Major in International Relations

Degree Program Hours


Lower Division Preparation

Students may begin taking courses in the Department at any time and may declare their intention to major in International Relations after completing 24 semester hours of the University core curriculum requirements. To qualify for admission to the program, FIU students must have met all lower division requirements including CLAS, 60 semester hours, and a minimum 2.0 grade point average.

Common Prerequisite Courses and Equivalencies

FIU Course(s): None

Equivalent Course(s): None

Courses which form part of the statewide articulation between the State University System and the Community College System will fulfill the Lower Division Common Prerequisites.

For generic course substitutions/equivalencies for Common Program Prerequisites offered at community colleges, state colleges, or state universities, visit:, See Common Prerequisite Manual.

Common Prerequisites


Required for the degree

INR 2001 Introduction to International Relations

Upper Division Program

International Relations majors must complete a minimum 33 semester hours of course work in the department with a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Core Requirement: (3)

Take one of the following courses:

  • GEA 2000 World Regional Geography
  • CPO 2002 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • REL 3308 Studies in World Religion
  • SYP 3456 Societies of the World
  • ECS 3003 Comparative Economic Systems
  • WOH 2001 World Civilization
  • EVR 1017 Global Environment & Society

Group I Courses for the Major: (12)

In addition to the Core Requirement, INR majors must take at least one course (3 sem. hrs.) from each of the following divisions in Group I:

  • International Law/International Organizations (IL)
  • Foreign Policy/Security Studies (FP)
  • International Political Economy (IPE)
  • A fourth course from among the following:
    • An Additional INR-prefixed Group I course
    • Comparative Politics courses
      • CPO 3010 Comparative Politics: Theory and Practice
      • CPO 3055 Authorization Politics
      • CPO 4034 The Politics of Development & Underdevelopment
      • CPO 4053 Political Repression & Human Rights
      • CPO 4057 Political Violence and Revolution
      • CPO 4062 Comparative Judicial Politics
      • CPO 4072 Comparative Electoral Behavior
      • CPO 4725 Comparative Genocide
      • CPO 4742 Comparative Political Economy
      • CPO 4930 Topics in Comparative Politics
    • Economics courses
      • ECS 3021 Women, Culture, and Economic Development
      • ECO 4703 International Trade Theory and Policy
      • ECO 4733 Multinational Corporation
    • Geography courses
      • GEO 3001 Geography of Global Change
      • GEO 3502 Economic Geography
      • GEO 3471 Political Geography
      • GEO 4354 Geography of the Global Food System
      • GEO 4476 Political Ecology
      • GEO 4477 Critical Geopolitics
    • History courses
      • EUH 3245 European History, 1914 – 1945
      • EUH 3282 European History, 1945 – Present
      • LAH 3718 History of US – Latin American Relations
    • Sociology and Anthropology courses
      • ANT 4306 The Third World
      • SYD 4237 Immigration & Refugees
      • SYP 4441 Sociology of World Development
      • SYP 4454 Globalization and Society

Group II Courses for the Major: (12)

INR majors must also take at least four courses (12 sem. hrs.) in Group II, including at least one from each of the following divisions:

  • Area Studies (AS)
  • Issues and Problems in International Relations (IP)
  • Second AS or IP course
  • One course from among the following:
    • Geography courses
      • GEA 3320 Population and Geography of the Caribbean
      • GEA 3400 Population and Geography of Latin America
      • GEA 3500 Population and Geography of Europe
      • GEA 3554 Geography of Russia and Central Asia
      • GEA 3600 Population and Geography of Africa
      • GEA 3635 Population and Geography of the Middle East
      • GEA 3705 Geography of Central Asia and the Caucasus
    • Religious Studies courses
      • REL 3310 Introduction to Asian Religions
      • REL 3330 Religions of India
      • REL 3362 Islamic Faith and Society
      • REL 3383 Religions of the Caribbean
      • REL 4370 African Religions
    • Economics courses
      • ECS 3200 Economics of Asia
      • ECS 3401 The Brazilian Economy
      • ECS 3402 The Political Economy of South America
      • ECS 3403 Economics of Latin America
      • ECS 3431 Economics of the Caribbean Basis
    • Anthropology or Sociology courses
      • ANT 3780 Anthropology of Brazil
      • ANT 4324 Mexico
      • ANT 4332 Latin America
      • ANT 4340 Cultures of the Caribbean Basin
      • ANT 4352 African Peoples and Cultures
      • SYD 3650 Sociology of Gender and Power in Asia
      • SYD 4610 Japanese Society in Global Perspective
      • SYD 4630 Latin American and Caribbean Societies
    • Comparative Politics courses
      • CPO 3103 Politics of Western Europe
      • CPO 3204 African Politics
      • CPO 3304 Politics of Latin America
      • CPO 3403 Politics of the Middle East
      • CPO 3643 Russian Politics
      • CPO 4303 Politics of South America
      • CPO 3423 Politics of the Caribbean
      • CPO 4333 Politics of Central America
      • CPO 4340 Politics of Mexico
      • CPO 4360 Cuban Politics
      • CPO 4401 The Arab-Israeli Conflict
      • CPO 4461 Politics of Eastern Europe
      • CPO 4507 Comparative Political Economics of Asia
      • CPO 4541 Politics of China
      • CPO 4553 Government and Politics of Japan
      • CPO 4955 Politics of the Czech Republic: Study Abroad
    • Environmental Studies course
      • EVR 3402 Asian Environmental Issues

Note: INR 4943 Internship in International Affairs can count as the fourth Group II course as long as the student has completed one course from each of the three divisions, above.

Exit Requirements: (6)

INR 4013 Development of International Relations
INR 4603 Theories of International Relations


Students are encouraged to double major or pursue a minor in related fields such as political science, economics, geography, modern languages, history, sociology/anthropology, or business. We recommend that students take introductory courses in economics and gain fluency in at least one foreign language. Students may also consider appropriate academic certificates such as those in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Asian Studies, African and African Diaspora Studies, and European Studies.