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Core Requirements

Declared IR majors will complete 30 units worth of core courses from those listed below. Check the Stanford Bulletin for course availability.

1) International Politics (5 units)

  • POLISCI 101: Introduction to International Relations (INTNLREL 1) **Prior to Autumn15-16, this course was numbered as POLISCI 1

2) Comparative Governance (5 units)

Choose ONE of the following courses:
  • HISTORY 102: History of the International System (INTNLREL 102)
  • POLISCI 104: Introduction to Comparative Politics **Prior to Autumn15-16, this course was numbered as POLISCI 4
  • POLISCI 114D: Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (INTNLREL 114D)

3) American Foreign Policy (5 units)

Choose ONE of the following courses:
  • INTNLREL 154: The Cold War: An International History (HISTORY 266C)
  • INTNLREL 168: America as a World Power: U.S. Foreign Relations, 1914 to Present
  • INTNLREL 173: Presidents and Foreign Policy in Modern History (HISTORY 261G)
  • INTNLREL 174: Diplomacy on the Ground: Case Studies in the Challenges of Representing Your Country (HISTORY 252B)
  • POLISCI 110C: America and the World Economy (INTNLREL 110C)
  • POLISCI 110D: War and Peace in American Foreign Policy (INTNLREL 110D)
  • POLISCI 110G: Governing the Global Economy
  • POLISCI 214R: Challenges and Dilemmas in American Foreign Policy

4) Introductory Economics (5 units)

Choose ONE of the following:
  • ECON 1: Principles of Economics
  • ECON 50: Economic Analysis I
  • ECON 51: Economic Analysis II
  • ECON 52: Economic Analysis III

5) Applied Economics (5 units)

Choose ONE of the approved upper-division economics courses. 

6) Skills Class (5 units)

Choose ONE of the following courses:
  • ECON 102A: Introduction to Statistical Methods (Postcalculus) for Social Scientists
  • POLISCI 150A: Data Science for Politics 
  • STATS 60: Introduction to Statistical Methods: Precalculus (PSYCH 10, STATS 160)
  • STATS 101: Data Science 101