Ohio State nav bar

International Relations & Diplomacy

The International Relations & Diplomacy major is intended to provide students with an introduction to the relations between sovereign states in a continuously evolving international system.

Centering on the post-World War II period, it looks at the historical genesis of the current international system, at the relations, conflictual and cooperative, between states in areas like collective problem-solving, diplomacy, and trade and at the role of international organizations, like the United Nations, in mediating these relations.

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree are required to complete a minimum of two years of foreign language study in a language appropriate to the chosen specialization.

Coursework completed at OSU or abroad and/or appropriate placement test results can document this.

Those choosing to complete the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree must complete a minor in one of the following areas:

  • Agribusiness
  • Business, City and Regional Planning
  • Environmental Science
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Global Public Health
  • Information Security
  • International Business
  • Quantitative Economics


Brochures for the International Relations & Diplomacy major

For students admitted to OSU Autumn 2023 and after


For students admitted to OSU Autumn 2022 through Summer 2023


For students admitted to OSU Summer 2022 and before




[pdf] - Some links on this page are to Adobe .pdf files requiring the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you need these files in a more accessible format, please contact foster.24@osu.edu.