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International Relations

Degree Option

Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in international relations.

Description of Program

The international relations major is an interdisciplinary program designed to meet the needs of students interested in understanding and/or working in international affairs. The goal is to train students for responsible global citizenship and entry into internationally related jobs in business, government or international public or private agencies. The curriculum is designed to provide greater breadth than is possible by concentration in a single discipline, yet permit sufficiently focused study in international affairs to prepare the student for direct entry into the field of international service or continued post graduate study.

Requirements for Major

Completion of requirements in five interdependent areas.

Foreign Language Requirement

Students must demonstrate functional competence in a second language (including reading, writing, speaking and oral comprehension) prior to graduation. Options for achieving the necessary competence include family background or life experience, high school training, college coursework (by transfer from another institution), study abroad, independent study and participation in the Drake Language Acquisition Program.

The Basic Core

18 credit hours. All international relations majors must complete the following basic requirements:

  • Economics 1 (Principles of Macroeconomics)
  • Economics 2 (Principles of Microeconomics)
  • Politics 65 (Comparative Politics)
  • Politics 75 (World Politics)
  • SCSG 2 (Human Geography) OR
    SCSG 3 (World Regional Geography)
  • Hist 113 (America as a World Power) OR
    Politics 179 (American Foreign Policy)

Comparative Perspectives

Minimum of 12 credit hours. Majors are required to take a minimum of 12 credit hours under Comparative Perspectives. Of these, 6 hours must be taken in a single regional area. Also, at least 3 hours must be taken under the Cross-Regional category. The remaining 3 hours may be taken in any of the 4 categories (these final 3 credits may be waived for students who study abroad). Relevant courses taken through study-abroad programs may count toward the Comparative Perspectives requirements. Also, relevant Drake courses offered on an occasional basis may be considered. In all cases, the choice of courses must be made with the approval of the student's academic adviser.

  • Europe: SCSG 132;
    History 099,133, 134, 137;
    Politics 128, 160, 161, 171.
  • Latin America: Eng 164, History 123, 125, 126;
    Politics 164.
  • Asia: SCSG 135;
    History 22, 127, 128, 129, 153; SCSS 130, Pols 162.
  • Africa: Hist 061, 161.
  • Cross-Regional: SCSG 192, SCSS 146, Politics 129, 165, 166, 168; Religion 5.

Thematic Perspectives

Majors are required to take a minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework under Thematic Perspectives, distributed across at least two categories. Options include International Politics and Economics, International Peace and Conflict Studies and International Values and Ethics. Relevant courses taken through study-abroad programs may count toward the Thematic Perspectives requirements. Also, relevant Drake courses offered on an occasional basis may be considered. In all cases, the choice of courses must be made with the approval of the student's academic adviser.

  1. International Politics and Economics: Economics 130, 175; Politics 123, 127, 129, 171, SCSS 150, 072
  2. International Peace and Conflict Studies: English 166; Politics 121, 123, 175, Psy 134.
  3. International Values and Ethics: Politics 079, 124, 125, 170, 173, 176; Religion 155;  DILS148, SCSS 150.

International Relations Seminar

Majors are required to complete Politics 192: International Relations Seminar. This course is offered each spring and must be taken during the senior year. Politics 192 counts as a Senior Capstone under the Drake Curriculum.

Students also are encouraged, though not required, to study abroad during either their sophomore or junior year. Students studying abroad may waive 3 of the 12 credits required under Comparative Perspectives. Students should consider study-abroad options in consultation with their academic adviser and the study-abroad coordinator.

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