IRP Major Requirements-Center for International Relations and Politics - Carnegie Mellon University

IRP Major Requirements

(For course descriptions see the 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog.)

The International Relations and Politics major is offered through the Department of Social and Decision Sciences.  It is available as a primary major and an additional major in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.


All IRP majors must complete mathematics, statistics, and analytic methods prerequisites by the end of the sophomore year.

Mathematics:  21-111 Calculus I AND 21-112 Calculus II OR  21-120 Differential and Integral Calculus

Students who successfully pass the proctored Calculus assessment on campus at the 21-120 level will be required to take a more advanced 21-xxx course for this prerequisite. 21-122, 21-240, or 21-256 are suggested.

Statistics:       36-201 Statistical Reasoning and Practice

Analytic Methods: Students must take one course from the following set (or an approved alternative):

Math 21-122 Integration, Differential Equations and Approximation (only if the course was taken at CMU or approved in transfer; a successful pass on the proctored Calculus Assesment on campus does not fulfill the prerequisite)
Math 21-256 Multivariate Analysis
Statistics 36-303 Sampling, Survery, and Society
Statistics 36-315 Statistical Graphics and Visualization
Philosophy 80-210 Logic and Proofs
Philosophy 80-305 Rational Choice
Philosophy 80-405 Game Theory
SDS 88-252 Empricial Research for Social Science and Policy
SDS 88-316 Game Theory
SDS 88-402 Modeling Complex Social Systems
SDS 88-424 Decision Theory and Rational Choice
SDS 88-435 Analysis of Uncertain Social Systems

Students may not double count a course used to fulfill the Mathematics Prerequisite for the Analytic Methods Prerequisite.

Core Courses
Statistics 36-202 Statistical Methods
SDS 88-104 Decision Processes in American Political Institutions
88-205 Comparative Politics
SDS 88-220 Policy Analysis I
Empirical Research Methods
SDS 88-326 Theories of International Relations
SDS 88-450 IRP Capstone Policy Forum (3 units)

Language Requirement

Students are required to complete the intermediate (200) level or the equivalent in a modern language other than English. Advanced level study is strongly encouraged. Students who successfully pass a language placement exam on campus at the intermediate II level or higher will be required to take an advanced language course to satisfy the language requirement.

International Relations and Politics students will either:

Option 1) take 45 units (five courses) from the elective lists below. Students must take three courses (27 units) from the Grand Strategy and Political Institutions category. The remaining two courses (18 units) must come from the Economics and Society and/or International Cultures categories.  At least two courses (18 units) must be from the Department of Social and Decision Sciences (88-xxx).  Most courses listed below are 9-unit courses, but some are fewer. When courses offered for fewer than 9 units are chosen, students should note that a minimum of 45 units is required, and should plan to take one or more additional courses as appropriate.


Option 2) complete all (or the majority of) their electives via the Washington Semester Program (CMUWSP) Public Policy elective sequence (45 units).  Any elective units not fulfilled during CMUWSP may be completed through coursework from the Grand Strategy and Political Institutions elective list.

The Washington Semester Program (CMUWSP) Public Policy Elective Sequence includes:
Core Seminar
12 units
Elective Seminar
12 units
Internship and Internship Seminar
15 units
Policy Forum 6 units

Grand Strategy and Political Institutions

EPP 19-609 Public Policy and Regulation
EPP 19-662 Special Topics: Technology and Development in China & India
Mech Eng 24-484 Decision Tools for Engineering Design and Entrepreneurship
History 79-268 History of the Russian Military
79-389 Stalin and Stalinism
Philosophy 80-135 Introduction to Political Philosophy
Philosophy 80-235
Political Philosophy
Philosophy 80-321 Causation, Law, and Social Policy
Philosophy 80-335 Deliberative Democracy
SDS 88-181* Topics in Law: 1st Amendment*
SDS 88-184* Topics in Law: The Bill of Rights*
SDS 88-210 Comparative Political Systems
SDS 88-223 Decision Analysis and Decision Support Systems
SDS 88-302 Behavioral Decision Making
SDS 88-336 Autocrats and Democrats
SDS 88-349 War and Peace
SDS 88-362 Diplomacy and Statecraft
SDS 88-380 Grand Strategy in the United States
SDS 88-384 Conflict and Conflict Resolution in International Relations
SDS 88-388 Psychological Models of Decision Making
SDS 88-389 Terrorism and Insurgency
SDS 88-405 Risk Perception and Communication
SDS 88-408 Attitudes, the Media, and Conflict in International Relations
SDS 88-414 International and Subnational Security
SDS 88-415 Global Competitiveness: Firms, Nations, and Technological Change
SDS 88-416 Democracies and War
SDS 88-441 Topics in Industrial Organization- Innovation
SDS 88-442 Decision Science in Intergroup Conflict

*Only one course (either 88-181 or 88-184) may count toward and elective requirement for the IRP major.

Economics and Society

Bus. Admin. 70-342 Managing Across Cultures
Bus. Admin 70-365 International Trade and International Law
Bus. Admin 70-430 International Management
Economics 73-328 Health Economics
Economics 73-331 Political Economy of Inequality and Redistribution
Economics 73-371 International Trade and Economic Development
Economics 73-372 International Money and Finance
Economics 73-375 History of Money and Monetary Policy
Economics 73-394 Development Economics
History 79-206 The European Union at the Crossroads
History 79-298/80-477 Global Justice
History 79-321 The Rise of the Modern Nation State
History 79-337/82-230 China and Europe in the Modern World: The Great Divergence Debate in Economic History
History 79-386 Entrepreneurs in Africa: Past, Present, and Future
Philosophy 80-136 Social Structure, Public Policy, and Ethics
Philosophy 80-244 Environmental Ethics
Philosophy 80-247 Ethics and Global Economics
Philosophy 80-344 Management, Environment, and Ethics
Philosophy 80-348 Health Development and Human Rights
SDS 88-352 Environmental Economics and Policy
SDS 88-357 Comparative Foreign Policy: China, Russia, and the US
SDS 88-359 Globalization
SDS 88-378 International Economics
SDS 88-391 Technology and Economic Growth
SDS 88-410 The Global Economy: A User's Guide
SDS 88-411
The Rise of the Asian Economies
SDS 88-412 Economics of Global Warming
SDS 88-413 Energy and Climate: History, Science, Technology, and Policy in the US 1776-2076
SDS 88-419 Negotiation
SDS 88-423 Institutions, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation
SDS 88-432 International Policy Decision Modeling Workshop

International Cultures

English 76-318 Communicating in the Global Marketplace
English 76-322 Global Masala: South Asians in the Dispora
English 76-327 Poetry of the Americas
English 76-386 Language & Culture
History 79-205 20th Century Europe
History 79-212 China and Its Neighbors: Minorities, Conquerors and Tribute Bearers
History 79-213 Nationalities and the New States of the Former USSR
History 79-220 Caribbean: Cultures and Histories
History 79-221
Development and Democracy in Latin America
History 79-222 Between Revolutions: The Development of Modern Latin America
History 79-224 Mayan America
History 79-227 Introduction to African History II: 18th Century to the end of Apartheid
History 79-229 Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1880-1948
History 79-230 Arab-Israeli Conflict and Peace Process since 1948
History 79-233 The United States and the Middle East since 1945
79-235 Caribbean Cultures
History 79-236 Introduction to African Studies
History 79-251 India/America: Democracy, Diversity, Development
History 79-255 Irish History
History 79-256 20th Century Germany
History 79-257 Germany and the Second World War
History 79-259 France During World War II
History 79-261 Chinese Culture and Society
History 79-262 Modern China
79-263 China's Cultural Revolution
History 79-264
China in the Age of Reform, 1978-2008
History 79-265 Russian History: From the First to the Last Tsar
History 79-266 Russian History: From Communism to Capitalism
History 79-267
The Soviet Union in World War II: Military, Political and Social History    
History 79-275 Introduction to Global Studies
History 79-280 Experiencing Globalization
History 79-282 Europe and the World
History 79-286 Gandhi and King: Nonviolent Leadership in a Globalized World
History 79-288 Bananas, Baseball, and Borders: A History of Latin America - US Relations
History 79-290 States/Stateless Societies and Nationalism in West Africa
History 79-291 Globalization in East African History
History 79-292 China Inside Out: Going Global, 19th and 21st Centuries
History 79-299 Trafficking Persons: Children in a Global Context
History 79-307 Religion and Politics in the Middle East
History 79-309 20th Century China through Film
History 79-312 International Human Rights Institutions in Theory and Practice
History 79-314 The Politics and Culture of Memory
History 79-334 Law, Ethics, and the Life Sciences
History 79-342 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies
History  79-368 Poverty, Charity, and Welfare
History 79-375 China's Environmental Crisis
History 79-377 Food, Culture, and Power: A History of Eating
History 79-381 Energy, Environment, Globalization in the Americas
History 79-383 Epidemic Disease and Public Health
History 79-385 The Making of the African Diaspora
History 79-392 History of Modern Warfare
History 79-398 Documenting the 1967 Arab-Israeli War
History 79-399 US-Arab Encounters
Mod. Lang. 82-304 The Francophone World**
Mod. Lang. 82-320 Contemporary Society in Germany, Austria and Switzerland**
Mod. Lang. 82-323 Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the 20th Century**
Mod. Lang. 82-333 Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture**
Mod. Lang. 82-342 Spain: Language and Culture**
Mod. Lang. 82-343 Latin America: Language and Culture**
Mod. Lang. 82-344 U.S. Latinos: Language and Culture**
Mod. Lang. 82-345 Introduction to Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies**
Mod. Lang. 82-361 Introduction to Italian Culture**
Mod. Lang. 82-362 Italian Language and Culture**
Mod. Lang. 82-404 Francophone Realities: Africa**
Mod. Lang. 82-426 Topics in German Literature and Culture**
Mod. Lang. 82-441 Studies in Peninsular Literature and Culture**
Mod. Lang. 82-451 Studies in Latin American Literature and Culture**
Mod. Lang. 82-455 Topics in Hispanic Studies**
Mod. Lang. 82-474 Topics of Japanese Studies**
Mod. Lang. 82-491 Literature, Politics and Film in Russia & East Europe Today**
Mod. Lang. 82-541 Hispanic Studies: Special Topics**
Psychology 85-375 Cross Cultural Psychology
SDS 88-314 Politics Through Film
SDS 88-368 Conflict, Human Rights, and Development

**Only one 300 or 400-level course may count toward an elective requirement for the IRP major.