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.


Curriculum

63 units

Core Courses

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

84-104 Decision Processes in American Political Institutions 9
84-275 Comparative Politics 9
84-326 Theories of International Relations 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
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 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
84-312 Terrorism in Sub-Saharan Africa 6
84-317 Defense Resourcing: From Strategy to Execution 6
84-319 Civil-Military Relations 9
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
84-369 Decision Science for International Relations 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
70-430 International Management 9
73-328 Health Economics 12
73-332 Political Economy 9
80-136 Social Structure, Public Policy & Ethics 9
80-244 Environmental Ethics 9
80-249 AI, Society, and Humanity 9
80-348 Health, Human Rights, and International Development 9
80-447 Global Justice 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
International Cultures
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
79-224 Mayan America 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
85-375 Crosscultural Psychology 9
300 or 400- level language course