Major and Minor Programs

Major and Minor Curricula

Students considering a major in International Relations are strongly advised to take IR 10: Introduction to World Politics and ECO 1: Principles of Economics as early as possible. We also recommend that IR majors fulfill the mathematics portion of their college distribution requirement with MATH 12: Basic Statistics. This is not, however, a requirement for the major. For full explanation of the structure of the curriculum, or to declare a major or minor, please visit the IR Department.

Course catalog pages present brief course descriptions and syllabi, but check with individual instructors for the most recent version because some of these may be preliminary versions originally placed here during last semester's registration. Any further information available for the course -- such as an individual course website, instructor comments, or additional documents -- will be linked to that schedule.

Requirements for IR major
Requirements for IR minor

Completing the IR major requires a grade-point average of 2.0 or better in the courses that make up the major. Outstanding students may qualify for three presitgious awards:

Aurie Dunlap Prize
Carey B. Joynt International Relations Leadership Award
Oles M. Smolansky Award for Academic Excellence in International Relations