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Studying International Relations

As part of the general requirements of the program, students selecting International Relations as a first or second field must successfully complete three International Relations courses to qualify to take the comprehensive examination. One of these courses must be the core course: PSCI 320 International Politics. We strongly encourage students to take additional courses in International Relations above and beyond the minimum required three courses in close consultation with their advisors.

There are two additional requirements for students who choose International Relations as the first field:

  1. Students must complete Research Design (PSCI 355), Statistics 1 (PSCI 350), and Statistics 2 (PSCI 352). We encourage students to take additional courses in political methodology in close consultation with their advisors.
  2. Students must complete a dissertation seminar in their third year and no later than their fourth year. This course is designed to help students make progress on their dissertation projects and is a general requirement in the department.
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