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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

International Politics

University Park , College of the Liberal Arts (INTPL)

PROFESSOR SCOTT BENNETT, 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 options 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.

Per Senate Policy 83-80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended program.

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.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 9 credits

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

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
PL SC 001 GS(3) or PL SC 007 GS(3)* (Sem: 1-4)
* PL SC 007 is recommended for students choosing the National Security Option

Select 3 credits from PL SC 003 GS;IL(3), PL SC 020 GS;IL(3), PL SC 022 GS;IL(3), PL SC 150(3) (Sem: 1-4)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 30 credits

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OPTION: (30 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
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 427 IL (3), HIST 430 IL(3), HIST/AAA S 431 US;IL(3); HIST/AAA S 432 IL(3); HIST 434 IL(3); HIST 435 (3); HIST 446 US(3); HIST 447 US(3); HIST 452 US;IL(3), HIST 454 US(3); HIST 460 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 102 GS(3), ECON 104 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 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) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits 3 credits from PL SC 412(3) or PL SC 481(3) and 3 credits from PL SC 418(3) or PL SC 442(3) (Sem: 4-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 Credits)
Select 12 credits from 400-level political science courses in International Relations, Comparative Politics, or Theory/Methodology (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 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)

NATIONAL SECURITY OPTION: (30 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
CRIM 406(3), SRA 111 GS(3), SRA 211(3) (Sem: 4-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
Select 3 credits from ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 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 427 IL(3), HIST 430 IL(3), HIST/AF AM 431 US; IL (3), HIST/AF AM 432 IL(3), HIST 434 IL(3), HIST 435 IL(3), HIST 446 US(3), HIST 447 US(3), HIST 452 US;IL(3), HIST 454 US(3), HIST 460 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 6 credits from PL SC 412(3), PL SC 418(3), PL SC/CRIMJ 439(3), PL SC 442(3), PL SC 481(3) (Sem: 4-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 Credits)
Select 12 credits from 400-level political science courses in International Relations, Comparative Politics, or Theory/Methodology (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 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)

INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY OPTION: (30 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
Select 6 credits : 3 credits from PL SC 412(3) or PL SC 481(3) and 3 credits from PL SC 418(3) or PL SC 442(3) (Sem: 4-8)
Select 9 credits (no more than 3 credits may be below the 300 level) from ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 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 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)
AF AM/ HIST 431 US; IL (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 427 IL(3), HIST 430 IL(3),  HIST/AF AM 432 IL(3), HIST 434 IL(3), HIST 435 IL(3), HIST 446 US(3), HIST 447 US(3), HIST 452 US;IL(3), HIST 454 US(3), HIST 460 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)

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

Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate (IUG) Degree Program B.A. in International Politics and Master's in International Affairs (M.I.A.)

The integrated undergraduate-graduate (IUG) degree program (B.A. in International Politics/M.I.A. in International Affairs) will provide an opportunity for strong students in International Politics to complete a Master’s degree with 5 total years of study.

The demand for graduate training in international affairs will grow significantly in the near future along with the burgeoning requirements for international knowledge and professional experience in commerce, humanitarian service, and public affairs. The career choices for graduates with this training will also expand sharply. The integrated degree program would prepare students for a variety of careers requiring an interdisciplinary background in politics and international affairs. Examples of types of entities hiring in these areas are federal, state, and local governments, international organizations, multinational corporations, international banking and financial institutions, media organizations and journalism, consulting firms, policy research centers, and development assistance programs and foundations.

The IUG degree in International Affairs and International Politics is both timely and consistent with the tradition of interdisciplinary studies at other schools of international affairs. It will also strengthen the School of International Affairs’ existing collaborations and interactions with the College of the Liberal Arts.

Admission Requirements

The number of openings in the integrated B.A./M.I.A. program is limited. Admission will be selective based on specific criteria set by the School of International Affairs. Students shall be admitted to an IUG program no earlier than the beginning of the third semester of undergraduate study at Penn State (regardless of transfer or AP credits accumulated prior to enrollment) and no later than the end of the second week of the semester preceding the semester of expected conferral of the undergraduate degree, as specified in the proposed IUG plan of study.
Specific requirements:

  1. Must be enrolled in the International Politics B.A. program.
  2. Must apply to and be accepted without reservation into The Graduate School and the M.I.A. program in the School of International Affairs. Students must complete the Graduate School application. All applicants will submit GRE scores, two letters of recommendation and a personal statement addressing their reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in international affairs and discussing their plans and goals.
  3. Although the program has no fixed minimum grade-point average, an applicant is generally expected to have a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in undergraduate coursework and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in all coursework completed for the major.
  4. Must include a plan of study identifying undergraduate credits to be applied to the M.I.A. degree elective requirements.
  5. Must provide written endorsement from the head of the undergraduate program/department.

M.I.A. Requirements for the Integrated B.A./M.I.A.

The M.I.A. portion of the integrated B.A./M.I.A. will require the completion of a minimum of 42 credits at the 400 level or higher, at least 18 of which are from six core courses consisting of INTAF 801(3), 802(3), 803(3), 804(3), 805(3) and INTAF 590(3). The remaining credits are attained through completion of the approved elective courses.

In addition to the core curriculum and elective courses, M.I.A. degree candidates must complete either: (i) a master's paper; or (ii) a supervised internship placement. If the first option is chosen and the candidate opts to complete a paper, he/she must complete 3 credits of INTAF 594. The master's paper will involve integrating and showing mastery of the subject matter of the student's curricular emphasis, and may also involve original research. If the second option is chosen, the candidate will complete 3 credits of INTAF 595. The student will participate in a supervised internship of sufficient depth and professionalism that will allow the student to experience the integration of his/her curricular studies in an actual professional environment. A reflective paper will be submitted as a part of this credit requirement.

In order to graduate, M.I.A. degree students also will need to demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English. Proficiency will be defined as follows: (i) four semesters of a Penn State language sequence or its equivalent (15 credits with a quality grade of C or better using a 4.0 scale); (ii) native acquisition, as shown by the candidate's personal history and approved by the SIA faculty; or (iii) performance on a proficiency evaluation sufficient to equal four semesters of language learning: for this purpose, either Penn State's proficiency certification process or another pre-approved proficiency assessment may be used. Language study does not provide credits towards the degree.


M.I.A Degree
Core Courses (18)
INTAF 801(3), INTAF 802(3), INTAF 803(3), INTAF 804(3), INTAF 805(3), INTAF 590(3)
Electives (21)
Course choices are from a pre-approved list in the SIA, or by SIA faculty approved substitution

Capstone (3)
Master’s Paper (INTAF 594) or Internship (INTAF 595)
Total Degree Credits (42)

Integrated B.A./M.I.A. Degree
Core Courses (18)
INTAF 801(3), INTAF 802(3), INTAF 803(3), INTAF 804(3), INTAF 805(3), INTAF 590(3)
Electives (21)
The following 12 credits may be double counted toward the B.A. and the M.I.A.: PL SC 415(3), PL SC 441(3), PL SC 550(3), PL SC 554(3).
Capstone (3)
Master’s Paper (INTAF 594) or Internship (INTAF 595)
Total Degree Credits (42)

 Sample Program of Study
A typical sequence of coursework for a student in the IUG program would appear as follows:

Year One:

International Politics

PL SC 003; PL SC 014 or PL SC 020

Year Two:

International Politics

PL SC 001 or PL SC 007; ECON 102 or ECON 104; lower-level history course

Year Three: 

International Politics

Lower-level GEOG; GEOG/HIST or ECON requirement; PL SC 439 or PL SC 442 or other supporting course in PL SC

Year Four:

Fall Semester

INTAF 801, INTAF 802 and INTAF 803 are required. Additional 400-level PL SC, related course(s), or HIST/GEOG/Economics course(s) may be taken.

 

Spring Semester

INTAF 804, INTAF 805 and INTAF 590 are required. Additional 400-level PL SC, related course(s), or HIST/GEOG/Economics course(s) may also be taken.

Year Five:

24 credits

The following 12 credits may be double counted toward the B.A. and the M.I.A.: PL SC 415(3), PL SC 441(3), PL SC 550(3), PL SC 554(3).

Tuition Charges, Grant-in-Aid and Assistantships

Students admitted to the School of International Affairs through the IUG with International Politics may be considered to receive financial assistance.

[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: Fall Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-03-080

Review Date: 11/19/2013

UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07

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