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Requirements for the International Relations Major

GEP Signature Courses (See Curricula): six courses

GEP Variable Courses (See Curricula): six to nine courses, including

Social/Behavioral Sciences:

ECN 102

Introductory Economics (Macro)

GEP Overlays (See Curricula): three courses

Major Concentration:

Foundational Courses: (3 courses)

ECN 101

Introductory Economics (Micro)

POL 103/113

Introduction to Comparative Politics

POL 105/115

Introduction to International Politics

and any two of the following:

HIS 202

U.S. History II

HIS 203

Historical Introduction to Latin America

HIS 205

Historical Introduction to the Islamic World

HIS 206

Historical Introduction to South Asia

HIS 207

Historical Introduction to East Asian Civilization

IRT 211


Core Courses: (2 courses)

IRT 250

Theory and Methods in International Relations

IRT 495

IR Senior Capstone Seminar

Upper Division Courses: (7 courses)

Majors will select a total of 7 courses from the list of approved IR courses (see below). In completing this requirement, students must take at least one upper division IR course in each of the constituent departments, Economics, History, and Political Science.

ECN 321

International Economics

ECN 322

International Macroeconomics

ECN 430

Modern Economic Systems

ECN 370

Economic Development

ECN 440

U.S. Economic History

ECN 445

Economics Of Multinational Enterprises

ECN 450

Nationalism And The Economy

ECN 455

Economics Of Transition

ECN 460

African Economies

ECN 475

Asian Economies

ECN 480

Economics Of Poverty & Income Distribution

ECN 485

Economics Of Migration & Immigration

HIS 203

Historical Introduction To Latin America

HIS 204

Latin American-U.S. Migration

HIS 205

Historical Introduction to the Islamic World

HIS 206

Historical Introduction to South Asia

HIS 207

Historical Introduction to East Asian Civilizations

HIS 210

Historical Introduction to Sub-Saharan Africa

HIS 301

United States And Latin America

HIS 303

History Of Modern Mexico

HIS 304

Social Protest In Latin American History

HIS 322

Europe In The 20th Century, 1914-1939

HIS 323

Europe In The 20th Century Since 1939

HIS 324

Modern International Socialism

HIS 325

France 1814-1914

HIS 326

Age Of Empire

HIS 328

European Diplomatic History 1814-1914

HIS 332

Age Of Aristocracy: Britain 1689-1832

HIS 333

Victorian Britain 1815-1901

HIS 334

Twentieth-Century Britain

HIS 335

Germany: French Revolution Through World War I

HIS 336

Weimar Republic And Nazi Germany

HIS 337

Russia, 1682-1881

HIS 338

Russia, Since 1881

HIS 350

Exchange And Conquest In Modern East Asia

HIS 351

Gender, Ideology, And Revolution In East Asia

HIS 353

Modern China

HIS 354

Japan Since 1800

HIS 355

Colonialism And Nationalism In Southeast Asia

HIS 356

Modern South Asia

HIS 357

Colonialism and Culture

HIS 358

Contemporary China

HIS 366

Progressive Era To New Deal

HIS 367

Post-War America, 1945-Present

HIS 380

Foundations Of American Foreign Policy

HIS 381

U.S. As A Global Power

POL 368

Global Gender issues

POL 341

Revolution And Development

POL 331

Latin American Politics

POL 342


POL 344

The Craft Of Intelligence

POL 334

Russian Politics

POL 335

South Africa & the Politics of Transition

POL 332

Politics of Japan

POL 343

Internal War

POL 324

International Law

POL 351

International Law and Organization

POL 356

U.S. Foreign Policy

POL 353

Global Security

POL 363

Viet Nam Wars

POL 358

International Relations of the US & South Asia

POL 361

Theories Of International Relations

POL 352

Political Economy: Of Booms And Busts

POL 365

Globalization And Governance

POL 367

Ethics in International Affairs

POL 357

America And The World Economy

POL 354

War And Peace

POL 355

Arms, Arms Control And Proliferation

POL 406

Seminar: Wars, Crises, and Change

POL 404

Seminar: Contemporary Peace Making and Peace Building

POL 405

Seminar: International Political Economy

POL 491

Political Internship (depending on specific internship)

IRT 493

Honors Research In International Relations

IRT 494

Honors Research In International Relations

GEP Integrative Learning Component:

International Relations majors must take three classes to satisfy the Integrated Learning Component of the GEP. Classes will stem from three groups or "types" of course, with two classes coming from one group and the third class coming from another group. Students may choose from which group they take two courses and which group they take a single course. The three groups are:

  1. Analytical Tools
  2. Foreign Languages and Literature
  3. Social Justice

The Analytical Tools category includes:

  1. Any math course (MAT) (does not include "Beauty")
  2. Any computer science (CSC) course
  3. Economic statistics (ECN 311—requires MAT 106 or equivalent)
  4. Econometrics (ECN 410—requires ECN 311 or equivalent)
  5. Logic (PHL 220)
  6. Symbolic Logic (PHL 240)
  7. Statistics for the Social Sciences (PSY 211—requires MAT 118 or equivalent)
  8. Social Research Methods I (SOC 312)
  9. Social Research Methods II (SOC 313)

The Foreign Languages and Literature category includes:

All classes in Modern and Classical Languages numbered 202 or higher. Must be in addition to the courses used to fulfill the GEP Non-Native Language Requirement

The Social Justice category includes:

Any class designated as Faith-Justice.

Students may petition the IR committee for non-Faith-Justice courses to count toward this requirement.