Political Science and International Affairs, BA

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 Major 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 230016
  • 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 Major Requirements

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, one of which must be numbered 2000 or above: 16-8
Gender in the African Diaspora
Gender in the African Diaspora
Global Population and Development
Religion in International Affairs
Politics of Islam and Gender
Women and World Politics
Women and World Politics
Cities in a Global Context
Transnational Activism in Global Civil Society
Dialogue of Civilizations: Global Issues in Comparative Perspective
Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Foundations of Black Culture 2
The Black Experience in the Caribbean
Contemporary Issues: Race, Science, and Technology
Globalism, Racism, and Human Rights
Epidemiology of Pandemic Diseases and Health Disparities in the African Diaspora
Peoples and Cultures
Global Markets and Local Culture
Religion and Modernity
Urban Anthropology
Anthropology of Travel and Tourism
Global and Intercultural Communication
Global Media
Global and Intercultural Media
Comparative Analysis of the Lusophone World and Culture
Political Crime and Terrorism
History of the Global Economy
Development Economics
International Food Economics and Policy
International Economics
Postcolonial Literature
Global Social Enterprise
Global Entrepreneurship
Global Climate Change
Sustainable Development
Introduction to World History
Pirates, Planters, and Patriots: Making the Americas, 1492–1804
The World Since 1945
War in the Modern World
Colonialism/Imperialism
Global Migration
Approaches to World History
Comparative Urban Histories
Radicals, Terrorists, and Insurgents
Global Environmental History
Global Chinese Migration
International Human Services
International Business and Global Social Responsibility
International Business and Global Social Responsibility
Cultural Aspects of International Business
Covering Conflicts: Peace, War, and the Media
Covering Conflicts: Peace, War, and the Media
Global Reporting
Global Human Rights: A Social and Economic Perspective
Introduction to World Music
Global Pop Music
Introduction to Human Rights
Philosophical Problems of War and Peace
Global Justice
Ethics, Justice, and Global Climate Change
Global Health
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Religion and Politics
International Political Economy
International Law
International Organizations
International Security
Nontraditional Security Issues
Ethnic Political Violence
U.S. National Security Policy
Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection
Politics of Developing Nations
Democracy in Comparative Politics
Model United Nations
Model NATO
Dialogue of Civilizations: International Politics Abroad
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Ethics in the World’s Religions
Environment and Society
Globalization and Social Change
Globalization and the Evolution of Human Societies
Social Conflict and Community Services Abroad
Political Ecology and Environmental Justice
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Comparative Politics (POLS 1155) and International Relations (POLS 1160) are not permitted to count in the Global Dynamics area for the Political Science and International Affairs, BA as they are required in other areas of the major.

Regional Analysis Requirement

Complete three of the following courses, 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:

Africa
AFRS 1128The African Experience through Music4
AFRS 2307Africa Today4
AFRS 2465The Scope and Dynamics of Conflicts in Africa4
AFRS 2900Swahili, Culture, and Politics in Kenya4
AFRS 3460Contemporary Government and Politics in Africa4
AFRS 4939Community Health, Culture, and Development in Kenya4
AFRS 3645National Model African Union4
ANTH 4510Anthropology of Africa4
or INTL 4510 Anthropology of Africa
ENTR 3306Global Entrepreneurship4
ENTR 3308Business Economic History of South Africa4
HIST 1180African History4
HIST 2390Africa and the World in Early Times4
HIST 2397Modern Africa4
MUSC 1128Music of Africa4
Asia
ANTH 4350Ethnography of Southeast Asia4
or INTL 4350 Ethnography of Southeast Asia
ASNS 1150East Asian Studies4
ASNS 4910Issues in Modern and Contemporary Asia4
CLTR 1500Modern Chinese History and Culture4
CLTR 1506Introduction to Chinese Popular Culture4
CLTR 1700Introduction to Japanese Pop Culture4
CLTR 2501Chinese Film: Gender and Ethnicity4
HIST 1189Introduction to South Asian History4
HIST 1252Japanese Literature and Culture4
HIST 1253History of Vietnam Wars4
HIST 1254Mao’s China and After4
HIST 1500Modern Chinese History and Culture4
HIST 2351Modern Japan4
HIST 2352Dictators and Democracy in Japan and Korea4
HIST 3452Global Chinese Migration4
HIST 4942East Asian Cultural History Abroad4
POLS 3485China: Governance and Foreign Policy4
PHIL 1275Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions4
PHIL 1290Chinese Philosophy and Religion4
PHIL 2394Chinese Buddhism4
PHIL 2395Japanese Buddhism4
PHIL 4545Religion and Politics in South Asia4
Europe
CLTR 1501Introduction to French Culture4
CLTR 1503Introduction to Italian Culture4
CLTR 1504Introduction to Spanish Culture4
CLTR 2280French Film and World War II: The German Occupation of France4
ECON 1293European Economic History4
HIST 1170Europe: Empires, Revolutions, Wars, and Their Aftermath4
HIST 1270Ancient Greece4
HIST 1271Ancient Rome4
HIST 2280Hitler, Germany, and the Holocaust4
HIST 2371Europe 1870–19214
HIST 2372Gender and Society in Modern Europe4
HIST 2376The British Empire4
HIST 4946Independent Field Research Abroad: Central Europe4
POLS 3435Politics and Governance of Europe and the European Union4
POLS 4917Model European Union4
SOCL 4535European Union: Social and Political4
Latin America
AFAM 2301Foundations of Black Culture 24
AFAM 2345The Black Experience in the Caribbean4
AFAM 4507Afro-Cuban Culture—International Study4
ANTH 4500Latin American Society and Development4
or INTL 4500 Latin American Society and Development
CLTR 1505Introduction to Latin American Culture4
CLTR 1508Cuban History and Culture through Film4
CLTR 1509An Introduction to Afro-Cuban Culture4
CLTR 1240Latin American Film4
CLTR 4507Afro-Cuban Culture—International Study4
CLTR 4508Cuban History through Film—International Study4
ENTR 3316Microfinance and Economic Development in Latin America4
ENTR 3318Business, Economics, and History of Hispaniola and Latin America4
ENTR 3326Sustainability in the Latin American Business Environment4
ENVR 2942Maritime History and Culture: The Caribbean4
HIST 1187Introduction to Latin American History4
HIST 1260Modern Latin America4
LACS 1220Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies4
LITR 1260Caribbean Literature and Culture4
LITR 4655Latin American Literature4
POLS 3475Government and Politics in Latin America4
Middle East
INTL 1160Middle East Studies4
INTL 2100Modern Israel4
INTL 2200America and the Middle East4
INTL 2360Human Rights in the Middle East4
INTL 2400Politics of Islam and Gender4
INTL 3250Democracy and Development in North Africa and the Mediterranean4
CLTR 1502Introduction to Arabic Culture4
ECON 1292Economic History of the Middle East4
HIST 1185Introduction to Middle Eastern History4
HIST 1290Modern Middle East4
HIST 4944Middle Eastern History and Culture Independent Field Research Abroad4
HIST 4945North African History Abroad4
JWSS 2500Zionism and the Challenges of Jewish Statehood4
POLS 3465Government and Politics in the Middle East4
POLS 3470Arab-Israeli Conflict4
POLS 4915Model Arab League4
PHIL 1270Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions4
PHIL 1280Encountering Islam: Traditions, Debates, and Crosscultural Diversity4
PHIL 1285Jewish Religion and Culture4
PHIL 1287Modern Judaism4
Russia
HIST 1285Introduction to Russian Civilization4
HIST 1286History of the Soviet Union4
HIST 2386History of Soviet Cinema4
HIST 3486Commissars and Managers: Soviet Economic History4
LITR 3503Russian Literature in Translation4
POLS 3450Government and Politics in Russia4
POLS 3455Russian Foreign Policy4
SOCL 1215Society and Culture in Russia4
or INTL 1215 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
International Experiential Learning
Complete at least one “international semester” (one full semester) via study abroad, international internship, or international co-op, or complete two summer half semesters via study abroad.

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
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