Political Science and International Relations
Michael Federici, program coordinator
The International Relations major offers courses to open doors around the world. A foreign language component is required. 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) pathway. The pathway allows undergraduate students an opportunity to complete select requirements for both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees simultaneously. Upon successful completion of the ABM Pathway, students must submit an application (including application fee) to the graduate program. Additional application requirements will be waived, and the student will be admitted to the program automatically. For more information about the ABM pathway, see the Graduate Catalog. NOTE: Applications for this ABM pathway are no longer being accepted. Current ABM students may complete the pathway in place at the time of application.
*This program requires courses that can also fulfill requirements of the General Education curriculum. If program requirements are also used to fulfill General Education requirements, the number of elective hours may vary.
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 required by the program meets General Education requirements:
Major Requirements (37 hours)
International Relations (6 hours)
Comparative Government (6 hours)
Substitutions may be made with the advisor’s consent.
Political Science Electives (6 hours)
Six hours from the courses listed above or from
Foreign Language Requirement (6 hours)
- Students must successfully complete 2010 and 2020 or any courses numbered above the 2000 level in a single foreign language.
Curriculum: International Relations, B.A.
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 6 credit hours
- FL 2010 and 2020 6 credit hours
- PS elective 3 credit hours
- General electives 6 credit hours