International Relations, BA
The IR major gives students the opportunity to explore how peoples and nations interact across political boundaries. Students in the major study international relations from the perspective of multiple disciplines and examine topics such as: international political economy, conflict and cooperation, human rights and international organizations, regional and socio-cultural studies, globalization and transnationalism, and international development. Students in this major are able to take courses drawn from many different academic departments and programs at UMass Boston.
Majors are required to complete a total of ten courses, distributed as follows:
- 2 Required Introductory Courses:
- POLSCI 102 Government and Politics of the US, OR POLSCI 103 Introduction to Political Theory
- POLSCI 220 Introduction to International Relations
- 3 Regional Elective Courses
See the list of Regional Electives on the worksheet, or consult an advisor for other options.
- 3 Topical Elective Courses
See the list of Topical Electives on the worksheet, or consult an advisor for other options. At least one must be an International Relations course offered by the Political Science Department.
- 2 Required Capstone Courses
- POLSCI 380 Theories of International Relations
- POLSCI 499 Seminar in International Relations
- Language Requirement
Students must demonstrate intermediate proficiency in a language other than English. This may be done by successfully completing the second year of college-level language course, or through a test or other certification of proficiency.
- Residency Requirement
At least 5 courses for the major must be completed in residence at UMass Boston.
- Departmental Requirement
- At least 3 of the 6 elective courses must be offered by the Political Science Department.
- Level Requirement
- At least 4 of the 6 elective courses must be at the 300-level or higher.
- Other Requirements
- No more than two courses may be double-counted with another major or one course with minor. Only one course used to meet the requirements of the major can be taken pass/fail.
International Relations Major (PDF format)
Fall 2018 Courses for IR Major & Minor (PDF format)
For more information about the IR Major, contact the IR Major Director, Prof. Paul Kowert
Office: Wheatley Hall, 5th Floor, Rm. 076