International Relations and Comparative Politics

Bachelor of Arts - Political Science; International Relations & Comparative Politics Concentration

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 37

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

Note: Students majoring in Political Science with an concentration in International Relations and Comparative Politics must take a minimum of 37 credits of political science, including one 300-400 level course in four of the five major fields.

  • 21 of the 37 credits must be in upper-division courses.
  • No more than 7 credits of PSCI 492 and PSCI 498 combined may count toward the 37 required credits.
  • A maximum of 60 PSCI credits can count towards the Political Science Major.

Students can use the same 300/400 course to fulfill both an upper-division field requirement and the degree electives for the concentration, but they cannot double-count the course credits.

Two years of a foreign language study and/or a study-abroad program is strongly recommended.

An internship is also recommended. 

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 

Summary

Lower-Division Required Courses12
Upper-Division Required Course1
Degree Electives18
Required Upper Division Field Courses12
Public Administration and Public Policy
Political Theory
Comparative Government
International Relations
American Politics
Total Hours43

Lower-Division Required Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
PSCI 210SIntro to American Government3
PSCI 220SIntro to Comparative Govt3
PSCI 230XIntro to International Rel3
PSCI 250EIntro to Political Theory3
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper-Division Required Course

Complete the following course:
PSCI 400Adv Writing in Pol Science1
Total Hours1

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Degree Electives

Complete 6 courses and 18 credits from the following list:18
Rev & Reform Modern China
Exp Offering: Comp Politics
Politics of Europe
Climate Policies: China & U.S.
Politics of Latin America
Politics of Africa
Politics of Mexico
Politics of China
Exp Offering: Intrnt Relations
Global Environmental Pol.
International Security
American Foreign Policy
European Union
Model United Nations
State Formation
Exp Offering: Comp Politics
Exp Offering: Intrnt Relations
Politics of Global Migration
International Law & Org
Politics of Social Movements
Chinese Polit & Soc Thought
Development Administration
Origins of Democracy and Authoritarianism
Politics of the World Economy
Total Hours18

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Required Upper-Division Field Courses

Rule: Complete one upper-division course in four of the five fields listed below. 12 total credits required. Any field course can also be counted toward a Political Science concentration.

Public Administration and Public Policy

Complete 3 credits from the following courses:3
State and Local Government
Exp Offering: Public Admin
Public Administration
Pub Policy Issues and Analysis
Health Care Policy
Administrative Law
Human Resource Management
Development Administration
Nonprofit Adm & Pub Svc
Adv Nonprofit Adm
Public Policy Cycle and the Climate
Ethics and Public Policy
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Political Theory

Complete 3 credits from the following courses:3
Exp Offering: Political Theory
American Political Thought
Contemp Issues in Pol Theory
Ancient & Medieval Pol Phil
Exp Offering: Political Theory
Utopianism and its Critics
Modern Political Theory
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Comparative Government

Complete 3 credits from the following courses:3
Tribal Sovereignty
Rev & Reform Modern China
Exp Offering: Comp Politics
Politics of Europe
Climate Policies: China & U.S.
Politics of Latin America
Politics of Africa
Politics of Mexico
Politics of China
State Formation
Exp Offering: Comp Politics
Politics of Social Movements
Chinese Polit & Soc Thought
Origins of Democracy and Authoritarianism
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

International Relations

Complete 3 credits from the following courses:3
Exp Offering: Intrnt Relations
Global Environmental Pol.
International Security
American Foreign Policy
European Union
Model United Nations
Exp Offering: Intrnt Relations
Politics of Global Migration
International Law & Org
Development Administration
Politics of the World Economy
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

American Politics

Complete 3 credits from the following courses:3
Exp Offering: American Govt
Political Parties and Election
Media, Public Opinion, Polling
State and Local Government
American Political System
US Multicultural Politics
American Political Thought
Pub Policy Issues and Analysis
Courts and Judicial Politics
Exp Offering: American Govt
Politics of Social Movements
Am Political Participation
Political Psychology
Public Policy Cycle and the Climate
American Constitutional Law
Civil Rights Seminar
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-