Courses for the International Relations major are drawn principally from the departments of History, Modern Languages and Literatures, and Political Science.
Students majoring in International Relations will complete 36 credits comprised of the following:
Mandatory Courses : 12 Credits
- IR 200 - Writing and Research in International Relations
- IR 216 - Foundations of International Relations Theory
- IR 245 - International Relations
- IR 499 - Advanced International RelationsTheory
Modern Foreign Languages: 9 credits
- Credit hours in Modern Languages and Literatures must be completed at the 300 level or above and must include 301W and 302W or 306W (Spanish only) level courses in their chosen language of study.
- If students wish to develop an expertise in a second language in addition to the language requirements for the major, these second language credits would only be counted as elective credits. Second language credits cannot be substituted for the "primary" language requirements.
Chosen Area of Concentration : 12 credits
- Latin America
- Russia and Central Asia
- European Culture or Policy
- Humanitarian Operations
- Security Studies
- U.S. Foreign Policy
See the Concentrations and Courses tab for a list of courses included in each concentration. When combined with an appropriate semester abroad program, these concentrations provide students with an advanced understanding or specialization in their area or field of study.
At least one of the following elective courses: 3 Credits
- IR 208 - Comparative Political Systems: Advanced Industrial States
- IR 209 - Comparative Political Systems: Developing States
- IR 254 - American Foreign Policy
- IR 305 - International Political Communication
- IR 345W - Ethics & International Relations
- IR 351 - U.S. Foreign Relations to WWI
- IR 352 - U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1917
- IR 393 - Political and Economic Geography
- IR 394 - Historical Geography
International Relations major are strongly encouraged to spend a semester/summer abroad to ensure the most effective and rewarding educational experience, develop knowledge in their chosen area of expertise, and achieve an awareness of our status as global citizens.
Many International Relations students choose to enhance their skills and increase their attractiveness in the job market by completing a double major in 4 years.
Due to the complementary nature of the coursework, many students choose to complete their second major from among Political Science, History, or Modern Languages and Literatures. Students have also been pairing an International Relations major with other majors (eg.: Communications, Economics, Journalism, Multimedia, Philosophy, Psychology, Theology) offered by the College of Liberal Arts, and work in many other disciplines may enhance the study of International Relations.
Much like a double major, a dual degree program with another school (undergraduate/graduate) at DU, affords students the opportunity to pursue interests and develop skills in areas that combine with International Relations. However, it is important to note that such degrees require careful planning with their academic advisors.