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BA in International Relations

BA International Relations curriculum—36 credit hours

General Education Requirements
Majors must satisfy the university and college general education requirements. Political science courses may be used to satisfy the social sciences requirement. The foreign language requirement for the B.A. degree may be satisfied in any language.

Departmental Honors
The department awards honors to students having a grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 in the major, an overall GPA of 3.2 (except in extraordinary circumstances), and successfully completed an honors thesis, project, or report.

Degree Requirements
All majors must complete at least 15 credit hours at the 3000 level or above.

PART A: Core Courses (15 credit hours):

  • POL SCI 1500 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POL SCI 2800 World Politics
  • POL SCI 1820 Contemporary International Relations
  • POL SCI 2000 Political Analysis
  • POL SCI 3950 Senior Seminar in Political Science (when focus is on international relations) or capstone experience approved by the Undergraduate Advisor

PART B: International Relations Courses (12 credit hours)–Select 4 of the following courses:

  • POL SCI 2510 The Politics of the European Union
  • POL SCI 2820 US Foreign Policy
  • POL SCI 2850 Gender, Power and International Politics
  • POL SCI 2900 Studies in Political Science (with consent of undergrduate advisor)
  • POL SCI 3800 Media, Film, Literature, and International Politics
  • POL SCI 3830 International Political Economy
  • POL SCI 3850 International Organizations and Global Problem-Solving
  • POL SCI 3860 Studies in War and Peace
  • POL SCI 3880 African Diasporas: International Relations, Transnational Communities & Citizenship
  • POL SCI 3890 Studies in International Relations
  • POL SCI 3900 Special Readings (with consent of instructor and Undergraduate Advisor)
  • POL SCI 4850 International Law

PART C: Comparative Politics Courses (9 credit hours)–Select 3 of the following courses:

  • POL SCI 2500 Comparing Different Worlds
  • POL SCI 2530 Political Systems of South America
  • POL SCI 2540 Political Systems of Mexico, Central American, and the Caribbean
  • POL SCI 2550 East Asian Politics
  • POL SCI 2580 African Politics
  • POL SCI 2590 Globalization: Prospects and Problems
  • POL SCI 3500 Politics of the Middle East
  • POL SCI 3570 Gender, Ethnicity, and Public Policy
  • POL SCI 3590 Women and Leadership World-Wide: Breaking the Glass Ceiling
  • POL SCI 4510 Comparative  Public Policy and Administration
  • POL SCI 4520 Mega-Cities and Diasporas: Understanding Global Migration

It is recommended that majors take POL SCI 1500, POL SCI 1800, and POL SCI 2300 as early as possible since these courses are designed to provide a substantive foundation as well as conceptual and analytical tools for subsequent course work.

Majors are strongly encouraged to broaden their academic experience by including relevant curricular experiences including study abroad and electives in departments such as Language and Cultural Studies and Economics.