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International Relations Major, B.A.; B.S.

B.A. degree or B.S. degree

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This major is also offered via Global Campus/CMU Online.

An International Relations major consists of 33 hours. A minimum of 15 hours of course work must be at the 300 level or above. No more than 15 credits may be double counted with the Political Science Minor.

Courses taken on a Credit/No Credit basis may not be counted toward majors or minors in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, with the following exceptions: internship (PSC 395), practicums (PSC 393 & PSC 394) and lab course (PSC 355). In the case of these exceptions, no more than three credits total may be applied to the major or minor. Majors and minors in International Relations should enroll in PSC 150 as freshmen (see course description). Transfer students majoring in International Relations will be expected to take at least 15 hours of coursework in the department; transfer minors, 12 hours.

It is recommended that all International Relations majors enroll in PSC 280QR during their sophomore year.

Any regular faculty member in the department can serve as the student’s advisor on a major or minor.

Internships: The department has established an internship program where students are provided relevant firsthand work experience. The duration of an internship can vary depending on the number of credit hours (1-12) taken. Students majoring in International Relations are allowed to count three internship credit hours toward their major.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (15 hours)

PSC 150Introduction to International Relations


PSC 242Introduction to Comparative Politics


PSC 280QRIntroduction to Empirical Methods of Political Research


PSC 375Modern Ideologies


PSC 551Seminar in International Relations


Other Requirement (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

PSC 340African Political Systems and Processes


PSC 341Comparative Politics: Eastern Europe


PSC 343Southeast Asian Political Systems and Processes


PSC 344East Asian Political Systems and Processes


PSC 345Middle Eastern Political Systems


PSC 346The Politics of Islam


PSC 347Europe and the European Union


PSC 348Latin American Political Systems


PSC 370Gurus, Avatars, and Nukes: South Asian Politics


PSC 515Comparative Public Policy


PSC 540Cultural Heritage and Politics of Eastern Europe


Electives (15 hours)

Select 15 hours of PSC and/or PAD courses.


Select one of the following certificates:

Undergraduate Certificate - Global Governance and Advocacy

Undergraduate Certificate - Governance of Nations

Undergraduate Certificate - International Security Studies

A student earning a certificate must choose courses different than those chosen to fulfill the major required courses. Up to 6 hours of course work from one certificate may be used to fulfill requirements in another certificate in the department. Although the major may be combined with any of the certificates, students pursuing the major in international relations are advised to consider choosing one from among the list above .

Total: 33 semester hours

Note: A minimum of 15 hours of PSC and/or PAD course work must be at the 300 level or above.