Political Science: International Relations, BALAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Political Science, International Relations Concentration


department website: https://www.pol.illinois.edu

department faculty: Political Science Faculty

advising: Political Science advising


overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

college website: https://las.illinois.edu/


email: pol@illinois.edu


International relations (IR) is the study of interactions across borders of nation-states. Students explore how global, regional, and domestic factors influence relations among states as well as non-state actors across the interstate system.

Students take advanced courses in two or more of the following topics: international law and organization, international cooperation, international political economy, globalization, foreign policy, diplomacy, political strategy in IR, conflict, interstate war, civil war, terrorism, global environmental politics, and international human rights.

See the Political Science BALAS page for departmental distinction information.

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Political Science, International Relations Concentration


See the Political Science Distinction page for departmental distinction information.

Students may count a maximum of six (6) hours of credit of any combination of hours from PS 494 toward the advanced hours requirement. Not more than 6 hours of individual study courses in political science (PS 490) or 6 hours of internships (PS 491) or 6 hours of supervised research (PS 492) may be included in the major; a student with any mix of independent study hours and internship hours and supervised research hours may include a maximum of 9 hours of such credit in the major. (PS 496) is reserved for those seniors doing honors theses for distinction in political science and may not be counted in the 45-hour minimum required for the major.

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.


Minimum required major and supporting course work: Normally equates to 70 hours. Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level in the major must be taken on this campus.


Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours.

International Relations Concentration Requirements

PS 100Intro to Political Science3
Select at least one course from the following:3
Intro to Intl Relations
Intro to Intl Relations-ACP
Governing Globalization
Select any additional 100- or 200-level Political Science courses6
Select 300- or 400-level Political Science courses, at least nine hours of which come from the International Relations Concentration list (below). The other six hours may be any 300- or 400-level Political Science course.15
Select any additional Political Science courses at any level.6
Students will select a second major, or a minor, or a set of courses of at least 12 hours of thematically-related coursework outside political science, developed in conjunction with an academic advisor.12
Total Hours45
International Relations Course List
PS 180IntroPolitics of Globalization3
PS 230Intro to Pol Research3
PS 231Strategic Models3
PS 280Intro to Intl Relations3
PS 281Intro to Intl Relations-ACP3
PS 282Governing Globalization3
PS 283Intro to Intl Security3
PS 300Special Topics (as appropriate)3
PS 313Congress and Foreign Policy3
PS 340Politics in Intl Development3
PS 379Intl Rel & Domestic Politics3
PS 380International Cooperation3
PS 382Intl Political Economy3
PS 384Politics of Globalization3
PS 386International Law3
PS 387National Security Policy3
PS 390American Foreign Policy3
PS 391Soviet & Post-Sov Foreign Pol3
PS 392Intl Organizations&Regionalism3
PS 393Diplomatic Studies Practicum4
PS 394Crisis Diplomacy3
PS 395International Organization3
PS 396International Conflict3
PS 398Strategic Interntl Relations3
PS 399Politics of International Treaties3
PS 457Dem Gov in a Global Setting3 or 4
PS 480Energy and Security3
PS 494Junior Honors Seminar (as appropriate)3