The International Relations (INR) major is an interdisciplinary major designed to train students for careers in global politics. This major is particularly designed for students who want to work in organizations like the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, the United Nations, and a range of non-governmental organizations. It requires four semesters of a language chosen by the student (including, for example, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Italian, Chinese, and others). It also requires students to complete a year-long Senior Seminar sequence (POL 480/481).
REQUIRED FOR MAJOR IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: 14 COURSES
Required for Major in International Relations:
- POL 120 European Politics
- POL 171 Political Analysis
- POL 221 Politics of the Developing World
- POL 240 International Relations
- POL 341 Globalization
- POL 480 Senior Research Seminar I
- POL 481 Senior Research Seminar II
Required Four Semesters of the Same Foreign Language (level depending on proven language competency).
- FRL 101, FRL 102, FRL 201, FRL 202
- FRL 201, FRL 202, FRL 301, FRL 302
Plus Three Electives from the Following
- POL/ECN 213 Statistics
- POL 342 U.S. Foreign Policy
- POL 348 21st Century Terrorism
- POL/ECN 332 Political Economy of Africa
- POL/ECN 334 Political Economy of Latin America
- POL 344 Middle East and the World
- POL/HIS 351 Modern China
- POL/HIS 325 Imperialism in the Modern World
- POL 305 President and Executive Branch
- POL 370S Special Topics
- POL 460 Internship
The Political Science Department will consult with the Chair of the Foreign Languages and Literature Department to assure correct placement for the language requirement. The four course foreign language requirement can be satisfied by competency-based testing arranged with the agreement of the Political Science and Foreign Language and Literature Departments. Students satisfying the basic language requirement through competency-based testing may be approved to take a second language or additional International Relations electives.
Occasionally, other electives, in Political Science and other departments, including the School of Business’ International Business (link to IB page) curriculum, can be utilized with written permission of the Chairperson.
INR students are encouraged to take ECN 213, Statistics, in lieu of MTH 120 in the University’s Core Curriculum. The Department strongly recommends this course for all International Relations majors contemplating graduate school.
REQUIRED FOR INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS MINOR
Follow the six courses required for the International Relations/Global Politics Minor in the University Catalogue under Political Science.