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.

Brown in Nicaragua

Ten Brown students are spending this year’s spring break in Nicaragua learning how to be foreign correspondents, and will be reporting on their work every day in this blog.

This trip is the culmination of a semester-long International Relations course, taught at the Watson Institute, called “International Journalism: Foreign Reporting in Practice.”  The professor is former New York Times foreign correspondent StephenKinzer.  It is the first time Brown has offered such a course.

IR students participate in Russia-NATO-Ukraine simulation

Daniella Flores (IR '15) and Amelia Armitage (Slavic Studies & History '15) recently traveled to Annapolis, MD to attempt to tackle the current crisis and threats in the Eastern European region. Through various general assemblies and breakout sessions, students engaged in mock diplomatic negotiations with other civilian and military participants to find solutions to the crisis from the point of view of key stakeholders. Their participation was made possible by the the Mellon Foundation Project on Civilian-Military Educational Cooperation.