Skip to main content

International Relations and Global Studies

Major in the College of Liberal Arts

The international relations and global studies (IRG) major prepares students to make effective decisions as citizens of an interconnected world; encourages global perspectives; and increases students' opportunities to study other cultures in relation to their own.

This interdisciplinary major focuses on relationships and tensions between cultures or regions by linking issues, approaches, contexts, and sources of knowledge in new ways. IRG majors learn to think critically about key issues in the field and develop aptitude in the areas of political awareness, economic understanding, cultural competency, international cooperation and problem solving, and global citizenship.

Declaration Requirements


Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

How to Declare


Undergraduates currently enrolled at UT who wish to declare an international relations and global studies major must apply for an internal college transfer. To complete the transfer process, students are required to attend an internal transfer information session, held frequently throughout the semester. Internal transfer students are admitted at the end of the fall and spring semesters.

Required Courses


Visit the International Relations and Global Studies degree plan to see all required courses for the IRG major in the College of Liberal Arts.

Learn more about the IRG requirements and view course descriptions.



Students narrow their focus by selecting one of four available tracks:

  • Culture, Media, and the Arts
  • International Security
  • Science, Technology, and the Environment
  • International Political Economy

IRG students will learn about variety of topics with an international focus including: world history, art, culture, communication, economics, the environment, geography, government, science, and technology. Students will also study abroad and acquire advanced language proficiency.



International Relations and Global Studies students:

  • Learn to think critically and analytically about ideas, issues, and events that have a global impact
  • Develop advanced reading, writing, and public speaking skills
  • Acquire a strong proficiency in a foreign language
  • Enhance global competencies through area and track studies, and a mandatory study abroad experience


Your major does not always determine your career path. Many graduates pursue careers outside their field, depending on their interests and experiences.


It’s not just your major that matters! Make yourself marketable by gaining a variety of experiences in college. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.

Contact a Texas Career Engagement career counselor today to find out how you can turn your major into a career.