Life after IPS: Emily Joyce
A passion for Spanish led her to Honduras, where she works with the local governments
Bachelor of Science in International Relations and Politics
The Bachelor of Science in International Relations and Politics (IRP) 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 current issues relevant to the field of international relations.
International Relations and Politics is available as a primary major, additional major, and minor.
Offered through the Institute for Politics and Strategy (IPS), the Bachelor of Science in International Relations and Politics (IRP) 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 current issues relevant to the field of international relations.
The IRP major studies the ways in which leaders construct foreign and national security policy; 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 major emphasizes the importance of political institutions (domestic and comparative), decision making by leaders in shaping policy, and contemporary challenges to the international system.
Thinking systematically about international and domestic politics is the core objective of the IRP major. To this end, the major has required courses in mathematics and statistics that help to sharpen students’ ability to undertake scientific analysis in the required substantive and historical courses. The major is rooted in the discipline of political science but also utilizes the interdisciplinary strengths of decision science, economics, and political history. Thus, students pursuing this major will use the analytic tools 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.
The name of the major signifies that those studying IRP learn about international relations and domestic politics from the standpoint of the discipline of political science. Also, the major taps into and contributes to CMU’s strengths in other social sciences that combine analytical and empirical methods. IRP includes an innovative initiative that incorporates decision science in political science. It enables students to apply the burgeoning science of judgment and decision making to understanding political actors’ strategies and foibles, the strengths and weaknesses of formal methods of policy analysis (e.g., cost, risk, benefit, analysis), and the factors shaping public responses to politics and policies.
A rich set of electives allows students to investigate issues of national security strategy, cybersecurity and international conflict, military strategy, economic policy, representation and voting rights, climate change, political psychology, grand strategy, and the effects of culture and society on the international and domestic systems.
Recognizing the influence of language and culture on politics and international relations, students are required to complete the intermediate (200) level, or its equivalent, in a modern language other than English. Advanced-level study is strongly encouraged.
Open to all Carnegie Mellon undergraduates, the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program (CMU/WSP) allows students to study politics and public policy and intern in Washington for one semester. Courses taken through CMU/WSP will count toward the policy seminar core requirement and the elective sequence in politics and public policy for IRP majors.
Double Counting: Students may double count a maximum of four courses with another major or minor.
Students must complete all of the following core courses.
|84-104||Decision Processes in American Political Institutions||9|
|84-250||Writing for Political Science and Policy||9|
|84-265||Political Science Research Methods||9|
|84-326||Theories of International Relations||9|
|84-369||Decision Science for International Relations||9|
|36-202||Methods for Statistics & Data Science||9|
|84-110||Foundations of Political Economy||9|
|or 73-102||Principles of Microeconomics|
|or 73-103||Principles of Macroeconomics|
Excluded from all double counting rules. Students must complete one of the following courses.
|21-120||Differential and Integral Calculus||10|
|or 21-112||Calculus II|
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, are required to take an advanced language course to satisfy the language requirement.
International Relations and Politics students will fulfill the elective requirement by pursuing either option 1 or option 2 listed below:
Option 1: take 45 units (five courses) from the elective lists below. At least three courses (27 units) must be from the Institute for Politics and Strategy (84-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 the majority of their electives via the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program (CMU/WSP) politics and public policy elective sequence. Any elective units not fulfilled during CMU/WSP may be completed through coursework from the Institute for Politics and Strategy (84-xxx) elective list.
The Washington Semester Program (CMU/WSP) Politics and Public Policy sequence includes:
- Policy Seminar (12 units) - Policy Seminar (84-450) and Policy Seminar II (84-451) will count as the core course requirement for the major.
- Internship Seminar 84-360 CMU/WSP: Internship Seminar (12 units)
- CMU/WSP Elective Seminars (24 units total)
A list of CMU/WSP elective seminars may be found in the Politics and Public Policy elective list below.
|Grand Strategy and Political Institutions|
|66-221||Topics of Law: Introduction to Intellectual Property Law||9|
|79-301||History of Surveillance: From the Plantation to Data Capitalism||6|
|79-302||Killer Robots:The Ethics, Law, and Politics of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems||6|
|80-135||Introduction to Political Philosophy||9|
|80-321||Causation, Law, and Social Policy||9|
|80-335||Social and Political Philosophy||9|
|84-200||Security War Game Simulation||6|
|84-303||International Human Rights||6|
|84-304||In the News: Analysis of Current Events||6|
Terrorism in Sub-Saharan Africa
Defense Resourcing: From Strategy to Execution
|84-322||Nonviolent Conflict and Revolution||9|
|84-323||War and Peace in the Contemporary Middle East||9|
|84-324||The Future of Democracy||9|
|84-325||Contemporary American Foreign Policy||9|
|84-327||Repression and Control in Dictatorships||9|
|84-328||Military Strategy and Doctrine||9|
|84-329||Military Strategic Theory||6|
|84-352||Representation and Voting Rights||9|
|84-362||Diplomacy and Statecraft||9|
|84-363||Comparative Legal Systems||9|
|84-364||Comparative Presidential Behavior: Leadership, Personality, and Decision Making||9|
|84-365||The Politics of Fake News and Misinformation||9|
|84-366||The American Presidency||9|
|84-370||Nuclear Security & Arms Control||9|
|84-372||Space and National Security||9|
|84-373||Emerging Technologies and the Law||9|
|84-380||US Grand Strategy||9|
|84-383||Cyber Policy as National Policy||6|
|84-386||The Privatization of Force||9|
|84-387||Technology and Policy of Cyber War||9|
|84-388||Concepts of War and Cyber War||6|
|84-389||Terrorism and Insurgency||9|
|84-390||Social Media, Technology, and Conflict||9|
|84-393||Legislative Decision Making: US Congress||9|
|84-402||Judicial Politics and Behavior||9|
|84-405||The Future of Warfare||9|
|84-421||Advanced Topics in American Politics||9|
|88-281||Topics in Law: 1st Amendment||9|
|88-284||Topics of Law: The Bill of Rights||9|
|Economics and Society|
|19-452||EPP Projects II||12|
|70-342||Managing Across Cultures||9|
|70-365||International Trade and International Law||9|
|80-136||Social Structure, Public Policy & Ethics||9|
|80-249||AI, Society, and Humanity||9|
|80-348||Health, Human Rights, and International Development||9|
|84-307||Economic and Political History of Contemporary China||9|
|84-308||Political Economy of Latin America||Var.|
|84-310||International Political Economy||9|
|84-313||International Organizations and Law||9|
|84-315||Political Economy of International Migration||9|
|84-316||Political Economy of Transatlantic Partnership||9|
|84-318||Politics of Developing Nations||9|
|88-411||Rise of the Asian Economies||9|
|76-318||Communicating in the Global Marketplace||9|
|76-386||Language & Culture||9|
|79-203||The Other Europe: The Habsburgs, Communism, & Central/Eastern Europe, 1740-1990||9|
|79-205||20th Century Europe||9|
|79-223||Mexico: From the Aztec Empire to the Drug War||9|
|79-227||Modern Africa: The Slave Trade to the End of Apartheid||9|
|79-229||The Origins of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, 1880-1948||9|
|79-230||Arab-Israeli Conflict Since 1948||9|
|79-233||The United States and the Middle East since 1945||9|
|79-257||Germany and the Second World War||9|
|79-262||Modern China: From the Birth of Mao ... to Now||9|
|79-264||Tibet and China: History and Propaganda||6|
|79-265||Russian History: Game of Thrones||9|
|79-266||Russian History and Revolutionary Socialism||9|
|79-267||The Soviet Union in World War II: Military, Political, and Social History||9|
|79-275||Introduction to Global Studies||9|
|79-288||Bananas, Baseball, and Borders: Latin America and the United States||9|
|79-307||Religion and Politics in the Middle East||9|
|79-313||"Unwanted": Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Patterns of Global Migration||6|
|79-314||The Politics and Culture of Memory||9|
|79-318||Sustainable Social Change: History and Practice||9|
|79-320||Women, Politics, and Protest||9|
|79-338||History of Education in America||9|
|79-342||Introduction to Science and Technology Studies||9|
|79-343||Education, Democracy, and Civil Rights||9|
|79-377||Food, Culture, and Power: A History of Eating||9|
|79-381||Energy and Empire: How Fossil Fuels Changed the World||9|
|79-385||Out of Africa: The Making of the African Diaspora||9|
|79-398||Documenting the 1967 Arab-Israeli War||9|
|300 or 400- level language course|
|CMU/WSP Politics and Public Policy|
|84-330||The Shading of Democracy: The Influence of Race on American Politics||6|
|84-331||Money, Media, and the Power of Data in Decisionmaking||6|
|84-332||Effects of US Policy on Businesses: Perspectives of Asian Americans||6|
|84-333||Power and Levers for Change in Washington, DC||12|
|84-334||The History and Practice of Economic Statecraft||6|
|84-335||Intelligence and Policy||6|
|84-336||Implementing Public Policy: From Good Idea To Reality||12|
|84-337||Biomedical Science Research, Policy, and Governance||6|
|84-338||Political News Coverage in the Era of Trump, Twitter, and "Fake News"||6|
|84-339||Seminar in Public Policy Research||12|
|84-340||Making Change: How Organized Interests Work in Washington||12|
|84-343||Language and Power: How to Understand and Use Political Speech||6|
|84-346||Legal Issues in Public Administration||6|
Advocacy, Policy and Practice