Department of Political Science

Checklist for the IR Major

  • Comparative Politics Core

    Take 2 of the following:

  • International Relations Core

    Take 2 of the following:

  • 5 courses from the IR tracks

    Notes:

    Approved courses taken abroad count toward track requirements (including that of two PSC or IR courses).
    Courses applied to the Comparative Politics or International Relations core requirements cannot count toward the track requirements.

    • 3 courses in one track (at least 2 in PSC or IR)

      Track:

      • PSC/IR
      • PSC/IR
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    • 2 others in any track

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  • 3 more courses that are electives

    Notes:

    Can be any course in PSC/IR, ECO, or HIS.
    AP credit (if you scored a 4 or 5) in American or Comparative Politics or History may count for one of these 3 courses (considered introductory and a transfer).

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  • Two of the above courses must be "W" courses

    Notes:

    The W courses do not have to be PSC or IR courses. PSC 202 counts as a W course. The W courses must be taken in residence at the University of Rochester; except in extraordinary circumstances, transfer courses cannot satisfy this requirement.

  • 12 courses altogether

    Notes:

    Approved courses taken abroad count toward the requirement of 9 PSC or IR courses.
    No more than 4 of the 12 may be transferred from elsewhere (only 3 if transferred from other U.S. colleges).

    • 9 must be PSC or IR courses
    • No more than four may be introductory courses
  • Two (or more) college-level language courses

    (If two introductory courses are taken, they must be in the same language.)

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  • An organized program of study abroad

    • In (country):