International Relations

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The Department of Government offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in International Relations (IR). The links below and to the left provide you with information regarding the details and requirements of the program.
[PDF] Undergraduate Bulletin 2014-2015 (1 MiB)


Upcoming Events
Speaker and Film Screening

Patti Kenner: " Ahead of Time"; A speaker and film screening
Brought to you by the Kessel Peace Institute
Date: October 15, 2015. Time: 7:00pm-10pm. Location: CSU Ostrander Auditorium
Patti Kenner is the executive producer of the documentary film, "Ahead of Time".  Ms. Kenner has presented her film at numerous campuses and community venues throughout the United States. She is passionate about educating the public, and particularly young people, concerning the Holocaust.  Ms. Kenner is also deeply engaged in philantropic work and in political activism for social justice. Please, plan to attend and please share this wonderful opportunity as widely as you can.


UN/IR Club meetings

Fall Semester 2015: United Nations/International Relations Student Club Meetings are held this semester on Thursdays, 5 - 7pm in CSU 101 (other rooms may be used if necessary).

All students interested in international affairs are welcome to join. Please contact UN/IR Club President – Filip Georgiou:


IR News (Study Abroad, Internships, Jobs, etc.)

  • For a complete list of study abroad information, go to the Study Abroad Information section or the Kearney International Center web page. Unless specifically noted, the International Relations program does not officially endorse any of the non-MSU organizations listed below.
  • Funding for students pursuing graduate studies at the University of Minnesota. The Anoush Khoshkish Fellowship provides one or more years of funding for students pursuing graduate study in global affairs, global political diplomacy, and related fields in the College of Liberal Arts, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, or the Law School at the University of Minnesota.
    Recipients of the 2015 award must meet the following criteria: See the flyer for [PDF] contact information (433 KiB).
    • be a graduate of a 4-year institution in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system by Spring 2015
    • have good academic standing with exceptional potential in their field
    • plan to enroll as a full-time graduate student at the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, or Law School
    • provide a personal statement demonstrating how their future goals are connected to a broad understanding of global issues

 Irwin Abrams & Paula Spier Study Abroad Scholarship

Eligibility guidelines and the application can be found here: Irwin Abrams & Paula Spier Study Abroad Scholarship


New International Relations Program Requirement

(Applicable to students who declared their IR major in or after Fall 2013)

International Experiential Learning (6-15 credits)

The international experiential learning component consists of a minimum of 6 credits and a maximum of 15 credits. Wherever possible, students are encouraged to satisfy this requirement by undertaking study at a university abroad. However, under exceptional circumstances, a student may be allowed to satisfy the requirement through an approved internship. Click here for details.

Model UN

IR Majors are encouraged to participate in the UN/IR Club and the Model United Nations Program - for details please contact Dr. Abdalla Battah at

Quick Links

International Relations Planning Sheet

Choose your bulletin year and click the link. If you do not know which undergraduate bulletin you should use, ask your advisor.

International Relations Faculty: