International Relations Major

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Program Requirements & Opportunities

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    Internship experience

    International relations majors, particularly those who do not anticipate pursuing either law school or some graduate program shortly after graduation, are encouraged to enroll in internship programs.

    Students can complete an internship for a maximum of 3 semester hours in Internship in Politics and Government (POLS-380), as well as internships through our Washington D.C. semester program. Interested students should contact the department's internship director, Professor Pelz.

    IR Major Cognate Requirement

    Students wishing to complete an International Relations major must complete a cognate set of courses that complement the major. Students have three options to complete the cognate requirement.

    Option 1

    Take any three of the following courses (note that some of these courses have prerequisites):

    Option 2

    Complete an approved off-campus semester program (with a maximum of three credits from the program counting towards the regular, non-cognate requirements of the International Relations major).

    Option 3

    Complete nine credits of foreign language beyond the 202-level.

  • Admission

    To be admitted to the international relations major you must have completed POLS-101, 110, 214, or 207 with a minimum grade of C (2.0).

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