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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. Prospective concentrators should visit the IR site for next steps.

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 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
Understanding the Middle East: 1800s to the Present
The Modern Chinese Nation: An Idea and Its Limits
Introduction to International Politics
Track Requirements (five courses distributed between the sub-themes):5
Governance and Diplomacy (two or three courses):
Cybersecurity and International Relations
La France en guerre
Law, Nationalism, and Colonialism
History of American Intervention
International Law
Iran and the Islamic Revolution
Diplomacy, Economics & Influence
Computers, Freedom and Privacy: Current Topics in Law and Policy
Politics of the Illicit Global Economy
Russia and Post-Soviet States
Ethnic Politics and Conflict
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
War and Human Rights
Technology and International Politics
Global Justice
Democratic Theory and Globalization
Post Conflict Politics
Society (two or three courses):
Decolonizing Minds: A People's History of the World
Human Trafficking, Transnationalism, and the Law
Violence and the Media
Senior Seminar: Politics and Symbols
La France en guerre
Refugees: A Twentieth-Century History
Israel-Palestine: Lands and Peoples II
Decolonizing Minds: A People's History of the World
Law and Religion
International Journalism: Foreign Reporting in Practice
Media Wars: The Middle East
Humanitarianism in Uniform
Reassessing Contentious Politics, and Social Movements
Ethnic Politics and Conflict
International Relations of Russia, Europe and Asia
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
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
Introductory Statistics for Education Research and Policy Analysis
Political Research Methods
Methods of Social Research
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:
Decolonizing Minds: A People's History of the World
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
International Journalism: Foreign Reporting in Practice
India in the World
Global Women’s Issues: Investing in women as strategy for sustainable growth and global development
Media Wars: The Middle East
Humanitarianism in Uniform
Reassessing Contentious Politics, and Social Movements
The Politics of Food Security
International Relations of Russia, Europe and Asia
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
Understanding the Middle East: 1800s to the Present
The Modern Chinese Nation: An Idea and Its Limits
Introduction to International Politics
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
Current Global Macroeconomic Challenges
Economic Development
International Trade
International Finance
The Economy of China since 1949
Financial Institutions
Finance, Regulation, and the Economy: Research
Political Economy (two or three courses):
Anthropology and International Development: Ethnographic Perspectives on Poverty and Progress
Environmental Economics and Policy
Diplomacy, Economics & Influence
Global Women’s Issues: Investing in women as strategy for sustainable growth and global development
Politics of the Illicit Global Economy
Prosperity: The Ethics and Economics of Wealth Creation
Politics, Economy and Society in India
Money and Power in the International Political Economy
Building a Better World: Film and Social Change
Politics of Globalization
Contraband Capitalism: States and Illegal Global Markets
Geopolitics of Oil and Energy
Capitalism: For and Against
Culture, Identity and Development
Economic Development and Social Change
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
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
Introductory Statistics for Education Research and Policy Analysis
Political Research Methods
Methods of Social Research
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:
Decolonizing Minds: A People's History of the World
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
International Journalism: Foreign Reporting in Practice
India in the World
Global Women’s Issues: Investing in women as strategy for sustainable growth and global development
Media Wars: The Middle East
Humanitarianism in Uniform
Reassessing Contentious Politics, and Social Movements
The Politics of Food Security
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
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.