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International Politics Concentration Requirements

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
PSC 140
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
PSC 150
INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
Plus one other 100-level offering:4
PSC 120
THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM
PSC 130
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY

Intermediate Courses: 20 quarter hours

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select three 200-level courses from the following:12
PSC 242
AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
PSC 243
RUSSIAN-AMERICAN RELATIONS
PSC 244
LATIN AMERICAN-UNITED STATES RELATIONS
PSC 245
FOREIGN POLICIES OF WESTERN EUROPE
PSC 246
ASIAN FOREIGN POLICY
PSC 247
U.S. - AFRICA RELATIONS
PSC 249
TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
PSC 250
EUROPEAN POLITICS
PSC 251
RUSSIAN POLITICS
PSC 252
LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS
PSC 253
ASIAN POLITICS
PSC 254
AFRICAN POLITICS
PSC 255
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
PSC 340
THE EUROPEAN UNION
PSC 341
POLITICAL ISLAM AND AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
PSC 342
ARMS, SECURITY, AND WAR
PSC 343
ASIAN POLITICAL ECONOMY
PSC 344
WORLD POLITICAL ECONOMY
PSC 345
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN WORLD POLITICS
PSC 346
THE UNITED NATIONS AND WORLD PROBLEMS
PSC 347
ETHICS IN WORLD POLITICS
PSC 349
ADVANCED TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
PSC 350
JAPANESE POLITICS
PSC 351
REVOLUTION AND TERRORISM
PSC 352
CHINESE POLITICS
PSC 353
COMPARATIVE DEMOCRACY AND DICTATORSHIP
PSC 354
POLITICAL REPRESENTATION IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
PSC 356
ETHNIC CONFLICT IN THE THIRD WORLD
PSC 358
GLOBAL GENDER ISSUES
PSC 359
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.

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