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First-year students intending to pursue international relations as a significant component of their academic program at Syracuse University are invited to participate in the International Relations Learning Community. The community is designed to develop an awareness of international issues through focused discussion and activities, and to expose students to relevant opportunities and resources. Students enroll together in the introductory international relations course (PSC 124), and course activities are linked with co-curricular and residence hall experiences. Students are encouraged to attend lectures, cross-cultural workshops, and other special activities in conjunction with the International Relations Program.  Each year the IRLC offers opportunities to engage with local organizations such as the International Center of Syracuse, the Center for New Americans, the Great Law of Peace Center.

  • Open to first-year undergraduate SU students.
  • Open to selected upper-class students serving as peer mentors.
  • Students register in the fall semester for PSC 124: International Relations (3 credits), taught by the Undergraduate Director for International Relations. In the spring semester, students have the option to register for MAX 132: Global Community (3 credits).

The International Relations Learning Community also provides a leadership opportunity for IRLC alumni to serve as peer mentors.  IRLC peer mentor duties include working with the instructor of PSC 124 International Relations to provide academic support for students on assignments and in preparation for quizzes/exams, to help develop an engaging lesson plan for weekly class discussion sessions, and to support and participate in field seminars and related events. The IRLC peer mentor coordinates with resident advisors assigned to the IRLC by the Office of Residence Life and earns a stipend as well as 1-academic experience credit for the teaching practicum.

More information about learning communities at Syracuse University, including application information, is available on Syracuse University's Learning Communities website.

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