Minor in International Relations

The minor in International Relations, offered by the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences, is available to students enrolled in any of BU’s four-year undergraduate schools and colleges.

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.

Six 4-credit courses are required for a minor in international relations. These include four required principal 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


A grade of C or higher is required in all principal and elective track courses.