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.

International Relations

Student Profile: Ellis Linsmith '20

Ellis Linsmith '20

Majors: International Relations and Spanish and Hispanic Studies

“What I value most about the International Relations program is its interdisciplinary structure. The wide range of coursework keeps me engaged and pushes me to solve issues with an intersectional approach. I am broad and inclusive in my class selections while focusing on my specific interests within economics and immigration. The major also taught me how to think critically about current issues and engage thoughtfully in my summer internships.”

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International Relations News

HWS on Climate Action at International Leadership Competition

Mon, 23 Nov 2020

Leadership Conference Team KColton-0022This month, four Hobart and William Smith students tackled climate change and sustainable development in the International Leadership Association’s virtual leadership competition. Camila Goclowski ’22, William Koepp ’23, Emma MacShara…

Le ’20 Published in Journal of Genetic Psychology

Tue, 17 Nov 2020

Khanh Le DUKhanh “Kristen” Le ’20 has had her Honors project in psychological science accepted for publication in The Journal of Genetic Psychology, an academic journal dedicated to research and theory in…

Eight Blocker Fellows Conduct Cultural Research on Germany

Tue, 17 Nov 2020

Aerial view of BerlinWith support from the Julius G. Blocker ’53 Endowed Fund, HWS students pursue cultural research in Germany each semester and, upon their return to campus, present their insights and experiences…

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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.