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International Relations Minor


The international relations minor is an interdisciplinary course of study that explores large and vital questions about power, international organizations, security, war and peace, foreign policy, terrorism, international law, 
international finance, trae and development, human rights, migration, environmrntal issues, international crime, political systems from around the world. It incorporates classes from the Economics, History, Geography, Political Science, and Sociology departments. 

The international relations minor helps to prepare students for careers in a wide variety of areas including the government, international organizations, journalism, advocacy organizations as well as graduate work. Students who have studied international relations at Hunter College have gone on to work in the US and foreign diplomatic corps and foreign ministries, graduated from top IR graduate programs, served in the military, and worked for multinational corporations and non-governmental organizations. 


  • 15 credits 
  • Students are required to complere at least one course from Group A
  • Students should take at least one course from two of the other four categories (Group B-E) 
  • Students can take no more than three courses from one department
  • Students may not use more than  one 100-level course towards completion of the IR minor
  • No more than two courses from the major can be applied toward the IR minor.
  • Students must take at least one 300 level course in the minor.

A. IR Theories and Approaches:
These courses teach students the skills necessary to think and write clearly about IR. 
ECON 200-Principles of Economics: Microeconomics
ECON 201-Principles of Economics: Microeconomics
GEOG 244-Political Geography
POLSC 115-Introduction to International Politics
POLSC 270-International Relations
POLSC 377-Theories of IR

B.Foreign Policy and Analysis:
These courses emphasize the foregin policies of countries or regions and research design and methods in IR
POLSC 206-Research Design in Political Science
POLSC 276-Global Issues
POLSC 274-American Foreign Policy
POLSC 378- Russian National Interests
ECON 221-Economic Statistics I
POLSC 271-International Politics of the Americas or
HIST 341.15-History of US-Latin American Relations
POLSC 384- Comparative Foreign Policy

C. International Norms and Institutions:
These courses teach students how global cooperation has been achieved through the creation of international law, international norms, and international institutions. 
GEOG 335-International Pollution Issues
PGEO 361-Global Climate Change
POLSC 278-International Organtzations
POLSC 281-Drugs,Politics, and Public Policy
POLSC 374-International Human Rights
POLSC 375-International Law
POLSC 383-Power Transitions, the US and World Order
SOC 318-Sociology of Human Rights in Latin America

D. International Political Economy:
These courses emphasize international trade, finance, and development.
GEOG 370-Geography of Sustainable Development in Developing Countries
ECON 330-Economic Development 
ECON 340-International Trade
ECON 341-International Finance
POLSC 275-Politics of the Global Economy
POLSC 376-Internatioal Political Economy 
SOC 361-Development and Modernization
POLSC 386-Politics of Finance
SOC 307-Migration
SOC 311-Population Dynamics 

E. International Peace and Security:
These courses focus on peace, security, conflict, violence, war, and terrorism.
POLSC 282-International Security 
POLSC 283-Terrorism
POLSC 379-War and Strategy
POLSC 380-European Security
POLSC 382-Causes of War
POLSC 385-The Nuclear Age: Nuclear Weapons, War and Peace