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International Relations Minor Requirements

Students minoring in International Relations (IR) must complete a minimum of 30 units:

  • 5 units from among IR Core Courses;
  • 20 units from one Specialization of your choice;
  • 5 units of additional IR coursework, which may include any IR course (pre-approved or petitioned) and/or no more than 5 units of directed reading.

IR Core Courses (5 units):

1) International Politics

  • POLISCI 101: Introduction to International Relations

2) Comparative Governance

  • HISTORY 102: The History of the International System Since 1914
  • POLISCI 104: Introduction to Comparing Political Systems
  • POLISCI 114D: Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law

3) American Foreign Policy

  • 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

Note: Always refer to the Stanford Bulletin for course availability, as offerings vary on a yearly basis. Courses taken towards the IR minor may not be double counted towards your major.