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The program in International Relations examines questions of power, order, cooperation, and conflict that emerge as national and international actors relate across state boundaries. Such actors include states as well as international organizations like the United Nations, transnational advocacy groups (such as environmental and human rights networks), multinational corporations, ethnic and racial groups, and individuals. Patterns include diplomacy and war, exchanges of commodities and ideas, ethnic conflict, transnational networking, and the flow of people and problems across borders.
The program also includes theoretical studies of why these actors do as they do—from the pursuit of national self-interest, to the promotion of universal standards of justice, to personal or group gain. The major in particular encourages students to explore how aspects of the international system, such as security and trade regimes, are fluid and ever-changing, how they have emerged over time, and how they are presently being "re-imagined" and re-constructed by an increasingly diverse range of actors.
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 and international trade as an established subfield of economics. This core is complemented by an interdisciplinary approach that encourages students to recognize that the collective "imagining" of international affairs is also expressed through a variety of perspectives, including history and anthropology, 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.
Note that where a language course is listed under area studies or one of the concentrations, it can both satisfy the area studies or concentration requirement and count toward language competency.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (B.A.)
interdisciplinary, 11 courses
Six core courses; a methods course; three courses in a thematic track, at least one from the list of keystone courses, with two courses at the 200-level or higher; and a capstone seminar course. IR majors must take at least three courses in one region outside of the United States (these can include courses taken in the thematic track and the capstone seminar course). In addition, IR majors must demonstrate competency in a foreign language equivalent to four semesters of language study. All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR
interdisciplinary, 5 courses
POL 180; two other core courses; two courses in a thematic track, at least one taken from the list of keystone courses; and at least one course in a region outside of the United States (this can include courses taken in the thematic track). All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better.
Students will take each of these six courses. Please note that some courses may require a prerequisite.
POL 180 Introduction to International Relations
POL 140 Introduction to Comparative Politics
ECON 160 Principles of Economics
ECON 240 International Trade
HIST - any 100 or 200 level course
ANTH 110 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or any REL 100 or 200 level course dealing with global religions
METHODS COURSES: ANTH 273, SOC 211, SOC 212, ECON 202, POL 261, POL 263, or POL 380.
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
HIST 237 Europe Since the War
HIST 238 The World Wars in Global Perspective
PHIL 155 Morality and War
POL 283 Terrorism
POL 290 American Foreign Policy
Political Economy and Development
ANTH 212 NGOs and Development
ECON 233 Comparative Economics
ECON 344 Economic Development
POL 248 Politics of Development
POL 254 Globalization
Politics, Culture and Identity
ANTH 205 Race, Class and Ethnicity
ENG 246 Globalism and Literature
REL 470 Nationalism
SOC 221 Race and Ethnic Relations
Transnational Issues and Cooperation
ECON 311 Economics of Immigration
ENV 120 Human Geography
ENV 200 Environmental Science
PHIL 159 Global Justice
POL 249 Protests and Movements in Comparative Perspective
POL 254 Globalization
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 and should reflect the student’s thematic and/or regional concentration, when possible.
The demonstration of competency in a foreign language equivalent to four semesters of language study.
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. Regions in which we offer a number of courses include 1) Africa, 2) Latin America and the Caribbean, 3) Europe, 4) Middle East and North Africa, 5) Eastern Asia, 6) Southeast Asia, 7) South Asia, 8) Russia and Central Asia, and 9) Oceania.