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Intercultural Communication (ICC)

ICC encompasses the study of identity and cultural contact in the contemporary world. As globalization increases connections among individuals and groups with differing ideals, traditions and customs, examining culture as a driving force in international affairs is crucial. Often, studies in ICC focus on how actors create meaning and interpret their social position in an international context.

International Law and Organizations (ILO)

ILO examines the structure of international organizations, international legal systems, and the creation of international norms such as human rights. Non-governmental and civil society organizations also play an important role in shaping interactions between international actors.

International Political Economy (IPE)

IPE examines the structure of the global economy as well as its political and social consequences. Among many other topics, IPE scholars study economic trade, migration, environmental sustainability and pandemic health concerns. From changing valuation of currencies to the global impact of environmental challenges, the interconnectedness of a global economy influences international actors at all levels.

International Security and Diplomacy (ISD)

ISD examines how states and other groups pursue their interests via diplomacy, the development of foreign policy and the deployment of military forces. As states compete with each other for territory and resources, they must also contend with foreign and domestic challenges to their authority and power.

Sample Coursework

Students choose from a rich array of social science courses that address some of today's most complex global issues. Here are sample courses that can apply to the various topic concentrations. Course offerings vary by semester. Visit our Answers page for current students for an updated schedule of course offerings.

Intercultural Communications (ICC):

Islamism and Islamist Movements Today (PSC)

Study the historical, religious, social and political origins of Islamism and Islamist movements around the world today.

Feminist Organizations (SOC)

Study the history of the Women’s movement in the United States and internationally. Evaluate the successes and problems of organizations built by feminist activism and what the implications are for new generations of feminist activism.

Health, Healing and Culture (ANT)

Gain a cross-cultural perspective on illness, health, medicine and the body, and explore local and global political economies of health and healing. 

International Law and Organizations (ILO):

European Integration (GEO)

Explore the origins, nature and likely future course of the European Union. How will changing demographics, globalization, civic integration, power rivalry and sustainable development impact the future of the EU? 

Global Governance (IRP)

Examine the theory and practice of global governance and international diplomacy through an in-depth study of the United Nations system. 

Comparative Law and Courts (PSC)

Learn about different legal systems including common law, civil law, Islamic law and African and Asian legal traditions. 

International Political Economy (IPE):

Economics of Globalization (ECN)

Learn about the history of globalization, trends and issues related to global trade, including its impact on labor, poverty, environment, etc.

Sustainability Science and Policy (GEO)

Learn about sustainability science, communications and public policy through the lens of climate. What is known about climate change and what motivates public understanding? What actions make progress toward sustainability?

Political Economy of the Third World (PSC)

Learn about the making of the international system, the “third world,” globalization, trade, debt, multinational corporations and lending agencies (IMF, World Bank).

International Security and Diplomacy (ISD):

Peace, War and Security (ANT)

Examine the biological basis for war, the archaeology of early warfare, the effects of colonial expansion among Indigenous peoples and postcolonial society, contemporary peacekeeping, and humanitarian interventions.

Gender, Militarism and War (PSC)

Examine militarism and war and their relationship to gender and power. Particular attention is given to how war impacts people differently across axes of race, class, ethnicity, sexuality and other forms of identity.

America in the World (HST)

Examine the history of U.S. foreign relations from 1898 to the present, including the political, economic, ideological and cultural influences on U.S. foreign policy and the implications of American power broadly defined.

Looking for a more complete list of course offerings in international relations?

Adriana Curto

Working to Empower Women and Girls

Alumna Adriana Curto developed an interest in sports as a pathway to empowerment while serving with the Peace Corps in Morocco. From January to June 2021, Curto served as the Afghanistan country manager for Free to Run, a nonprofit that empowers Afghan women to participate in sports such as running to reclaim public spaces and to reconsider the roles they can—and should—have in society.

Adriana Curto ’16 B.A.

Double major: international relations, citizenship and civic engagement; former Country Manager, Free to Run

Read Adriana’s and other alumni reflections on the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in the Maxwell Perspective article “Anger, Despair and Seeds of Hope”

International Relations Undergraduate Program
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