skip to content

International Relations

Director: Kenneth Schultz (Political Science)

Faculty Committee: Coit D. Blacker (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies), James Fearon (Political Science), Judith L. Goldstein (Political Science), Stephen H. Haber (Political Science), Timothy Josling (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies), Ronald I. McKinnon (Economics), James Sheehan (History), Michael Tomz (Political Science)

Affiliated Faculty: David Abernethy (Political Science, emeritus), Barton Bernstein (History), Gordon Chang (History), Larry J. Diamond (Hoover Institution), Peter Duus (History, emeritus), Amir Eshel (German Studies), Zephyr Frank (History), Lawrence H. Goulder (Economics), David J. Holloway (History, Political Science), Terry L. Karl (Political Science), David M. Kennedy (History, emeritus), Stephen D. Krasner (Political Science), Gail Lapidus (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, emerita), Philip Lipscy (Political Science) , Beatriz Magaloni (Political Science), Mark I. Mancall (History, emeritus), Robert McGinn (Management Science and Engineering), Norman Naimark (History), Rosamond Naylor (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies), Jean C. Oi (Political Science), Daniel I. Okimoto (Political Science, emeritus), William J. Perry (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Management Science and Engineering), Richard Roberts (History), Jonathan Rodden (Political Science), Scott Sagan (Political Science), Debra M. Satz (Philosophy), Andrew Walder (Sociology), Amir Weiner (History), Jeremy Weinstein (Political Science), Ann Wren (Political Science)

Other Affiliation: Jasmina Bojic (International Relations), Christophe Crombez (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies), Rafiq Dossani (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies), Gili S. Drori (International Relations), John Dunlop (Hoover Institution), Daphne Barak Erez (Law), Katherine Jolluck (History), Martin W. Lewis (History), Pawel Lutomski (International Relations), Alice Lyman Miller (Hoover Institution), Thomas O'Keefe (International Relations), Bertrand Patenaude (Hoover Institution), Armin Rosencranz, Miriam Abu Sharkh (CDDRL), Stephen Stedman (Political Science), Richard Steinberg (International Comparative and Area Studies), Kathryn Stoner-Weiss (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)

Program Office: Encina Hall West, Room 216

Mail Code: 94305-6045

Phone: (650) 725-0715

Web Site: http://internationalrelations.stanford.edu

Courses offered by the Program in International Relations are listed under the subject code INTNLREL on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.

International Relations (IR) is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major focusing on the changing political, economic, and cultural relations within the international system in the modern era. The program explores how global, regional, and domestic factors influence relations among world actors. Students are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to analyze choices and challenges that arise in this arena. IR majors pursue a study in world politics that includes courses in political science, economics, history, and languages, focusing on issues such as international security, international political economy, political and economic development, and democratization. Students must spend at least one quarter overseas and show two-year proficiency in a foreign language.

International Relations offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts program, an honors program, and a minor in International Relations.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in International Relations

The undergraduate program in International Relations provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the changing political, economic, and cultural relations within the international system of the modern era. Students in the program explore how global, regional, and domestic factors influence relations among world actors. The program equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary to analyze choices and challenges that arise in this arena. IR majors pursue study in world politics, including courses in political science, economics, history, and language, focusing on issues such as international security, political economy, economic development, and democratization. Students must spend at least one quarter overseas. The major prepares students for careers in government and the corporate sector, and for admission into graduate programs in law, business, economics, and political science.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The program expects its undergraduate majors to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes. These learning outcomes are used in evaluating students and the Program in Human Biology. Students are expected to demonstrate:

  1. understanding of core knowledge within International Relations.
  2. ability to analyze a problem and draw correct inferences using qualitative and/or quantitative analysis.
  3. ability to write clearly and persuasively communicating ideas clearly.
  4. ability to evaluate theory and critique research within the discipline.

Coterminal Programs in Related Fields

It is possible for students majoring in International Relations to work simultaneously for a coterminal master's degree in a number of related fields. Coterminal students should consult advisers in both departments or programs to ensure that they fulfill the degree requirements in both fields. For information on the M.A. program in International Policy Studies, see the "International Policy Studies" section in this bulletin. For University coterminal degree program rules and University application forms, see http://registrar.stanford.edu/shared/publications.htm#Coterm.

© Stanford University - Office of the Registrar. 630 Serra Street, Stanford, California 94305. (650) 723-2300Terms of Use | Copyright Complaints