Political Science, B.A.L.A.S.

International Relations Concentration

International relations (IR) is the study of interactions across borders of nation-states. Students explore how global, regional, and domestic factors influence relations among states as well as non-state actors across the interstate system.

Students take advanced courses in two or more of the following topics: international law and organization, international cooperation, international political economy, globalization, foreign policy, diplomacy, political strategy in IR, conflict, interstate war, civil war, terrorism, global environmental politics, and international human rights.

See the Political Science Distinction page for departmental distinction information.

Summary of Degree Requirements

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours. Minimum required major and supporting course work equates to 50 hours including 30 hours of Political Science courses. The supporting coursework requirement may be met by a second major or minor. 

Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Affairs Office before the end of the fifth semester (60-75 hours). Please see your advisor. The plan will consist of the selection of a concentration and 12 hours of supporting coursework approved by an advisor.

See the Political Science Major page for additional requirements and departmental distinction information.

General Political Science Coursework

PS 100Intro to Political Science3
Select 6 hours from any additional 100- or 200-level Political Science courses6
Select 6 hours from any 300- or 400-level Political Science courses 16
Students will select a second major, or a minor, or a set of courses of at least 12 hours of thematically-related coursework outside political science, developed in conjunction with an academic advisor.12
Total Hours27

International Relations Concentration Requirements

Select at least one course from the following:3
Intro to Intl Relations
Intro to Intl Relations-ACP
Governing Globalization
Select 9 hours of 300- or 400- level courses from the following:9
IntroPolitics of Globalization
Intro to Pol Research
Strategic Models
Intro to Intl Security
Special Topics (as appropriate)
Congress and Foreign Policy
Politics in Intl Development
Intl Rel & Domestic Politics
International Cooperation
Intl Political Economy
Politics of Globalization
International Law
National Security Policy
American Foreign Policy
Soviet & Post-Sov Foreign Pol
Intl Organizations&Regionalism
Diplomatic Studies Practicum
Crisis Diplomacy
International Organization
International Conflict
Strategic Interntl Relations
Politics of International Treaties
Dem Gov in a Global Setting
Energy and Security
Junior Honors Seminar (as appropriate)
Select any additional Political Science courses at any level.6
Total Hours18