International Relations Major

Coordinators: Dr. Andreea Mihalache-O'Keef, Dr. Gail Steehler

The International Relations major is a multidisciplinary program that deals with transnational behavior and globalization. In this program, students will be examining current international affairs as well as the economic, historical and political relationships of countries and people around the globe. International Relations majors may have an interest in a particular region or just foreign politics in general.

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in international relations is awarded to students who successfully complete 12 units from the program of study outlined below.

I.  Core Requirements: students must complete each of the following:

IR 209       Research Methods in Public Affairs
POLI 231    International Politics
POLI 247    International Relations Theory
IR 401       Seminar in International Relations

II.  One unit from:

ECON 237   Comparative Economic Systems
ECON 247   Global Trade and Finance
BUAD 211   Introduction to Global Management
BUAD 333   Global Marketing
POLI 333    Global Political Economy

(ECON 120 or 121 are prerequisites for BUAD 233 which is a prerequisitve for BUAD 333)

III.  One unit from:

POLI 221   Comparative Political Systems: Europe
POLI 222   Comparative Political Systems: Asia
POLI 224   Comparative Political Systems: Africa
POLI 225   Comparative Political Systems: Latin America

IV.  Western Perspectives

A. American Perspectives:  one unit from: 

HIST 266   Modern American Diplomatic History
HIST 272   Latin America
HIST 273   Latin American Revolutions
POLI 225   Comparative Political Systems: Latin America
POLI 353   The Making Of U.S. Foreign Policy
SPAN 315   Contemporary Issues: Spanish America

B. European Perspectives: one unit from:

GRMN 315  The Post-War Germanys
HIST 241   Modern Russia
HIST 242   Modern German
HIST 243   Modern Britain
HIST 340   Issues in Modern European History
POLI 221   Comparative Political Systems: Europe

V.  Global Perspectives: one unit from:

GEOG 110  World Geography
POLI 232   International Organizations
POLI 233   International Law
POLI 351   Environmental Public Policy
POLI 352   Human Rights Policy
RELG 130   Living Religions of the World

VI.  Non-Western Perspectives:  one unit from:

HIST 254   Africa from 1850
HIST 255   Southern Africa
HIST 282   Modern East Asia
HIST 284   Modern Middle East
POLI 222   Comparative Political Systems: Asia
POLI 224   Comparative Political Systems: Africa

VII.  Additional Perspectives: students must select 2 additional units from among the previously listed courses and/or from among the following:

ANTH 101  Anthropology
CJUS/SOCI 326 Comparative Corrections
FREN 311   Building a Nation: French Civilizations and Culture I
FREN 312   A Nation Emerges: French Civilization and Culture II
FREN 315   Francophone Societies
GRMN 311  German Civilization and Culture
GRMN 314  Cultures of German-Speaking Countries
HIST 140   The Modern World
HIST 245   History of World War II
HIST 268   The Vietnam War
IR    261   Special Topics
IR    405   Independent Study (1/2)
IR    406   Independent Study (1)
IR    407   Independent Study (1/2)
IR    416   Internships
IR    495/496/497 Honors*
SOCI 221  Social Stratification
SOCI 335  Global Population Problems
SOCI 338  Women's Lives Around the World: Global Perspectives
SPAN 311  Civilization and Culture: Spain
SPAN 312  Civilization and Culture: Spanish

*495 Honors Project is a prerequisite for 497 Honors Project

No more than 2 units of 100-level courses can count toward the major.

Political Science 261, History 290, Religion 270 or any one unit Intellectual Inquiry course other than 110 or 120 may serve toward the major whenever the specific topical focus is international and/or comparative in scope as determined by the major coordinator.

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