Bachelor of Arts in International Relations
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.
The department awards honors to students having a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 in the major, a minimum overall GPA of 3.2 (except in extraordinary circumstances), and successfully completed an honors thesis, project, or report.
All majors must complete at least 15 hours in Political Science at the 3000 level or above.
|POL SCI 1800||World Politics (MOTR POSC 201)||3|
|POL SCI 1500||Introduction to Comparative Politics (MOTR POSC 202)||3|
|POL SCI 1820||3|
|POL SCI 2000||3|
|POL SCI 3950||3|
|Select four of the following:|
|United States Foreign Policy|
|The Politics of European Union|
|Gender, Power and International Politics|
|Media, Film, and International Politics|
|International Political Economy|
|International Organizations and Global Problem-Solving|
|Studies in War and Peace|
|Diaspora Politics, Transnational Remittances, and Global Citizenship|
|Studies in International Relations|
|Special Readings (with consent of instructor and advisor)|
|Select three of the following:|
|Comparing Different Worlds|
|Political Systems of South America|
|Political Systems of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean|
POL SCI 2550
East Asian Politics
|Globalization: Prospects and Problems|
|The Politics of the Middle East: International and National Dynamics|
|Gender, Ethnicity and Public Policy|
|Women and Leadership World-Wide: Breaking the Glass Ceiling|
|Comparative Public Policy and Administration|
|Mega-Cities and Diasporas: Understanding Global Migration|
It is recommended that majors take POL SCI 1500, POL SCI 1800, POL SCI 1820, and POL SCI 2000 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 minors or certificates in areas such as economics and foreign languages.
B.A. degree students may take a maximum of 3 hours of political science on a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory basis; this can include any course except the four required courses in the core curriculum.
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.
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Identify key trends in international relations that are expected to impact life in the United States and other countries in the foreseeable future.
- Demonstrate cross-cultural competence and a global worldview.
- Apply major international relations theories and concepts to contemporary issues in global affairs.
- Analyze the foreign policy behavior of the United States and other major actors in world politics.
- Compare and contrast the major political, economic, cultural, and geographic features of different regions of the world.
- Assess international relations issues, formulate evidence-based recommendations, and communicate them with clarity and coherence.
- Plan, execute, and defend a major research project.
|INTDSC 10031||1||ENGL 1100||3|
|CORE-Mathematics Proficiency||3||POL SCI 1500||3|
|POL SCI 1100||3||EXPLORE-Math & Sciences||3|
|EXPLORE-Humanities and Fine Arts||3||CORE-Communication Proficiency||3|
|EXPLORE-Social Sciences||3||EXPLORE- Humanities & Fine Arts||3|
|EXPLORE - Math and Sciences||3|
|POL SCI 1800||3||POL SCI 2800||3|
|Comparative Politics Course||3||Foreign Language 1002||5|
|Foreign Language 1001||5||EXPLORE - Math and Science||3|
|EXPLORE- Humanities and Fine Arts||3||Elective or minor||4|
|POL SCI 3000||3||Comparative Politics Course||3|
|International Relations Course||3||International Relations Course||3|
|Foreign Language 2101||3||ENGL 3100||3|
|Elective or minor||6||Elective or minor||6|
|International Relations Course||3||POL SCI 4950||3|
|International Relations Course||3||Elective or minor||12|
|Elective or minor||9|
|Total Hours: 120|
INTDSC 1003 is required only for first-time freshmen and transfer students with less than 24 college credits.
Please Note: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change.