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MA in International Relations

Program of Study

The minimum requirement for the Master of Arts graduate degree is thirty-six hours, which must include at least one-half of those semester hours, exclusive of thesis credits, at the 5000 level. For information on transferring graduate credit from an accredited university or college, see the section on transfer credit in the General Degree Requirements Section in the front of the catalog.

Core Courses: 18 semester hours

Choose at least six of the following courses:

PSC 4316 Grand Strategy
PSC 4365 International Political Economics
PSC 4375 International Organization
PSC 5315 Development of International Relations Thought
PSC 5323 Research Design and Research Methods
PSC 5324 Seminar in Comparative Politics
PSC 5325 Seminar in International Relations
PSC 4305 International Law
PSC 4335 Public Discourse and Foreign Policy
PSC 4346 Intelligence and Covert Action
PSC 4355 Power, Morality, and International Relations
PSC 4379 Islam and Democracy
PSC 4385 Diplomacy in Theory and Practice
PSC 4395 Terrorism
PSC 5335 Seminar in National Security Decision Making
PSC 5344 Comparative Constitutional Law
PSC 5345 American Foreign Policy
PSC 5355 Development of Strategic Thought

Electives: 12 semester hours

The student should select four courses from the following “Regions” and “Global Studies” courses, in consultation with the Graduate Program Director. PSC 5391 may be taken twice for credit either in Regions or Global Issues.

Writing and Special Study Options: 6 semester hours

After consultation with the Graduate Program Director, a student will choose one of the following options:

1. PSC 5V12 Graduate Internship, involving a written report on at least three months of full-time supervised employment with an agency involved in International Affairs;

2. PSC 5392 Professional Paper in International Relations and one additional 5000 graduate level elective;

3. PSC 5V99 Master’s Thesis including an oral defense of the project; or

4. Six semester hours of graduate-credit study at a foreign university, as approved by the Graduate Program Director and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Total: 36 semester hours


Fields of Study

REGIONS

Asia

PSC 4324 British Government and Politics
PSC 4325 Asian International Relations
PSC 4335 Public Discourse and Foreign Policy
PSC 4344 Government and Politics of Russia
PSC 4354 Governments and Politics of Western Europe
PSC 4364 The Governments and Politics of the Asia-Pacific Region
PSC 4374 Governments and Politics of East Asia
PSC 5310 Seminar in American Politics
PSC 5335 Seminar in National Security Decision Making
PSC 5345 American Foreign Policy
AST 4350 Seminar in Asian Studies
PHI 4340 East Asian Philosophy
PHI 4341 Contemporary Continental Philosophy
REL 4346 Religions of India, China, and Japan
REL 5335 Modern European Christianity
REL 5347 Religions of IndiaEurope and the United States
HIS 4336 Europe since World War I
HIS 4339 Cultural and Intellectual History of Modern Europe
HIS 4343 France since 1815
HIS 4390 American Foreign Relations to 1919
HIS 4392 American Foreign Relations since 1919

Latin America

PSC 4304 Governments and Politics of Latin America
ECO 4331 Economic Problems of Latin America
HIS 5350 Seminar in Latin American History
LAS 4350 Latin American Studies Seminar
PHI 4331 Latin American Philosophy

Middle East and Africa

PSC 4334 Government and Politics of the Middle East
AFS 4312 Societies and Cultures of Africa
AFS 4314 Religion and Politics in Contemporary Africa
REL 4345 Religions that Shaped the Western World
REL 5346 Judaism and Islam
REL 5342 Native American Religion

GLOBAL ISSUES AND INSTITUTIONS

PSC 4305 International Law
PSC 4315 Political Geography
PSC 4316 Grand Strategy
PSC 4346 Intelligence and Covert Action
PSC 4355 Power, Morality, and International Relations
PSC 4375 International Organizations
PSC 4379 Islam and Democracy
PSC 4383 Contemporary Political Thought
PSC 4385 Diplomacy in Theory and Practice
PSC 4395 Terrorism
PSC 5315 Development of International Relations Thought
PSC 5320 Seminar in Comparative Public Policy
PSC 5344 Comparative Constitutional Law
PSC 5355 Development of Strategic Thought
PSC 5391 Reading Course in Political Science
ANT 4350 Urbanization and Development
CSS 4353 Public Discourse and Foreign Policy
ECO 4334 Economic Development
ECO 5321 Energy Economics
ECO 5330 Problem Areas in International Economics
ECO 5338 Seminar in World Economic Systems
ECO 5343 History of Economic Thought
ENV 4310 World Food Problems
REL 5345 Christianity and Other Religions