International Relations B.A. & B.S.
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.
Please note: Requirements for the international relations major have changed. Students who entered the University prior to fall 2017 and/or declared the international relations major prior to fall 2017 are held to the pre fall 2017 requirements. Students who entered the University between fall 2017 and summer 2018 and/or declared the international relations major between fall 2017 and summer 2018 are held to the fall 2017-summer 2018 requirements.Those who entered the University fall 2018 and/or declared the international relations major fall 2018 or after, are held to the fall 2018+ 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.