Guide to Academic Planning 2018-2019

International Relations


POLI 100, 201/202 and 250/274 are considered foundational courses and should, ideally, be taken before 300-level courses (see the catalog for relevant prerequisites). It is especially important that POLI 201/202 be completed by the end of the sophomore year. Even though each POLI 100 course is on a different issue, only one POLI 100 course may be taken for credit. The table below outlines ideal sequencing for the IR major.

The Department strongly recommends students tailor their academic program, as well as supporting coursework, to their interests and career goals in consultation with an advisor in the Department. Moreover, we strongly encourage students to pursue additional foreign language training beyond the College’s basic foreign language requirement and to complement the major by taking relevant courses in Economics, History, Sociology/Anthropology, and/or Religious Studies.


First and Second Years
(five courses)
  • POLI 100 Issues in Politics
  • POLI 201/202 Research Methods
  • POLI 250/273 History Int’l System or Contemp. Global Issues
  • Two other 200-level courses
  • (Study abroad—see below)
Third Year
(three courses)
  • POLI 303 Analyzing Politics
  • Two other course (to include Advanced Theory)
  • (Study abroad—see below)
Fourth Year
(three courses)
  • POLI 497 Senior Research Seminar (Fall only)
  • Two other courses

NOTE: Because of course sequencing/prerequisites and the study abroad requirement, students who have not completed at least four courses in the major by the end of their sophomore year – especially including POLI 201/202 – will find it extraordinarily difficult to complete the major in four years.