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Begin Date: Summer Session 2007
End Date: Spring Semester 2009

International Politics

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (INTPL)

PROFESSOR DONNA BAHRY, Head

This major, administered within the Department of Political Science, is designed to provide students with a broad, comprehensive education in international politics by offering students concentrations in International Relations, International Political Economy, and Security Studies. While most of the required courses are in the areas of international and comparative politics, the curriculum includes courses in economics, geography, risk analysis, and history. The major provides an opportunity to study in detail a variety of crucial contemporary issues--conflict among and within nations, democratization, economic and political globalization, regional conflicts and the emerging importance of non-state actors--as well as analysis of foreign and economic policy making and security issues in the United States and other nations.

The major prepares students for career opportunities with U.S. government executive agencies dealing with foreign affairs, international and homeland security, and the international economy; 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 and international relations.

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
(0-3 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this 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: 15-18 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 this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 39 credits[1]
(This includes 0-3 credits of GS General Education courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (3 credits)
PL SC 014 GS;IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6-24 credits)
PL SC 001 GS(3) or PL SC 007 GS(3)* (Sem: 1-4)
*PL SC 007 is recommended for students doing the National Security Concentration
Select 3 credits from PL SC 003 GS;IL(3), PL SC 020 GS;IL(3), PL SC 022 IL(3), PL SC 150(3) (Sem: 1-4)

Select 9-24 credits from one of the following concentrations a, b, or c:

a. International Relations Concentration (15-24 credits)
Select 6 credits from PL SC 410(3), PL SC 412(3) PL SC 418(3), PL SC 442(3), PL SC 481(3), (Sem: 4-8)
Select 3-6 credits (no more than 3 credits may be below the 300 level) from HIST 120 GS;IL(3), HIST 142 GS;IL(3), HIST 143 GH;IL(3), HIST 144 GH;US;IL(3), HIST 173 GH;IL(3), HIST 175 GH;IL(3), HIST 179 GH;IL(3), HIST 181 GH;IL(3), HIST 192 GH;IL(3), HIST 320(3), HIST 420 IL(3), HIST 423 IL(3), HIST 430 IL(3), HIST 452 US;IL(3), HIST 467 US;IL(3), HIST 468 IL(3), HIST 473 IL(3), HIST 479 IL(3), HIST 481 IL(3), HIST 486 IL(3) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3-6 credits (no more than 3 credits may be below the 300 level) from ECON 002 GS(3), ECON 004 GS(3), ECON 333 GS(3) or I B 303 IL(3) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3-6 credits (no more than 3 credits may be below the 300 level) from GEOG 123 GS;IL(3), GEOG 124 GS;IL(3),GEOG 128 GS;IL(3), GEOG 430(3), GEOG 438W(3), GEOG 431(3), GEOG 444(3), GEOG 364(3), GEOG 464(3), GEOG 428 US(3), GEOG 424 US;IL(3), GEOG 463(3), GEOG 468(3) (Sem: 1-8)

b. National Security Concentration (18 credits)
CRIM 406(3), SRA 111 GS(3), SRA 211(3) (Sem: 4-8)
Select 6 credits from PL SC 410(3), PL SC 418(3), PL SC 442(3) (Sem: 4-8)
Select 3 credits from ECON 002 GS(3), ECON 004 GS(3), ECON 333 GS(3) or I B 303 IL(3) GEOG 123 GS;IL(3), GEOG 124 GS;IL(3), GEOG 128 GS;IL(3), GEOG 364(3), GEOG 424 US;IL(3), GEOG 428 US(3) ,GEOG 430(3), GEOG 431(3), GEOG 438W(3), GEOG 444(3), GEOG 463(3), GEOG 464(3), GEOG 468(3), HIST 120 GS;IL(3), HIST 142 GS;IL(3), HIST 143 GH;IL(3), HIST 144 GH;US;IL(3), HIST 173 GH;IL(3), HIST 175 GH;IL(3), HIST 179 GH;IL(3), HIST 181 GH;IL(3), HIST 192 GH;IL(3), HIST 320(3), HIST 420 IL(3), HIST 423 IL(3), HIST 430 IL(3), HIST 452 US;IL(3), HIST 467 US;IL(3), HIST 468 IL(3), HIST 473 IL(3), HIST 479 IL(3), HIST 481 IL(3), HIST 486 IL(3) (Sem: 1-8)

c. International Political Economy Concentration (18-21 credits)
Select 6 credits: 3-6 credits from PL SC 410(3), PL SC 412(3), PL SC 481(3) or 0-3 credits from PL SC 418(3), PL SC 442(3) (Sem: 4-8)
Select 6 credits (no more than 3 credits may be below the 300 level) from ECON 002 GS(3), ECON 004 GS(3), ECON 333 GS(3), ECON 433(3), ECON 434(3), ECON 443(3), ECON 444(3), ECON 451(3), ECON 471(3), ECON 472(3), ECON 474(3), or I B 303 IL(3) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits from HIST 120 GS;IL(3), HIST 142 GS;IL(3), HIST 143 GH;IL(3), HIST 144 GH;US;IL(3), HIST 173 GH;IL(3), HIST 175 GH;IL(3), HIST 179 GH;IL(3), HIST 181 GH;IL(3), HIST 192 GH;IL(3), HIST 320(3), HIST 420 IL(3), HIST 423 IL(3), HIST 430 IL(3), HIST 452 US;IL(3), HIST 467 US;IL(3), HIST 468 IL(3), HIST 473 IL(3), HIST 479 IL(3), HIST 481 IL(3), HIST 486 IL(3) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits from GEOG 123 GS;IL(3), GEOG 124 GS;IL(3), GEOG 128 GS;IL(3), GEOG 364(3), GEOG 424 US;IL(3), GEOG 428 US(3), GEOG 430(3), GEOG 431(3), GEOG 438W(3), GEOG 444(3), GEOG 463(3), GEOG 464(3), GEOG 468(3), GEOG 475H(3) (Sem: 1-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 Credits)
Select 0-12 credits from 400-level political science courses in International Relations or Comparative Politics (excluding courses taken to fulfill other requirements in the major) from an approved department list in consultation with an adviser. (Sem: 3-8)

and/or:

Select 0-12 credits of foreign language courses beyond the 12th-credit level (9 of these credits must be at the 400 level. With adviser approval, all 12 credits may be below the 400 level , but must be in addition to the language proficiency for BA requirements) (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 2007

Blue Sheet Item #: 35-06-461

Review Date: 4/10/07

UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07

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