International Relations Degree Requirements
This interdisciplinary major has been designed to prepare students either for further study of international relations or for future employment in government or business. The curriculum consists of a four-year program in history, politics, and at least one modern foreign language.
Major: A minimum of 10 course credits, distributed as follows:
- HIS 104 (Modern Europe and Its Critics), 210 (Warfare and Society in Modern Times), and 315 (Diplomacy of War and Revolution);
- ECB 101 (Macroeconomics);
- POL 242 (International Politics) and 348 (U.S. Foreign Policy); one course selected from POL 331 (Gender in Developing Countries), 346 (Political Economy of Developing Countries), or 334 (Seminar: Strategies to Alleviate Poverty); and one course selected from POL 330 (Women and Politics: A Cross-National Perspective) or 349 (International Political Economy);
- One course selected from the following: ECB 223 (International Economics), 261 (Global Environmental Economics), or 263 (Multinational Corporation in Central America); FRE 303 (Cultures of France and the Francophone World); HIS 323 (Russia from 1941); REL 222 (Religions of the World); RUS 281 (Introduction to Russian Culture through Literature and Film) or 384 (Russia Today); SPA 381 (Peninsular Culture and Civilization) or 385 (Latin American Culture and Civilization);
- FRE, GER, JPN, RUS, SPA 205, or equivalent; and
- Either one course for college credit taught outside the United States (to be approved in advance by the International Relations Committee) or the 301 (Composition and Conversation) course or its equivalent in a modern language. Students whose native language is not English or who have lived for at least one year outside the United States in a non-English-speaking country will be considered to have fulfilled the language/travel requirement.