Orfeo Fioretos teaches a sequence of courses in international relations at the undergraduate and the graduate levels in theories of international relations, comparative and international political economy, and global studies. Students with interests in these areas can complete a set of courses that range from the introductory and survey level, to intermediate courses with a specific substantive focus, and finally to advanced seminars that stress original research and applied theory.
Professor Fioretos is the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award of the College of Liberal Arts, and his teaching has been recognized by Pi Sigma Alpha and the American Political Science Association, as well as by Cole, Sullivan and Slichter Residence Halls at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Undergraduate students interested in international relations should consider taking the courses in the order in which they are listed on this page. World Affairs offers a basic introduction to international affairs and global studies and meets the General Studies world societies requirement. Introduction to International Relations is offered through the Department of Political Science and satisfies requirements for the major. It provides a survey to theories of international relations and helps students gain a firm grasp of alternative understandings of major issues in global politics, including the origin of wars and peace, prosperity and poverty, as well how the world deals with pandemics, climate change, and terrorism. Students with a particular interest in political economy and world affairs may take Politics of the Global Economy, which is an intermediate level lecture course. Upper-level courses dedicated to the themes of Global Governance and Globalization are also offered. Finally, for majors in Political Science, Professor Fioretos regularly offers Political Science and Honors Capstone courses. [More]
Graduate Students who wish to pursue international relations as their major or minor field for their MA and Ph.D. degrees should take Theories of International Relations (8301) as early as possible. Department faculty rotate the teaching of the course. Professor Fioretos also teaches International Political Economy (8303), which offers students a foundation for the study of markets and institutions, foreign economic policy-making, and international economic cooperation. He occasionally offers a special topics seminar in international relations (830x). Last time he taught it, the topic was Change and International Institutions. [More]
Prospective students interested in the graduate program may address specific questions about the IR program to Professor Fioretos. Questions about admission should be directed to the Department’s Director of Graduate Studies or to the Graduate School.