Political Science and International Affairs, BA

Through this combined major, successful undergraduates will develop an awareness of global affairs and international relations since the early 20th century. The combined major addresses diverse and cross-disciplinary theories of interstate relations (conflict, cooperation, hierarchies); civil society, transnational advocacy networks, global social movements; political processes, institutions, and actors; and  state-society relations (democracy, authoritarianism, inequalities, citizenship).

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

Political Science Requirements

Political Science Requirements
POLS 1150American Government4
POLS 1155Comparative Politics4
POLS 1160International Relations4
POLS 2400Quantitative Techniques4
Political Theory
Complete one of the following:4
Premodern Political Thought
Modern Political Thought
American Political Thought
Contemporary Political Thought

Political Science Electives/Concentration for BA

Complete four upper-division political science electives, or complete one of the following concentrations. If you are working toward a concentration, declare it with your advisor in order for it to be added to your record. Requirements for the concentrations are listed below.

Political Science Electives
Complete four political science courses at or above POLS 2300.16
  • Concentration in Campaigns and Elections
  • Concentration in Comparative Politics
  • Concentration in Identity, Culture, and Politics
  • Concentration in International Relations and Diplomacy
  • Concentration in Security Studies

International Affairs Requirements

Courses used to fulfill major requirements may not be used to satisfy the global dynamics requirement. Peoples and Cultures (ANTH 1101)The World Since 1945 (HIST 2211), and International Relations (POLS 1160) may not be used as global dynamics courses. See department for additional courses.

Required Courses
INTL 1101Globalization and International Affairs4
INTL 3400International Conflict and Negotiation4
HIST 2211The World Since 19454
ECON 1115Principles of Macroeconomics4
or ECON 1116 Principles of Microeconomics
Global Dynamics
Complete two of the following. Courses are divided into thematic groups to aid students in deciding which courses to take and have no bearing on major requirements. One course must be numbered 2000 or above:8
Environment
Global Climate Change
Sustainable Development
Global Environmental History
Ethics, Justice, and Global Climate Change
Environment and Society
Political Ecology and Environmental Justice
Law, Diplomacy, and Global Governance
Women and World Politics
Women and World Politics
Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Global and Intercultural Communication
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Religion and Politics
International Political Economy
International Law
International Organizations
Model United Nations
Model NATO
Dialogue of Civilizations: International Politics Abroad
Human Rights and Social Justice
Politics of Islam and Gender
Women and World Politics
Women and World Politics
Transnational Activism in Global Civil Society
Contemporary Issues: Race, Science, and Technology
Gender and Sexuality in World History
International Human Services
Global Human Rights: A Social and Economic Perspective
Introduction to Human Rights
Ethics in the World’s Religions
Global Justice
Globalization and Social Change
Social Conflict and Community Services Abroad
Conflict and Security
Political Crime and Terrorism
Drug Trade and Drug War: History, Security, Culture
The Global Cold War
Covering Conflicts: Peace, War, and the Media
Covering Conflicts: Peace, War, and the Media
Philosophical Problems of War and Peace
Global Justice
International Security
Nontraditional Security Issues
Ethnic Political Violence
U.S. National Security Policy
Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection
Globalization
Global Population and Development
Religion in International Affairs
Women and World Politics
Women and World Politics
Cities in a Global Context
Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Globalism, Racism, and Human Rights
Global Markets and Local Culture
Religion and Modernity
History of the Global Economy
International Economics
Postcolonial Literature
The World Since 1945
Colonialism/Imperialism
International Human Services
Cultural Aspects of International Business
Global Human Rights: A Social and Economic Perspective
International Relations
Religion and Politics
International Political Economy
International Law
International Organizations
Globalization and Social Change
Globalization and the Evolution of Human Societies
Population, Migration, and Diaspora
Global Population and Development
Politics of Islam and Gender
Cities in a Global Context
Foundations of Black Culture 2
The Black Experience in the Caribbean
Gender in the African Diaspora
Gender in the African Diaspora
Epidemiology of Pandemic Diseases and Health Disparities in the African Diaspora
Peoples and Cultures
Urban Anthropology
Anthropology of Travel and Tourism
Comparative Analysis of the Lusophone World and Culture
Pirates, Planters, and Patriots: Making the Americas, 1492–1804
Comparative Urban Histories
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Development
Global Population and Development
Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Global Markets and Local Culture
Development Economics
International Food Economics and Policy
Global Social Enterprise
Sustainable Development
International Business and Global Social Responsibility
International Business and Global Social Responsibility
Global Health
Politics of Developing Nations
Communication and Media
Global and Intercultural Communication
Global and Intercultural Media
Cultural Aspects of International Business
Covering Conflicts: Peace, War, and the Media
Covering Conflicts: Peace, War, and the Media
Global Reporting
Global Media
Introduction to World Music
Global Pop Music
International Experiential Learning
Complete at least one “international semester” via study abroad, international internship, international co-op, or two short-term programs.

Regional Analysis Requirement

Complete three of the following, two of which must be in one region. Select courses taken during a semester study abroad or specific Dialogue of Civilizations courses may count as regional analysis courses pending approval of the international affairs head faculty advisor. See department for additional courses:12
Africa
The African Experience through Music
Africa Today
The Scope and Dynamics of Conflicts in Africa
Swahili, Culture, and Politics in Kenya
Contemporary Government and Politics in Africa
Community Health, Culture, and Development in Kenya
National Model African Union
Anthropology of Africa
Anthropology of Africa
Business Economic History of South Africa
African History
Africa and the World in Early Times
Modern Africa
Music of Africa
Asia
Ethnography of Southeast Asia
Ethnography of Southeast Asia
East Asian Studies
East Asian Studies
Issues in Modern and Contemporary Asia
Modern Chinese History and Culture
Introduction to Chinese Popular Culture
Introduction to Japanese Pop Culture
Chinese Film: Gender and Ethnicity
Introduction to South Asian History
World War II in the Pacific
Japanese Literature and Culture
History of Vietnam Wars
Mao’s China and After
Modern Chinese History and Culture
Law, Justice, and Society in Modern China
Modern Japan
Dictators and Democracy in Japan and Korea
History of Capitalism in East Asia
China: Governance and Foreign Policy
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
Chinese Buddhism
Japanese Buddhism
Religion and Politics in South Asia
Europe
Introduction to French Culture
Introduction to Italian Culture
Introduction to Spanish Culture
French Film and World War II: The German Occupation of France
European Economic History
Europe: Empires, Revolutions, Wars, and Their Aftermath
Hitler, Germany, and the Holocaust
Renaissance to Enlightenment
Europe 1870–1921
Britain and the British Empire
Independent Field Research Abroad: Central Europe
Politics and Governance of Europe and the European Union
Model European Union
European Union: Social and Political
Latin America
Foundations of Black Culture 2
The Black Experience in the Caribbean
Afro-Cuban Culture—International Study
Latin American Society and Development
Latin American Society and Development
Introduction to Latin American Culture
Cuban History and Culture through Film
An Introduction to Afro-Cuban Culture
Latin American Film
Afro-Cuban Culture—International Study
Cuban History through Film—International Study
Microfinance and Economic Development in Latin America
Business, Economics, and History of Hispaniola and Latin America
Sustainability in the Latin American Business Environment
Maritime History and Culture: The Caribbean
Introduction to Latin American History
Modern Latin America
Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies
Caribbean Literature and Culture
Latin American Literature
Government and Politics in Latin America
Middle East
The Mediterranean World: An Overview
Middle East Studies
Modern Israel
America and the Middle East
Human Rights in the Middle East
Politics of Islam and Gender
Democracy and Development in North Africa and the Mediterranean
Introduction to Arabic Culture
Economic History of the Middle East
Introduction to Middle Eastern History
Modern Middle East
Middle Eastern History and Culture Independent Field Research Abroad
North African History Abroad
Zionism and the Challenges of Jewish Statehood
Government and Politics in the Middle East
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Model Arab League
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Encountering Islam: Traditions, Debates, and Crosscultural Diversity
Jewish Religion and Culture
Modern Judaism
Russia
Introduction to Russian Civilization
History of the Soviet Union
History of Soviet Cinema
Russian Literature in Translation
Government and Politics in Russia
Russian Foreign Policy
Society and Culture in Russia
Society and Culture in Russia

International Affairs Foreign Language Requirement

Complete course work in a language through at least intermediate-level two. Note: Completing this requirement satisfies the language requirement for the BA degree.

Integrative Requirements

Capstone
Complete one of the following:4
Political Science Senior Capstone
Senior Thesis
Senior Capstone Seminar in International Affairs

Political Science and International Affairs Combined-Major Credit Requirement

Complete 76 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required


Concentrations 

Concentration in Campaigns and Elections

Required Courses
With advisor approval, a co-op or internship may be substituted in place of POLS 4947:
POLS 3160Campaign Strategy4
POLS 4947Campaign and Elections Practicum4
Campaigns and Elections Electives
If POLS 4947 was replaced by a co-op or internship, an additional elective must be taken.
Complete two of the following:8
Urban Policies and Politics
Intergovernmental Relations
Public Opinion, Voting, and Elections
Local Campaigns and Elections
Politics and Mass Media
Survey Research and Polling
Presidential Nominating Process

Concentration in Comparative Politics

Theoretical Requirement
Complete one of the following:4
Religion and Politics
Ethnic Political Violence
Nationalism
Civil-Military Relations
Politics of Developing Nations
Democracy in Comparative Politics
Regional Requirements
Complete two of the following:8
Politics and Governance of Europe and the European Union
Politics in Central and Eastern Europe
Government and Politics in Russia
Contemporary Government and Politics in Africa
Government and Politics in the Middle East
Government and Politics in Latin America
Government and Politics in Japan
China: Governance and Foreign Policy
Experiential/Practicum Requirement
Complete one of the following:4
Model Arab League
Model European Union
Model NATO
Dialogue of Civilizations: Government and Politics Abroad

Concentration in Identity, Culture, and Politics 

Core Course
POLS 3415Ethnic Political Violence4
or POLS 3418 Nationalism
Electives
Complete three of the following:12
Politics and Film
Politics and the Arts
Politics of Poverty
Music and Politics in America and Abroad
Religion and Politics
Gender and Politics
Latino Politics in the United States
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Public Policy
Politics and Mass Media
Law and Society

Concentration in International Relations and Diplomacy

Experiential/Practicum Requirement
Complete one of the following:4
Model United Nations
Model Arab League
Model European Union
Model NATO
Dialogue of Civilizations: International Politics Abroad
Core Courses
Complete three of the following:12
International Political Economy
International Law
International Organizations
International Security
Global Governance
Politics and Governance of Europe and the European Union
Politics in Central and Eastern Europe
Arab-Israeli Conflict

Concentration in Security Studies

Complete four of the following:16
International Security
Nontraditional Security Issues
Homeland Security Policy and Politics
Ethnic Political Violence
U.S. National Security Policy
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
U.S. Foreign Policy
Civil-Military Relations
Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Politics of Developing Nations
Model NATO

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENGW 11114HIST 22114Vacation0Vacation0
MATH 12154POLS 11504  
POLS 11554POLS 11510  
POLS 11560Foreign language core course4  
INTL 11014POLS 11604  
POLS 10001POLS 11610  
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ECON 12904INTL undergraduate elective4Vacation0Co-op0
POLS 23264POLS 24004  
POLS undergraduate elective4POLS undergraduate elective4  
Foreign language core course4Foreign language core course4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0INTL 34004INTL undergraduate elective4Co-op0
 POLS undergraduate elective4POLS undergraduate elective4 
 INTL undergraduate elective4  
 ENGW 33154  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0INTL undergraduate elective4Elective4Co-op0
 INTL undergraduate elective4Elective4 
 POLS undergraduate elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0INTL 47004  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 129

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENGW 11114HIST 22114Vacation0Vacation0
MATH 12154Foreign language core course4  
POLS 11554POLS 11504  
POLS 11560POLS 11510  
INTL 11014POLS 11604  
POLS 10001POLS 11610  
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ECON 12904Co-op0Co-op0POLS undergraduate elective4
POLS 23264  INTL undergraduate elective4
Foreign language core course4   
POLS undergraduate elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
INTL undergraduate elective4Co-op0Co-op0INTL undergraduate elective4
POLS 24004  POLS undergraduate elective4
POLS undergraduate elective4   
Foreign language core course4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
INTL 34004Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
POLS undergraduate elective4   
INTL undergraduate elective4   
ENGW 33154   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
INTL undergraduate elective4INTL 47004  
POLS undergraduate elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 129