International Relations BA

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.

Departmental Honors

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.

Degree Requirements

All majors must complete at least 15 hours in Political Science at the 3000 level or above.

Core Courses
POL SCI 1800World Politics (MOTR POSC 201)3
POL SCI 1500Introduction to Comparative Politics (MOTR POSC 202)3
POL SCI 18203
POL SCI 3000Political Analysis3
POL SCI 4950Senior Seminar in Political Science3
International Relations12
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
Workers and Globalization
Special Readings (with consent of instructor and advisor)
International Law
Comparative Politics9
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
African Politics
Globalization: Prospects and Problems
The Politics of the Middle East: International and National Dynamics
Senior Seminar in Political Science
Mega-Cities and Diasporas: Understanding Global Migration
Total Hours36

It is recommended that majors take POL SCI 1500, POL SCI 1800,  POL SCI 1820, and POL SCI 3000 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.

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.
First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
INTDSC 100311POL SCI 15003
POL SCI 11003CORE-Communication Proficiency3
CORE-Mathematics Proficiency3EXPLORE-Mathematics and Natural/Life Sciences3
ENGL 11003EXPLORE- Humanities and Fine Arts3
EXPLORE-Humanities and Fine Arts3Elective or minor3
EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Sciences3 
 16 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
POL SCI 18003POL SCI 28003
POL SCI XXXX Comparative Politics Course3Foreign Language 10025
Foreign Language 10015EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3
EXPLORE- Humanities and Fine Arts3Elective or minor3
 Elective or minor1
 14 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
POL SCI 30003POL SCI XXXX Comparative Politics Course3
POL SCI XXXXInternational Relations Course3POL SCI XXXXX International Relations Course3
Foreign Language 21013ENGL 31003
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
POL SCI XXXX International Relations Course3POL SCI 49503
POL SCI XXXX Comparative Politics Course3POL SCI XXXX International Relations Course3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
 15 15
Total Hours: 120

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.