International Relations - BA

St. Kate's international relations majors will gain an understanding of political and economic structures in the various cultures of the world and in different historical periods. Students will study these structures from a variety of perspectives. Courses are designed to help students master the complexities of international relations in the modern world.

International relations major courses are drawn from the disciplines of economics, history and political science. The major demands foreign language competence that goes beyond the basic liberal arts language requirement. The major requires that students complete at least one semester's study abroad or its equivalent, preferably during their junior year. Students can travel around the globe. Students have studied in Europe, Asia and South America.

Majoring in international relations at St. Kate's will prepare students for careers in government or international service; for law school, especially the study of international law; or for graduate study in international relations. Combined with other appropriate courses, the international relations major can prepare students for careers in areas such as international business, as well.

Recommended minors for international relations majors are economics, history and political science.

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This major is offered in the College for Women only. 


Requirements for the major are a common core of five courses plus seven courses selected from the disciplines of economics, history and political science. Of the seven selected courses, three are to be taken from one discipline and two from each of the remaining two disciplines. A seminar on a subject appropriate to international relations must make up one of the seven selected courses.

In addition, students must complete two courses beyond the intermediate level in a modern foreign language. Those courses must be in the same foreign language taken to satisfy the liberal arts requirement. Though not required, students who intend to prepare for a career in foreign service are strongly urged to complete two additional courses in the same language (a total of four courses beyond the intermediate level).

Students must complete at least one semester's study abroad or its equivalent, preferably during your junior year.

Common Core
ECON 2620Principles of Macroeconomics4
HIST 1060Europe Since 18004
HIST 1160East Asia Since 16004
POSC 2200WIntroduction to Comparative Politics4
POSC 2250Introduction to World Politics4
Two language courses beyond the intermediate level8
Approved Courses Comprising the Major
Select seven courses: three from one discipline and two from each of the remaining disciplines as listed below: 1,228
Principles of Microeconomics
Development Economics: Examining Poverty and Inequality
International Economics: Trade and Immigration
World History Since 1500
Revolution and Communist Rule in China: 1900 to Present
Modern Middle East
Europe: from World War I to World War II
Europe Since World War II
Women in Asia
History of Feminism in Western Society
Political Science:
European Politics
United States Foreign Policy
Haves and Have-Nots
Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
International Political Economy
Topics (consult coordinator for appropriate topic)
Total Credits56

Other upper-division courses - numbered 3000 or above - in international affairs may be substituted for some of the following with the approval of the coordinator. 


International students may substitute courses devoted to United States history or politics.

International relations majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing POSC 2200W Introduction to Comparative Politics. They complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000W The Reflective Woman or CORE 2000W The Reflective Woman, CORE 3990W Global Search for Justice, and any other writing-intensive course in this or another department).