Skip to main content

Graduate Courses in International Relations

We offer one of each of the four required courses in every semester of a student’s first two years. Depending on the year of matriculation, the three-year sequence for a first field International Relations student runs as follows:

Year 1

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Political Economy of Conflict (r)
or
International Political Economy (r)*

Interstate Conflict (r)
or
Intrastate Conflict (r)*

Statistics 1 (r)

Statistics 2 (r)

Formal Theory 1 (se)
or
Elective

Formal Theory 2 (se);
or
Elective

Year 2

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Political Economy of Conflict (r)
or
International Political Economy (r)*

Interstate Conflict (r)
or
Intrastate Conflict (r)*

Statistics 3 (r)

Statistics Topics (se)

Formal Models of International Relations (se) **

Elective

Comprehensive Examination (end of year 2)

Year 3

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Dissertation Project

Dissertation Project

Formal Models of International Relations (se) **
or
Elective

Elective

Dissertation Prospectus Defense (end of year 3)

Years 4-5

Dissertation Research, Writing, and Defense

Required

se  Strongly encouraged

* One of the two courses will be offered in the given semester, and the other course will be offered in the corresponding semester the following year.

**This course is offered every other year. Depending on students' year of matriculation, some students will take it in their second year and others will take it in their third year.