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 OR CAS IR 399 Fundamentals of Global Money OR CAS EC 392 International Macroeconomics OR QST IM 345 Global Business Environment (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.

Functional Track Options Include:

  1. Environment and Development
  2. Foreign Policy and Security Studies
  3. International Economics, Business, and Politics
  4. International Systems and World Order
  5. Regional Politics and Cultural Anthropology

Regional Track Options Include:

  1. Africa and the Middle East
  2. Asia
  3. Europe
  4. Latin America