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

Herons Named Scholar-Athletes

Tue, 07 Jul 2020

WS Rowing-1047Full SizeSix members of the William Smith College rowing team were recently named Scholar-Athletes by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association. It’s the most Herons honored by the CRCA since six were…

Exploring Views on GMO Produce in Ireland

Tue, 23 Jun 2020

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetAccording to Lindsay Lesniak ’21, who studied farmers’ views on genetically modified potatoes through a Student International Initiative Fund (SIIF) grant during her semester abroad, GMO foods are accepted in…

Mashori ’22 Lands Fellowship with Beyond the Bomb

Fri, 12 Jun 2020

Saima Mashori2International relations major Saima Mashori ’22 is a 2020 Future First Fellow at Beyond the Bomb, a Washington, D.C.-based organization focused on denuclearization through education and policy reform. She is…

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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.