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Minor in International Relations


These requirements apply to all students in the Class of 2021 and later. Students in earlier classes may follow the old requirements. See other pages for information on declaring the minor and for advisers and their office hours.

Students must take at least 6 courses, achieving a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in these courses. At least 4 of these 6 courses must be courses in IR or PSC taken in residence at the University of Rochester. None of the 6 courses may be taken on an S/F basis.

Tools of Political Analysis (2 courses)

Courses used to satisfy Tools of Political Analysis cannot also be used to satisfy requirements for the Core Track, Breadth, or Electives.

  • PSC 107 Introduction to Positive Political Theory
  • PSC 200 Data Analysis I (Open only to students without previous statistics course)
  • PSC 202W Argument in Political Science
  • PSC 205 Data Analysis II (Prerequisite: PSC 200 or other statistics course)
  • PSC 281 Formal Models in Political Science
  • PSC 288 Game Theory

Core Track (3 courses from one track)

Breadth (1 courses)

Select 1 track course that is not in your Core Track.

Additional Guidelines

Introductory courses

No more than 2 introductory courses may be counted toward the minor. In most departments, all 100-level courses are considered introductory. The exceptions are courses offered by the History Department and the Department of Religion and Classics. In History, only the following courses are defined as introductory: HIS 102, HIS 103, HIS 140, HIS 141, HIS 150, HIS 151, HIS 160, and HIS 161. In Religion and Classics, only REL 100-111 are defined as introductory.

Transfer Credit

All transfer courses subject to adviser approval. Transfer courses may not be used to satisfy the requirement in Tools of Political Analysis. No more than 2 transfer courses may be used toward the minor. Internships count as 1 course toward the minor, even if students receive more than 4 credits in the internship toward general degree requirements. PSC/IR 394A (European Political Internship) is not a transfer course; it is treated like a course taught in residence at the University of Rochester.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate

Students will be granted 4 credits in the major if they receive a grade of 4 or 5 on any AP exam in Government, a grade of 5 on any AP exam in History, a grade of 5, 6, or 7 on the Higher Level IB exam in Global Politics, or a grade of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB exam in History. Students who take more than one exam are not eligible for additional credit in the major. This credit is considered Elective, Introductory, and Transfer.

Overlap Policy

Students are reminded that they are subject to the College's "overlap policy" with respect to double majors and a major and minor. The policy applies to all students in the College. No more than 3 courses may overlap between any 2 majors, and no more than 2 courses may overlap between a minor and either a major or another minor. If a cross-listed course (such as PSC/ECO 288) is listed under 2 majors, it counts toward the overlap limit even if it is listed under the Political Science number in one case and a cross-listed number in the other case.