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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

International Relations

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The Department of Government offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in International Relations (IR). The links below below and to the left provide you with information regarding the details and requirements of the program.

Upcoming Events


[PDF] IR Open House (3 MiB), October 15, 2014; 11:00-2:00 in the Department of Government's Conference Room. 

Oct. 3, 2014 - Study Abroad Scholarships Due at Dean's Office.  For more information, contact Dr. Denise Thompson at SBS Dean's Office. 

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:
    • 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
    See the flyer for [PDF] contact information (433 KiB).
  • New York Times Columnist, Nicholas Kristof, discusses the importance of study abroad in "Go West, Young People! And East!"
  • Univesity of Minnesota's Learning Abroad Center has international development programs in four countries: Kenya, Senegal, Ecuador, and India. Click each link for details.
  • AusAid Australia Awards Scholarships by Australian Government, 2015 (For Non-US students)
    Scholarships for International Students in Australia – Australian Govt. Scholarships Application Deadlines: 30 April 2014
  • University of Leicester Open Scholarships for International Students in UK, 2014. University of Leicester is offering 20 open scholarships for international students. Scholarships are available for new taught Master’s students on all full-time courses starting in September/ October 2014
  • Registration is open for the Spanish & Political Science summer program in Lima, Peru. Click here for the pre-application form.
  • Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad: The Gilman International Scholarship Program's online application is now open for students participating in study abroad programs and internships during the summer 2014 and fall/academic year 2014-2015 terms.
  • Globalization and Community Responses in Argentinais a spring semester study abroad program in Bariloche, within the Patagonian-Andes region. On the program, students study Spanish language, take course electives at Comahue University and/or FASTA University, and engage in a Core Seminar that examines local community-driven initiatives—such as microcredit programs, indigenous cooperatives, and environmental movements—responding to the pressures of globalization in the region. In addition, students participate in a service learning project, and live in a homestay.

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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