Carnegie Mellon University

Minor in International Relations and Politics

The International Relations and Politics (IRP) minor examines international relations, comparative politics, and domestic politics from the discipline of political science.  It 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 minor 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 minor emphasizes the importance of political institutions (domestic and comparative), decision making by leaders in shaping policy, and contemporary challenges to the international system. 

A maximum of two courses may double count between the minor in International Relations and Politics and another major or minor.


63 units

Core Courses

Students must take all three core courses (27 units):

84-104 Decision Processes in American Political Institutions 9
84-226 International Relations 9
84-275 Comparative Politics 9
Economics Requirement

Students must complete one of the following courses.  Excluded from all double counting rules.

84-110 Foundations of Political Economy 9
73-102 Principles of Microeconomics 9
73-103 Principles of Macroeconomics 9

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.

Institute for Politics and Strategy Electives
84-200 Security War Game Simulation
84-252 Briefing in the Policy World
84-303 International Human Rights
84-304 In the News: Analysis of Current Events
84-306 Latin American Politics
84-307 Economic and Political History of Contemporary China
84-310 International Political Economy
84-312 Terrorism in Sub-Saharan Africa
84-313 International Organizations and Law
84-315 Political Economy of International Migration
84-316 Political Economy of Transatlantic Partnership
84-317 Defense Resourcing: From Strategy to Execution
84-318 Politics of Developing Nations
84-319 Civil-Military Relations
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
84-327 Repression and Control in Dictatorships
84-328 Military Strategy and Doctrine
84-329 Asian Strategies
84-352 Representation and Voting Rights
84-362 Diplomacy and Statecraft
84-365 The Politics of Fake News and Misinformation
84-370 Nuclear Security & Arms Control
84-372 Space and National Security
84-373 Emerging Technologies and International Law
84-374 Technology, Weapons, and International Conflict
84-380 US Grand Strategy
84-383 Cyber Policy as National Policy
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
84-421 Advanced Topics in American Politics
84-440 Collaborative Research in Political Science


Additional Electives
19-452 EPP Projects II
70-342 Managing Across Cultures
70-365 International Trade and International Law
70-430 International Management
73-332 Political Economy
76-318 Communicating in the Global Marketplace
79-203 The Other Europe: The Habsburgs, Communism, & Central/Eastern Europe, 1740-1990
79-205 20th Century Europe
79-223 Mexico: From the Aztec Empire to the Drug War
79-227 Modern Africa: The Slave Trade to the End of Apartheid
79-229 The Origins of the Palestinian-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
79-262 Modern China: From the Birth of Mao ... to Now
79-264 Tibet and China: History and Propaganda
79-265 Russian History: Game of Thrones
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
79-301 History of Surveillance: From the Plantation to Data Capitalism
79-302 Killer Robots: The Ethics, Law, and Politics of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems
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
79-343 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
80-135 Introduction to Political Philosophy
80-136 Social Structure, Public Policy & Ethics
80-249 AI, Society, and Humanity
80-321 Causation, Law, and Social Policy
80-335 Social and Political Philosophy
80-348 Health, Human Rights, and International Development