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International Politics, Economics, History, and Culture in the Modern World

International Relations is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major that studies the interaction of actors in international politics, including states and non-state actors, such as the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, Amnesty International and other NGOs. Topics of study include foreign policy; international conflict and negotiation; war, peace, and international security; terrorism; international trade and economics; human rights, ethics, and humanitarianism; climate change and environmental issues; among others. International relations’ broad scope requires an interdisciplinary approach, drawing upon the fields of political science, economics, history, sociology, data science, law, foreign languages, and other fields. 

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International Relations provides students an interdisciplinary background allowing a deeper understanding of contemporary international issues


The Stanford Humanities Center welcomes a new cohort of undergraduates, including international relations major Isabelle Carpenter, who have been...
International relations senior Erica Scott and coterminal student Mustafa Fattah have been named Marshall Scholars and will use the scholarship to...

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