The requirements for the International Relations (IR) major are detailed in the IR Program Advising Handbook.
Declaring the Major
The International Relations Program is an impacted major. Because of this, students who are not admitted directly into IR upon admission to UC Davis must complete the following five courses with a combined grade point average of at least 2.50 for courses taken at Davis or another four-year institution:
• Economics 1A or Anthropology 2
• Economics 1B
• History 4C or 10C
• International Relations 1 or Political Science 3
• Statistics 13 or Sociology 46B
POL 51 is required for graduation but not for admission to the major. See the IR Handbook for details.
Upon completion of these courses, students seeking admission to the
major must see an IR advisor to petition to be admitted to the
major. To apply transfer courses to the major, students must present
the transfer transcript. The GPA requirement for transfer courses is at
least 3.00 for two-year and at least 2.50 for four-year colleges. Upon
verification of the grade point average among those courses, an IR
advisor will sign the petition for admission to the major.
We recommend consultation with the IR staff advisor as you plan your lower division coursework. If the grade point average in the required lower division courses is below the required 2.50, consultation with the staff advisor is mandatory.