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?
International Relations (IR) is an interdisciplinary major focusing on the changing political, economic, and cultural relations within a globalized system. The program explores how global, regional, and domestic factors influence relations between actors on the world stage. Students are prepared for future careers, civic engagement, and life-long learning with strong analytical, writing, research, and presentation skills steeped in theory, history, and practice. 
Our faculty offers courses in a wide variety of subjects and projects in close consultation with faculty.  Our students get to choose among many areas of specialty/focus that faculty of the IR Department offer. Furthermore, they have the opportunity to publish their original research papers in the Department’s International Relations Journal that is a student-directed journal.
Does your department have a major planning sheet for me as a guide? Yes, we have a downloadable link for our major planning sheet.
When should I first meet with my major department?
During spring, summer, and fall orientations.
Also during the advising weeks.
We devote certain bloc of time to meet with our first year or new majors in our dept.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? Our AOC will notify new students about their adviser.  That selection is made based on alphabetical order of the last name.  That way, each faculty will be assigned a roughly equal numbers of advisees.
Where can I find information about major advising? Our AOC will send that information to the new students/majors at the end of the summer or the beginning of the fall semester.  Furthermore, the chair is available to welcome and touch base with new students/majors.
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? Pre-work evidence will help but it is not necessarily required.
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? Stop by the IR office and fill out a form that indicates that you have successfully fulfilled the major requirements.  At that point, your adviser approves of your completion of the core and electives and the IR Dept. chair will sign it and pass it along to the IR Dept. AOC.  This will be put in the system and will be moved forwarded to the registrar office.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? Just stop by our main office (HUM 280); get to know the AOC and Chair of that department because in the coming weeks, months, and years, you will be contacting them, while also inquiring about your state of progress toward the completion of not only the major but the overall BA degree.  You might as well get to know these people earlier on.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?

IR 104 (if the equivalent has not been completed), IR 310, IR 308 (if equivalent to IR 104 is already completed) and upper division elective courses.

Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major?

You cannot take IR 309 (GWAR) prior to taking IR 308.

Likewise, you cannot take IR 550 prior to taking IR 309.

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? If you don't meet with your adviser and secure her/his signature, there will be a block on your registration that prevents you from proceeding from there.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?

Yes, Prof. Burcu Ellis has worked on ADT roadmap.for implementing both the AP Human Geography and Political Science ADT requests.  Cecilia Hermann has worked closely with Prof. Ellis on that subject.


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

Political Science (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? Yes IR 104 and many electives with the GE Status.  typically, courses in Political Science, Philosophy, History, Sociology, Business, Communications, education, Economics, Ethnic Studies, will be considered complementary studies that count toward IR electives.
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?


Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?
Yes, we accept AP (in both human geography and world history) but not IB.



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