International Relations Undergraduate Concentrations and Gateway Courses

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You are required to declare two concentrations, taking one gateway course and 2 other courses for each concentration.

Culture, Gender and Global Society

This field explores identities and interests shaping the politics of intellectual global society.

Gateway Courses

  • IR 316: Gender and Global Issues
  • IR 305: Managing New Global Challenges

Other Courses

  • IR 302: International Relations of the Great Powers in the Late 19th and 20th Centuries
  • IR 303: Leadership and Diplomacy
  • IR 306:  International Organizations
  • IR 308:  Globalization: Issues and Controversies
  • IR 309:  Global Governance
  • IR 310:  Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
  • IR 315:  Ethnicity and Nationalism in World Politics
  • IR 318:  Conflict Resolution and Peace Research
  • IR 344:  Developing Countries in World Politics
  • IR 371:  Global Civil Society: Non-Governmental Organizations in World Politics
  • IR 382:  Order and Disorder in Global Affairs
  • IR 403:  Transnational Diplomacy and Global Security
  • IR 406:  Ethics in World Politics
  • IR 422:  Ecological Security and Global Politics
  • IR 424:  Citizenship and Migration in International Politics
  • IR 438:  Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict after Communism
  • IR 444:  Issues and Theories in Global Society
  • POSC 456: Women in International Development
  • SOCI 335:  Society and Population
  • SOCI 435:  Women in Society
  • SOCI 445:  Political Sociology
  • SOCI 460:  Key Issues in Contemporary International Migration
  • SOCI 470:  Development and Social Change in the Third World
  • PPD 382:  International Development
  • EALC 375: Women and Gender in China:  Past and Present

Foreign Policy Analysis

This area examines the external relations of states, particularly the domestic and international factors that influence the formulation and implementation of natural foreign policies. Factors within states (leadership, small group dynamics, and domestic lobbying groups) and factors between states are stressed.

Gateway Courses

  • IR 341: Foreign Policy Analysis
  • IR 343: U.S. Foreign Policy since World War II

Other Courses

  • IR 303:  Leadership and Diplomacy
  • IR 309:  Global Governance
  • IR 345:  Russian and Soviet Foreign Policy
  • IR 346:  Foreign Policy of Eastern Europe and the Balkans
  • IR 365:  Politics and Democracy in Latin America
  • IR 368:  French Foreign Policy:  1945 to the Present
  • IR 385:  European Foreign Policy and Security Studies
  • IR 403:  Transnational Diplomacy and Global Security
  • IR 441:  Comparative Analysis of Foreign Policy
  • IR 442:  Japanese Foreign Policy
  • IR 443:  Formulation of U.S. Foreign Policy
  • IR 445:  U.S. Defense and Foreign Policy: Nonproliferation and WMD
  • IR 465:  Contemporary Issues in United States-Latin America Relations
  • IR 484:  American Religion, Foreign Policy and the News Media (Enroll in JOUR 484)

International Political Economy

These courses focus on what used to be considered "low" politics, but which have become key issues. Money, trade, investment, development, the environment, and foreign economic policy issues are examined.

Gateway Course

  • IR 330: Politics of the World Economy

Other Courses

  • IR 305:  Managing New Global Challenges
  • IR 309:  Global Governance
  • IR 323:  Politics of Global Environment
  • IR 324:  Multinational Enterprises and World Politics
  • IR 325:  Rich and Poor States in the World Political Economy
  • IR 326:  U.S. Foreign Economic Policy
  • IR 337:  The Impact of Remittances on Development in Mexico
  • IR 363:  Middle East Political Economy
  • IR 364:  The Political Economy of Latin American Development
  • IR 427:  Seminar on Economics and Security
  • IR 430:  The Politics of International Trade
  • IR 439:  Political Economy of Russia and Eurasia
  • IR 454:  The International Political Economy of Development
  • POSC 430:   Political Economy of Mexico
  • POSC 431:   Political Economy of Central America
  • ECON 338:  Political Economy and Social Issues
  • ECON 450:  International Trade
  • ECON 452:  International Finance
  • GERM 310: Business German I

International Politics & Security Studies

War and peace are at the heart of relations among nations. These courses investigate defense analysis, arms control, peace-building, and strategic studies.  The domestic, technological, and international factors influencing defense and arms control policies and negotiations are considered. The World Wars, Koreas, Vietnam, and the numerous crises of the Cold War are the backdrop in these courses.

Gateway Courses

  • IR 307: Contemporary International Politics
  • IR 381: Introduction to International Security

Other Courses

  • IR 303:  Leadership and Diplomacy
  • IR 304:  Espionage and Intelligence
  • IR 309:  Global Governance
  • IR 310:  Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
  • IR 318:  Conflict Resolution and Peace Research
  • IR 382:  Order and Disorder in Global Affairs
  • IR 383:  Third World Negotiations
  • IR 384:  Introduction to Asian Security
  • IR 385:  European Foreign Policy and Security Issues
  • IR 386:  International Terrorism and Liberal Democracy
  • IR 402:  Theories of War
  • IR 403:  Transnational Diplomacy and Global Security
  • IR 422:  Ecological Security and Global Politics
  • IR 427:  Seminar on Economics and Security
  • IR 445:  U.S. Defense and Foreign Policy: Nonproliferation and WMD
  • IR 483:  War and Diplomacy: The U.S. in World Affairs
  • POSC 366:  Terrorism and Genocide
  • POSC 448ab:  The Politics of Peace

Regional Studies

The regional studies fields focus on geographic regions.  These courses test general theories of IR within the framework of a specific region. The economic, political, ethnic, and social history of a region are examined to help explain current developments and interstate domestic policies and issues.

Europe

Gateway Course

  • IR 369: Contemporary European Politics

Other Courses

  • IR 368:  French Foreign Policy:  1945 to the Present
  • IR 385:  European Foreign Policy and Security Issues
  • IR 389:  Islam in France (Paris Semester Only)
  • IR 468:  European Integration
  • POSC 370:  European Political Thought I
  • POSC 371:  European Political Thought II
  • POSC 463:  European Politics
  • ANTH 326:  Ethnography of European Culture
  • FREN 400:  Twentieth Century France
  • FREN 410:  Actualitiés Françaises
  • GERM 465:  Germany East and West
  • HIST 312:  The Age of the French Revolution and Napoleon
  • HIST 313:  France and the French from Napoleon to Mitterand
  • HIST 332:  British Empire from the Mid-19th Century
  • HIST 414:  Contemporary Europe
  • HIST 422:  European Intellectual and Cultural History: The 20th Century, 1920 to the Present
  • HIST 427:  The German Question: Nation and Identity in Modern Central Europe
  • SPAN 320:  Iberian and Latin American Cultures:  Readings on Society
  • SPAN 350:  Cultural Cross-Currents of the Iberian Middle Ages
  • GERM 310: Business German
Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia

Gateway Course

  • IR 345: Russian and Soviet Foreign Policy

Other Courses

  • IR 346:  Foreign Policy of Eastern Europe and the Balkans
  • IR 438:  Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict after Communism
  • IR 439:  Political Economy of Russia and Eurasia
  • POSC 464:  Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe
  • SLL330: Russian Thought and Civilization
  • HIST 320:  Russian and Soviet Rebels: The Moral Dilemma and the Continuity of Disssent
  • HIST 328:  Poland and the Western Tradition
  • HIST 416:  History of Imperial Russia: 1689-1917
Latin America

Gateway Course

  • IR 364: Latin American Economic & Political Development

Other Courses

  • IR 337: The Impact of Remittances on Development in Mexico
  • IR 365: Politics and Democracy in Latin America
  • IR 366: Mexico and its Relations with the United States
  • IR 465: Contemporary Issues in United States-Latin America Relations
  • IR 466: Contemporary Issues in Latin American Politics
  • POSC 350:  Politics of Latin America
  • POSC 430:  Political Economy of Mexico
  • POSC 431:  Political Economy of Central America
  • ANTH 328: Culture Change and the Mexican People
  • ANTH 425: Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
  • HIST 372:   Modern Latin America
  • HIST 374:   History of Mexico
  • SPAN 320:  Iberian and Latin American Cultures:  Readings on Society
  • SPAN 481:  Literature and Popular Culture

 

The Middle East and Africa

Gateway Courses

  • IR 362: The International Relations of the Contemporary Middle East
  • IR 367: Africa in International Affairs

Other Courses

  • IR 363:  Middle East Political Economy
  • IR 464:  U.S. Policy Towards the Middle East: 1950 to the Present
  • POSC 351:  Middle East Politics
  • ANTH 327:  Anthropology of the Middle East and Islam
  • ECON 342:  Economic Development of the Middle East
Pacific Rim

Gateway Courses

  • IR 358: The Asia Pacific in World Affairs
  • IR 360: International Relations of the Pacific Rim

Other Courses

  • IR333: China in International Affairs
  • IR 361:  South and Southeast Asia in International Affairs
  • IR 376:  U.S.-Japan Encounters: War, Trade, and Culture
  • IR 384:  Introduction to Asian Security
  • IR 442:  Japanese Foreign Policy
  • POSC 352:  Politics of Southeast Asia
  • POSC 355:  Politics of East Asia
  • POSC 356:  Politics in the People’s Republic of China
  • POSC 377:  Asian Political Thought
  • POSC 453:  Political Change in Asia
  • ANTH 323:  Regional Ethnology: Southeast Asia
  • ANTH 324:  Regional Ethnology: China
  • EALC 340:  Japanese Civilization
  • EALC 345:  Korean Civilization
  • EALC 350:  Chinese Civilization
  • EALC 375:  Women and Gender in China: Past and Present
  • ECON 343:  Economic Development of East Asia
  • HIST 333:  Korea:  The Modern Transformation
  • HIST 337:  Japan since 1945
  • HIST 340:  History of China since 1800


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