A graduate majoring in International Relations can expect to achieve the following learning objectives:
- A development of critical thinking skills through a study of the basic workings of the international systemhow power is organized, who the key players are and what role they play--while specializing in one of the following sub-fields of international relations: security studies; international political economy; foreign policy analysis; and culture, gender and global society.
- An understanding of the development of the interdisciplinary field of international relations including the major theoretical approaches.
- An ability to apply the theories of international relations to current events and policy concerns in the context of an appreciation of the diversity of worldviews held by various stakeholders.
- An appreciation of politics and society outside of the United States through a concentration in a major world region and/or a study or internship experience abroad.
- An ability to identify opportunities for civic engagement and participation in the policy processes at local and global levels.
- A fourth semester competency in a foreign language.
- A beginning competency in qualitative or quantitative research methods, including an understanding of the issues of ethics, objectivity, and contending perspectives in research.
- The ability to conceive, research and write a research paper (or policy task force memo) through a 400-level course.
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