International Relations


Thematic Tracks

Students will take three courses in one of the thematic tracks. At least one must be drawn from the keystone courses listed below, while the other two are chosen in consultation with the adviser. The three courses must come from more than one discipline, and at least two of the courses in the thematic track should be at the 200-level or higher. Students also have the option of developing a self-designed theme in close consultation with their adviser and the approval of the Committee.

Global Security and Diplomacy
Keystone courses:
HIST 238: The World Wars in Global Perspective
MDSC 223: War, Words, and War Imagery
PHIL 154: The Morality of War and Nuclear Weapons
POL 283: Political Violence

Political Economy and Development
Keystone courses:
ECON 233: Comparative Economics
ECON 344: Economic Development
POL 248: Politics of Development
POL 387: States and Markets
POL 254: Globalization
SOC 240: Gender and Development

Politics, Culture and Identity
Keystone courses:
ANTH 205: Race, Class and Ethnicity
POL 297: Europe and America
SOC 221: Sociology of Minorities
SOC 233: Women and Political Mobilization in the Third World

Transnational Issues and Cooperation
Keystone courses:
ANTH 227: Intercultural Communication
ENV 120: Human Geography
ENV 191: Introductory Environmental Science
PHIL 159: Global Justice
POL 249: Protests, Movements, and Unions
POL 254: Globalization


Core Courses

For its core curriculum, the international relations program rests on the extensive body of theory and literature already developed within international relations as an established subfield of political science.

This core is complemented by an interdisciplinary approach that encourages students to recognize that the collective "imagining" of international affairs is also expressed through literature, art and music.

As a result, the program is flexible in its design, and adaptable to students' interests regarding relevant themes, world regions and disciplinary perspectives.

Core Courses
Students will take each of these seven courses. Please note that some courses may require a pre-requisite.

POL 180: Introduction to International Relations
POL 140: Introduction to Comparative World Politics
ECON 160: Principles of Economics
ECON 240: International Trade
HIST - any 100 or 200 level course
ANTH 110: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
or SOC 201: Sociology of International Development
or ALST 110: Foundations of Africana Studies
or any REL 100 or 200 level course dealing with global religions
A METHODS course
(ANTH 273, SOC 211, SOC 212, ECON 202, POL 370, POL 371, or POL 380)

Capstone Course
Any of the approved seminars (list updated each year based on curriculum offerings) or an Honors project. The Capstone Course must be taken after completion of the methods core course.

Language Requirement
The demonstration of competency in a foreign language equivalent to four semesters of language study.

Regional Focus
Students are required to take at least three courses in one region outside of the United States. These courses may - but need not - include courses taken in a Thematic Track and as a Capstone Course.

Note: Courses taken on study abroad progarms are also regularly credited toward the International Relations program; consult in advance with a program adviser about petitioning.


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