International Relations


Minor in International Relations, LIU Global

The LIU Global minor in International Relations orients students to the historical origins and the contemporary operations of the global political system. After completing the program, students will understand the emergence of the nation-state system through the history of Europe and its Empires. They will likewise understand how the institutions of global governance, founded in the period following the Second World War, aspire to cope effectively with humanity’s common concerns. Students also explore the stresses that contemporary events are exerting on both the system of governance and our capacity to make sense of world system as a whole. Students supplement their study of global governance with courses in regional and national political culture.

In order to meet the requirement for the International Relations minor, students must complete 15 units from the list below[1]. Courses listed below may only count toward one minor if cross-listed in another minor.

Course #

Course Title

Location, semester, type

GCOS 118

Foundations of Global Studies: Governance

Costa Rica, spring, required

GEUR 303

European Politics: The Emergence of the Modern Nation State

Europe, fall, required

GEUR 300

Comparative Politics & the European Ideal: National Governments & the European Union

Europe, spring, required

GCHI 310 Modern Chinese History China, fall, required
GAPC 300 Political Economy and Ecology in the Asia-Pacific Region Asia-Pacific, fall, required
GAUS 330 Culture, Politics and Identity in Australasia Australia, spring, required
GNYC 405 Special Topics in International Relations with Dean’s permission, elective

GNYC 409

Classical Theories and Contemporary Issues in International Relations

online junior (with approval from advisor) or IRIS, fall, elective

GNYC 403 International Internship (with approved International Relations focus) IRIS, fall, with approval
GNYC 433 Capstone Internship (with approved International Relations focus) Capstone, spring, with approval

GNYC 430

Issues in Global Governance: The Role of International Organizations

Capstone, spring, elective but strongly recommended

POL 11
Power and Politics

Brooklyn, spring, elective

Subject to modification and/or availability
POL 201 International Organizations

Brooklyn, spring, elective

Subject to modification and/or availability


[1] Other courses may fulfill elective requirements with the Dean’s approval.