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International Politics (INTPL) - ARCHIVE

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Begin Date: Summer Session 1997
End Date: Spring Semester 2006

International Politics - ARCHIVE

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (INTPL)

PROFESSOR LAWRENCE A. SCAFF, Head

This major, administered within the Department of Political Science, is designed to provide students with a broad, comprehensive education in international relations and foreign policy. While the bulk of the required courses are in the areas of international and comparative politics or area studies, the curriculum also comprises courses in international economics, political geography, and diplomatic history as major requirements. The major provides an opportunity to study in detail a variety of crucial contemporary issues--nuclear strategy and arms control, European integration, North-South issues, economic competition among the major powers, etc.--as well as analysis of foreign policymaking in the United States and other nations.

The major is intended to help prepare students for career opportunities with the U.S. government executive agencies dealing with foreign affairs (State Department, C.I.A., Defense Department, etc.); with relevant committees of the U.S. Congress; with multinational corporations, banks, and consulting firms; and with international organizations. The major also provides preparation for law and business schools and for graduate study in political science, international relations, and public policy.

For the B.A. degree in International Politics, a minimum of 123 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(3 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

ELECTIVES: 18 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in front of Bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 39 credits[1]
(This includes 3 credits of GS General Education courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
PL SC 001 GS(3), PL SC 014 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
PL SC 418(3), PL SC 442(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
Select 3 credits from HIST 120 GS(3) or HIST 420(3) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits from ECON 333 GS(3) or I B 303(3) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits from ECON 002 GS(3) or ECON 004 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits from PL SC 020 GS(3), PL SC 022(3), PL SC 145(3), or PL SC 150(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits from GEOG 128 GS;IL(3) or GEOG 460(3) (Sem: 3-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 12 credits chosen from 400-level political science courses in foreign policy, international politics, comparative politics, PL SC 419(3), and/or from foreign language courses beyond the 12th-credit level (6 of these 12 credits must be at the 400 level) (Sem: 3-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1997

Blue Sheet Item #: 25-01-035

Review Date: 01/19/00 (General Education information updated)

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