Coordinator: Dr. Howard Warshawsky
209 Research Methods in Public Affairs
An examination of the research methodologies and techniques used in the study of public policy and politics. The course emphasizes both qualitative and quantitative methods. The lab focuses on statistical applications. (1) (Cross-listed as CJUS/POLI 209) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk; Laboratory 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: POLI 101 and one other course in the major, ENVI 250, or permission.
247 International Relations Theory
This course introduces contemporary theories of international relations and evaluates their power to explain patterns of global politics since the 1900s. We review major schools of thought on the cases of international conflict, while also examining how increasing economic, informational, and ecological interdependence reshape global politics. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: POLI 231 or permission.
261 Selected Topics in International Relations
An examination of selected topics in international relations. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
401 Senior Seminar in International Relations
A multidisciplinary seminar on selected topics in international relations for senior students. (1) Seminar: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: POLI 247, IR 209, senior major status and permission of the instructor.
405, 406, 407 Independent Study
Supervised review of a literature and research project in the area of international relations. (1/2, 1, 1/2) Prerequisite: a minimum 3.0 major GPA and both instructor and major coordinator permission. IR 405 is a prerequisite for IR 407.
A supervised placement providing practical experience in an agency relating to international relations. (1) Prerequisite: A minimum 2.5 major GPA and both instructor and major coordinator permission.
495, 496, 497 Honors Project
A program of independent study culminating in a paper, artistic creation, or performance. Prerequisite:To qualify for consideration to receive honors in the major, a student in his/her senior year or in the summer prior to the senior year must work under the guidance of his/her committee. A written proposal and application must be approved by the committee and department. A minimum GPA of 3.4 in the major is required. The 495 Honors Project is prerequisite for 497 Honors Project. ( 1 / 2 , 1, 1 / 2 )
RC Poll: Virginians Support Immigration Reform; Split on Same-Sex Marriage; favor firearm regulations
Virginians support allowing those currently living in the U.S. to remain here legally and half support a path to citizenship for them. Residents of the Commonwealth are split on issues of same-sex marriage. Gun control regulations are supported but Virginians doubt the effectiveness of such regulation.