Major Instructions & Policies
Declaring the IR Major:
To declare a major in International Relations students must submit
Declaration of Major/Change of Advisor Form (Liberal Arts) to
Student Services (Dowling Hall). Students must declare their major
by the end of sophomore year. The IR Program does not offer a minor
field of study.
For students with multiple majors, no more than half the credits
used to fulfill the requirements for one major may be used to
satisfy the requirements for a second or subsequent one. However,
for courses taught in a foreign language beyond the third-year level
of instruction, this overlap may be extended: up to 80 percent of
the courses used to fulfill the requirements for major may be used
to satisfy the requirements for a second or subsequent one. Students
pursuing a double major are responsible for monitoring their
compliance with this requirement. Questions regarding overlap may be
directed to your advisor, the IR Program Office, or to the Office of
the Dean of Undergraduate Education.
Double Counting Courses:
- There is no double counting among the Core, the Thematic
Concentration, and the Language Requirement courses.
- Within a Thematic Concentration a course may fulfill more than one
Thematic Concentration requirement. For example, ANTH 144 Popular
Cultures of the Middle East in TC1D satisfies both the social
science and the culture requirement. However, a student who employs
double counting must still complete a total of 12 courses for the IR
- Courses used as part of the major may also be used to fulfill
- No more than two course credits used toward a departmental minor
may be used toward the IR major.
Students are not permitted to petition courses to count toward the IR major.
Each semester the IR Program invites faculty members to submit their courses to the
International Relations Faculty Board. The IR Faculty Board will review courses
submitted by faculty for inclusion in the IR major.
Grades and Pass/Fail:
A grade of C- or better is required for a course to count toward the
IR major. The Pass/Fail option may not be used for courses used to
complete the IR major.
Experimental College and Institute for Global Leadership:
Ex-College and IGL courses may not be used for credit towards the IR
In order to graduate, students must complete an
IR Major Checklist
as part of their graduation packet (signed by both student and IR
advisor) to the IR Office (Cabot 605) at least two weeks prior to
the Dowling Hall Student Services due date. Generally, degree sheets
for students graduating in February are due the preceding October;
degree sheets for students graduating in May are due the preceding
November. The IR Program will e-mail all graduating students in the
fall of their senior year with guidelines and due dates. Questions
regarding graduation requirements can be directed to the IR Program