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.


Important information for IR Grads about the 2015 Diploma Ceremony
Information about cap and gown, tickets, IR diploma ceremony location, seating, photographs, post-Brown survey...

International Relations Honors Students Present Thesis Work at IR Program Honors Conference
The International Relations Honors Program students presented their original scholarship this past Wednesday in Joukowsky Forum. The program was divided into three moderated panels: Movements, Media, and Music; Understanding Migration and Human Rights in a Global Society; and Restraining or Reclaiming Sovereignty: Do International Institutions Matter?. Attendees filled Joukowsky Forum and approximately 150 viewers tuned in to see the live webcast on the Watson Institute website. 

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.