International Relations

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major? The International Relations major focuses on undergraduate research and writing. All core courses prepare students to write an undergraduate thesis as the culmination of their studies.
When should I first meet with my major department? Students are encouraged to reach out to the department as soon as possible.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? Students are assigned an advisor by last name. The most reliable way for students to reach their advisor 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/advisors
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? No, but incoming students are encouraged to keep up with current events by reading world news from reputable sources.
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? Students should reach out to their major advisor to develop a plan.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major?
Students should see their 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 their major advisor’s drop-in office hours, discussing their future courses, and obtaining their advisor’s signature on the department’s mandatory advising form. After that, students drop off the form in the department office (HUM 282). The Academic Office Coordinator 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?
I R 308: Fundamentals of International Relations Theories, Issues, and Perspectives.
 
I R 310: U.S. Foreign Policy.
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major?
I R 104, a required lower-division core course, serves as a prerequisite for I R 308. 
 
I R 308 is a prerequisite for I R 309GW. 
 
I R 308, 309GW, 310 and 312 are prerequisites for I R 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 their major advisor’s drop-in office hours, discussing their future courses, and obtaining their advisor’s signature on the department’s mandatory advising form. After that, students drop off the form in the department office (HUM 282). The Academic Office Coordinator 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?
I R 104: Introduction to World Affairs is the only required 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.
 
Students can also count up to 6 units of lower-division foreign language courses toward their major electives. Freshmen are strongly encouraged to register for foreign language courses as part of their lower-division work.
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

No.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?
 
No.

College of Liberal & Creative Arts Advising Resource Center (ARC)

Services provided for: Undergraduate students pursuing a major, minor or certificate in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts.

Services offered: Academic planning, general education advising, academic probation advising, petition consultation, career prep and planning, major career exploration, graduation check (GE and graduation requirements), study abroad, connecting with communities and discovering campus resources.

Phone: (415) 338-1486
Website: advisinglca.sfsu.edu
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Location: HUM 112