International Relations

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dean: Joel Kassiola

Department of International Relations
HSS 336
Chair: DeVere Pentony

Graduate Coordinator: Sanjoy Banerjee


Professors—Aviel, Giardina, Lawson, Miller, Pentony, Simpson, D., Yansane

Associate Professors—Banerjee, Hanami

Lecturers—Clarier, Craig, Fieldman, Fischer, Pastorino


B.A. in International Relations
Minor in International Relations
M.A. in International Relations

Program Scope

The courses of study for the Bachelor of Arts in International Relations have three objectives: to impart knowledge of basic concepts, theories and methods in international relations; to develop in each student at least one area of special individual competence in international relations; and to train students in research, analytical and presentation/communication skills. Liberal arts educational goals are emphasized but the program seeks also to develop marketable skills appropriate to the field. These include report writing, statistical and computer applications, public policy analysis, oral briefing techniques, and audio-visual production.

Utilizing the extensive course offerings in the International Relations Program and in other departments, students are able, on advisement, to develop individual areas of specialization within geographical, functional (e.g., international political economy), problem-oriented (e.g., arms control), theoretical/methodological, and other categories. Field work may also be part of an area of specialization.

The emphasis upon elective courses of study requires that a student consult with an adviser every semester. The director of the program will assign an appropriate adviser.

Career Outlook

Employment possibilities for graduates in international relations exist in business, government, electronic and print journalism, teaching and private international service (e.g., U.N. Association, Red Cross, etc.). Students completing a degree find it excellent preparation for entry into highly competitive programs of advanced study or work abroad in areas of special interest or knowledge.


Online course descriptions are available.

Core Units
I R 104 International Relations: An Introduction 3
I R 300 International Careers 3
I R 301 Fundamentals of International Relations Analysis 4
I R 302 Introduction to International Political Economy 4
I R 303 Introduction to Computer Applications for International Relations 1
I R 310 United States Foreign Policy 4
Total for core 19
Students are expected to specialize in one of three fields of emphasis by selecting course work in area studies, international institutions, or global problems in consultation with an adviser. Up to six units of course work may be in non-IR courses.
Culminating Requirements
I R 550 Proseminar in Foreign Policy Analysis 6
I R 600 Learning Outcomes Assessment 2
Total for major 42


Requirements under the major program relating to upper division work, limitations on CR/NC grading, and order in which courses are taken also apply to the minor.

Program Units
I R 104 International Relations: An Introduction 3
I R 302 Introduction to International Political Economy 4
I R 310 U.S. Foreign Policy 4
I R 550 Proseminar in Foreign Policy Analysis 6
Electives in International Relations 4
Total 21


Admission to Program

Applicants should show a grade point average of 3.5 in the last 60 units taken. Those with a strong International Relations background will be admitted as fully classified. Others will be admitted as conditionally classified. Conditions will be communicated upon admission. An upper division course on the politics of a single nation is a prerequisite. Applicants who have not had a course in statistics will be required to take an elementary statistics course with a grade of CR (credit). They must also submit: (a) results of the Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Tests (for non-native speakers of English, TOEFL); (b) three letters of recommendation; and (c) a personal statement about reasons for embarking on graduate study in International Relations. Forms for (b) above and current information about the graduate program are available in the program office.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: successful completion of I R 720 with a grade of B or better. Level Two: completion of the master's thesis course, I R 898, or sponsored research, I R 895, with a grade of CR (credit).

Advancement to Candidacy

After completing not less than twelve units but not more than twenty-four units of work applicable to the master's degree, with a grade point average of 3.0 or better, the student must prepare in consultation with the graduate adviser a Graduate Approved Program showing in detail the course of study proposed. At this time, all general requirements for advancement to candidacy and all conditions imposed at the time of admission to the program must have been met. Approval of the proposed course of study by the Dean of the Graduate Division signifies advancement to candidacy.

Online course descriptions are available.

Core Requirements Units
I R 720 Theory and Approaches in International Relations 3
I R 725 The Analysis of Foreign Policy 3
I R 730 The International System and its Problems 3
I R 740 Comparative Foreign Policies 3
Graduate-level course in International Relations 3
Total for core 15
Academic Emphasis
Core Requirements 15
PLSI 493 Data Analysis 4
I R 750 Methods and Thesis Selection in International Relations 3
Electives in Theory and Methods chosen from any BSS discipline 8
For example:
ANTH 710 Proseminar in Anthropological Theory and Method
PLSI 720 Seminar in Comparative Politics (4)
PLSI 730 Seminar in Political Theory (4)
SS 710 Interdisciplinarity in the Social Sciences
Culminating Experience
I R 898 Master's Thesis 3
Minimum total 33
Professional Emphasis
Core Requirements 15
Sequence selected from courses in the following areas of inquiry and training with approval of
graduate adviser
Field of Public Administration
Fields of International Business, Management, or Finance in the College of Business
Field of International Development
Field of International Environmental Studies
Other related career fields
Culminating Experience
I R 892

Graduate Sponsored Internship in International Relations

Minimum total 33

Grades. Students in the graduate program must maintain a 3.0 grade point average. A grade lower than B in I R 720 is sufficient to disqualify a student from the program.

Foreign Language or Other Basic Skill. Candidates in international relations must demonstrate competence in one modern foreign language, or in a "basic skill" such as statistics or computer applications in international relations. A "basic skill" must be demonstrated through application in research; language competence may be shown either by completion of at least ten units of college-level language instruction with a grade no lower than C or CR, or by a passing grade in the Language Proficiency Test administered by the Foreign Languages Department of this university. Non-native speakers of English are excused from this requirement.

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