International Politics Concentration, Political Science (BA)

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The concentration in international politics is designed to provide students with an opportunity to focus on comparative and international politics. ​

Course Requirements

Core Courses: 8 quarter hours

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select one of the following:4
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
Plus one other 100-level offering:4
THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY

Intermediate Courses: 20 quarter hours

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select three 200-level courses from the following:12
AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
RUSSIAN-AMERICAN RELATIONS
LATIN AMERICAN-UNITED STATES RELATIONS
FOREIGN POLICIES OF WESTERN EUROPE
ASIAN FOREIGN POLICY
U.S. - AFRICA RELATIONS
TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
EUROPEAN POLITICS
RUSSIAN POLITICS
LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS
ASIAN POLITICS
AFRICAN POLITICS
MIDDLE EAST POLITICS
Select two additional courses from the following areas:8
Political Culture (PSC 210 through 219)
American Politics (PSC 220 through PSC 229)
Political Thought (PSC 230 through PSC 239)

Advanced Courses: 16 quarter hours

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select two 300-level courses from the following:8
THE EUROPEAN UNION
POLITICAL ISLAM AND AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
ARMS, SECURITY, AND WAR
ASIAN POLITICAL ECONOMY
WORLD POLITICAL ECONOMY
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN WORLD POLITICS
THE UNITED NATIONS AND WORLD PROBLEMS
ETHICS IN WORLD POLITICS
ADVANCED TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
JAPANESE POLITICS
REVOLUTION AND TERRORISM
CHINESE POLITICS
COMPARATIVE DEMOCRACY AND DICTATORSHIP
POLITICAL REPRESENTATION IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
ETHNIC CONFLICT IN THE THIRD WORLD
GLOBAL GENDER ISSUES
ADVANCED TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS

Two Additional 300-Level Courses from the Following Areas

  • Methodology (PSC 300 through PSC 309)
  • Political Thought (PSC 310 through PSC 319)
  • International Relations (PSC 320 through PSC 329)
  • Comparative Politics (PSC 330 through PSC 339)
  • Public Law (PSC 360 through PSC 369) 
  • Civic Engagement (PSC 380 through PSC 389) 

PSC Electives: 12 quarter hours

  • Three additional PSC courses at the 200 or 300 level.

Open Electives

Open elective credits are required in order to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours. These courses are to be selected in consultation with the student's faculty adviser and may include courses in fields such as economics, history, English, sociology, etc. Students may choose to use their open electives as part of a minor or to complete a double major.