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


International Relations Career Day Informational Panel is coming Tuesday February 17, 2015. The Informational Panel will take place in CSU 203 from 12:30 till 1:30. The Panel Coordinator is the International Relations Director Abdalla M.Battah, Ph.D.

The main panelists: 

  • Jamielle Lamson-Buscho, MNSU graduating class of 2011; Peace Corps, Albania TEFL Volunteer; 2012-2014 Leskovik, Albania, 3rd-12th grade English Teacher, and Youth and Community Development Work; 2014-2015 Korca, Albania, University English Teacher, Regional Ministry of Education Consultant, and Youth and Community Development."
  • Elizabeth Lohrenz, International Recruitment & Retention Specialist in Kearney International Center.
  • Clayton  Anzalone, President, MSU United Nations-International Relations Club. 

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

AEA's Argentina Spanish language immersion program gives students an opportunity to study a range of community initiatives in the Patagonian Andes region, such as indigenous artisan cooperatives and an active neighborhood microcredit lending program for small businesses in Bariloche. In addition, students participate firsthand through an individualized service-learning project.  On a project last spring, one student worked with Cre-Arte, a community arts center and soup kitchen for people with disabilities, where she assisted with performing arts and painting classes as well as serving lunches to class participants.


 Irwin Abrams & Paula Spier Study Abroad Scholarship

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

This one-month summer program will look at Central Europe as a case study for better understanding Security Studies in general. With a focus on Germany, Russia, Poland, and the Baltic States, this innovative multi-disciplinary course will combine lectures, culinary and cultural excursions, and guest speakers including academics, diplomats, journalists, and government officials. Classes will travel to Berlin, Gdansk, and Krakow to give the student a broad understanding of this unique region and its importance. The course will be directed by Alexandra Richie, author of  and . It is possible to extend this program with an internship lasting the duration of the summer.

This one-month course will examine the triumphs and tragedies of Poland’s Jews and acquaint you with the burgeoning revival of Jewish culture now taking place in democratic Poland. The course will be directed by Dr. Maciej Kozlowski, the former Polish ambassador to Israel and the author of numerous publications dealing with Polish-Jewish relations including the history of the Second World War and the Holocaust. This program is conducted in close cooperation with the newly opened Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN) in Warsaw. It is possible to extend this program with an internship lasting the duration of the summer.

This program is open to anyone interested in studying the history of the European Jews and the current status of the Israeli state in the world. It should be of special interest to anyone seeking to understand the history of WWII and Communism, how state policy can help or hinder social tolerance, or in learning more about the Yiddish or Polish languages. This program is conducted in close cooperation with the newly opened Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN) in Warsaw. Semester program with internship option.

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.

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