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Program Overview

The International Relations and Global Studies major requires substantial coursework in a variety of disciplines within the College of Liberal Arts.  See Major Requirements below for specific coursework required by catalog.

All students must complete a series of three IRG core courses, culminating in a senior capstone research project.  The major also includes a rigorous foreign language requirement, a study track component from one of four themes, an area studies requirement in one of six regional concentrations, and a mandatory study abroad program.

  • This course serves as an introduction to the College of Liberal Arts’ new interdisciplinary major, International Relations and Global Studies. IRG 301 has a prerequisite of completing at least twenty-four semester hours of college coursework, which makes it a sophomore level course.

  • IRG 320F | Foundations of International Relations & Global Studies

    This course is designed to provide foundational knowledge in International Relations and Global Studies, providing a link between the introductory course (IRG 301) and capstone seminar (IRG 378) or honors thesis (IRG 678) for IRG majors. The scope and the theme of the course cross-cut the broad subject areas of the major’s four tracks. IRG 320F is generally a junior year level class with a prerequisite of upper-division standing (approximately 60 hours of college coursework).

  • IRG 378 | Capstone Research in International Relations & Global Studies

    The IRG capstone research seminar is a one-semester organized course designed for students typically in their final year of coursework. The purpose of the seminar is to have students complete an independent research project on a subject that builds upon previous IRG major requirements. The specific case study may be narrowly focused in a geographic and chronological sense, but it should address a broader contemporary debate in international and global affairs. Students in the capstone seminar engage in a few weeks of common reading, develop a research proposal and outline, write draft pages and review fellow students’ work, present their findings in an oral presentation, and submit a final paper of around 25 pages.  

    Students may choose to apply for IRG Honors, a 6-hour, 2-semester course that takes the place of the Capstone course. See Honors for more information.

    Students in the 18-20 catalog or earlier who complete a one-year honors thesis in a second major may be able to substitute that thesis course for the IRG Capstone course. Students are encouraged to consult with an IRG advisor as early as possible to ensure that their thesis will meet the necessary conditions to substitute.

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  • An Area Studies requirement in one of six regional concentrations:

    *AFR-approved courses must focus on continental Africa
  • Study Tracks

    IRG majors must also complete 12 hours of upper-division coursework in one of four interdisciplinary study Tracks:

    • Culture, Media, and the Arts
    • International Security
    • Science, Technology, and the Environment or
    • International Political Economy
  • Foreign Language

    Unlike most of the other Liberal Arts majors, the IRG major requirems more language than simply "proficiency." IRG requires 6 credit hours of upper-division foreign language. See the Foreign Language section for more details and language options.

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Catalogs

Below are lists of degree requirements arranged by catalog. Some requirements may change between catalog so be sure to speak with an advisor to determine your catalog and requirements.
    • IRG 301: Introduction to International Relations and Global Studies
    • ECO 301: Introduction to Economics or ECO 304L: Introduction to Macroeconomics or ECO 304K: Introduction to Microeconomics (20-22 Catalog only)
    • GRG 305: The Human World: Introduction to Human Geography
    • HIS 301J: Globalization: A Modern History
    • ANT 302: Cultural Anthropology or SOC 302: Introduction to the Study of Society
    • IRG 320F: Foundations in International Relations and Global Studies 
    • IRG 378: Capstone Research in International Relations and Global Studies
    • Area Studies: 9-hours of coursework in one of six regional areas of concentration:
      •        African and African Diaspora Studies (AFR from approved list)
      •        Asian Studies (ANS)
      •        European Studies (EUS)
      •        Latin American Studies (LAS)
      •        Middle Eastern Studies (MES)
      •        Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (REE)
    • 12-hours coursework in a single Track
    • 6-hours upper division in a single foreign language
    • Study abroad experience
  • 16-18 | 18-20 | 20-22 catalogs
    • IRG 301: Introduction to International Relations and Global Studies
    • ECO 301: Introduction to Economics or ECO 304L: Introduction to Macroeconomics or ECO 304K: Introduction to Microeconomics (20-22 Catalog only)
    • GRG 305: The Human World: Introduction to Human Geography
    • ANT 302: Cultural Anthropology or SOC 302: Introduction to the Study of Society
    • IRG 320F: Foundations in International Relations and Global Studies 
    • IRG 378: Capstone Research in International Relations and Global Studies
    • Area Studies: 9-hours of coursework in one of six regional areas of concentration:
      •        African and African Diaspora Studies (AFR from approved list)
      •        Asian Studies (ANS)
      •        European Studies (EUS)
      •        Latin American Studies (LAS)
      •        Middle Eastern Studies (MES)
      •        Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (REE)
    • 12-hours coursework in a single track
    • 6-hours upper division in a single foreign language
    • Study abroad experience
  • 14-16 Catalog and prior 
    • IRG 301: Introduction to International Relations and Global Studies
    • ECO 301: Introduction to Economics, or ECO 304K: Introduction to Microeconomics,or ECO 304L: Introduction to Macroeconomics
    • GRG 305: The Human World: Introduction to Human Geography
    • One course in World History - 3 hours
    • One of the following:
      • ANT 302: Cultural Anthropology
      • ECO 304L: Introduction to Macroeconomics
      • SOC 302: Introduction to the Study of Society
    • IRG 320F: Foundations in International Relations and Global Studies 
    • IRG 378: Capstone Research in International Relations and Global Studies
    • Study Abroad Experience
       
    • Minor Requirement:  IRG majors in the 14-16 catalog and prior must complete a 12-hour minor in one of six regional areas of concentration:
    •        African and African Diaspora Studies (AFR from appoved list)
      •        Asian Studies (ANS)
      •        European Studies (EUS)
      •        Latin American Studies (LAS)
      •        Middle Eastern Studies (MES)
      •        Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (REE)
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Degree Plans

Current Semester Track Lists