The department's faculty and teaching maintains a longstanding reputation of excellence and is regularly ranked among the top three programs nationally. Faculty and students study almost the entire range of subjects of international politics, from non-governmental organizations (NGO's) and other non-state actors to the role of domestic politics to the international system. The range of methodologies used in the department is similarly large and includes interpretivist approaches to case studies, statistical analyses and mathematical models. Many students work with historical materials and also study current problems. International security and political economy are particular strengths.
The faculty are all actively engaged in research, typically producing at least one book and several major articles each year. As can be seen in the faculty's grateful book acknowledgements, faculty regularly present ongoing work to students and incoporate criticisms of their students.
In addition to offering more courses than any individual student will be able to take, the faculty are involved in several speaker series and workshops. Many of these occur ad hoc, but the subfield sponsors continuing seminars and workshops in political economy, security, and diplomatic history and international relations. The large size of the international relations faculty means that students receive a great deal of individual attention.
The Colorado Conflict Research Consortium provides access to research materials on international conflict as well as to papers written in conjunction with the Harvard Program on Nonviolent Sanctions.
The University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation has publications on security and strategic issues in the Middle East and Asia.
The Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy provides access to research papers and workign papers in the subfield of international political economy.