International Relations in Three

If you are interested in pursuing a career in government or international relations and want to get a leg up in a competitive world, consider earning your International Relations degree in three years at Saint Michael’s College. As part of the program, students will learn to grapple with complex global issues and international challenges as they navigate the three-year degree process with the help of diverse faculty.

A degree from the International Relations program will give you an experience with a broad subject matter and help you compete for work in the foreign service, non-governmental and international advocacy organizations, and environmental and humanitarian agencies.

Here is an example of what a schedule would look like in order for you to graduate with an International Relations degree in three years; individual paths may vary:

Degree in Three    
First Year
1st Fall 1st Spring 1st Summer
PO 120 – Introduction to American National Politics PO-200 – Research Methods History & Society LSC*
First Year Seminar Breadth Course I Arts & Literature LSC
First Semester Language Second Semester Language Quantitative LSC
Philosophy 103 Religious Studies LSC* Elective
Second Year
2nd Fall 2nd Spring 2nd Summer
PO 285 – Introduction to Comparative Politics PO 245 – Introduction to International Relations IR-themed internship
Breadth Course II PO 261 – European Political Thought Science LSC
Third Semester Language Fourth Semester Language Elective
Elective Breadth Course III Elective
Third Year
3rd Fall 3rd Spring  
PO 348 – American Foreign Policy PO 355 – Politics of the World Economy  
PO 410 – Senior Seminar in Political Science IR Elective II  
Breadth Course IV IR Elective III  
IR Elective I Junior Seminar