International Relations Program

469 Kerr Hall 
University of California, Davis 
One Shields Avenue 
Davis, CA 95616

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International Relations Program




Welcome to the UC Davis International Relations Program – the oldest and we think best International Relations program in the University of California.  A multi-disciplinary curriculum, students take courses in a variety of areas including Political Science, Economics, History, Sociology, and Ecology.  IR students gain both the knowledge and the skills needed to thrive in the increasingly global workplace.  Many of our students participate in Education Abroad Programs, the Washington DC Center, and our honors and internship courses.  We also support the UC Davis Model UN, the student-run International Affairs Journal, and participate in the Student Conference on US Affairs held annually at West Point.

We have outstanding students, provide great advising, and work with terrific and accessible faculty. 

Please drop by to learn more about International Relations at UC Davis.


The International Relations Education Abroad Scholarship is made possible thanks to the generosity of Richard and Carolyn Palmer. The goal of these scholarships is to encourage International Relations students to internationalize their educational experience by helping them with financial support for study abroad. The scholarships are $500-$1,000 per student and multiple scholarships are awarded each year. In order to be eligible to receive a scholarship applicants must be full time UC Davis International Relations students, be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and plan to apply or have been selected to an eligible study abroad or unpaid internship abroad program.  NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS! Applications are due no later than 4pm, Friday, December 4th, 2015 to Katy Pattison in 464 Kerr Hall. More information and the application can be found on the Scholarships and Awards page.
Please contact Katy Pattison in 464 Kerr Hall or kcpattison @ if you have any questions.


Student Learning Objectives for the Major

Students who earn a B.A. in International Relations at UC Davis are expected to be able to:


  • explain the causes and consequences of key phenomena in international relations;
  • understand the strengths and weaknesses of different disciplinary approaches to the study of international relations;
  •  communicate in a modern foreign language of major significance in international affairs;
  • rigorously analyze and evaluate competing theories of international relations.


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