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Midsemester Deadline is Tuesday, March 26

Last day to Q-drop, pass/fail, or withdraw from all classes for the Spring 2024 semester is 5:00 pm CDT this Tuesday, March 26.

If you have concerns and have not been able to connect with an advisor, please do not wait. Reach out to the Peer Advisors in the Dean's Office now for more info. You may also wish to email your adivisor with more questions.

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Spring Track List is Now Available!

Each list includes acceptable AFR area study list!

NOTE: A course that falls within multiple tracks or is offered by one of the area studies departments may only count once toward the IRG major. May not count towards both IRG degree requirements.

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One-Time Exception (OTE) Deadline is 5 p.m. CDT Monday, April 29

Students may drop a single class or withdrawal from the university after the mid-semester deadline using the One-Time-Exception (OTE).

OTEs must be initiated by April 29, 2024 at 5 pm or before a final grade is posted - whichever is earlier.

A student must request the OTE from a Liberal Arts Student Division advisor by the deadline. You may connect with an advisor in GEB 2.200 or via Zoom and their online live chat.

Every undergraduate is allowed one OTE, whether it is used to withdraw from all classes or drop one class. An OTE drop counts as one of your six Q-drops. Once you’ve used it, you cannot use it again.

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Fall & Summer Track Lists are NOW AVAILABLE!

Each list includes acceptable AFR area study list!

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Track Lists Coming Soon

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IRG Spring 24 Commencement

Interested in watching the IRG Commencement? Use the link below to view the livestream.
The live stream will begin:

Friday, May 10, 2024 at 8:30am CT.

IRG Spring 24 Commencement

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Welcome to International Relations and Global Studies, an interdisciplinary major launched in 2009 that offers undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts a wide-ranging introduction to the most important challenges facing the modern world. The IRG major reflects the understanding that many of today's most pressing concerns-security risks, climate change, human rights-are truly global in nature, rather than merely national or regional problems. This major also recognizes that students benefit from addressing these subjects through a variety of scholarly perspectives. As a result, IRG draws from numerous departments and specializations at UT-Austin, such as Government, History, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, as well as area studies and languages, in order to fashion a broad, thematic-based course of study for undergraduate majors.

In selecting International Relations and Global Studies as a major, students have the opportunity to take a wide variety of courses on global issues. All majors must follow one of four thematic study tracks and concentrate on one of six regional areas, along with completing a study-abroad experience and additional foreign language courses. IRG majors also are required to complete a capstone research course, normally taken during their final year of study. Please see the program overview for a more specific set of degree requirements. 

Student Features

Arianne Ohman - University Co-op Mitchell Award for Academic Excellence Winner!

Congratulations to Arianne Ohman (’24) for receiving a University Co-op Mitchell Award for Academic Excellence! Arianne’s IRG honors thesis, entitled “Contemporary Art and China’s Soft Power Paradox,” won the top undergraduate prize in the Humanities category, which also features a $5000 award. Arianne is pictured here alongside IRG director and thesis advisor Michael Anderson at the May 1 Co-op award ceremony.

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Aruna Muthupillai - Current Student

Year: Freshman
Major: International Relations & Global Studies, Plan II
Track: Science, Technology, and the Environment
Area Study: Asian Studies
Language: Chinese
Study Abroad: I don't have one lined up, but I'm thinking I could go to Beijing.

Advice: At UT, IRG is unique in that you get a lot of freedom with the major, because you can easily double major. You don’t have to focus on just one thing. And the major helps you better understand the world around you.

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Aruna Muthupillai

IRG Alumni - Catherine Martin

What is your current career path?
Thus far, my career has been an adventure through multiple industries, including finance, public
relations and education. In each industry...

What experiences were particularly meaningful to you in the IRG program?
Without a doubt, the most meaningful part of my IRG program was studying abroad in Antigua, Guatemala...

What advice would you give to current students?
Stay curious about what you're studying and why it matters in the grand scheme of things. Even better, be...

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Jonathan Armstrong