International Relations


Minor in International Relations, LIU Global

The 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 the world system as a whole. Students supplement their study of global governance with courses in regional and national political cultures.

In order to meet the 15-credit requirement for the International Relations minor, students complete:

  • At least three courses from Category A (9 credits)
  • Two additional courses selected from category A and B (6 credits)*
Category A - The International System and Governance
GCOS 118      Foundations of Global Studies: The World Economy and Global Governance
GEUR 303 European Politics: The Emergence of the Modern Nation State
GEUR 300 Comparative Politics & the European Ideal: National Governments & the European Union
GNYC 409 Classical Theories and Contemporary Issues in International Relations
GNYC 430 Issues in Global Governance: The Role of International Organizations
Category B - National and Regional Political Contexts
GCHI 310 Modern Chinese History
GAUS 330 Culture, Politics & Identity in Australia and Bali
GAPC 330 Religions, Culture & Politics in Thailand
GNYC 405 Special Topics in International Relations
GEUR 318 Understanding Europe: Present and Future of European Union

* With the Dean’s approval, courses taken with prior approval at LIU Brooklyn during the Senior Capstone semester can be treated as equivalent to courses in Category A and B. Lists of appropriate courses that align with the Capstone Semester schedule will be identified each fall as students are building their schedules for the Capstone Semester in the spring.