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
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.
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