International Relations B.A. & B.S.

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International Relations Degree

International relations is an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree that ensures an excellent grounding in political, economic, and historical fundamentals, while also providing substantial flexibility for students to pursue study of the global issues or world regions they find most interesting. International Relations provides outstanding preparation for work in the diplomatic service, multinational corporations, intelligence organizations, international organizations, think tanks, public health agencies, or international media organizations.

Students may earn either a B.A. or a B.S. degree in political science. Students will work with their departmental advisor to select the program best suited to their academic and professional goals.

Degree Requirements & Tracks

Students who declared the international relations major prior to summer 2018 are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding degree requirements. 

International Relations B.A. and B.S. Requirements & Tracks



Additional Requirements

  • The department will review coursework taken from other colleges or universities for credit toward the political science major. However, students must complete at least 18 s.h. or course for their major from the University of Iowa.
  • Majors must maintain at least a 2.0 major and UI major grade-point average.
  • All coursework for the major must be taken on a graded basis; courses taken on a P/N or S/F basis will not count toward the major.
  • Students may apply up to 12 s.h. of coursework from another major, minor, or certificate to the international relations major.