International Relations

Our students blend theory and professional preparation.

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At Simmons, we engage our students politically

Through opportunities like the Warburg Program — where you learn from former U.S. Ambassadors and other leaders in business and public service — and internships in local and national government, our students blend theory and professional preparation.

Our events are leadership focused, attracting visionaries like Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Gloria Steinem. By studying international relations, you'll find your political voice through panel discussions, local politics and student council.

Core Courses (six total):

ECON 214 Gender, Globalization, and Development 4
HIST 101 World History II 4
HIST 128 Modern European History 1789-1989 4
INRL 390 Senior Seminar 4
POLS 102 Introduction to International Politics 4
 
POLS 220 International Organization and Law 4
OR
POLS 223 Human Rights: The Basic Dilemmas 4

One of the following:

ECON 218 International Trade 4
ECON 220 International Monetary Systems 4

Students are strongly encouraged to take the following courses in the first or second year:

ECON 100 Principles of Microeconomics 4
ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics 4
HIST 101 World History II 4
HIST 128 Modern European History 1789-1989 4
POLS 102 Introduction to International Politics 4

Faculty members of the International Relations Steering Committee are available for advising and supervising independent studies and honors theses.

Three courses in one of the following areas: Global and Human Security, Political Economy and Development, Transnational Issues of Culture and Identity, or Geographical Area Studies. Students may substitute courses from other colleges and study-abroad programs with special permission. This list is not inclusive and new curricular offerings may be added.

Elective Areas:

Global and Human Security

HIST 203 Power & Culture: East Asia 4
HIST 205 Global Environmental History 4
HIST 237 Holocaust 4
HIST 251 World Historical Perspectives on 9/11 4
HON 303 Hiv/Aids Intersections of Science and Society 4
NUTR 150 International Nutrition Issues 4
POLS 223 Human Rights: The Basic Dilemmas 4
POLS 224 Human Security: Translationals Issues in a Global World 4
POLS 229 Comparative Foreign Policy 4
POLS 249 US Foreign Policy:1945-Pres. 4

Political Economy and Development

ECON 124 BRICS and the Global Economy 4
ECON 216 Economic Development 4
ECON 222 Comparative Economies of East Asia 4
NUTR 150 International Nutrition Issues 4
POLS 104 Introduction to Comparative Politics 4
POLS 225 International Politics of East Asia 4
POLS 242 Colonial & Postcolonial Politics of Africa 4
POLS 245M Politics of Newly Industrialized Countries 4
SOCI 245 Global Health 4

Transnational Issues of Culture and Identity

FREN 266 The Quest for Identity: The Self and The Other in the French Literary Tradition 4
FREN 316 Outside France 4
HIST 231 Understanding Islam & Historical Perspectives 4
HIST 251 World Historical Perspectives on 9/11 4
HIST 361 Topics in World History 4
HIST 364 Rape of Nanjing 4
HON 201 Conflict & Identity in Sudan 4
HON 203 Islam and the West 4
HON 204 Dialogues Culturels: France & the Francophone World 4
INRL 202 Special Topics in International Relations 4
POLS 202 Special Topics in Political Science 4
POLS 240 Islam and the West 4
POLS 247 Politics of Religious Fundamentalism 4
SOCI 267 Globalization 4
SOCI 270 South Asia, People & Power 4
SOCI 300 Special Topics: Race Theory 4
SPAN 314 Hispanic Culture As Seen Through Film 4
SPAN 380 Migrant in the City: Fieldwork Seminar On Puerto Rican Culture 4

INRL 202, POLS 202: Depending on the topic, these courses may count in another particular area

Geographic Area Studies

A student may choose to concentrate their electives in one geographic area, selecting three courses from one of the following lists. If a student wishes to concentrate their electives in an area not represented, or if they wish to count courses taken abroad or at another university in the relevant area, they must obtain permission from the Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations.

Africa

FREN 316 Outside France 4
HON 201 Conflict & Identity in Sudan 4
POLS 242 Colonial & Postcolonial Politics of Africa 4

Asia

ECON 222 Comparative Economies of East Asia 4
HIST 201 Dynamics Japanese History 4
HIST 202 Asia to the Eighteenth Century 4
HIST 203 Power & Culture: East Asia 4
HIST 204 Japanese Culture: Gender, Family and Society 4
HIST 206 Rise of Modern China 4
HIST 207 Gender, Family and Society in Modern China 4
HIST 362 Reform and Revolutions in Asia 4
HIST 364 Rape of Nanjing 4
POLS 225 International Politics of East Asia 4
POLS 245M Politics of Newly Industrialized Countries 4
SOCI 270 South Asia, People & Power 4

Europe

FREN 266 The Quest for Identity: The Self and The Other in the French Literary Tradition 4
FREN 310 Inside France: Studies in French Culture 4
HIST 230 Women and Gender in Europe 4
HIST 237 Holocaust 4
HON 301 Disability and Society 4
POLS 233 Feminism and Capitalism 4
POLS 240 Islam and the West 4
SPAN 253M Social & Political Issues in Modern Spain STC 4
SPAN 264 Pushing the Limits: the Quest for Freedom in Contemporary Hispanic Theater 4
SPAN 310 Making of Spain: Studies in Spanish Culture 4
SPAN 314 Hispanic Culture As Seen Through Film 4

Latin America

HIST 218 Topics in Latin American History 4
POLS 250 Democratization in Latin America 4
SPAN 266 The Quest for Independence and Search for Identity in Latin American Literature 4
SPAN 395 Seminar: Special Topics in Spanish 4
SPAN 312 Introduction to Latin American Culture and Civilization 4
SPAN 332 Contemporary Fiction in Latin America 4

Middle East

HIST 231 Understanding Islam & Historical Perspectives 4
HON 203 Islam and the West 4
POLS 243 Politics of the Middle East and North Africa 4

Prerequisites: For ECON/WGST 214: ECON 100 and ECON 101 or by consent. For ECON 216, ECON 218, ECON 220, and ECON 222: ECON 100 and ECON 101. For POLS 220: POLS 102.

A minor consists of the following five courses:

POLS 102 Introduction to International Politics 4
ECON 214 Gender, Globalization, and Development 4
 
ECON 218 International Trade 4
OR
ECON 220 International Monetary Systems 4
 
HIST 101 World History II 4
OR
HIST 128 Modern European History 1789-1989 4

and one elective, to be chosen from any other core course or area elective

Your advisor will help you tailor a program of study that fits your interests and career goals -- which may include a dual major, accelerated program, or complimentary minor. Majors and minors that compliment international relations include political scienceeconomicshistorysociologymanagement and communications.

Internships are a key component of the international relations program. In Boston there are a myriad of opportunities to build your skills with organizations in the city and beyond. Many of our students take advantage of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Intern Fellowship Program, whose mission is to move women into the political sphere.

So you know that Simmons is a great place to be, you've learned about our programs, maybe even come for a visit...now you're ready to apply! Let's get started.

Our Faculty

Denise Horn

Denise M. Horn

  • Interim Associate Dean and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations and Department of Women's and Gender Studies
Ben Cole

Benjamin Cole

  • Social Sciences Division Director and Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations