Political Science and International Relations
Michael Federici, program coordinator
The major in International Relations requires 37 semester hours of work. It is preferable that minors and electives be in foreign languages, humanities, or social science offerings that significantly contribute to an understanding of economic, geographical, historical, and cultural factors in international relations or in areas that provide students with substantive skills related to a professional environment such as business and computer science. Recommended related courses in social science are ANTH 2010 ; ECON 2410 , ECON 4440 , ECON 4470 ; GEOG 3420 , GEOG 3430 , GEOG 4500 ; HIST 3150 , HIST 4330 , HIST 4340 ; SOC 4511 , SOC 4520 . Interdisciplinary minors with a cross-cultural or area studies emphasis are also recommended.
Accelerated Bachelors/Masters (ABM) Program
High achieving students majoring in International Relations who intend to pursue a master’s degree in International Affairs may apply to participate in the Accelerated Bachelors/Masters (ABM) Program. The program allows undergraduate students an opportunity to complete the requirements for both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a compressed time frame. Participating undergraduate students may count up to 12 graduate credit hours toward both degrees and obtain a non-thesis master’s degree in the same field within 12 months of completing the bachelor’s degree or obtain a thesis-based master’s degree in the same field within 18 months of completing the bachelor’s degree. For more information about the ABM program, see the Graduate Catalog.
General Education (41 hours)
General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.
The following course is recommended for the program and can satisfy the respective General Education requirement:
Major Requirements (37 hours)
Comparative Government (6 hours)
Substitutions may be made with the advisor’s consent.
International Relations (6 hours)
PS Electives (6 hours)
Six hours from the courses listed above or from
Total hours in program: 120
Curriculum: International Relations, B.S.
Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.
- PS 4240 - American Foreign Policy 3 credit hours
- PS elective in Comparative Government 3 credit hours
- PS elective in International Relations 3 credit hours
- Minor courses 18 credit hours
- PS elective 3 credit hours