Program Overview

Courses for the International Relations major are drawn principally from the departments of History, Modern Languages and Literatures, and Political Science.

Requirements

Students majoring in International Relations will complete 36 credits comprised of the following:

MANDATORY COURSES - 12 CREDITS
  • IR 102 - Careers in IR
  • IR 200 - Writing and Research in IR
  • IR 393 - Political and Economic Geography
  • IR 499 - Advanced International Relations Theory
OPTIONAL MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES EMPHASIS - 6 CREDITS
  • Must be at 300 level and above
  • If not choosing the foreign language option, then any 6 hours of IR prefixed electives
CONCENTRATIONS - 15 credits
  • Arabic Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • European and Russian Studies
  • Human Rights and Humanitarian Operations
  • Intelligence and Security Studies
  • Latin America
  • Midlle East and Africa
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING -  3 CREDITS
  • IR 145 - Global Society
  • IR 208 - Politics of Great Powers
  • IR 209 - Politics of Emerging Powers
  • IR 245 - International Relations
  • IR 254 - American Foreign Policy
  • IR 345W - Security Ethics
  • IR 491 - Internship (permission required)
TWO CURRICULUM OPTIONS

Majors may elect to follow non-foreign language or foreign language paths. If non-language, then six (6) additional credits in electives are selected at the student's option. If the foreign language path is chosen, this needs to have no less than six (6) credits at the 300 level or above in Modern Languages and Literatures, including 301W and 302W or 306W (Spanish) level courses in the chosen language of study. If students wish to develop an expertise in a second language in addition to the language requirements for the IR major, these second language credits would only be counted as elective credits. Second language credits cannot be substituted for the primary language requirements.

DOUBLE MAJOR

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 in Political Science, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, or any other offerings in the College of Liberal Arts.

DUAL DEGREE

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. 

For Current Students:

Declaring Your Major in International Relations

  1. Log into DORI and complete the Major/Minor Declaration Form.

  2. In the upper right corner, click on INDEX.

  3. Select LIBERAL ARTS in Schools in DORI.

  4. Under BACHELOR'S PROGRAMS in the center of the page, click on RESOURCES FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS.

  5. Select MAJOR/MINOR DECLARATION FORM.

  6. Once you have submitted the Major/Minor Declaration Form, the form will be sent to the Department.

                                                                                                                                          Page updated: 6/9/2022