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Option International Affairs Undergraduate Option  

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This option is offered within the following major(s):
Political Science - College of Liberal Arts

The International Affairs option provides students with the opportunity to focus their undergraduate studies on topics involving:

Foundation Courses (12 credits)

PS 204. *Introduction to Comparative Politics (4)
PS 205. *Introduction to International Relations (4)
PS 201. *Introduction to United States Government and Politics (4)
   or PS 206. *Introduction to Political Thought (4)

Research Methods/WIC (4 credits)

PS 300. ^Research Methods (4)

Upper-Division Option Courses (24 credits)

Select 16 to 24 credits from the political science courses listed below. Up to 8 upper-division credits can come from classes listed below in economics and sociology. Credits from all courses below must add up to at least 24. Other courses applied to this total must be approved by the department.

PS 340. Eastern and Central European Politics (4) [Terminated summer 2017]
PS 341. *European and EU Politics (4)
PS 343. *Russian Politics (4)
PS 344. *Latin American Politics (4)
PS 345. *Politics of Developing Nations (4)
PS 348. Chinese Politics (4)
PS 350. *Japanese Politics (4)
PS 351. American Foreign Policy (4)
PS 356. International Politics of Asia Pacific (4)
PS 441. Democratization (4)
PS 446. East Asian Political Economy (4)
PS 454. International Law and Organizations (4)
PS 455. *The Politics of Climate Change (4)
PS 457. US-China Relations (4)
PS 458. *International Political Economy (4)
PS 470. Global Food Politics and Policy (4)
PS 477. International Environmental Politics and Policy (4)

Select up to 8 credits from:
ECON 340. International Economics (4)
ECON 440. Economics of Globalization (4)
ECON 441. International Finance Theory and Policy (4)
ECON 455. Economic Development (4)
SOC 360. *Population Trends and Policy (4)
SOC 460. The Sociology of Globalization (4)
SOC 466. International Development: Gender Issues (4)

Political Science Electives (12 credits)

Any other political science courses may be taken to reach the minimum of 52 total credits in the major with at least 36 of these at the upper-division level.

Potential for Learning Outside the Classroom

Political science majors are strongly encouraged to pursue experiential learning and other educational opportunities outside of the classroom, and these experiences can be used to fulfill some political science graduation requirements. Such experiences can include research, thesis writing, projects, or internship. Credits will be placed in the appropriate PS 401–PS 410 designator. A maximum of 8 credits from any combination of PS 401–PS 410 may be applied to the major, although additional credits from courses in this range may be applied to general graduation requirements. Additional experiential learning opportunities include "field schools" and study abroad. Students should discuss all of these opportunities with the political science undergraduate advisor.


* Baccalaureate Core Course. Major courses cannot double count for baccalaureate core requirements.
^ Writing Intensive Course

Option Code: 471

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