The major in International Relations stresses integrated knowledge in the areas of politics, economics, history, and languages. The International Relations major provides focused training for students who plan to work in a wide variety of international career fields, including international diplomacy, international business, development work, non-profit sector work, international law, and graduate study in law, policy, international relations, and comparative politics.

Along with specific requirements for any major, all students in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs must meet all general education and graduation requirements under a single catalog.

Requirements for the International Relations major are 46 hours, including:

Core Major Requirements18
Comparative Politics
International Politics
American Politics and Government
Political Philosophy
Senior Seminar
Senior Seminar
Select 16 credits of IR electives at the 300-level or higher, though 4 credits may come from PSCI electives 300-level or higher and 8 credits from department-approved GPS electives: GPS 316, GPS 317, GPS 319, GPS 323, GPS 331, or GPS 332.
Supporting Courses
Modern Language 24
Another 4 credits beyond proficiency
Other Categories8
Select 8 credits from two of the following three categories:
Economics 1
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Evolution of Global Economy
Wealth & Poverty of Nations
Health Economics
Development Economics
International Economics
Economics of Labor & Poverty
International Political Economy
History courses numbered 200 and above that focus on some part of the world outside the United States.
History of the Jews during the Medieval and Modern Periods
History of the Holy Lands from the Rise of Islam to 1948
Society and Politics in the Holy Land: Palestinian and Israeli Perspectives
Introduction to Statistics
Political Research
Total Credits46

ECON courses may have prerequisites.  AP credit in Economics will not count for major credit.


Students who plan to complete the language requirement off-campus, who are bilingual, or who have advanced proficiency in a second language other than English should see the Politics and IR Department for detailed guidelines about meeting the foreign language requirement.