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

Core Courses

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

Economics Requirement

Students must complete one of the following courses.  Excluded from all double counting rules. (9 units)

84-110 Foundations of Political Economy
73-102 Principles of Microeconomics

Electives

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.

Grand Strategy and Political Institutions

66-221

Topics of Law: Introduction to Intellectual Property Law

79-298

Mobile Phones & Social Media in Development & Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal

79-301

History of Surveillance: From the Plantation to Data Capitalism

79-302

Killer Robots: The Ethics, Law, and Politics of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

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 in the Contemporary Middle East

84-324

The Future of Democracy

84-325

Contemporary American Foreign Policy

84-362

Diplomacy and Statecraft

84-363

Comparative Legal Systems

84-364

Comparative Presidential Behavior: Leadership, Personality, and Decision Making

84-366

The American Presidency

84-370

Global Nuclear Politics

84-372

Space and National Security

84-373

Emerging Technologies and the Law

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

The 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

73-328

Health Economics

73-332

Political Economy

79-386

Entrepreneurs in Africa, Past, Present and Future

80-136

Social Structure, Public Policy & Ethics

80-244

Environmental Ethics

80-249

AI, Society, and Humanity

80-348

Health, Human Rights, and International Development

80-447

Global Justice

84-308

Political Economy of Latin America

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

International Cultures

76-318

Communicating in the Global Marketplace

76-386

Language & Culture

79-203

From the Habsburgs to the Velvet Revolution: A Modern History of Central Europe

79-205

20th Century Europe

79-223

Mexico: From the Aztec Empire to the Drug War

79-224

Mayan America

79-227

Modern Africa: The Slave Trade to the End of Apartheid

79-229

Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1880-1948

79-230

Arab-Israeli Conflict Since 1948

79-233

The United States and the Middle East since 1945

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: Tsar, Power, and Rebellion

79-266

Russian History and Revolutionary Socialism

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

Out of Africa: The Making of the African Diaspora

79-398

Documenting the 1967 Arab-Israeli War

85-375

Crosscultural Psychology

300 or 400- level language course