Graduates with a major in International Relations will:

  • Develop and demonstrate an understanding of the basic theories and debates in the discipline, including those related to some of the following: sovereignty; cooperation and conflict among states and non-state actors in the international system; emerging norms and values that shape the behavior of states, groups and individuals; political economy issues; international law and human rights; and foreign and security policy.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history and culture, governing structures, issues, and transnational relations of a particular region of the world beyond the United States.
  • Demonstrate an ability to understand global issues and evaluate policy proposals related to them.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify the arguments in research articles and books, understand research methodologies, evaluate evidence, and assess whether stated conclusions are based on evidence or ideology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write clearly and cogently, with sound organization, grammar and syntax; to make an argument and support it with evidence; to synthesize material clearly and briefly and write persuasively when called upon to do so.
  • Demonstrate the ability to speak clearly in face to face communication in small or large groups through active participation in classroom discussions, presentations, debates, and/or simulations.