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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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Spring Quarter 2020 IR Major Declaration Policy

We wish to ensure prospective IR majors that our declaration process remains open and we are here to support you. For assistance with your course plan and guidance on connecting with a major advisor, please contact any peer advisor or write to the peer advisor list. Please also refer to our Major Advisor Guide for helpful advice and a list of potential major advisors (that is not comprehensive). We strongly encourage you to reach out to faculty to discuss the possibility of establishing a student-advisor relationship; since all of us are hunkered down at home this quarter, faculty might be more accessible now than ever! Notwithstanding, we know that working remotely poses new and potentially uneven challenges. To afford greater flexibility, we will accept major declarations without a major advisor during Spring Quarter 2020 only, and extend the deadline for finding a major advisor and submitting the Major Advisor Form until the end of Autumn Quarter 2020.

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

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Apr 7 2020
We wish to ensure prospective IR majors that our declaration process remains open and we are here to support you.
Mar 13 2020
In February, thousands of family members arrived at Stanford for Family Weekend to see the campus, spend time with their students,