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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), Michael McFaul (Political Science), Ronald I. McKinnon (Economics), James Sheehan (History), Michael Tomz (Political Science)

Affiliated Faculty: David Abernethy (Political Science), Barton Bernstein (History), Gordon Chang (History), Larry J. Diamond (Hoover Institution), Peter Duus (History), 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), Stephen D. Krasner (Political Science), Gail Lapidus (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies), Beatriz Magaloni (Political Science), Mark I. Mancall (History), Isabela Mares (Political Science), 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), William J. Perry (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Management Science and Engineering), Richard Roberts (History), 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), Boaz Ganor (Hoover Institution), Yifat Holzman-Gazit (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), Stephen Stedman (Political Science), Richard Steinberg (International Comparative and Area Studies), Joshua Teitelbaum (Hoover Institution), 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:

Courses offered by the Program in International Relations have the subject code INTNLREL, and are listed in the "International Relations [INTNLREL] Courses" section of this bulletin.

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. Many IR students pursue careers in government, nongovernmental organizations, and business, or go to graduate school in law, business, economics, or political science.

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