International Relations

Designed to coordinate with the extensive off-campus study programs available at HWS, the International Relations program offers students the rigor and flexibility to turn their fascination with world affairs into invaluable training for post-graduate careers.


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Major: International Relations
Minors: Africana Studies and Economics

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International Relations News

Shiever ’21 and Tusin ’21 Selected for Technos International Prize

Mon, 03 May 2021

Shiever and TusinThe annual award recognizes academic achievement and commitment to international understanding. Carly Shiever ’21 and Adam Tusin ’21 are the recipients of the 2021 Technos International Prize, awarded by Technos…

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden Named HWS Commencement Speaker and Blackwell Recipient

Wed, 03 Feb 2021

Carla HaydenCarla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress and the first woman and the first African American to hold the position, will be the 2021 Commencement speaker, and receive an honorary…

Taylor ’19, MAT ’21 Earns Fulbright (Again)

Wed, 05 May 2021

Taylor Brandi KColton-0071Brandi Taylor ’19, MAT ’21 is the recipient of a 2021 U.S. Student Fulbright Award to Kenya, following a 2020 award cut short due to COVID-19. With the support of…

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Introduction to International Relations
As a broad introduction to the study of international relations (IR), this course is designed to give students an understanding of the basic concepts of world politics, an appreciation of the evolution of the current state system, and a sampling of various approaches and theories of IR. Readings come from primary documents, as well as a standard text. The course is grounded in an awareness of current events. Students examine how the lens used to view the world shapes understanding of the world, its problems, and possible solutions.