International Relations

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The International Relations major builds from core requirements in political science and adds interdisciplinary study in economics, foreign language and history to equip students with the tools they need to understand and analyze world affairs, international development and international political economy. The major provides focused training for students who plan to work in a variety of international career fields including international governmental affairs, international business, area studies, relief and development, international law, and graduate study in foreign affairs, law and international politics.

Requirements

Requirements for an International Relations major are:

  • 30 hours of courses in international relations
  • 16 hours of supporting courses.
  • Core courses include:
    • Comparative Politics
    • International Relations
    • a 4 hour internship
    • Senior seminar

Also required are:

  • a course in microeconomics
  • American Politics and Government
  • 8 hours of a foreign language beyond the 201 level or its equivalent
  • 4 hours from select history courses
  • 4 hours from select economics courses
  • 16 hours of electives in the major

Core Courses in International Relations

  • IR 155 Comparative Politics 4
  • IR 175 International Politics 4 
  • IR 494 IR Senior Seminar 2 
  • IR 496 Internship 4 
  • Required Hours in Core 14 hours

Electives

(Choose at least 4 hours of courses from 16 hours Economics, 4 hours from History, 4 hours from  International Politics and 4 hours from Comparative Politics)

Comparative Politics

  • IR 354 African Politics
  • IR 353 Comparative Public Policy
  • IR 355 Latin American Politics
  • IR 356 European Politics
  • IR 357 Third World Politics
  • IR 358 Post-Communist Politics

International Politics 

  • IR 372 International Law (2)
  • IR 376 Ethics and Foreign Policy (2)
  • IR 378 American Foreign Relations 
  • IR 379 International Political Economy (2)

Economics

  • B/EC 371 Small Scale Enterprise and Economic Development 
  • B/EC 365 Economic Development and Growth 
  • B/EC 366 International Economics 
  • B/EC 456 Comparative Economic Systems

History

  • HIST 292 Latin American History
  • HIST 331 African History
  • HIST 333 History of the Soviet Union and Russia
  • HIST 334 Asian History
  • HIST 361 Contemporary World History
  • HIST 349 Origins of Contemporary Europe (1870-1950)

Required Supporting Courses 16 hours

  • B/EC 211 Microneconomics 4 
  • PSCI 135 American Government 4 
  • Eight hours of foreign language beyond the 201 level or its equivalent 8

Summary 

  • Total Hours for Major (including supporting courses) 46
  • Total Hours for Major (not including supporting courses) 30

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