International Relations Program

The International Relations (IR) concentration is an undergraduate cross-disciplinary concentration that draws on courses from a variety of departments to offer a rigorous international and comparative perspective on the contemporary global system. Its mission is to  foster creative thinking about complex global problems and to equip students with the analytic tools, language expertise, and cross-cultural understanding to guide them in that process. The concentration draws on over 25 departments and programs including political science, history, economics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, religious studies, and environmental studies, as well as area studies. 

The IR concentration emphasizes a solid grounding in the methods of analysis used in the social sciences and humanities to help students think critically about international phenomena. It fosters the exploration of the empirical and the normative domains of the subject. It also requires advanced competency in one foreign language.  Read more.


International Relations Program Honors Conference
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute
International Relations Program Honors Students present important and timely research on pressing global problems. If you are intrigued by prospect of trying your hand at research and writing a thesis, it is never too early to see what the process entails. Topics include: CCT Programs as a "Model" for Social Welfare Design; State Response in International Refugee Law; Student Movements and Political Change; IMF Program Design and Implementation; Online Citizen Activism and Foreign Policy; Debt Default and Institutional Costs; Islamic Immigration, Sex Trafficking, and the Media; The Political Context of Public Arts Programs for Social Change.

Anthony Riccio Prize in International Relations
Deadline: May 1, 2015
Eligibility: IR Senior
To Apply: Apply online via UFUNDs

Awarded in memory of Anthony Brian Riccio, Brown Class of 1996, who lost his life in Moscow on September 20, 1994, to that graduating senior who has demonstrated an unquenchable curiosity about another part of the world, a commitment to the rigorous learning of a foreign language, an intrepid pursuit of study abroad, and a pride in his university and in his country. Applications must include a statement from the student justifying the nomination, a written faculty recommendation from Brown, and any pertinent supporting materials.

 IR-Approved Courses
The list of IR-approved courses for the Fall '15 semester has been posted. 
Note - course lists are subject to change. Check Banner often for the most current information.

Brown in Nicaragua

Ten Brown students spent this year’s spring break in Nicaragua learning how to be foreign correspondents, and will be reporting on their work every day in this blog. This trip is the culmination of a semester-long International Relations course, taught at the Watson Institute, called “International Journalism: Foreign Reporting in Practice.”  The professor is former New York Times foreign correspondent StephenKinzer.  It is the first time Brown has offered such a course.