International Relations (2018 - 2020)
Admission and Eligibility
Admission to the international relations (IR) honors major is by application only. Interested students must submit a formal application by October 15th of their sophomore year (junior year for external transfer students); application forms can be found at the international relations website. The number of students who can be admitted is limited to 25 to 30 per year.
Requirements for application and criteria for admission include: a strong academic record at NYU (GPA of 3.65 or better); completion of International Politics (POL-UA 700); completion of either Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECON-UA 1) or Introduction to Microeconomics (ECON-UA 2), although students who enter CAS in and after fall 2016 may substitute AP or other advanced standing credit in economics; and a solid one-page senior thesis proposal. A briefing session on the IR honors major is held every September; freshmen and sophomores should attend the briefing session to learn more about the application process and requirements.
Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and A Level Credits
Students who enter CAS in or after fall 2016 and have advanced standing credits for macroeconomics and/or microeconomics may count them toward the IR major's requirements of Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECON-UA 1) and Introduction to Microeconomics (ECON-UA 2). However, statistics credit from AP, IB, or A Levels does not satisfy the IR major’s statistics requirement.
Both external and internal transfer students should meet with the IR undergraduate student adviser (in the Department of Politics) to have their records reviewed and to receive a preliminary assessment of their prospects of being admitted to this major. Internal transfers still apply in their sophomore year. External transfers (and only those students) can apply to IR as late as fall of their junior year.
Major: General Information
As this is an honors major, students must maintain both a major and overall GPA of 3.65 or better and complete an honors thesis in their senior year.
All majors must complete a total of fourteen 4-point courses (56 points). They complete four core courses, four courses in the international relations environment, and two courses in a regional specialization. Students must also demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language (two courses past the intermediate level) and complete a full semester (not a summer session) in a study away program. Finally, students must complete the two-course senior honors sequence.
Core Courses for the Major
All international relations majors must take the following four courses:
- Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECON-UA 1), or equivalent advanced standing credit (for students entering CAS in or after fall 2016)
- Introduction to Microeconomics (ECON-UA 2), or equivalent advanced standing credit (for students entering CAS in or after fall 2016)
- International Politics (POL-UA 700); advanced standing credits are not accepted
- Either Quantitative Methods in Political Science (POL-UA 800) or Introduction to Research Methods for Politics (POL-UA 850); advanced standing credits are not accepted
International Relations Environment Requirement
Majors must complete four courses under this heading. See under course offerings.
Regional Specialization Requirement
Majors must complete two courses focusing on a particular world region in a variety of disciplines, including economics, history, politics, sociology, and area studies. These courses are normally taken during the term away. Whether taken at Washington Square or away, both courses must be approved in advance by the program director or the undergraduate advisor for IR. We do not accept courses in art, art history, film, etc. for this requirement.
Foreign Language Requirement
Students satisfy this requirement by completing two courses beyond the intermediate level. It is recommended but not required that the language be related to the regional specialization and/or the study away site. If a student considers himself or herself fluent in a foreign language, he or she can 1) complete the requirement with a third language or 2) take two advanced courses (literature or advanced translation) in the foreign language of the student’s fluency. In either case, the student must take two courses past the intermediate level; we do not waive this requirement for the IR major.
Senior Honors Requirement
The IR major is an honors track with emphasis on quantitative methods and techniques. All majors must complete the requirements for departmental honors by taking the two semester Senior Seminar sequence (INTRL-UA 990, 991) and researching and writing a thesis.
Study Away Requirement
All majors in IR must spend a semester (not a summer session) at an NYU global academic center or at one of the universities with which NYU has an exchange agreement. Permission to study at any other site must be petitioned in advance in the Office of the Associate Dean for Students (Silver Center 909, 212-998-8140), after approval by the IR program. Students may study abroad for an entire year, so long as they can complete the necessary requirements for the major and consult beforehand with the undergraduate advisor for IR. Due to the yearlong senior honors sequence, IR majors cannot study away in their senior year.