The international relations minor primarily focuses on the interactions and interconnectedness of nation-states at the international level, but also encompasses other participants in international affairs, such as international organizations, non-governmental organizations, sub-national entities, and individual citizens. The minor emphasizes the conceptual and methodological tools used to examine international relations and investigates the crucial global issues and agendas of our time. These global issues include international and local conflicts, terrorism, international trade and economic integration, international development, international organizations, and the protection of human dignity.
Students will be challenged with evaluating opposing world views and contentious issues. Upon the completion of this program, students will be better prepared to enter into a professional career or further their education, armed with analytical thinking and writing skills, and develop a broader and more informed vision of international relations.
Total Required Credit Hours (18 cr)
Required Courses (9 cr)
PSC 230 International Relations
PSC 330 American Foreign Policy
GEG 300 World Regional Geography
Elective Courses (9 cr)
Must select at least 1 International Relations course and 1 Comparative Politics course
PSC 302 International Conflict and Peaceful Resolution
PSC 305 Environmental Policy
PSC 308 International Organizations and International Law
PSC 309 W International Political Economy
PSC 333/ AAS 333 African International Relations
PSC 336 Latin America in World Politics
PSC 337 Politics of Globalization
PSC 240 European Political Systems
PSC 340 Politics of Developing Countries
PSC 345 Politics and History of the Middle East
PSC 341 Government, Politics, and Policies of the European Union
PSC 368 Comparative Public Administration
Students who complete the international relations minor are prepared for a variety of employment opportunities and graduate studies. Graduates may pursue employment opportunities in 1) governmental agencies; 2) international organizations; 3) non-governmental organizations both at the local and international level; or 4) business. Students also may pursue further degrees in international relations, international development, public policy, political science, or law.