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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

International Relations

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Lech Walesa at MSU MN Pol Sci ConferenceThe Department of Government offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in International Relations (IR) (42 credits). The links below and to the left provide you with information regarding the details and requirements of the program.

 [PDF] Undergraduate Bulletin 2015-2016 (2 MiB)


Upcoming Events

GILMAN SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION FOR STUDY ABROAD - by Elizabeth Lohrenz, Gilman recipient. Thursday, February 11, CSU 201, 4-5 pm.



UN Club meetings

Spring 2016: United Nations Student Club Meetings are held this semester on Mondays from 5pm-7pm in the Basement of CSU in Flex Space.

All students interested in international affairs are welcome to join. Please, contact Nathaniel Pesklo at for questions!


International Experiential Learning Requirement

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

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Foreign Language Requirement

The student may satisfy the IR program language requirement by completing a college level foreign language sequence of two courses (8 semester credits) with grades of “C” or above, or by demonstrating equivalent proficiency in a foreign language. Examples of the latter include scoring 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement Exam in a foreign language and graduating with a “C” average or better from a high school where the main classroom instruction was in a language other than English. Language credits do not count toward the International Relations degree. Talk to your advisor for full details.

Language Testing International: For Approved language testing, please see your adviser for details or consult the website:


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:

Thinking about 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.
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants of the 2015 award must meet the following criteria: See the flyer for [PDF] contact information (433 KiB).


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.


Model UN

Model UN 2006IR Majors are encouraged to participate in the UN Club and the Model United Nations Program - for details please contact Dr. Abdalla Battah at


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