As a subfield of Political Science, International Relations is concerned with political interactions between states, the formation and role of international institutions, and the impact of non-state actors in international politics. Also considered are the interactions of domestic and international actors, groups and institutions. The IR minor is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of relations between states and a broader understanding of governmental systems outside of the United States. Our International Relations students have travelled the world as part of their scholarship including trips to Namibia, South Africa, and El Salvador.
Courses regularly offered include: International Relations Theory; International Security; International Political Economy; North/South Relations; African Politics; Latin American Politics.
Upper division courses not listed below may be approved by the International Relations Advisor.
POL 2 Introduction to Comparative Government
Students must take POL 131 (3 units), plus 15 units from sections B and/or C. Students may apply 3 units from section D (History) towards the IR minor.
B. Theory courses
POL 122 Middle East Politics
POL 123 African Politics
POL 124 Latin American Politics
POL 125 US Foreign Policy
POL 126 Politics of Former Soviet Union
POL 128 Politics of Globalization and Interdependence
POL 132 Political and Economic Development
POL 135 Selected Problems in International Relations
POL 137 Ethnic Conflict and Civil War
POL 138 International Law
POL 140 North/South Relations
POL 144 Politics of Europe and European Union
POL 145 Politics of South East Asia
POL 146 Military in Politics
POL 147 Women and Development
POL 148 Refugees and International Migration
POL 149 Comparative Foreign Policy
POL 151 Humanitarian Intervention
POL 154 US/Mexican Relations
D. World History
HIS 112 Economic History of Europe
HIS113 History and Civilization of Spain
HIS124 History of the Middle East
HIS130 Colonial Latin America
HIS147 Europe: The Age of Imperialism
HIS150 Introduction to Asian History
HIS151 History of Modern Japan
HIS152 History of Modern China
HIS154 History of Modern Mexico
HIS162 History and Civilization of Latin America
HIS178 Diplomatic History of the U.S.
Please contact the Director of the International Relations Minor, Dr. Lia Roberts, for more information.