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:

See the list of Regional Electives on the worksheet, or consult an advisor for other options.

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.

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.

At least 5 courses for the major must be completed in residence at UMass Boston.


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