
Geopolitics of Oil and Energy
Ethics of War and Peace
Laws of Violence
Comparative Constitutional Law
The Politics of Food Security
War and Human Rights
Technology and International Politics
War and Peace in International Society
Market Democracy in Chile
Between Colonialism and Self-Determination: A History of the International Order
Democratic Theory and Globalization
Post Conflict Politics
Global Governance
The International Politics of Climate Change
Foreign Policy in the People's Republic of China
Populations in Danger
20th Century World – A Sociology of States and Empires
Society (two or three courses):
The Anti-Trafficking Savior Complex: Saints, Sinners, and Modern-Day Slavery
Anthropology of Gender and Globalization
Human Trafficking, Transnationalism, and the Law
Democracy and Difference: Political Anthropology, Citizenship and Multiculturalism
Political Anthropology
War and Society
Ethnographies of Global Connection: Politics, Culture and International Relations
Religion and Secularism: Affinities and Antagonisms
Violence and the Media
International Health: Anthropological Perspectives
Nations within States
Anthropology of State Power and Powerlessness
Media and the Middle East
Senior Seminar: Politics and Symbols
1948 Photo Album: From Palestine To Israel
Collective Struggles and Cultural Politics in the Global South
How We Became Machines
Literature and Revolutions, 1640-1840
La France en guerre
Refugees: A Twentieth-Century History
Humanitarianism and Conflict in Africa
Israel-Palestine: Lands and Peoples II
Israel-Palestine: Lands and Peoples I
Decolonizing Minds: A People's History of the World
Law and Religion
Global Health, Humanitarianism, and Inequality
Rwanda Past and Present
Senior Thesis Preparation
Humanitarianism in Uniform
Revolutions that Changed the World
History of the Holocaust
Faking Globalization: Media, Piracy and Urbanism
Nation and Identity in Cinema
The End of Empires? A Global History of Decolonization
The Birth of the Modern World: A Global History of Empires
Ethnic Politics and Conflict
Gender, Slavery, and Freedom
Democratic Erosion
International Relations of Russia, Europe and Asia
Social Movements and Struggles for Justice
Women and War
Nationalism: Problems, Paradoxes and Power
Politics of Ethnic Conflict
Political Violence
Religion and Torture
Faith and Violence
Radical Islam (?)
Far-Right Religious Terrorism
Law and Religion
Sacred Sites: Law, Politics, Religion
Research Methods1
Prior to 7th semester. Quantitative or qualitative course from the following approved list.
Ethnographies of the Muslim Middle East
Ethnographic Research Methods
Essential Statistics
Statistical Inference I
Statistical Methods
Introduction to Econometrics
Mathematical Econometrics I
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
Introductory Statistics for Education Research and Policy Analysis
Foundations of Political Analysis
Political Research Methods
Methods of Social Research
Methods of Research in Organizations
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:
Senior Seminar: Politics and Symbols
La France en guerre
Israel-Palestine: Lands and Peoples II
Decolonizing Minds: A People's History of the World
Law and Religion
Iran and the Islamic Revolution
Diplomacy, Economics & Influence
Perspectives in Human Capital: Investing in Women as a Strategy for Global Growth
Risk, Regulation and the Comparative Politics of Finance
The International Politics of Organized Crime
Humanitarianism in Uniform
International Relations of Russia, Europe and Asia
Women and War
Senior Honors Seminar
Contraband Capitalism: States and Illegal Global Markets
Geopolitics of Oil and Energy
War and Human Rights
Technology and International Politics
Urban Politics and Policy
Democratic Theory and Globalization
Post Conflict Politics
Total Credits14

Political Economy and Society Track

Core Courses5
Students must take all 5 core courses, preferably during freshman or sophomore year. AP credit does not count toward the concentration.
Anthropology and Global Social Problems: Environment, Development, and Governance
Principles of Economics
Introduction to International Politics
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Globalization and Social Conflict
Plus 1 History course from the following:
History of Capitalism
Modern Africa: From Empire to Nation-State
The Making of Modern East Asia
Understanding the Middle East: 1800s to the Present
From the Columbian Exchange to Climate Change: Modern Global Environmental History
The Modern Chinese Nation: An Idea and Its Limits
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:
Development and the International Economy
The Economics of Gender Equality and Development
Economic Organizations and Economic Systems
Current Global Macroeconomic Challenges
Economic Development
Health, Hunger and the Household in Developing Countries
International Trade
International Finance
Economic Growth
The Economics of Latin Americans
The Economy of China since 1949
Financial Institutions
Theory of Economic Growth
Political Economy (two or three courses):
Inequality, Sustainability, and Mobility in a Car-Clogged World
AIDS in Global Perspective
Anthropology and International Development: Ethnographic Perspectives on Poverty and Progress
Money, Work, and Power: Culture and Economics
Environmental Economics and Policy
The Economic Analysis of Political Behavior
International Environmental Law and Policy
Environmental Economics and Policy
Environmental Issues in Development Economics (ECON 1355)
Environmental Justice: The Science and Political Economy of Environmental Health and Social Justice
Globalization and the Environment
Energy Policy and Politics
Business, Culture, and Globalization: An Ethnographic Perspective
History of Capitalism
International Perspectives on NGOs, Public Health, and Health Care Inequalities
Economic Development in Latin America
Diplomacy, Economics & Influence
The Political Economy of Strategy: From the Financial Revolution to the Revolution in Military Affa
Politics of International Finance
Risk, Regulation and the Comparative Politics of Finance
Perspectives in Human Capital: Investing in Women as a Strategy for Global Growth
Politics of the Illicit Global Economy
Prosperity: The Ethics and Economics of Wealth Creation
Reimagining Capitalism
Latin American Politics
Politics, Markets and States in Developing Countries
Politics, Economy and Society in India
Classics of Political Economy
Money and Power in the International Political Economy
Development in Theory and Practice
International Political Economy
Introduction to Political Economy
Building a Better World: Film and Social Change
Politics of Nuclear Weapons
Politics of Globalization
Contraband Capitalism: States and Illegal Global Markets
Politics of Economic Development in Asia
The Politics of Social Welfare in the Middle East
Social Movements and Struggles for Justice
Corruption and Governance Across Democracies
Geopolitics of Oil and Energy
Capitalism: For and Against
Politics of Health in the Global South
The Political Economy of Renewable Energy
Culture, Identity and Development
Comparative Development
Unequal Societies
Demographics and Development
The Economic Foundations of Everyday Life
Knowledge Networks and Global Transformation
Sociology of Money
Research Methods1
Prior to 7th semester. Quantitative or qualitative course from the following approved list.
Ethnographies of the Muslim Middle East
Ethnographic Research Methods
Essential Statistics
Statistical Inference I
Statistical Methods
Introduction to Econometrics
Mathematical Econometrics I
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
Introductory Statistics for Education Research and Policy Analysis
Foundations of Political Analysis
Political Research Methods
Methods of Social Research
Methods of Research in Organizations
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:
Senior Seminar: Politics and Symbols
La France en guerre
Israel-Palestine: Lands and Peoples II
Decolonizing Minds: A People's History of the World
Law and Religion
Iran and the Islamic Revolution
Diplomacy, Economics & Influence
Risk, Regulation and the Comparative Politics of Finance
The International Politics of Organized Crime
Perspectives in Human Capital: Investing in Women as a Strategy for Global Growth
Humanitarianism in Uniform
Senior Honors Seminar
Contraband Capitalism: States and Illegal Global Markets
International Relations of Russia, Europe and Asia
Geopolitics of Oil and Energy
War and Human Rights
Technology and International Politics
Market Democracy in Chile
Women and War
Democratic Theory and Globalization
Post Conflict Politics
Culture, Identity and Development
Total Credits14

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