International Relations Program


The International Relations (IR) concentration is an undergraduate cross-disciplinary concentration that draws on courses from a variety of departments to offer a rigorous international and comparative perspective on the contemporary global system. Its mission is to  foster creative thinking about complex global problems and to equip students with the analytic tools, language expertise, and cross-cultural understanding to guide them in that process. The concentration draws on over 25 departments and programs including political science, history, economics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, religious studies, and environmental studies, as well as area studies. 

The IR concentration emphasizes a solid grounding in the methods of analysis used in the social sciences and humanities to help students think critically about international phenomena. It fosters the exploration of the empirical and the normative domains of the subject. It also requires advanced competency in one foreign language.  Read more.


Former NYT bureau chief to lead student group to Nicaragua — looking for help

At the end of March, Professor Stephen Kinzer will bring a group of aspiring foreign correspondents on a one-week trip to Leon. These ten young women and men are students in an IR seminar called “International Journalism: Foreign Reporting In Practice.”

Congratulations to those students selected as delegates to the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference!

International Relations students Alisa Yuasa ('15), Aida Palma ('16), and Will Conway ('15) will be traveling to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland  this April to participate in a 3-day conference where they will engage in scholarly discourse on global affairs with civilian and military leaders.