July 29, 2021

The Committee on International Relations at the University of Chicago is the nation's oldest graduate program in international affairs. It combines intellectual diversity, analytical rigor, and global reach to provide an especially stimulating environment for students.

The small size and scholarly intensity of the Committee ensure that students with differing perspectives will challenge each other and come to a more sophisticated understanding of the complicated interaction between the realities of international politics and the requirements of a global morality. The sharp analytical and critical skills the program fosters provide excellent preparation for students. CIR has a remarkable track record both in placing students into the world’s best doctoral programs and in sending them on to professional success in government, NGO’s, and the private sector. A broad and committed alumni network, distinctive research skills, dedicated assistance with PhD admissions, funded internships, and the resources of one of the world’s premier universities help CIR students thrive in a variety of careers.

Paul Staniland

Students work closely with Chicago's distinguished faculty in international relations. At the core of the Committee's curriculum is the preparation of a faculty advised thesis that explores a significant problem in international affairs. Another feature of the program are two required core seminars in international relations and international political economy that introduce state of the art scholarship in international affairs. Students also choose from a wide array of courses, often taught in small seminar-style settings, by faculty from throughout the university in international relations, political economy, development, law, methodology, human rights and regional studies.

Outside the formal classroom setting, students are encouraged to participate in one or more of the University's more than seventy interdisciplinary workshops where they can engage work-in-progress by faculty and peers in their area of research. The University offers an extraordinary range of resources for students interested in international affairs, including the Institute of Politics, Chicago Project on Security and Threats, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, Center for International Social Science Research, Pearson Institute for Global Conflict and Conflict Resolution, global centers located in Beijing, Hong Kong, Paris, and Delhi, UChicago Urban, Paulson Institute, Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics, centers for research on South Asia, East Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and National Opinion Research Center, among many others. CIR students take advantage of a university that continues to pioneer the integration of social science with global engagement.

If the unique intellectual environment and international presence that distinguish the University of Chicago are attractive to you, I invite you to explore the possibilities the Committee on International Relations has to offer.

Paul Staniland

Chair, Committee on International Relations and Associate Professor of Political Science