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International Relations - Course Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in International Relations

A degree in international relations requires the completion of nine required courses (27 credit hours):

Core (Required) Courses:
ECON 23020 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 23030 Principles of Macroeconomics
IR 10000 Introduction to International Relations
IR 20000 International Organizations & the Global Architecture
IR 30000 Diplomatic Affairs: Peace & Conflict Resolution
IR 40000 The Politics of the Global Governance
IR 41000 The Politics of Global Development
PS 30000 Comparative Analysis
PS 35000 International Relations Theory

Seven courses selected from the following options:
GEO 20700 – World Economic Geography (3)
HIS 20000 – History of the Contemporary World (3)
HIS 32100 – The United States in the Age of the Cold War (3)
HIS 33800 – War and Society in the Twentieth Century (3)
FLF 33700 – History of French Civilization (3)
FLF 35100 – Masterpieces of French Literature since 1800 (3)
FLF 41300 – Twentieth-Century French Theatre (3)
FLS 33500 – Peninsular Spanish Culture and Civilization (3)
FLS 33600 – Latin American Culture and Civilization (3)
FLS 41500 – The 20th-Century Spanish Novel (3)
FLS 41600 – The Role of Women in Hispanic Societies (3)
INTL 38000 – Global Business and Society (3)
INTL 48040 – International Economics (3)
INTL 48060 – International Risk and Politics (3)
PS 30100 – Comparative Public Policy (3)
PS 30700 – Public Affairs: Writing and Reporting (3)
PS 31500 – Policy Analysis Statistics (3)
PS 35100 – American Foreign Policy (3)
PS 47500 – Governmental and Economic Research (3)

No more than three courses may be FLF or FLS courses.

International Relations - Course Descriptions

IR 10000 Introduction to International Relations (3)
This course explores how religion, ethnicity, and nationalism become major factors that influence globalization and international politics. The course will focus on how identities which are formed through religion, ethnicity, and nationality are often the source of fierce conflict and violence in different regions of the world. The course will also provide insight into how religious identity, ethnicity, and nationality are often used in stereotypical and simplistic ways that tend to foster political conflict and violence. Offered every semester.

IR 20000 International Organizations & the Global Architecture (3)
This course introduces the notion of constitutionalization as a relatively recent aspect in the process that has been labeled governance beyond the state. It focuses on key elements of governance such as formal (“hard”) and informal (“soft”) institutions, modes of cooperation among international and transnational actors in world politics, changing practices and contexts of rights in national and transnational organization, and addressing stylistic responses of policy issues. The patterns emerge as processes of institutionalization, legalization, civilization, regulation, socialization, and constitutionalization in which the political weight of policy issues and their political assessment changes and new political arenas are created, all of which lay the foundation for a global architecture. Offered fall semester only.

IR 30000 Diplomatic Affairs: Peace & Conflict Resolution (3)
This course examines historical and comparative approaches to public diplomacy, a term used interchangeably with propaganda, mass persuasion, and international public relations. Students will learn how public diplomacy operates in both public and private settings, by individuals and institutions, and will review traditional, critical, war, and peace perspectives on the subject. It examines the evolving definition of the term in the post-9/11 world and its varying practical applications in different regions of the world.
Special attention will be paid to major historical conflicts and their associated resolutions. Offered spring semester only.
Prerequisite: IR 10000, IR 20000, and ENG 17000.

IR 40000 The Politics of Global Governance (3)
This course is based on the interdisciplinary relationship between political authority (most commonly represented by the state but increasingly also by a range of international institutions) and the distribution of wealth and resources evident in the market economy are examined. Further, this course will enhance students’ understanding of “globalization,” what it entails, its significance and the challenges it poses. “Globalization” is examined as an historical transformatory process that has resulted from the decisions of states, but which also forces states to adjust their national policies and institutions and to build new supranational, intergovernmental and transnational institutions. Offered fall semester of odd numbered years.
Prerequisite: IR 10000, IR 20000, IR 30000, and ENG 17000.

IR 41000 The Politics of Global Development (3)
This course encourages critical reflection on global structural injustices and strategies for action to transform the world in the interests of equity and the pursuit of peace. Focusing on the realities and impact of global economic deprivation, inequality and the intractable conflicts that lead to environmental degradation, poverty and displacement, this course will review relevant theories in law, philosophy, economics, anthropology, and the sociology of justice. Further, this course will examine particular themes in relation to case studies in different regions of the world where long standing structural violence and inequality have led to oppression and injustice. Offered spring semester of even numbered years.
Pre-requisite: IR 10000, IR 20000, IR 30000, and ENG 17000.

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