The international relations program exposes students to essential questions regarding the processes by which the complexities of interdependence meet with deeply held individual values. Broadly speaking, this involves answering the fundamental question of who gets what, where, when, how, and why in international relations. International relations is an interdisciplinary program that equips students with the breadth (i.e., perspectives) and depth of coverage to contemplate and effectively respond to these questions. More detailed inquiry into a specific geographical region is also possible within the program.

Students pursuing this major are strongly encouraged to incorporate more foreign language and international travel into their academic program. A variety of May Term and semester-long opportunities exist. Moreover, we encourage students to double major in a related field, such as economics, foreign language, history, international business, political science, religion, or sociology to further enhance their understanding and preparation.

Intended Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • utilize numerous interdisciplinary perspectives in the study of international relations.
  • recognize the existence of complex interdependence within and among cultures.
  • gain a greater understanding of international affairs and statecraft.
  • increase their ability to think critically about international affairs.
  • demonstrate competent research skills in a professional manner.
  • effectively communicate in both oral and written forms.
  • be prepared for entry into government service, intergovernmental service, non-governmental service, international business, and/or graduate school.


Course Requirements

12½-13 course credits:

  • EC 117 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • HI 343 Colonialism and Culture
  • HI 306 History of American Foreign Relations or
  • PS 306 History of American Foreign Relations
  • PS 270 Comparative Political Systems
  • PS 302 International Relations
  • PS 460 Perspectives in Political Science or
  • HI 461 Historiography (if double majoring in history)
  • Demonstrated foreign language proficiency at or above the 206 level

Three course credits (incorporating at least two disciplines) from

  • EC 348 Development Economics
  • EC 355 International Trade and Finance
  • HI 224 Modern History and Culture of the Middle East
  • HI 257 The European Union Then and Now
  • HI 290 20th-Century Europe
  • HI 318 Hitler's Germany
  • HI 320 Investigating Germany’s Past Abroad
  • HI 321 Russian History
  • HI 341 African History
  • HI 351 Topics in European History
  • PS 130 Contemporary Political Ideologies
  • PS 304 The Developing World

Two course credits (incorporating two different disciplines) from

  • EN 205 Survey of World Literature I
  • EN 206 Survey of World Literature II
  • FL 350 Topics in Comparative Culture
  • GER 312 Discovering Germany Past and Present
  • GER 313 German Society in Film and Fiction
  • GER 314 Minority Experience in German Society
  • GM 201 Intercultural Communication
  • RE 202 World Religions in Dialogue
  • SO 380 Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective or
  • WS 380 Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • SP 311 Cultural History of Spain
  • SP 312 Cultural History of Latin America
  • SP 317 Cinemas of Latin America
Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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