The International Relations and Global Studies (IRG) major prepares students to make effective decisions as citizens of an interconnected world; encourages global perspectives; and increases students’ opportunities to study other cultures in relation to their own. This interdisciplinary major focuses on relationships and tensions between cultures or regions by linking issues, approaches, contexts, and sources of knowledge in new ways.
IRG majors learn to think critically about key issues in the field and develop aptitude in the areas of political awareness, economic understanding, cultural competency, international cooperation, and global citizenship.
The IRG major consists of a total of 39 hrs for the major. It has a more rigorous foreign language requirement than other non-language majors, includes a mandatory study abroad component, and culminates in a senior capstone research course. In addition to completing an introductory course, an upper-division topics in international relations course, and a series of required core courses from various academic departments, IRG students focus on 12 hours of upper-division coursework in one of four interdisciplinary tracks: I. Culture, Media, and the Arts; II. International Security; III. Science, Technology, and the Environment; IV. International Political Economy. Outside of the major, IRG students must also complete a minor in a global area of concentration.
For more information, please consult the 2008-2010 undergraduate catalog, IRG major webpage, or contact a Student Division advisor.