Carnegie Mellon University

Minor in International Relations and Politics

The International Relations and Politics (IRP) minor analyzes the role of politics at the national, regional, international, and transnational levels; examines political and institutional arrangements within and among these levels; and investigates the grand strategy of nation-states.

Statesmen, scholars, and policy makers often define grand strategy as the combination of diplomatic, economic, military, and political factors used by leaders to defend their respective nation-states. The IRP minor investigates the way in which leaders and citizens construct grand strategy and national security policy more generally; the impact of domestic and international forces on states’ security and economic policies; and the significance of alliances, coalitions, and international institutions for world politics. The study of grand strategy and political institutions is the flagship initiative of the minor.

In the tradition of Carnegie Mellon University, political science is studied and taught in an interdisciplinary manner.  Utilizing the interdisciplinary strengths of the social sciences at CMU, IRP students study political phenomena through the perspectives of decision science, economics, and political history. Students pursing the minor will be asked to develop an understanding of game theory, economic and statistical analysis, qualitative analysis, rational choice theory, and theories of behavioral decision making as they study alliances, coalitions, institutions, and political strategy.  Recognizing the influence of language and culture on politics and international relations, students are encouraged to study a modern language other than English.

The International Relations and Politics minor is offered through the Institute for Politics and Strategy.  A maximum of two courses may double count between the minor in International Relations and Politics and another major or minor.

Curriculum: 54 units

Prerequisite: 73-102 Principles of Microeconomics OR 84-110 Foundations of Political Economy

Students must take all three core courses (27 units)

84-104 Decision Processes in American Political Institutions
84-275 Comparative Politics
84-326 Theories of International Relations

Students select three courses (27 units) from any of the elective sequences below.  Two courses (18 units) must be taken from the Institute for Politics and Strategy and have an 84-number course:

Grand Strategy and Political Institutions

66-221 Topics of Law: Introduction to Intellectual Property Law
79-203 Social and Political Change in 20th Century Central and Eastern Europe
79-298 Mobile Phones & Social Media in Development & Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal
79-301 History of Surveillance: From the Plantation to Edward Snowden
79-302 Killer Robots: The Ethics, Law, and Politics of Lethal Autonomous Weapons System
80-135 Introduction to Political Philosophy
80-321 Causation, Law, and Social Policy
80-335 Social and Political Philosophy
84-309 Political Behavior
84-319 U.S. Foreign Policy and Interventions in World Affairs
84-320 Domestic Politics and International Affairs
84-321 Autocrats and Democrats
84-322 Nonviolent Conflict and Revolution
84-323 War and Peace
84-324 Democracies and War
84-325 Contemporary American Foreign Policy
84-362 Diplomacy and Statecraft
84-363 Comparative Legal Systems
84-366 Presidential Politics: So, You Want to Be President of the United States
84-369 Decision Science for International Relations
84-370    Global Nuclear Politics
84-372 Space and National Security
84-380 Grand Strategy in the United States
84-386 The Privatization of Force
84-387 Technology and Policy of Cyber War
84-388 Concepts of War and Cyber War
84-389 Terrorism and Insurgency
84-390    Social Media, Technology, and Conflict
84-393 Legislative Decision Making: US Congress
84-402 Judicial Politics and Behavior
84-405 Future of Warfare
84-414 International and Subnational Security
88-281 Topics in Law: 1st Amendment
88-284 Topics of Law: The Bill of Rights

Economics and Society

19-452 EPP Projects
70-342 Managing Across Cultures
70-365 International Trade and International Law
70-430 International Management
73-103 Principles of Macroeconomics
73-148 Environmental Economics
73-328 Health Economics
73-331 Political Economy of Inequality and Redistribution
73-394 Development Economics
79-386 Entrepreneurs in Africa, Past, Present and Future
80-136 Social Structure, Public Policy & Ethics
80-244 Environmental Ethics
80-249    AI, Humanity, and Society
80-348 Health Development and Human Rights
80-447 Global Justice
84-310 International Political Economy
84-311 International Development: Theory and Praxis
84-312 Gender and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
84-313     International Organizations and Law
84-315 Contemporary Debates in Human Rights
84-318    Politics of Developing Nations
88-411 Rise of the Asian Economies
88-412 Energy, Climate Change, and Economic Growth in the 21st Century
88-430 Methods of Policy Analysis: International Policy

International Cultures

76-318 Communicating in the Global Marketplace
76-386 Language & Culture
79-205 20th/21st Century Europe
79-221 Development and Democracy in Latin America
79-222 Between Revolutions: The Development of Modern Latin America
79-223 Mexico: From the Aztec Empire to the Drug War
79-224 Mayan America
79-227 African History: Height of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the End of Apartheid
79-229 Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1880-1948
79-230 Arab-Israeli Conflict and Peace Process since 1948
79-233 The United States and the Middle East since 1945
79-256 20th Century Germany
79-257 Germany and the Second World War
79-259 France During World War II
79-262 Modern China: From the Birth of Mao ... to Now
79-264 Tibet and China: History and Propaganda
79-265 Russian History: From the First to the Last Tsar
79-266 Russian History: From Communism to Capitalism
79-267 The Soviet Union in World War II: Military, Political, and Social History
79-275 Introduction to Global Studies
79-288 Bananas, Baseball, and Borders: Latin America and the United States
79-291 Globalization in East African History
79-307 Religion and Politics in the Middle East
79-313    Unwanted: Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Patterns of Global Migration
79-314 The Politics and Culture of Memory
79-318 Sustainable Social Change: History and Practice
79-320 Women, Politics, and Protest
79-338 History of Education in America
79-342 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies
79-343    Education, Democracy, and Civil Rights
79-377 Food, Culture, and Power: A History of Eating
79-381 Energy and Empire: How Fossil Fuels Changed the World
79-385 The Making of the African Diaspora
79-398 Documenting the 1967 Arab-Israeli War
85-375 Crosscultural Psychology
300 or 400- level language course