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MA in International Relations

Program of Study

Baylor University offers a program of study leading to the degree of Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR). This degree is designed for students preparing for careers in education, government service, international affairs, or to pursue further academic work in a related field.

The degree requires 36 hours of coursework, with thesis and non-thesis options available. This interdisciplinary program includes classes in Political Science, Area Studies, Anthropology, Church-State, Economics, History, Philosophy and Religion.

A minimum of one-half of the semester hours required for the master's program, exclusive of thesis credits, must be in courses numbered at the 5000 level. A Master of Arts candidate may transfer up to six hours of graduate credit from another accredited college or university. The candidate must have completed the hours within five years of entering Baylor's program.

Core Courses

Choose at least six of the following courses: 18 sem. hrs.

PSC 4305 International Law
PSC 4316 Grand Strategy
PSC 4335 Public Discourse and Foreign Policy
PSC 4346 Intelligence and Covert Action
PSC 4355 Power, Morality, and International Relations
PSC 4365 International Political Economy
PSC 4375 International Organizations
PSC 4379 Islam and Democracy
PSC 4385 Diplomacy in Theory and Practice
PSC 4395 Terrorism
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 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 sem. hrs.

The student should select four courses (12 semester hours) 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 sem. hrs.

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

     1. PSC 5V12 Graduate Internship, This option involves a written report and at 
         least three months of full-time supervised employment with an agency involved in   
         International Affairs. To earn  credit for an internship, the student's supervisor must
         send a letter of evaluation about his/her work to the department's Director of Graduate
         Studies. In addition, the student must write a report of approximately 20 pages in length
         (to be evaluated by the Director of Graduate Studies), which details the internship and
         evaluating their experiences in relationship to his/her degree;

     2. PSC 5395 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 required          36 sem. hrs.

Fields of Study

Regions

Asia
PSC 4325 Asian International Relations
PSC 4344 Government and Politics of Russia
PSC 4364 The Governments and the Politics of the Asia-Pacific Region
PSC 4374 Governments and Politics of East Asia
AST 4350 Seminar in Asian Studies
PHI 4340 Oriental Philosophy
REL 4346 Religions of India and the Far East
REL 5347 Religions of India

Europe and the United States
PSC 4324 British Government and Politics
PSC 4354 Governments and Politics of Western Europe
PSC 4369 Intelligence and Covert Action
PSC 5310 Seminar in American Politics
PSC 5335 Seminar in National Security Decision Making
PSC 5345 American Foreign Policy
CHS 5338 Seminar on Church and State in the West
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
PHI 4341 Contemporary European Philosophy
REL 5335 Modern European Christianity

Latin America
PSC 4304 Governments and Politics of Latin America
PSC 4314 Governments and Politics of Mexico
ECO 4331 Economic Problems of Latin America
HIS 5350 Seminar in Latin American History
LAS 4350 Seminar in Latin American Studies
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 of Antiquity and the Near East
REL 5346 Judaism and Islam
REL 5342 Contemporary African Religions

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 Studies
REL 5345 Christianity and Other Religions