International Relations

The minor in international relations is designed to provide a basic grounding in theory and practice of international affairs for students with an interest in global issues. Drawing upon upper-level courses in economics, history, and political science, the program integrates existing course offerings and provides a focused option in international affairs.

Students must complete a minimum of 18 credits, drawn from the required courses and options outlined below. Please note that students are responsible for completing any necessary prerequisites before enrolling in these courses. One common prerequisite for the political science courses is PSC 116—Introduction to International Politics. Required courses may not be offered every semester, so please contact your advisor before your senior year. Requirements include PSC 211, ECN 338 or PSC 422, and one of the following capstone courses: PSC 408, 416, 417, 422, 431, 434, 435, 481, 544, 580, 581, and 584. The capstone course cannot be used to meet any other requirement within the minor.

In addition to the required courses, students must take at least one course from each of the following groups, for a total of 18 credits: international relations theory (PSC 300, 350, 417, 431, 434, 435, 544, 546, 580, and 584); international political economy (ECN 305, 338, 344, 363; PSC 402, 403,422, 521, 581, and 595); comparative government (HIS 332, 333, 374, 375, 381, 382, 384, 388; PSC 201, 320, 321, 377, 408, 410, 415, 416, 481, and 584).

The Department of Political Science administers this program; interested students should contact Professor Marc Hutchison, Professor Nicolai Petro or Professor Richard McIntyre.