Begin Date: Summer Session 1997
End Date: Spring Semester 1999
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 policy making 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 124 credits is required.
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)
GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(3 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)
ELECTIVES: 18 credits
BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in front of Bulletin.)
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 39 credits
(This includes 3 credits of GS General Education courses.)
PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
PL SC 001 GS(3), 014 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
PL SC 418(3), 442(3) (Sem: 5-8)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
Select 3 credits from HIST 120 GS(3) or 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 004 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits from PL SC 020(3), 022 DF(3), 145 DF(3), or 150 DF(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits from GEOG 128 GS;DF(3) or 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)
 A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
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The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.
Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1997
Blue Sheet Item #: 25-01-035
Review Date: 6/2/99 (General Education Update)