Wilkes University

International Relations

Requirements

International Relations

Coordinator: Dr. Andy Miller

Total minimum number of credits required for a major in International Relations leading to the B.A. degree — 120

Total minimum number of credits required for a minor in International Relations - 18

The interdisciplinary major in International Relations (I.R.) provides an excellent liberal arts preparation for a variety of careers and professions. The major is structured to permit concentration in fields leading to specific careers in business, government, international organizations, the military, or any technical or arts field. It is also structured to permit a period of study abroad with easy transfer of credits to the major.

International Relations Major

The total number of hours required for graduation with an International Relations major is 120, of which 48 are within the major. For the International Relations major, the following courses are required: History HST-101; Economics EC-101 or EC-102; Political Science PS-141, PS-151, PS-242PS-261, PS-265, PS-341; Anthropology ANT-102; International Relations IR-380; and Foreign Language (FL) at the 203-204 level of competency or equivalent.

Students are also required to take 15 electives hours, 9 of which are at the 300 level, from Political Science, History, or Languages. 

International Studies Major: Content Areas and Major Electives:

Content Area I: Political Science Credits

 Credits

PS-251

European Politics

3

PS-252

Changing Face of Eastern Europe

3

PS-255

Political Economy of Coffee

3

PS-350

Comparative Politics

3

Content Area II: History

Credits

HST-328

History of the Foreign Policy of the U.S.

3

HST-341, HST-342

History of Great Britain

3

HST-342

The British Empire and Commonwealth

3

HST-345

History of Northeastern Europe

3

HST-346

History of the Balkans

3

HST-348

History of Russia

3

HST-356

Europe, 1900–1960

3

HST-357

The World Since 1945

3

HST-376

World War II

3

Content Area III: Languages

 

Credits
SP-205

Conversation

3
SP-206 Advanced Grammar, Stylistics, & Composition 3
SP-208 Culture and Civilization 3
SP-209 Latin American Culture & Civilization 3
SP-210 Spanish for Business 3
SP-211 Conversational Spanish for Health & Social Services 3
SP-212 Non-Literary Translation 3
SP-220 Spanish Listening & Comprehension 3
SP-301 Introduction to Latin American Culture 3
SP-307 Survey of Spanish Literature I 3
SP-308 Survey of Spanish Literature II 3

Recommended Course Sequence

First Semester Credits

 

Distribution Requirement*

3

ENG 101 Composition 

4

CS 115 Computers and Applications

3

 

 

FYF 101 First-Year Foundations

3

PS 151 Introduction to Comparative Politics

3

Total Credits

16

Second Semester

 

COM 101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

EC 101 or EC 102 Principles of Economics I or II

3

Distribution Requirement

3

 

 

HST 101 Historical Foundations of the Mod. World

3

PS 141 Introduction to International Relations

3

Total Credits

15

Third Semester

 

ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology

3

PS 261 Research Methods in Political Science

3

Distribution Requirement

3

PS 242 International Law and Organizations

3

 

 

Foreign Language*

3

Total Credits

15

Fourth Semester

 

Content Hours

3

PS 265 Quantitative Reasoning in the Social Sciences

3

ENG 120 Intro. to Literature and Culture

3

Foreign Language*

3

Distribution Requirement

3

Total Credits

15

Fifth Semester

 

Study Abroad or Free Electives**

15

Total Credits

15

Sixth Semester

 

Study Abroad or Free Electives**

15

Total Credits

15

Seventh Semester

 

Content Hours

6

PS 341 Model United Nations

3

MTH 101 Solving Problems Using Mathematics

3

Distribution Requirement

3

Total Credits

15

Eighth Semester

 

Content Hours

3

Free Electives

3

IR 380 Senior Capstone

3

Distribution Requirements

5

Total Credits

14

*These courses are required for all International Relations Majors.
**Students may elect to spend their junior year on campus. Courses will be selected in consultation with the International Relations Coordinator.


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