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International Relations

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a major in International Relations

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Program Overview

The Department of Political Science administers two programs, a major in Politics and an interdisciplinary major in International Relations as well as a minor in Politics. Our programs offer the rigor and depth of disciplinary training with interdisciplinary breadth that is grounded firmly in the liberal arts tradition. 

We seek to provide a learning environment that can produce liberally educated citizens who are fluent in the language of politics and political analysis and thereby have the foundation for both citizenship in a democratic society and successful training in a job, in a graduate school, or in a professional school.

Our degrees prepare students for graduate school in political science, international relations, and related fields. Our degrees also prepare students for careers in government (at the local, state, national and international levels), political campaigns, law, political journalism, business, non-profit organizations, and academics. Courses in the department offer students opportunities to integrate experiential learning with their academic coursework. We encourage our majors to complete internship experiences, and a multitude of internships are available, including opportunities in state government, political campaigns, and non-profit organizations and internships related to international issues or multicultural affairs.


B.A. Degree Requirements

The undergraduate B.A. degree in International Relations includes coursework that is designed to train students for responsible global citizenship and entry into internationally related jobs in business, government, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations. The curriculum is designed to provide greater breadth than is possible by majoring in a single discipline, yet permit sufficiently focused study in international affairs to prepare the student for direct entry into the field of international work or continued post-graduate study.

Students begin their course of study with a set of required core courses in politics, economics, language, geography and history. Students also take a required number of elective coursework involving comparative and thematic perspectives on international relations. Students should work closely with their advisors to select courses that are most compatible with their academic and professional goals.

Course Credit Hours
Required Language Study* Variable
ECON 010 - Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECON 002 - Principles of Microeconomics 3
POLS 065 - Comparative Politics 3
POLS 075 - World Politics 3
SCSG 002 - Human Geography, or
SCSG 003 - World Regional Geography
3
3
HIST 113 - America as a World Power, or
HIST 168 - U.S. Interventionism, or
POLS 179 - American Foreign Policy
3
3
3
ECON 130 - International Economics, or
ECON 175 - Developing Economies, or<
POLS 126 - Political Economy of Globalization
3
POLS 192 - Senior Seminar in International Relations 3
Coursework in Comparative Perspectives** 9-12
Europe  
SCSG 132 - Europe 3
HIST 099 - European Women's History 3
HIST 133 - Europe19th Century 3
HIST 134 - Contemporary Europe 3
POLS 128 - Nationalism/Politics of Eastern Europe 3
POLS 160 - Modern Europe Political Systems 3
POLS 161 - Politics of Russia and the Former Soviet Union 3
POLS 171 - Political Integration of Europe 3
Latin America  
ENG 164 - Latino/a Literature 3
HIST 123 - Modern Mexico 3
HIST 125 - Colonial Latin America 3
HIST 126 - Modern Latin America 3
POLS 164 - Government and Politics in Latin America 3
Asia  
SCSG 135 - Asia 3
SCSG 176 - South Asia 3
HIST 022 - East Asia Since 1600 3
HIST 128 - Imperial China 3
HIST 129 - Modern China 3
HIST 130 - Twentieth Century China 3
HIST 132 - Modern Japan 3
SCSS 130 - Contemporary Chinese Society 3
POLS 162 - Government and Politics of China 3
POLS 163 - Government and Politics of Japan 3
Africa  
HIST 060 - Africa in World History 3
HIST 067 - Sustainable Development in Africa 6
HIST 140 - Africa's Colonial Movement 3
HIST 161 - Africa, Africans, and Atlantic Slavery 3
SCSG 134 - Africa 3
Middle East  
POLS 133 - The Middle East Through Film 3
POLS 134 - History, Politics, and Society of Modern Egypt 3
POLS 135 - Islam in the 21st Century 3
POLS 136 - The Arab-Israeli Conflict 3
POLS 174 - Politics in the Middle East 3
Cross-Regional  
SCSA 125 - Traveling Cultures 3
SCSG 122 - Cultural Geopgraphy 3
SCSG 192 - Advanced Topics 1-3
SCSS 146 - Restorative Justice 3
POLS 129 - Transitions to Democracy 3
POLS 135 - Islam in the 21st Century 3
POLS 137 - Comparative Law & Courts 3
POLS 165 - Government and Politics of Developing Nations 3
POLS 166 - Comparative Political Parties 3
POLS 168 - Politics & Parliaments 3
REL 005 - Topics in Religions Studies 1-3
REL 151 - Selected Topics 3
Coursework in Thematic Perspectives*** 9-12
ECON 130 - International Economics 3
ECON 175 - Developing Economies 3
ENG 166 - Literature of War 3
HIST 139 - World War I 3
HIST 169 - U.S. and Origins of the Cold War 3
POLS 121 - U.N./Global Security 3
POLS 123 - Grassroots Globalism 4
POLS 124 - Revisiting Vietnam 3
POLS 125 - Post-Conflict Justice 3
POLS 126 - Political Economy of Globaliza 3
POLS 127 - Global Health 3
POLS 170 - International Law 3
POLS 171 - Political Integration of Europe 3
POLS 173 - Human Rights/World Powers 3
POLS 176 - Gender/International Relations 3
POLS 178 - U.S.-East Asian Relations 3
PSY 134 - Ethnopolitical Conflict 3
REL 155 - Liberation Theology 3
SCSR 112 - Rhetoric & War 3
SCSS 072 - Global Social Change 3
WLC 148 - Intercultural Communication 3
TOTAL 45****

*Students are required to complete two years of coursework or credits in a single language or demonstrate equivalent competence. Options for fulfilling this requirement include bilingual competence due to family background or life experience, high school training, college coursework by transfer from another institution, study abroad and coursework through Drake’s World Languages and Cultures program.

**Students must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours in Comparative Perspectives. Students must take 6 credit hours in a single regional area (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East) and at least 3 credit hours in the cross-regional area. Students may take an additional 3 credit hours in either this category or in thematic perspectives to fulfill the total credit hour requirements for the major.

***Students must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours in Thematic Perspectives. Students may take an additional 3 credit hours in either this category or in thematic perspectives to fulfill the total credit hour requirements for the major.

****The number of total credit hours does not include the foreign language requirement given that student coursework for fulfilling this requirement is variable.


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