International Relations

Major department advisors answered a few questions to assist you with your first-semester class selection. 

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major? Feature: IR requires an undergraduate thesis and core courses are geared to preparing students to write it in the culminating class (IR 550).
When should I first meet with my major department? As soon as possible.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? Students are allowed to pick their major advisor. The most reliable way for students to reach advisors is by coming to their drop-in office hours, which are posted in the department office (HUM 282).
Where can I find information about major advising? http://internationalrelations.sfsu.edu/content/advising-0
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? No, but freshmen are urged to register for foreign language courses in their lower-division work.
What should I do if my major core and/or prequisite courses are full? No, but freshmen are urged to register for foreign language courses in their lower division work.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major?

Students should see a major advisor during the first two weeks of the semester. This is especially important for students who plan to study abroad.

Department advising holds are placed on fall and spring registration for all majors with 30+ units earned. The hold is placed midway through the preceding semester. Students can clear the hold by going to a major advisor’s drop-in office hours, discussing their future courses, and obtaining the advisor’s signature on the department’s mandatory advising form. After that, students drop off the form in the department office (HUM 282). The AOC will then remove the hold.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major? IR 308: Fundamentals of International Relations Theories, Issues, and Perspectives. IR 310: U.S. Foreign Policy.
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? IR 104, a required lower division core course, serves as a prerequisite for IR 308. ENG 214 (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for all of the department’s upper division core classes (IR 308, 310, 309GW, and 312). IR 308 is a prerequisite for IR 309GW and IR 308, 309GW, 310 and 312 are prerequisites for IR 550.
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? Department advising holds are placed on fall and spring registration for all majors with 30+ units earned. The hold is placed midway through the preceding semester. Students can clear the hold by going to a major advisor’s drop-in office hours, discussing their future courses, and obtaining the advisor’s signature on the department’s mandatory advising form. After that, students drop off the form in the department office (HUM 282). The AOC will then remove the hold.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?

Yes.

Global Studies (AA-T) [Click here for ADT Roadmap]

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major? IR 104: Introduction to World Affairs is the only lower-division course for the major. It counts for D1: Social Sciences and three SF State Studies requirements: Environmental Sustainability, Global Perspectives, and Social Justice.
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

Not applicable.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?
 
Not applicable.

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