2017-2018 University Catalogue 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2017-2018 University Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Relations Major

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For more information about the program, honors/high honors, transfer credit, etc., visit the international relations program  page.

Major Requirements

Students are strongly encouraged to complete most required courses by the end of the junior year. As a general rule, the only requirements students can complete off campus are the elective and History courses as well as appropriate language courses; in all such cases, students must seek prior approval from the IR director.

For students seeking a major in international relations and a minor in political science, no courses may be counted toward both.

POSC 152 - Global Peace and War (IR) , does not ordinarily count toward the IR major. Students who take POSC 152  before deciding on an IR major must also take POSC 232 , but may count POSC 152  as one of the two IR electives with written permission from the IR program director.

Students who have AP credit for ECON 151  must take one additional elective course.

The major program consists of the following requirements:

Required Course

Economics Courses

All of the following:

IR Seminar

Unless the director grants specific permission, the seminar must be taken on campus. The seminar must be taken by the first term of the senior year, unless special permission of the IR director is granted in advance. Students pursuing honors must take an IR seminar in addition to the honors seminar.

One of the following:

Elective Courses

Two electives from the list below or students may substitute an additional core subfield course or IR seminar.

Language Requirement

For both majors and minors, reading proficiency in a Western European language equal to that attained by completion of two 300-level courses with a grade of at least C.

Alternatively, for students interested in a non-Western European language, such as Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Russian, etc., the requirement can be satisfied by completion of four Colgate University courses, or their equivalents, in an approved language with a grade of at least C.

GPA Requirement

For all nine courses counted toward the major, a grade of at least C must be achieved.

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