Major in International Relations

Degree Requirements

Core: 25 Units

  • I R 104: Introduction to World Affairs (3 Units)
  • I R 308: Fundamentals of International Relations: Theories, Issues, and Perspectives (4 Units)
  • I R 309GW: International Relations Analysis and Application-GWAR (4 Units)
  • I R 310: U.S. Foreign Policy (4 Units)
  • I R 312: Introduction to International Political Economy (4 Units)
  • I R 550: Proseminar in Foreign Policy Analysis (6 Units) (Culminating Experience)

Grading Basis

International Relations majors must take the core courses for a letter grade.

Electives: 18 Units

In addition to the core requirements listed above, students must complete 18 elective units. A minimum of 12 units must be taken inside the IR department (including cross-listed classes taken under an alternate prefix). Six (6) units may be taken in a related field of study with the approval of a department advisor.

For full listing of electives offered within the IR department and how they may fulfill General Education and SF State Studies requirements, please view our electives guide based on the bulletin.

Complementary Studies

Twelve units of complementary studies are required of all candidates for the B.A. degree in International Relations. These units must come from courses bearing a prefix other than IR and that are not cross-listed with International Relations. They can be lower or upper division courses. Students can also satisfy this requirement by completing a minor, a second major or through an approved study-abroad program.

Complementary studies courses should have a direct bearing on the study of politics, or deepen and enrich the study of politics. Such courses are typically found in departments like Modern Languages and Literatures, Political Science, Urban Studies and Planning, or Philosophy, and in the College of Ethnic Studies.

Six of the twelve Complementary Studies units may count toward the major as elective units, if approved in advance by an IR advisor. Students must consult with an advisor in the department to ensure that their choices fulfill the department’s requirements.