To this end, the concentration draws on numerous departments including political science, history, economics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, religious studies, and area studies. The IR concentration is organized around a multidisciplinary core and two sub-themes: security and society, and political economy and society. It has a three-year language requirement that must be linked to the student's selected region of the world. All concentrators are required to undertake a capstone project using research in a second language. Prospective concentrators should visit the IR site for next steps.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Understand global problems of conflict and political economy from multidisciplinary and comparative perspectives
  • Achieve fluency in a second language
  • Gain experience in using social-science research methods and theories
  • Acquire expertise in one region of the world
  • Produce a significant piece of original research
  • Conduct research in at least two languages


  • Political Economy and Society
  • Security and Society

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates
2014 57  57 
2015 75  75 
2016 59  59 
2017 61  61 
2018 62  62 
2019 61 61

Alumni Pathways

IR students have pursued graduate and professional degrees in fields such as anthropology, sociology, political science, international affairs, business, journalism, public policy, and law. Others have applied skills acquired in IR to careers in consulting, marketing, international business and finance, government service, research, advocacy, teaching, and public service. For example, IR alumni work for the World Bank, Human Rights Watch, Freedom House, Barclays Capital, Bank of America, McKinsey and Company, Reuters, NY Times-Beijing, New America Foundation, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, Justice, and the Interior, as well as a host of NGOs. IR concentrators have also received distinguished research fellowships such as the Fulbright, Marshall, and Truman Scholarships.

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Director of Undergraduate Studies/Advisor: Ivan Arreguin-Toft