The discipline of International Relations examines relations across the boundaries of national states. It examines relations among states, as well as the relations of groups and organizations in societies with each other and with states. Our courses examine different states and regions of the world. There are not half a billion people in any contiguous region of the world not covered by a course in our department. Our courses also cover different themes relevant to many states and regions. We look at different ways in which many states and societies relate to each other. Our courses examine interactions about security and economics, as well as cultural and religious configurations. We also pay careful attention to how students and scholars can gain knowledge about international relations. We train students in different methodologies and empower them to make their own methodological choices. The student body in the International Relations Department is globally diverse. It can be said that we teach the student in our classes about themselves and each other as much as about the world.