Dec 07, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Relations Minor

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The International Relations Minor provides the interested student the opportunity to gain a substantive and analytical background in foreign affairs. The program affords the student the opportunity to study the significant domestic and international factors affecting relations among countries with particular emphasis on the political and economic dimensions of these relations and their implications for American policy in the world. The program provides both the fundamental background in international relations and the chance for students to specialize in an area. Opportunities for participation in Model United Nations, study abroad, and Washington internships in the area of international relations may be available to qualified students.

Successful completion of the program prepares students for career possibilities in the Federal foreign affairs and defense community, international business, or related areas. The program would also prepare students for graduate study in international relations, business, or area studies.

The program offers an interdepartmental selection of courses from Political Science, School of Business, Anthropology, Communication, Geography, History, Psychology, and Sociology. The student is required to complete 24 credits: 12 credits of basic required courses and 12 elective credits selected by the student from among the International Relations thematic cluster tracks listed above.

Total Credits Required to Complete Minor: 24

Basic Requirements: (12 Credits)

Electives: (12 Credits)

Four courses chosen from any one International Relations Track* 

Global Political Economy
War & Pease Studies
Regional & Compartive Studies
Developmental & Sustainability Studies



* No more than two courses from any academic department; at least two at the 300-level and no more than one at 100-level.

Related Requirements (0-16 Credit Hours)

Foreign language through the first intermediate level or its equivalent is required.
The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by one of the following:
    1. satisfactory completion of course work in a single language through the 213 level;*
        (including meeting this requirement through placement testing)** or

    2. satisfactory completion of course work in one foreign language through the 102 level
        (including meeting this requirement through high school years or placement testing)
        AND completion of coursework in a second foreign language through the 102 level.

* Geneseo regularly offers Spanish French, and German through the 213 level each year. Other languages are offered through the 213 level
   when demand is sufficient.  Consult Department of Languages and Literatures listings. Additional advanced foreign language study, whether
   at Geneseo or overseas, is strongly encouraged for International Relations majors.

** Students who place into a 300 level language through a placement exam have met the requirement.


Political Science majors must choose their electives outside Political Science; Economics and Management majors must choose two of their electives outside the School of Business.

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