International Relations B.A. & B.S.

International relations is an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree that ensures an excellent grounding in political, economic, and historical fundamentals, while also providing substantial flexibility for students to pursue study of the global issues or world regions they find most interesting.  International Relations provides outstanding preparation for work in the diplomatic service, multinational corporations, intelligence organizations, international organizations, think tanks, public health agencies, or international media organizations.

Students may earn either a B.A. or a B.S. degree in political science.  Students will work with their departmental advisor to select the program best suited to their academic and professional goals.

Requirements for International Relations Major

A.) Core Classes (12-13 s.h.)

  • POLI:1500 Introduction to International Relations
  • POLI:3512 International Conflict
  • POLI:3516 Politics of International Economics
  • HIST:1403 Western Civilization III; HIST:3143 International Politics: History of the Present; 
  •                   or HIST:3155 The World Since 1945

B.) Methods Class (3 s.h.)

  • POLI:3000 Understanding Political Research

C.) Senior Seminar (3 s.h.)

  • POLI:4800  International Relations Senior Seminar

D.) IR Track: choose one of four, see below (15 s.h.)

E.) For the B.S. ONLY

B.S. students must complete one of the three sets of mathematics and statistics courses with a grade point of 2.00. The following sets of mathematics or statistics courses are approved and should be chosen in consultation with an advisor:

Option 1

  • MATH:1380Calculus for Business
  • STAT:4143Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • STAT:6513 Intermediate Statistical Methods

Option 2

  • MATH:1380 Calculus for Business
  • STAT:1030 Statistics for Business
  • ECON:2800 Statistics for Strategy Problems

Option 3

  • MATH:1850 Calculus
  • MATH:1850Calculus II
  • STAT:4143Introduction to Statistical Methods
International Relations Tracks

Conflict and Foreign Policy (15 s.h.)

Required (3 s.h.)

  • POLI:1501 Introduction to American Foreign Policy

Choose four of these, two from HIST and two from POLI (12 s.h. minimum)

  • HIST:4105 World Events in Historical Context
  • HIST:4125 War and Peace in the Twentieth Century
  • HIST:4146 The History of Warfare
  • HIST:4176 Vietnam War on Film
  • HIST:4228 Cold War America
  • HIST:4230 The Political Culture of U.S. Foreign Policy
  • HIST:4232 United States in World Affairs
  • HIST:4264 U.S.A. in a World at War 1931-1945
  • HIST:4435 War and Society in Modern Europe
  • HIST:4499 First World War
  • HIST:4520 Latin Amer & U.S.: Historic Perspective
  • HIST:4525 Latin American Revolution
  • HIST:4617 History, Memory, and Pacific War
  • HIST:4620 Japan--U.S. Relations
  • POLI:2416 Revolutions and Political Violence
  • POLI:3126 Environmental Policy
  • POLI:3405 Authoritarian Politics
  • POLI:3410 Russian Foreign Policy
  • POLI:3419 War in the Muslim World
  • POLI:3420 Southeast Asia: Democracy, Identity, and Dev
  • POLI:3421 Southern Africa Development & Governance
  • POLI:3422 Transnational Issues & Horn of Africa
  • POLI:3423 The Middle East: Policy and Diplomacy
  • POLI:3500 American Foreign Policies
  • POLI:3503 Politics of Terrorism
  • POLI:3505 Causes, Consequences, and Mgmt of Civil War
  • POLI:3506 Consequences of War
  • POLI:3514 Regional Peace and Security
  • POLI:3518 Water Wars: Conflict and Cooperation
  • POLI:3520 National Security Policy
  • POLI:3521 21st Century Technology and Warfare
  • POLI:3522 Ending Wars and Keeping Peace
  • POLI:3550 Problems of International Politics
  • POLI:3603 War and Film
  • POLI:4500 Honors Seminar

International Business and Economic Relations (15 s.h.)

Choose two (6 s.h.)

  • ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON:1200  Principles of Macroeconomics
  • GEOG:2910 The Global Economy

Choose three of these, from at least two different departments (9 s.h.)

  • ECON:3345 Global Economics and Business
  • ECON:3620 Economic Growth and Development
  • ECON:3625 Environmental & Natural Resrc Economics
  • ECON:3750 Transportation Economics
  • ECON:4110 International Economics
  • ENTR:4460 Entrepreneurship and Global Trade
  • FIN:4240 International Finance (prerequisite required)
  • MGMT:3450 Intl Business Environment (two prereqs)
  • MKTG:4300 International Marketing (prereqs required)
  • POLI:2417 Comparative Environmental Policy
  • POLI:3126 Environmental Policy
  • POLI:3400 Introduction to Political Economy
  • POLI:3502 Politics and the Multinational Enterprise
  • POLI:3504 Globalization
  • POLI:4500 Honors Seminar on International Politics
  • GEOG:2410 Environment and Development
  • GEOG:3070 Hungry Planet Global Geographies of Food
  • HIST:3126 History of Globalization
  • IS:3200 Political Economy of Int'l Development 
  • IS:3333 Economics & Religion

Regional Politics and Relationships (15 s.h.)

Required (3 s.h.)

  • POLI:1400 Introduction to Comparative Politics

Choose four of these, two from HIST and two from POLI (12 s.h. minimum)

  • HIST:1008 Issues in European Politics and Society
  • HIST:2602 Civilizations of Asia: China 
  • HIST:2604 Civilizations of Asia: Japan
  • HIST:2606 Civilizations of Asia: South Asia
  • HIST:2607 Civilizations of Asia: Korea
  • HIST:2608 Civilizations of Africa
  • HIST:3145 Europe and the U.S. in the Twentieth Century
  • HIST:4289 The Atlantic World c. 1450-1850
  • HIST:4438 Modern European Imperialism
  • HIST:4460 Twentieth-Century Europe: The Nazi Era
  • HIST:4461 Twentieth-Century Europe: Cold War and After
  • HIST:4464 Modern France 1789-1871
  • HIST:4465 Modern France 1870-Present
  • HIST:4475 Germany Since 1914: Weimar, Hitler, & After
  • HIST:4486 Modern Britain: The Twentieth Century
  • HIST:4493 Soviet Union 1917-1945
  • HIST:4501 Society and Revolution in Cuba
  • HIST:4502 History of Mexico
  • HIST:4515 Introduction to Modern Latin America
  • HIST:4525 Latin American Revolution
  • HIST:4615 Modern Japan
  • HIST:4616 Japanese History & Society 1945-Present
  • HIST:4640 Imperialism and Modern India
  • HIST:4655 China Since 1927
  • HIST:4666 Topics in Asian History
  • HIST:4685 Modern Korean History
  • HIST:4715 African History Since 1880
  • HIST:4810 History of the Modern Middle East
  • HIST:4815 Topics in the Modern Middle East
  • POLI:1401 Intro to the Politics of Russia and Eurasia
  • POLI:1403 Introduction to Politics in the Muslim World
  • POLI:1445 Introduction to Asian Politics
  • POLI:2415 Latin American Politics
  • POLI:3401 European Union
  • POLI:3403 Parties and Elections Around the World
  • POLI:3405 Authoritarian Politics
  • POLI:3408 Chinese Politics and Society
  • POLI:3410 Russian Foreign Policy
  • POLI:3412 Government and Politics of Europe
  • POLI:3413 Russian Politics
  • POLI:3419 War in the Muslim World
  • POLI:3420 Southeast Asia: Democracy, Identity, and Dev
  • POLI:3421 Southern Africa Development & Governance
  • POLI:3422 Transnational Issues and the Horn of Africa
  • POLI:3423 The Middle East: Policy and Diplomacy
  • POLI:3450 Problems in Comparative Politics
  • POLI:3514 Regional Peace and Security
  • POLI:4400 Honors Seminar on Comparative Politics

Transnational Issues (15 s.h.)

Choose five of these, including at least 3 s.h. from each of three departments (15 s.h.)

  • ECON:3625 Environmental & Natural Resrc Economics
  • ECON:3750 Transportation Economics 
  • ECON:3760 Health Economics
  • HIST:4101 History of Human Rights
  • HIST:4438 Modern European Imperialism
  • HIST:4508 Medicine & Publ Hlth Latin Am 1820-2000
  • HIST:4640 Imperialism and Modern India
  • HIST:4725 Women and Gender in African History
  • POLI:2417 Comparative Environmental Policy
  • POLI:3126 Environmental Policy
  • POLI:3421 Southern Africa Development & Governance
  • POLI:3422 Transnational Issues and the Horn of Africa
  • POLI:3501 International Organization & World Order
  • POLI:3507 Women and Politics in Global Perspective
  • POLI:3509 Int'l Courts Intersection Law & Politics
  • POLI:3511 International Law
  • POLI:3513 Politics of International Human Rights Law
  • POLI:3515 Global Communication and Politics
  • SOC: 3415 Global Criminology
  • GEOG:1020 The Global Environment
  • GEOG:1070 Contemporary Environmental Issues
  • GEOG:1090 Globalization and Geographic Diversity
  • GEOG:2110 Population Geography
  • GEOG:2410 Environment and Development
  • GEOG:3070 Hungry Planet Global Geographies of Food
  • GEOG:3110 Geography of Health
  • GEOG:3331 Human Dimensions of Climate
  • GEOG:3780 U.S. Energy Policy in Global Context
  • GEOG:4770 Environmental Justice
  • GWSS:2045 Working for Social Justice
  • GWSS:3157 Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights
  • GHS:3030 Global Health Conference
  • GHS:3050 Global Aging
  • GHS:3110 Health of Indigenous Peoples
  • GHS:3141 Design With the Developing World
  • GHS:3720 Global Health Seminar
  • GHS:3850 Promoting Health Globally
  • GHS:4160 History of Public Health
  • GHS:4162 History of Global Health
  • GHS:4180 Climate Change and Health
  • GHS:4210 International Health
  • GHS:4340 Global Health and Global Food
  • GHS:4600 Global Health and Human Rights
  • HRTS:3895 Human Rights and Community Development
  • HRTS:3900 Child Labor and International Human Rights
  • HRTS:3905 Topics in Human Rights
  • HRTS:3906 Human Rights Systems: Enforcement
  • HRTS:3910 Human Rights Advocacy
  • IS:3116 Comm-Based Approaches International Dev
  • IS:3200 Political Economy of Int'l Development
  • IS:4131 Globalization and Culture
Additional Requirements
  • The department will review coursework taken from other colleges or universities for credit toward the political science major.However, students
  • Majors must maintain at least a 2.0 major and UI major grade-point average.
  • All coursework for the major must be taken on a graded basis; courses taken on a P/N or S/F basis will not count toward the major.
  • Students may apply up to 12 s.h. of coursework from another major, minor, or certificate to the international relations major.