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About the Major

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Special Note: Overseas Studies Requirement and the COVID-19 Crisis.

No IR major will be denied graduation if program cancellations or risks associated with COVID-19 prevent them from completing their overseas studies requirement. We take great pride in the fact that all IR majors spend at least one quarter studying abroad, and we know that students look forward to their time overseas.  But your safety and well-being are our highest priority. Please be assured that we will work to accommodate you if your plans are disrupted, including waiving the requirement if necessary.

Students with questions about major requirements should contact the Associate Director or Student Services Officer.


International Relations (IR) is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major focusing on the changing political, economic and cultural relations within the international system of the modern era. The program explores how global, regional, and domestic factors influence relations between actors on the world stage. Students are equipped with both the foundational skills and specific knowledge necessary to analyze the choices and challenges that arise in this arena.


To learn about the major requirements and policies, click the How to Declare tab.