Department Learning Goals

By majoring in International Relations, students should gain an understanding of:

  1. the key concepts and approaches in the study of modern history; 
  2. the key concepts and theories of international relations as a subfield of political science; 
  3. the key concepts and theories of international economics; 
  4. the key concepts and theories of world geography; 
  5. how these disciplines inform the study of the evolution of the modern international system and particular issue areas in contemporary international relations, such as international security, international political economy, international law and organizations, and protection of the environment; 
  6. basic research methods in history and the social sciences, including both qualitative and quantitative methods; 
  7. foreign language at least to the intermediate level of proficiency (usually four semesters).