International Relations at William & Mary is a thriving program that integrates teaching, research, study abroad, foreign language, and close interaction among students and faculty from different disciplines.
The program promotes the systematic study of political, economic, and historic relations among states and other actors in the international system. Students and faculty explore the interactions among states, markets, and non-state actors (such as international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, multinational corporations, and terrorist networks).
As important, the curriculum and the research of its faculty encourage students to examine international issues with an appreciation for domestic, institutional, and cultural contexts. Students in the IR Program engage a number of disciplines and employ a variety of tools and methods during their coursework and their independent research.
The International Relations concentration also addresses the interactions among states, markets, and non-state actors (such as international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and multi-national corporations). The curriculum has been designed to ensure that students address the major issues in the international arena from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The major in International Relations is distinct from William & Mary's Global Studies Program, which focuses on the culture, history, languages, literature, politics and religions of major world regions."