BA in International Relations

International Relations is a major offered by the Pardee School of Global Studies to students enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences.

To study international relations is to learn how the world works. At Boston University, we take an interdisciplinary approach. Undergraduates studying international relations choose from a wide range of courses in history, economics, political science, anthropology, sociology, and religion, among other disciplines. In a globalizing world, the study of international relations provides a portal for entry into a variety of career fields or for further graduate or professional training.

Twelve courses with two prerequisites are required for an undergraduate major in International Relations. These include four required principal courses, four courses from a functional track, and four courses from a regional track (for details, see below). A grade of C or higher is required in all principal and track courses. At least two courses in the major must be taken at the 400 level or above. Students majoring in International Relations are encouraged to fulfill their college mathematics requirements in statistics. Students must fulfill major requirements, including track requirements, as stipulated below. International Relations majors are encouraged to study abroad for at least one semester. Courses taken overseas must be approved by the student’s major advisor for credit toward the major.

CGS students, upon admission to CAS, will be given credit for CGS SS 202 as a substitute for CAS IR 350.

All required courses are 4 credits hours.

Required Principal Courses

Required principal courses are designed to develop a general understanding of the economic, political, historic, and geographic factors that influence the international system. Students must take all four of the courses listed below; students electing the functional track in international economics, business, and politics must take CAS EC 392 or SMG IM 345 in place of CAS IR 292. All students must take IR 349 and IR 350 as offered at Boston University; no substitutes will be accepted for these two courses.

  • CAS IR 271 Introduction to International Relations
  • CAS IR 292 Fundamentals of International Economics (CAS EC 101 and EC 102 are prerequisite courses)
  • CAS IR 349 History of International Relations, 1900–1945
  • CAS IR 350 History of International Relations Since 1945

International Relations Tracks

The major in International Relations encompasses courses in 9 subfields, known as “tracks”. Tracks are divided into two types: functional and regional. Undergraduate majors must select a functional track, consisting of four courses, and a regional track, consisting of four courses. No course may be used in more than one track. This arrangement is designed to give the undergraduate major a reasonable facility in an important functional subfield of international relations, as well as an understanding of at least one part of the world. 

Functional Tracks

Environment and Development Track

  • CAS AN 285 Coping with Crises in Contemporary Africa
  • CAS AN 362 Culture and Environment
  • CAS AN 363 Food and Water: Critical Perspectives on Global Crises
  • CAS AN 371 Political Anthropology of the Modern World
  • CAS AN 382 Wealth, Poverty, and Culture
  • CAS EC 320 Economics of Less-Developed Regions
  • CAS EC 369 Economic Development of Latin America
  • CAS EC 370 The Chinese Economy
  • CAS EC 371 Environmental Economics
  • CAS EC 387 Introduction to Health Economics
  • CAS GE 100 Introduction to Environmental Science
  • CAS GE 103 Economic Geography
  • CAS GE 150 Sustainable Energy: Technology, Resources, Society,
    and Environment
  • CAS GE 201 World Regional Geography
  • CAS GE 250 The Fate of Nations: Climate, Resources, and Institutions
  • CAS GE 309 Intermediate Environmental Analysis and Policy
  • CAS GE 331 Political Geography
  • CAS GE 375 Introduction to Quantitative Environmental Modeling
  • CAS GE 400 Environment and Development: A Political Ecology Approach
  • CAS HI 351 Environmental History of Africa (meets with CAS GE 394)
  • CAS HI 435 Histories of Human Rights
  • CAS IR 242 Globalization and World Poverty (meets with CAS SO 242)
  • CAS IR 251 Introduction to Comparative Politics (meets with CAS PO 151)
  • CAS IR 304 Environmentally Sustainable Development (meets with CAS GE 304)
  • CAS IR 358 Global Feminism: Race and Gender in International Perspectives (meets with CAS WS 360)
  • CAS IR 365 Rise of China (meets with CAS PO 352)
  • CAS IR 367 Introduction to Latin American Politics and International Relations (meets with CAS PO 360)
  • CAS IR 369 Southeast Asia in World Politics (meets with CAS PO 354)
  • CAS IR 373 Global Governance and International Organization (meets with CAS PO 384)
  • CAS IR 383 Understanding Modern North Africa
  • CAS IR 395 North-South Relations (meets with CAS PO 328)
  • CAS IR 425 Seminar: Women and Social Change in the Developing World (meets with CAS SO 420)
  • CAS IR 430 Africa and Globalization: Opportunities and Obstacles
  • CAS PO 382 International Conflicts and Cooperation
  • CAS SO 246 Sociology of Market Transitions
  • CAS SO 277 Technology and Society
  • CAS SO 438 Seminar on International Migration
  • CAS WS 348 Gender and International Development
Advanced Courses
  • CAS AN 505 Asian Development: The Case of Women
  • CAS AN 538 Human Ecology of Modern Africa
  • CAS EC 521 Development Theory and Policy
  • CAS EC 571 Energy and Environmental Economics
  • CAS EC 598 The Economics of Globalization
  • CAS GE 510 Physical Principles of the Environment
  • CAS GE 511 Ecological Economics
  • CAS GE 512 Global Climate Change: Policy Modeling and Analysis
  • CAS GE 519 Energy, Society, and the Environment
  • CAS GE 520 Topics in Energy and Environmental Policy
  • CAS GE 521 Environmental Law and Policy
  • CAS GE 522 Environmental Policy and Decision Making
  • CAS GE 555 World Oil Markets
  • CAS GE 560 Energy Transitions
  • CAS HI 589 Nature’s Past: Histories of Environment and Society
  • CAS IR 501 Conflict & Cooperation in Asia (meets with CAS PO 554)
  • CAS IR 513 Bureaucracy and Governance: A Comparative Inquiry (meets with CAS PO 546)
  • CAS IR 523 Global Justice (meets with CAS PO 526)
  • CAS IR 527 Political Economy of China (meets with CAS PO 548)
  • CAS IR 536 European Environmental Policy (meets with CAS GE 536)
  • CAS IR 587 Political Economy of the Middle East
  • CAS IR 590 Political Economy of Latin America (meets with CAS PO 562)
  • CAS IR 592 Economic Development and International Organizations
  • CAS IR 594 Global Environmental Policy and Negotiation (meets with CAS GE 594)
  • CAS IR 597 Sustainable Development in Latin America (meets with CAS GE 597)
  • CAS IR 599 Science, Politics, and Climate Change (meets with CAS GE 599)
  • CAS PO 526 Global Justice (meets with CAS IR 523)
  • CAS PO 581 National Development and International Politics
  • CAS PO 588 Negotiations in World Affairs
  • CAS SO 534 Seminar: Modernity and Social Change

Foreign Policy and Security Studies Track

  • CAS HI 284 History of War
  • CAS HI 287 History of American Foreign Relations since 1898 (meets with CAS PO 381)
  • CAS HI 336 History of World Wars, 1914–1945
  • CAS HI 340 History of Modern Diplomacy: Institutions, Practices, and Principles, 1400–1919
  • CAS HI 384 History of Genocide
  • CAS HI 488 Interwar Japan and the Pacific War
  • CAS IR 250 Europe and International Relations (meets with CAS PO 342)
  • CAS IR 309 America at War: The Response to 9/11 (meets with CAS PO 312)
  • CAS IR 310 The Sea and International Relations
  • CAS IR 318 Religion and American Foreign Policy (meets with CAS RN 318)
  • CAS IR 320 The American Military Experience
  • CAS IR 325 The Great Powers and the Eastern Mediterranean (meets with CAS HI 229)
  • CAS IR 330 Diplomatic Practice
  • CAS IR 345 The Role of Force in International Relations
  • CAS IR 353 Nuclear Security (meets with CAS PO 356)
  • CAS IR 365 Rise of China (meets with CAS PO 352)
  • CAS IR 367 Introduction to Latin American Politics and International Relations (meets with CAS PO 360)
  • CAS IR 369 Southeast Asia in World Politics (meets with CAS PO 354)
  • CAS IR 372 International Relations of South Asia (meets with CAS PO 355)
  • CAS IR 374 Introduction to Security Studies
  • CAS IR 375 Introduction to Russian and Post-Soviet Foreign Relations (meets with CAS PO 372)
  • CAS IR 376 American Foreign Policy
  • CAS IR 378 Intelligence in a Democratic Society
  • CAS IR 380 American Foreign Policy: Practice and Process
  • CAS IR 381 US-Pakistan Relations
  • CAS IR 411 Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Latin America (meets with CAS PO 566)
  • CAS IR 436 The Great War and the Fragile Peace (meets with CAS HI 436)
  • CAS IR 465 The United States and the Cold War (meets with CAS HI 465)
  • CAS IR 472 Wars of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries (meets with CAS HI 472)
  • CAS SO 439 Seminar: State Building and Failure in the Developing World
Advanced Courses
  • CAS HI 537 World War II: Causes, Course, Consequences
  • CAS HI 592 The Birth of a State: Israel 1945–1955
  • CAS IR 501 Conflict & Cooperation in Asia (meets with CAS PO 554)
  • CAS IR 503 The US in the Middle East (meets with CAS PO 503)
  • CAS IR 505 Arms Control and Proliferation of Weapons
  • CAS IR 506 India: An Emerging World Power
  • CAS IR 507 Islam and Politics
  • CAS IR 508 Islamic Political Movements and US Policy
  • CAS IR 514 Empire & Power: British Foreign Policy, 1782–Present
  • CAS IR 516 Intelligence and Homeland Security
  • CAS IR 518 Gender and War (meets with CAS PO 583 and WS 345)
  • CAS IR 521 Congress and National Security
  • CAS IR 522 Ideas and American Foreign Policy (meets with CAS HI 566)
  • CAS IR 524 War and Statecraft
  • CAS IR 529 Cuba in Transition
  • CAS IR 535 Diplomacy and Statecraft
  • CAS IR 538 France, Europe, and the World (meets with CAS HI 538)
  • CAS IR 541 Russia’s International Policies I
  • CAS IR 544 Comparative Political Systems and Foreign Policies
  • CAS IR 545 Central/East European Diplomatic History, 1814–1918
  • CAS IR 546 Power and Legitimacy: Ideology as a Political Tool
  • CAS IR 548 United Nations Peacekeeping
  • CAS IR 549 Politics and International Relations of the Federal Republic of Germany (meets with CAS PO 545)
  • CAS IR 554 Intellectual Foundations of American Statecraft I: Washington to Theodore Roosevelt
  • CAS IR 555 Intellectual Foundations of American Statecraft II: Wilson to Kissinger
  • CAS IR 556 Current Intelligence Issues
  • CAS IR 557 Guerrilla Warfare and Terrorism
  • CAS IR 561 Religion and International Relations (meets with CAS PO 589 and CAS RN 561)
  • CAS IR 566 Democracy in Latin America and its Challenges (meets with CAS PO 567)
  • CAS IR 568 US-Latin American Relations (meets with CAS PO 571)
  • CAS IR 571 Central America and US Policy
  • CAS IR 572 The Latin American Military
  • CAS IR 577 Foreign Policy of the People’s Republic of China (meets with CAS PO 576)
  • CAS IR 578 Foreign Intelligence and Security Systems
  • CAS IR 579 Japan in International Politics (meets with CAS PO 552)
  • CAS IR 581 The Evolution of Strategic Intelligence
  • CAS IR 583 Aspects of Defense Planning and Technology
  • CAS IR 589 North Atlantic/European Security Issues (meets with CAS PO 582)
  • CAS IR 591 The Making of the Modern Middle East (meets with CAS HI 591)
  • CAS IR 598 International Business Intelligence and Security Practices
  • CAS PO 557 The Political Economy of National Security (meets with GRS IR 610)
  • CAS PO 558 War and Society in the Modern Age
  • CAS PO 578 The United States as a World Power
  • CAS PO 581 National Development and International Politics
  • COM JO 545 Reporting Military Affairs

International Economics, Business, and Politics Track

Students planning to take the international economics and business track must take CAS EC 392 or SMG IM 345 rather than CAS IR 292 as a principal required course. CAS EC 202 is a prerequisite for CAS EC 392. CAS EC 202 will be credited toward the international economics and business track.

  • CAS EC 201 Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis (prerequisite for CAS EC 391)
  • CAS EC 202 Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis (prerequisite for CAS EC 392)
  • CAS EC 320 Economics of Less-Developed Regions
  • CAS EC 369 Economic Development of Latin America
  • CAS EC 370 The Chinese Economy
  • CAS EC 391 International Economics I
  • CAS IR 304 Environmentally Sustainable Development (meets with CAS GE 304)
  • CAS IR 322 Governing Crises: The Political Economy of Financial Booms and Busts
  • CAS IR 365 Rise of China (meets with CAS PO 352)
  • CAS IR 368 Contemporary East Asian Economics (meets with CAS EC 368)
  • CAS IR 369 Southeast Asia in World Politics (meets with CAS PO 354)
  • CAS IR 373 Global Governance and International Organization (meets with CAS PO 384)
  • CAS IR 390 International Political Economy (meets with CAS PO 329)
  • CAS IR 395 North-South Relations (meets with CAS PO 328)
  • CAS IR 430 Africa and Globalization: Opportunities and Obstacles
  • CAS PH 234 Wealth, Ethics, and Liberty
  • CAS SO 246 Sociology of Market Transitions
  • SMG IM 445 International Management
Advanced Courses
  • CAS EC 591 International Economics
  • CAS EC 595 International Finance
  • CAS EC 598 The Economics of Globalization
  • CAS GE 555 World Oil Markets
  • CAS GE 560 Energy Transitions
  • CAS IR 520 The State and Public Purpose in Asia (meets with CAS PO 550)
  • CAS IR 527 Political Economy of China (meets with CAS PO 548)
  • CAS IR 575 Political Economy of Mexico and NAFTA (meets with CAS PO 563)
  • CAS IR 587 Political Economy of the Middle East
  • CAS IR 590 Political Economy of Latin America (meets with CAS PO 562)
  • CAS IR 592 Economic Development and International Organizations
  • CAS IR 596 Globalization and Contemporary Capitalism in Advanced Industrialized Nations (meets with CAS PO 529)
  • CAS IR 597 Sustainable Development in Latin America (meets with CAS GE 597)
  • CAS IR 598 International Business Intelligence and Security Practices

International Systems and World Order Track

  • CAS AN 348 Anthropology of Globalization
  • CAS GE 331 Political Geography
  • CAS HI 341 Political and Cultural Revolutions
  • CAS HI 342 Imperialism and Independence
  • CAS HI 384 History of Genocide
  • CAS HI 435 World War II: Causes, Course, Consequences
  • CAS IR 230 Fundamentals of International Politics
  • CAS IR 250 Europe and International Relations
  • CAS IR 303 Universal History
  • CAS IR 310 The Sea and International Relations
  • CAS IR 330 Diplomatic Practice
  • CAS IR 333 Non-State Actors in International Relations (meets with CAS PO 327)
  • CAS IR 348 History of International Human Rights (meets with CAS HI 346)
  • CAS IR 352 International Human Rights: Applying Human Rights in Africa (meets with CAS PO 378)
  • CAS IR 353 Nuclear Security (meets with CAS PO 356)
  • CAS IR 358 Global Feminism: Race and Gender in International Perspectives (meets with CAS WS 360)
  • CAS IR 360 Making Sense of the World: The Conceptual Foundations of International Relations (meets with CAS PO 383)
  • CAS IR 373 Global Governance and International Organization (meets with CAS PO 384)
  • CAS IR 374 Introduction to Security Studies
  • CAS IR 396 Cultural Heritage & Diplomacy
  • CAS IR 447 Seminar: Global Sociology (meets with CAS SO 447)
  • CAS PO 382 International Conflicts and Cooperation
  • CAS SO 206 Introduction to the Sociology of Globalization
  • CAS SO 438 Seminar on International Migration
  • CAS SO 439 Seminar: State Building and Failure in the Developing World
Advanced Courses
  • CAS IR 505 Arms Control and Proliferation of Weapons
  • CAS IR 507 Islam and Politics
  • CAS IR 518 Gender and War (meets with CAS PO 583 & CAS WS 345)
  • CAS IR 523 Global Justice (meets with CAS PO 526)
  • CAS IR 531 Intercultural Communication
  • CAS IR 535 Diplomacy and Statecraft
  • CAS IR 539 State-Formation and Nation-Building in Southeastern Europe: From Byzantium to Brussels
  • CAS IR 544 Comparative Political Systems and Foreign Policies
  • CAS IR 545 Central/East European Diplomatic History, 1814–1918
  • CAS IR 546 Power and Legitimacy: Ideology as a Political Tool
  • CAS IR 547 The Intellectuals and the Powers
  • CAS IR 548 United Nations Peacekeeping
  • CAS IR 553 Masterworks of International Affairs
  • CAS IR 559 Reckoning with the Past: Reparations and Justice in Comparative Perspective (meets with CAS AA 559 and PO 585)
  • CAS IR 560 The Politics of Religion, Ethnicity, and Nationalism in International Relations (meets with CAS RN 560)
  • CAS IR 561 The Multiple Modernities of Religion and International Relations (meets with CAS RN 561)
  • CAS IR 563 Public Religion and Politics Across Cultures
  • CAS IR 573 Introduction to Public International Law
  • CAS IR 574 Ethics and International Relations (meets with CAS PO 587)
  • CAS IR 594 Global Environmental Negotiation and Policy (meets with CAS GE 594)
  • CAS IR 599 Science, Politics, and Climate Change (meets with CAS GE 599)
  • CAS PO 542 Immigration: Politics and Policy
  • CAS PO 577 Negotiation in World Affairs
  • CAS PO 581 National Development and International Politics
  • CAS PO 588 Negotiation in World Affairs
  • CAS SO 534 Global Sociology

Regional Politics and Cultural Anthropology Track

  • CAS AN 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • CAS AN 252 Ethnicity and Identity
  • CAS AN 260 Men and Women: Cultural Expectations and Gender Experiences
  • CAS AN 285 Coping with Crisis in Contemporary Africa
  • CAS AN 305 Comparative Family Systems in Asia
  • CAS AN 307 Turkey and Middle East in Comparative Perspective
  • CAS AN 312 Peoples and Cultures of Africa
  • CAS AN 314 Cultures of Latin America
  • CAS AN 317 Power and Society in the Middle East
  • CAS AN 318 Southeast Asia: Tradition and Development
  • CAS AN 319 Anthropology of Muslim Cultures and Politics
  • CAS AN 320 Women in the Muslim World
  • CAS AN 344 Modern Japanese Society: Family, School, and Workplace
  • CAS AN 347 Afghanistan
  • CAS AN 348 Anthropology of Globalization
  • CAS AN 355 Religious Fundamentalism in Anthropological Perspective
  • CAS AN 362 Culture and Environment
  • CAS AN 371 Political Anthropology of the Modern World
  • CAS AN 375 Culture, Society, and Religion in South Asia (meets with CAS RN 375)
  • CAS AN 379 China: Tradition and Transition
  • CAS AN 384 Anthropological Study of Religion
  • CAS GE 331 Political Geography
  • CAS GE 381 Geography of Asia
  • CAS HI 219 Jews in the Modern World
  • CAS HI 234 Introduction to India and South Asia
  • CAS HI 237 Reconstructing the African Past
  • CAS HI 274 Issues in Modern Russian and Soviet History, 1861–1956
  • CAS HI 275 History of the Jews in Russia and Eastern Europe
  • CAS HI 317 Nineteenth-Century European Thought and Culture
  • CAS HI 349 History of Religion in Precolonial Africa (meets with CAS AA 382 and RN 382)
  • CAS HI 358 Twentieth-Century European Thought and Culture
  • CAS HI 383 Modern History and Geopolitics of the Caucasus
  • CAS HI 387 Introduction to the Middle East
  • CAS HI 389 Americans and the Middle East
  • CAS HI 397 Modern Latin America
  • CAS HI 398 Protest, Revolution, and Human Rights in Latin America
  • CAS HI 430 Comparative European Fascism
  • CAS HI 482 Merchants, Pirates, Missionaries, and the State in Maritime Asia, 600–2000
  • CAS HI 487 Continuity and Change in Late Imperial and Modern China
  • CAS ID 116 Africa Today: The Beat of Popular Culture
  • CAS IR 242 Globalization and World Poverty (meets with CAS SO 242)
  • CAS IR 251 Introduction to Comparative Politics (CAS PO 151)
  • CAS IR 275 The Pacific Challenge (meets with CAS PO 350)
  • CAS IR 302 Campaigns and Elections Around the World (meets with CAS PO 302)
  • CAS IR 328 Turko–Persia in the Twentieth Century (meets with CAS HI 382)
  • CAS IR 340 Comparative Public Policy (meets with CAS PO 324)
  • CAS IR 341 Central Europe (meets with CAS HI 335)
  • CAS IR 351 Africa in International Politics (meets with CAS PO 377)
  • CAS IR 362 European Politics (meets with PO 341)
  • CAS IR 363 Soviet Politics 1917–1991 (meets with CAS PO 382)
  • CAS IR 367 Introduction to Latin American Politics and International Relations (meets with CAS PO 360)
  • CAS IR 369 Southeast Asia in World Politics (meets with CAS PO 354)
  • CAS IR 372 International Relations of South Asia (meets with CAS PO 355)
  • CAS IR 382 Understanding the Middle East (meets with CAS GE 382)
  • CAS IR 383 Understanding Modern North Africa
  • CAS IR 397 History of Modern Iran, 1900–Present (meets with CAS HI 381)
  • CAS IR 410 Latin America Today: An Interdisciplinary Approach
  • CAS IR 425 Seminar: Women and Social Change in the Developing World (meets with CAS SO 420)
  • CAS IR 452 Topics in European Politics and Culture
  • CAS PO 308 The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
  • CAS RN 345 Islamic Law
  • CAS RN 435 Women, Gender, and Islam
  • CAS SO 328 Contemporary South Asian Societies
  • CAS SO 438 Seminar on International Migration
Advanced Courses
  • CAS AN 505 Asian Development: The Case of Women
  • CAS AN 524 Seminar: Language and Culture Contacts in Contemporary Africa
  • CAS AN 525 Ritual and Political Identity
  • CAS AN 538 Human Ecology of Modern Africa
  • CAS AN 547 Topics in Muslim Societies and Islamic Civilizations
  • CAS AN 573 The Ethnography Of China and Taiwan
  • CAS AN 585 Seminar: Advanced Readings in African Ethnography
  • CAS HI 582 Social Movements in Twentieth-Century Latin America
  • CAS HI 587 US-Mexican Borders
  • CAS HI 588 Women, Power, and Culture in Africa (meets with CAS AA 588)
  • CAS HI 596 Muslim Societies: An Interdisciplinary History (meets with CAS AH 539, CAS AN 548, and CAS RN 563)
  • CAS IR 502 Latin American Political Parties (meets with CAS PO 561)
  • CAS IR 504 Seminar: The Persian Gulf/Arabian Peninsula (meets with CAS PO 577)
  • CAS IR 507 Islam & Politics
  • CAS IR 509 Islam in Middle East Politics (meets with CAS PO 556)
  • CAS IR 511 The Middle East Today
  • CAS IR 513 Bureaucracy and Governance: A Comparative Inquiry (meets with CAS PO 525)
  • CAS IR 518 Gender and War (meets with CAS PO 583 and WS 345)
  • CAS IR 520 The State and Public Purpose in Asia
  • CAS IR 531 Intercultural Communication
  • CAS IR 538 France, Europe, and the World: The History of French Foreign Relations in Modern Times (meets with CAS HI 538)
  • CAS IR 543 The Changing Face of Eastern Europe (meets with CAS PO 583)
  • CAS IR 550 European Integration (meets with CAS PO 535)
  • CAS IR 551 Social Europe: Identity, Citizenship, and the Welfare State (meets with CAS PO 536)
  • CAS IR 560 The Politics of Religion, Ethnicity, and Nationalism in International Relations (meets with CAS RN 560)
  • CAS IR 561 Religion and International Relations (meets with CAS PO 589 and CAS RN 561)
  • CAS IR 563 Public Religion and Politics Across Cultures
  • CAS IR 566 Democracy in Latin America and its Challenges (meets with CAS PO 567)
  • CAS IR 567 Latin American Politics (meets with CAS PO 564)
  • CAS IR 569 Politics and Society in North Africa and the Middle East (meets with CAS PO 570)
  • CAS IR 570 Politics and Social Change in Postwar Japan (meets with CAS PO 551)
  • CAS IR 571 Central America and US Policy
  • CAS IR 582 Taiwan: Politics and Transformation (meets with CAS PO 563)
  • CAS IR 586 Islam in South Asian Politics
  • CAS PO 541 Seminar on European Politics
  • CAS PO 572 Political Systems of Southern Africa
  • CAS PO 581 National Development and International Politics

Regional Tracks

Africa and the Middle East Track

  • CAS AN 285 Coping with Crisis in Contemporary Africa
  • CAS AN 307 Turkey and Middle East in Comparative Perspective
  • CAS AN 312 Peoples and Cultures of Africa
  • CAS AN 317 Power and Society in the Middle East
  • CAS AN 319 Anthropology of Muslim Cultures and Politics
  • CAS AN 320 Women in the Muslim World
  • CAS AN 347 Afghanistan
  • CAS AN 355 Religious Fundamentalism in Anthropological Perspective
  • CAS AN 375 Culture, Society, and Religion in South Asia
  • CAS GE 356 Geography of Third-World Development
  • CAS HI 219 Jews in the Modern World
  • CAS HI 234 Introduction to India and South Asia
  • CAS HI 237 Reconstructing the African Past
  • CAS HI 348 Colonialism in Africa: Impact and Aftermath
  • CAS HI 349 History of Religion in Precolonial Africa (meets with CAS AA 382 and RN 382)
  • CAS HI 351 Environmental History of Africa (meets with CAS GE 394)
  • CAS HI 379 Modern Armenian History and Literature
  • CAS HI 387 Introduction to the Middle East
  • CAS HI 389 Americans and the Middle East
  • CAS HI 392 The History of Israel: An Introduction
  • CAS HI 484 Revolutionary Change in North Africa and the Middle East
  • CAS HI 485 Selected Problems in the Modern Middle East
  • CAS HI 486 Islamic History
  • CAS ID 116 Africa Today: The Beat of Popular Culture
  • CAS IR 242 Globalization and World Poverty (meets with CAS SO 242)
  • CAS IR 325 The Great Powers and the Eastern Mediterranean (meets with CAS HI 344)
  • CAS IR 328 Turko-Persia in the Twentieth Century (meets with CAS HI 398)
  • CAS IR 329 History of Iran Before 1900
  • CAS IR 351 Africa in International Politics (meets with CAS PO 377)
  • CAS IR 352 International Human Rights: Applying Human Rights in Africa (meets with CAS PO 355)
  • CAS IR 381 US-Pakistan Relations
  • CAS IR 382 Understanding the Middle East (meets with CAS GE 382)
  • CAS IR 383 Understanding Modern North Africa
  • CAS IR 394 Power, Leadership, and Governance in Africa and the Caribbean (meets with CAS AA 395 and CAS HI 352)
  • CAS IR 397 History of Modern Iran: 1900–Present
  • CAS IR 425 Seminar: Women and Social Change in the Developing World (meets with CAS SO 420)
  • CAS IR 430 Africa and Globalization: Opportunities and Obstacles
  • CAS RN 214 Islam
  • CAS RN 316 Modern Islam
  • CAS RN 331 Zionism and the State of Israel
  • CAS RN 345 Islamic Law
  • CAS RN 435 Women, Gender, and Islam
Advanced Courses
  • CAS AN 524 Seminar: Language and Culture Contacts in Contemporary Africa
  • CAS AN 525 Ritual and Political Identity
  • CAS AN 538 Human Ecology of Modern Africa
  • CAS AN 547 Topics in Muslim Societies and Islamic Civilizations
  • CAS AN 585 Seminar: Advanced Readings in African Ethnography
  • CAS EC 582 Health Economics II
  • CAS HI 552 Topics in Jewish History
  • CAS HI 588 Women, Power, and Culture in Africa (meets with CAS AA 588)
  • CAS HI 592 The Birth of a State: Israel 1945-1955
  • CAS HI 593 Youth on the Agenda: Roles and Images of Young People in the Jewish Nation
  • CAS HI 594 The Armenian Genocide
  • CAS HI 595 Morocco: History on the Cusp of Three Continents
  • CAS HI 596 Muslim Societies: An Interdisciplinary History (meets with CAS AH 539, AN 548, and RN 563)
  • CAS IR 503 The US in the Middle East (meets with CAS PO 503)
  • CAS IR 504 Seminar: The Persian Gulf/Arabian Peninsula
  • CAS IR 507 Islam & Politics
  • CAS IR 508 Islamic Political Movements and US Policy
  • CAS IR 509 Islam in Middle East Politics (meets with CAS PO 556)
  • CAS IR 511 Middle East Today
  • CAS IR 534 Government and Politics of Contemporary Africa (meets with CAS PO 571)
  • CAS IR 569 Politics and Society in North Africa and the Middle East (meets with CAS PO 570)
  • CAS IR 586 Islam in South Asian Politics
  • CAS IR 587 Political Economy of the Middle East
  • CAS IR 591 The Making of the Modern Middle East, 1798–1922 (meets with CAS HI 591)
  • CAS PO 572 Political Systems of Southern Africa

Asia Track

  • CAS AN 305 Comparative Family Systems in Asia
  • CAS AN 318 Southeast Asia: Tradition and Development
  • CAS AN 344 Modern Japanese Society: Family, School, and Workplace
  • CAS AN 347 Afghanistan
  • CAS AN 375 Culture, Society, and Religion in South Asia
  • CAS AN 379 China: Tradition and Transition
  • CAS EC 370 The Chinese Economy
  • CAS GE 381 Geography of Asia
  • CAS HI 234 Introduction to India and South Asia
  • CAS HI 364 Introduction to Modern Chinese History
  • CAS HI 369 Introduction to Modern Japanese History
  • CAS HI 482 Merchants, Pirates, Missionaries, and the State in Maritime Asia, 600–2000
  • CAS HI 487 Continuity and Change in Late Imperial and Modern China
  • CAS HI 488 Interwar Japan and the Pacific War
  • CAS IR 275 The Pacific Challenge (meets with CAS PO 350)
  • CAS IR 365 Rise of China (meets with CAS PO 352)
  • CAS IR 366 Political Economy of East Asia (meets with CAS PO 353)
  • CAS IR 368 Contemporary East Asian Economics (meets with CAS EC 368)
  • CAS IR 369 Southeast Asia in World Politics (meets with CAS PO 354)
  • CAS IR 370 China: From Revolution to Reform (meets with CAS PO 351)
  • CAS IR 372 International Relations of South Asia (meets with CAS PO 355)
  • CAS IR 381 US-Pakistan Relations
  • CAS SO 328 Contemporary South Asian Societies
Advanced Courses
  • CAS AN 505 Asian Development: The Case of Women
  • CAS AN 573 The Ethnography of China and Taiwan
  • CAS IR 501 Conflict & Cooperation in Asia (meets with CAS PO 554)
  • CAS IR 506 India: An Emerging World Power
  • CAS IR 507 Islam & Politics
  • CAS IR 508 Islamic Political Movements and US Policy
  • CAS IR 520 The State and Public Purpose in Asia (meets with CAS PO 550)
  • CAS IR 527 Political Economy of China (meets with CAS PO 548)
  • CAS IR 570 Politics and Social Change in Postwar Japan (meets with CAS PO 551)
  • CAS IR 577 Foreign Policy of the People’s Republic of China (meets with CAS PO 576)
  • CAS IR 579 Japan in International Politics (meets with CAS PO 552)
  • CAS IR 582 Taiwan: Politics and Transformation (meets with CAS PO 563)
  • CAS IR 585 Problems and Issues in Post-Mao China (meets with CAS PO 549)
  • CAS IR 586 Islam in South Asian Politics

Europe Track

  • CAS EC 346 European Capital Markets
  • CAS EC 396 Soviet and Post-Soviet Economics
  • CAS HI 216 The Second Sex in European History
  • CAS HI 217 History of Europe, 1815–1914
  • CAS HI 218 History of Contemporary Europe, 1900 to the Present
  • CAS HI 219 Jews in the Modern World
  • CAS HI 247 The Making of Modern England
  • CAS HI 248 Twentieth Century Britain
  • CAS HI 254 History of Ireland
  • CAS HI 270 Germany, 1914 to the Present
  • CAS HI 272 History of Russia, 1689–1917
  • CAS HI 273 History of the Soviet Union and Post-Communist Russia, 1917 to the Present
  • CAS HI 274 Issues in Modern Russian and Soviet History, 1861–1956
  • CAS HI 275 History of the Jews in Russia and Eastern Europe
  • CAS HI 284 History of War
  • CAS HI 317 Nineteenth-Century European Thought and Culture
  • CAS HI 336 History of World Wars, 1914–1945
  • CAS HI 358 Twentieth-Century European Thought and Culture
  • CAS HI 379 Modern Armenian History and Literature
  • CAS HI 383 Modern History and Geopolitics of the Caucasus
  • CAS HI 423 History of the European Union, 1945 to the Present
  • CAS HI 424 European Socialism, 1789–1989
  • CAS HI 430 Comparative European Fascism
  • CAS HI 446 The Russian Revolution
  • CAS IR 250 Europe and International Relations (meets with CAS PO 342)
  • CAS IR 325 The Great Powers and the Eastern Mediterranean (meets with CAS HI 229)
  • CAS IR 341 Central Europe (meets with CAS HI 278)
  • CAS IR 359 British Political Institutions (meets with CAS PO 221)
  • CAS IR 362 European Politics (meets with CAS PO 341)
  • CAS IR 363 Soviet Politics 1917–1991 (meets with CAS PO 370)
  • CAS IR 364 The Politics of Post-Communist Russia (meets with CAS PO 371)
  • CAS IR 375 Introduction to Russian and Post-Soviet Foreign Relations (meets with CAS PO 372)
  • CAS IR 420 International Relations of the New Europe (meets with CAS PO 420)
  • CAS IR 436 The Great War and the Fragile Peace (meets with CAS HI 436)
  • CAS IR 452 Topics in European Politics and Culture (meets with CAS PO 539)
  • CAS IR 465 The United States and the Cold War (meets with CAS HI 465)
  • CAS RN 384 The Holocaust
  • CAS SO 246 Sociology of Market Transitions
  • CAS SO 324 Soviet and Post-Soviet Society
Advanced Courses
  • CAS HI 537 World War II: Causes, Course, Consequences
  • CAS HI 592 The Birth of a State: Israel 1945–1955
  • CAS HI 594 The Armenian Genocide
  • CAS IR 514 Empire & Power: British Foreign Policy, 1782–Present
  • CAS IR 536 European Environmental Policy (meets with CAS GE 536)
  • CAS IR 537 The British Political System (meets with CAS PO 537)
  • CAS IR 538 France, Europe, and the World: The History of French Foreign Relations in Modern Times
  • CAS IR 539 State Formation and Nation-Building in Southeastern Europe: From Byzantium to Brussels
  • CAS IR 541 Russia’s International Policies I
  • CAS IR 542 The Reemergence of Russia
  • CAS IR 543 The Changing Face of Eastern Europe
  • CAS IR 544 Comparative Political Systems and Foreign Policies
  • CAS IR 545 Central/East European Diplomatic History, 1814–1918
  • CAS IR 546 Power and Legitimacy: Ideology as a Political Tool
  • CAS IR 547 The Intellectuals and the Powers
  • CAS IR 549 Politics and International Relations of the Federal Republic of Germany (meets with CAS PO 545)
  • CAS IR 550 West European Integration (meets with CAS PO 535)
  • CAS IR 551 Social Europe: Identity, Citizenship, and the Welfare State (meets with CAS PO 536)
  • CAS IR 552 Nordic Europe (meets with CAS PO 544)
  • CAS IR 558 Turkey and the European Union: The History and Contemporary Aspects of Turkey’s European Path (meets with CAS PO 540)
  • CAS IR 560 The Politics of Religion, Ethnicity, and Nationalism in International Relations (meets with CAS RN 560)
  • CAS IR 589 North Atlantic/European Security Issues (meets with CAS PO 582)
  • CAS PO 541 Seminar on European Politics
  • CAS PO 555 Nationalism in Post-Soviet Eurasia

Latin America Track

  • CAS AN 314 Cultures of Latin America
  • CAS EC 369 Economic Development of Latin America
  • CAS GE 356 Geography of Third-World Development
  • CAS HI 350 Atlantic History (meets with CAS AA 385)
  • CAS HI 397 Modern Latin America
  • CAS HI 398 Protest, Revolution, and Human Rights in Latin America
  • CAS IR 242 Globalization and World Poverty (meets with CAS SO 242)
  • CAS IR 367 Introduction to Latin American Politics and International Relations (meets with CAS PO 360)
  • CAS IR 394 Power, Leadership, and Governance in Africa and the Caribbean (meets with CAS AA 395 and CAS HI 352)
  • CAS IR 395 North-South Relations (meets with CAS PO 328)
  • CAS IR 410 Latin America Today: An Interdisciplinary Approach
  • CAS IR 411 Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Latin America (meets with CAS PO 566)
  • CAS IR 425 Seminar: Women and Social Change in the Developing World (meets with CAS SO 420)
Advanced Courses
  • CAS HI 489 The African Diaspora in the Americas (meets with CAS AA 489)
  • CAS HI 582 Social Movements in Twentieth Century Latin America
  • CAS HI 584 Comparative Slavery (meets with CAS AA 514)
  • CAS HI 587 US-Mexican Borders
  • CAS IR 502 Latin American Political Parties (meets with CAS PO 561)
  • CAS IR 529 Cuba in Transition
  • CAS IR 566 Democracy in Latin America and its Challenges
  • CAS IR 567 Latin American Politics (meets with CAS PO 564)
  • CAS IR 568 US-Latin American Relations (meets with CAS PO 565)
  • CAS IR 571 Central America and US Policy
  • CAS IR 572 The Latin American Military (meets with CAS PO 597)
  • CAS IR 575 Political Economy of Mexico and NAFTA (meets with CAS PO 563)
  • CAS IR 590 Political Economy of Latin America (meets with CAS PO 562)
  • CAS IR 597 Sustainable Development in Latin America (meets with CAS GE 597)