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