International Relations is organized around the following themes: international security and conflict resolution; international political economy; global governance; foreign policy of the United States and other countries; and comparative, regional and cultural studies.
The International Relations curriculum encourages students to think creatively about a variety of issues: What constitutes "national security"? What are the social consequences of modernization? How does the U.S. arrive at foreign policy decisions? How is that different from how foreign policies are made in other countries and which is better? What is the impact of protectionist foreign trade policies? What is the impact of the U.N. and other international organizations? What effects do weapons and communications technologies have on world politics?
International Relations is housed in James Madison College, MSU's residential college for international and public affairs, which is a limited enrollment program.