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The Department is pleased to offer a concentration in the Political Science (PSC) major which provides students the opportunity to focus their studies on international affairs.

intl flagsThe International Politics Concentration promotes critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity with respect to international politics; it enables students to progress toward their educational, personal, and career goals in international politics; and it encourages students to develop the skills and experience, both inside and outside of the classroom, to address critical global issues and contribute to the public good.

The purpose of the program is to encourage students to concentrate in the study of international politics. Students are required to acquire knowledge about both politics within other countries and politics among countries, and the research skills necessary to engage in the study of international politics. Students are encouraged to develop ancillary skills in foreign languages and international economics.

Students completing the International Politics Concentration will be prepared for graduate study and/or to enter professional careers in international diplomacy, business, and development.

>>> Click here for the International Politics Tracking Sheet


Foundation Courses

Students take the same foundation courses as other PSC majors:

  •  PSC 101 Intro. to American Politics
  •  PSC 151 Intro. to Comparative Politics
  •  PSC 161 Intro. to International Relations
  •  PSC 171 Intro. to Political Theory
  •  MTH 147 Fundamental Statistics -or- MTH 140 Quantitative Reasoning
  •  PSC 349 Political Science Research Methods

Upper Level Courses

Students must complete seven courses above the PSC 100-level, not including PSC 349 and/or PSC 305:

► At least two of these upper levels must be taken in courses focused on international relations. Examples include:

PSC 261 Topics in International Relations

PSC 348 Ocean Law & Policy

PSC 381 Topics in International Relations

PSC 382 American Foreign Policy

PSC 383 The Politics of Int’l Economic Relations

PSC 384 International Law & Organization

PSC 385 The Politics of Global Climate Change

PSC 386 International Conflict

PSC 473 The Rules of War

PSC 474 Global Environmental Politics

PSC 477 Topics in International Relations

PSC 498 Capstone in PSC (eligible topics only

► At least two of these upper levels must be taken in courses focused on comparative/regional politics. Examples include:

PSC 251 Topics in Comparative Politics*

PSC 266 Intro Politics Developing Countries

PSC 360 European Politics

PSC 361 Government & Politics of China

PSC 362 Topics in Comparative Politics

PSC 366 Islam & Politics

PSC 368 Politics of the Post-Communist World

PSC 369 Transitions to Democracy

PSC 370 Latin American Politics

PSC 373 Cape Verdean Politics & Society

PSC 374 Haitian Politics & Society

PSC 393 Portugal & the European Union

PSC 394 The Politics of European Integration

PSC 395 Politics & Development of Modern Portugal

PSC 450 Topics in Comparative Politics

PSC 451 Politics of Developing Countries

PSC 464 International Human Rights Policies

PSC 498 Capstone in PSC (eligible topics only)


Additional Requirement

Students must also choose at least one of the following:

Study abroad
of at least four
weeks' duration
-OR- An internship that is
internationally oriented
and fulfills the departmental
internship requirement
-OR- A non-internationally oriented
internship that fulfills the
departmental internship
requirement plus an additional
course from either the international
or regional categories

Important Notes about the Additional Requirement:

• Students who wish to complete an internationally oriented internship must meet with the faculty coordinator of the International Politics Concentration before beginning to search for an internship in order to ensure that the internship will meet the requirements of both the major and the concentration.

• Students in the International Politics Concentration who choose not to undertake an internationally oriented internship must nevertheless fulfill the departmental internship requirement.

• Students who study abroad for four or more weeks may request a waiver of the departmental internship requirement, provided that he/she takes an additional 300+ PSC course in lieu of PSC 305.

Students will take the same core courses as other political science majors, but they will be required to focus their upper level PSC coursework in International Relations (2 courses) and Comparative Politics (2 courses) as per the concentration description sheet. Additionally, students will be required to complete an additional international politics course, an internship focused on international politics or study abroad.  As other political science students are required to complete an internship or study abroad, the arrangement for tracking these requirements will be covered as part of existing department procedures and arrangements.

Recommended Coursework in Other Departments

Students in the International Politics Concentration are strongly encouraged (but not required) to complete the following courses outside of PSC:

   • Coursework required to achieve competence in a foreign language to the third-year level (for example, Spanish 301 and 302)

   • ECO 231 Microeconomics and ECO 232 Macroeconomics

   • At least one of the following intermediate Economics courses:

        ECO 331 Economics of Developing Countries        ECO 371 International Trade

        ECO 337 Environmental Economics                        ECO 372 International Finance



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