International Relations and Comparative Politics

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

College Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 40

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2017-2018

Note: Students majoring in Political Science with an concentration in International Relations and Comparative Politics must take a minimum of 40 credits of political science, including one 300-400 level course in four of the five major fields.

  • 21 of the 40 credits must be in upper-division courses.
  • No more than 7 credits of PSCI 492 and PSCI 498 combined may count toward the 40 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 and concentration requirements, but cannot double-count the course credits.

It is strongly recommended that a student complete either

  1. Two years of a foreign language study.
  2. A study-abroad program or an internship is strongly recommended.

General Education Requirements

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

Summary

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

Required Lower Division Courses

Rule: Must 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-


Required Upper Division Course

Rule: Must complete the following course:

PSCI 400Adv Writing in Pol Science1
Total Hours1

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Degree Electives

Rule: Must complete the following subcategories

Note: 3 of these credits can be counted toward fulfilling the upper-division core.

15-18 Total Credits Required

International Relations Field Courses

Select three of the following:9
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 Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Comparative Politics Field Courses

Select three of the following:9
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 Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Required Upper Division Field Courses

Rule: Must complete 1 upper division course in 4 of the 5 fields:

Note: Any field course can also be counted toward a Political Science concentration.

Minimum Required Grade: C-

12 Total Credits Required

Public Administration

Select 3 credits from the following:3
State and Local Government
Exp Offering: Public Admin
Public Administration
Pub Policy Issues and Analysis
Health Care Policy
Environmental Health 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

Select 3 credits from the following: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

Select 3 credits from the following:3
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

Select 3 credits from the following: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

Select 3 credits from the following: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
Tribal Sovereignty
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-