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Political Science and International Relations


International Relations Major

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The International Relations major is an interdisciplinary field of study designed for students who seek a holisitic understanding of international affairs. The curriculum is rooted in political science and provides students with a strong background in international relations and comparative government. At the same time, the curriculum reflects the recognition that international political phenomena are best understood from a variety of perspectives and includes courses from disciplines such as history, economics, religious studies, fine arts, and literature. In order to complement their academic training with first-hand experience in a foreign country, students are required to complete 3 units in a study abroad program. Graduates from the International Relations program are well prepared for careers in government, private industry, law, education and the nonrofit sector, as well as for graduate study in political science or interational affairs.

The International Relations Major is recommended as a field of study for students seeking careers abroad in government or in private industry, as teachers, and for those seeking careers in journalism, law and related field, or intending to pursue graduate studies. The major consists of 33 upper division units (under the 2010-14 course catalogs) and 42 units (under the 2014-16 course catalog) selected in consultation with an advisor from the Political Science faculty.

International Relations Research Seminar: International Relations majors have the option of taking an International Relations Research Seminar, offered each Fall. This will help students to conduct research and write scholarly papers on a variety of international and/or comparative political topics.

  • All Honors Students who are International Relations majors are required to enroll in the Research Seminar the semester before their Honors Thesis seminar.
  • All International Relations majors who plan to go on to graduate school are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Research Seminar during their junior or senior year.
  • All students who would like to write a senior thesis, or who want to conduct independent research in international relations, should enroll in the Research Seminar in lieu of independent study.

2010-2014 Course Catalogs Major/Minor Requirements: For students who entered USD before Fall 2014 or transferred to USD in Fall 2014

2014-2016 Course Catalog Major/Minor Requirements: For students who entered USD in Fall 2014 and declared the major in 2015 or later

Requirements under the 2010-2014 Course Catalogs appear below:

 

Preparation for the Major (18 Units)

___POLS 120 (Previously POLS 125)    

___POLS 170 (Previously POLS 175)            

 ___POLS 250

___ECON 101   

___ECON 102           

___ANY NON-U.S. HIST         


Upper Division Requirements (33 Units)

A. Core Classes: 6 upper-division units:

___POLS 350 Core Course: Comparative Politics

___POLS 370 Core Course: International Relations

B. International and Comparative Politics: 15 upper-division units from among the following:

POLS 306 Political Ideology

POLS 307 Politics in Religion

POLS 326 Comparative Law

POLS 327 International Law

POLS 329 Law of the Sea

POLS 349 Politics & the Environment

POLS 352 Comparative Politics of Developing Countries

POLS 354 Revolutionary Change

POLS 355 Politics in Europe

POLS 357 Politics in Latin America

POLS 358 Politics in South Asia

POLS 359 Politics in Middle East

POLS 360 Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa

POLS 361 Politics in South Africa

POLS 362 Politics in the UK

POLS 363 Politics in France

POLS 364 Politics in Germany

POLS 365 Politics in Russia

POLS 366 Politics in Mexico

POLS 367 Politics in Japan

POLS 368 Politics in China

POLS 371 American Foreign Policy

POLS 374 U.S.-Latin American Relations

POLS 375 Comparative Foreign Policy

POLS 376 U.S. National Security Policy

POLS 377 Regional Security

POLS 378 Transnational Crime & Terrorism

POLS 380 Theories of International Political Economy (previously International Political Economy)

POLS 382 International Human Rights

POLS 383 International Organizations

POLS 480 Model United Nations

POLS 485 Wash D.C.: Directed Study in IR

POLS 486 Wash D.C.: Internship in Int’l Relations

POLS 487 Wash D.C.: Class in IR

POLS 494 Special Topics in IR (may be repeated for credit when topic changes)

POLS 495 Senior Capstone Seminar

POLS 498 Internship in International Relations

POLS 499 Independent Study in International Relations

 

C. Humanities and Social Sciences: 9 upper-division units with no more than 3 units taken from any one department.  The following courses are acceptable.  Other upper-division courses with predominantly international or comparative content can be used upon specific approval by the department chair.

Anthropology       

 328 Caribbean Cultures    

 334 South American Archaeology 

 335 Nautical Archaeology    

 339 Post Medieval Seafaring and Empire  

 362 Piracy in the New World

 463 Antiquities: Who Owns the Past

  Art History

 323 Memory, Monument, Museum

 331 Art in Public Spaces      

 333 Modern Art: 1780-1920   

 334 Art of the 20th C and 21C in Europe and the Americas

344 Biographies of World Cities

345 The Avant-Garde and Mass Culture: Art and Politics

 Business    

300 Global Purchasing and Supply Management

305 Global Marketing 

309 International Comparative Management

405 International Financial Management

Communication       

 338 Media and Conflict    

 380 International Media

 480 Advanced Topics in International Media

Economy      

 333 International Economics   

 335 Economic Development of Latin America  

 337 Economic Development of Asia   

English       

 310 Dante

 362 Modern Drama

 364 Postcolonial Studies

 366 Modern European Literature    

 368 Modern British Literature

 370 Contemporary Fiction   

History      

 334 European Art and Architecture in Context

 340 World War I    

 341 World War II  

 342 Birth of Two Nations: France and India

 345 Topics in Military History   

 347 Topics in Modern Europe   

 348 Modern France    

 352 The British Empire 

 354 Modern Spain

 357 Topics in Russian and East European History 

 358 Topics in Modern World History   

 359 Modern Middle East    

 361 Modern Latin America   

 362 Topics in Latin American History  

 363 History of Brazil    

 364 Topics in Asian History   

 365 History of China    

 366 History of Japan  

 367 Women in East Asia 

 368 History of Africa    

 369 Issues in Modern Africa   

 376-377 United States Foreign Relations    

 384 History of Mexico    

 387 History of Baja California   

Language       

French   

 302 Introduction to Analysis of French Literary Texts

 303 Cultural Backgrounds of French Civilization

 320 Survey of French Literature I: Middle Ages to the 18th   Century

 321 Survey of French Literature II: 19th-20th Century

 394 Topics in Language, Literature or Culture

 410 French Theater    

 411 French Prose    

 412 French Novel    

 413 French Poetry    

 414 French Women Writers

 494 Topics in French Literature

German      

 302 Readings in German Literature

 303 Cultural Backgrounds of German Civilization   

 312 German Literature from 1900 to the Present

 394 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture  

 494 Topics in German Literature   

 Italian        

 320 Introduction to Italian Literature and Culture I: From the Middle Ages to the 17th Century

 321 Introduction to Italian Literature and Culture II: From the Enlightenment to Today 

 403 Italian Culture through Film 

 410 Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Italy

 411 Studies in Modern Italian Literature and Culture

 412 Studies in Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture

 413 Italian Literature of Migration     

 420 Dante and His Times  

 494 Topics in Italian Literature

Spanish

 302 Cultural History of Spain

 303 Introduction to Cultural Analysis

 304 Cultural History of Latin America

 320 Survey of Spanish Literature

 360 Survey of Latin American Literature

 422 Studies in Medieval Spanish Literature

 423 Studies in Spanish Literature of the Golden Age

 424 Don Quijote de la Mancha

 426 Spanish Literature of the 18th and 19th Centuries

 427 20th Spanish Literature

 430 Studies in Hispanic Film

 434 Theater of Early Modern Spain and Spanish America

 448 The Latin American Short Story

 449 Latin American Novel

 451 Latin American Poetry

 453 Mexican Literature and Culture

 458 Jewish Latin America

Music       

 331 Music History II: 1600-1830

 340 Topics in World Music

 440W Topics in Ethnomusicology  

Philosophy       

 321 Social Ethics

 338 Environmental Ethics

 340 Ethics of War and Peace

 472 Studies in Modern European Philosophy  

 474 Studies in Contemporary Continental Philosophy 

 476 Studies in Asian Philosophy   

Sociology       

410 Social Change: Global Perspectives

455 Cities in a Global Context

472 Criminalizing Immigration

Theology       

 312 Hindu Faith and Practice   

 313 Jewish Faith and Practice   

 314 Buddhist Faith and Practice   

 315 Islamic Faith and Practice   

 316 The Daoist Tradition

 317 Religions of China

 321 Afro-Latin Religions    

 368 U.S. Latino and Latin American Theologies  

 369 Liberation Theology

 382 The Prophetic Tradition of Israel

 390 The Holocaust: Death of God or Death


D. Political Science: 3 upper-division units. Students may take any upper-division course offered by the Department of Political Science & International Relations, including political theory, American politics, international politics, comparative politics, or internship.

E.  Study Abroad: Students must take at least 3 units outside of the United States, as part of a study abroad experience.  These units may be in any academic discipline, and may be either upper or lower division units.  This requirement does not add to the overall number of units required for the major.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS MINOR

Required: POLS 120, 170, and either 350 or 370, plus 9 additional upper-division units in comparative or international politics selected in consultation with an advisor from the Political Science/International Relations faculty.

Bulletin2010-2014


SOME FURTHER SUGGESTIONS

  1. We recommend HIST 115 or 116, Intro to World History, for the preparation for the major requirement.
  2. We recommend THRS 112, Intro to World Religions, for a lower divison Theology and Religious Studies Core Curriculum requirement.
  3. We recommend ENGL 228, Studies in World Literature, for the core curriculum literature requirement.
  4. We recommend that students satisfy the Core Curriculum upper division writing requirement with a course in the major.
  5. We encourage International Relations majors to go beyond the 3rd semester of a foreign language.
  6. We recommend a full semester study abroad experience (above and beyond the 3 unit requirement).
  7. We encourage you to participate in events sponsored by International Affairs organizations like the World Affairs Council of San Diego and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies.

 

 

Requirements under the 2014-2016 Catalog appear below:

Preparation for the Major (9 Units)


___POLS 120                                       ___POLS 150                             ___POLS 170


Upper Division Requirements (42 Units)

A. Core Classes: 12 upper-division units: The following courses are prerequisites for POLS 495

___POLS 330 Core Course: Research Methods (3)

___POLS 350 Core Course: Theories of Comparative Politics (3)

___POLS 370 Core Course: Theories of International Relations (3)

___POLS 380 Core Course: Theories of International Political Economy (3)

B. International and Comparative Politics: 15 upper-division units from among the following:

POLS 306 Political Ideology

POLS 307 Politics in Religion

POLS 326 Comparative Law

POLS 327 International Law

POLS 329 Law of the Sea

POLS 349 Politics & the Environment

POLS 352 Comparative Politics of Developing Countries

POLS 354 Revolutionary Change

POLS 355 Politics in Europe

POLS 357 Politics in Latin America

POLS 358 Politics in South Asia

POLS 359 Politics in Middle East

POLS 360 Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa

POLS 361 Politics in South Africa

POLS 362 Politics in the UK

POLS 363 Politics in France

POLS 364 Politics in Germany

POLS 365 Politics in Russia

POLS 366 Politics in Mexico

POLS 367 Politics in Japan

POLS 368 Politics in China

POLS 371 American Foreign Policy

POLS 374 U.S.-Latin American Relations

POLS 376 U.S. National Security Policy

POLS 377 Regional Security

POLS 378 Transnational Crime & Terrorism

POLS 382 International Human Rights

POLS 383 International Organizations

POLS 480 Model United Nations

POLS 485 Wash D.C.: Directed Study in IR

POLS 486 Wash D.C.: Internship in Int’l Relations

POLS 487 Wash D.C.: Class in IR

POLS 494 Special Topics in IR (may be repeated for credit when topic changes)

POLS 498 Internship in International Relations

POLS 499 Independent Study in International Relations


C. Humanities and Social Sciences: 9 Upper-Division Units with no more than three units (one course) taken from one department. Students must take one course from the History Department (from those listed below). Other upper division courses with predominantly international or comparative content can be used upon specific approval by the department Chair. Note: Some of the courses listed below may have additional prerequisites.

Anthropology       

 328 Caribbean Cultures    

 334 South American Archaeology 

 335 Nautical Archaeology    

 339 Post Medieval Seafaring and Empire  

 362 Piracy in the New World

 463 Antiquities: Who Owns the Past

Art History

 323 Memory, Monument, Museum: Studies in Historic Preservation

 331 Art in Public Spaces      

 333 Modern Art: 1780-1920   

 334 Art of the 20th C and 21C in Europe and the          Americas

 344 Biographies of World Cities

 345 The Avant-Garde and Mass Culture: Art and Politics

 Communication       

 338 Media and Conflict    

 380 International Media

 480 Advanced Topics in International Media

Economics      

 333 International Economics   

 335 Economic Development of Latin America  

 337 Economic Development of Asia   

English       

 310 Dante

 362 Modern Drama

 364 Postcolonial Studies

 366 Modern European Literature    

 368 Modern British Literature

 370 Contemporary Fiction   

Finance

405 International Financial Management

History      

 334 European Art and Architecture in Context

 340 World War I    

 341 World War II  

 342 Birth of Two Nations: France and India

 345 Topics in Military History   

 347 Topics in Modern Europe   

 348 Modern France    

 352 The British Empire 

 354 Modern Spain

 357 Topics in Russian and East European History 

 358 Topics in Modern World History   

 359 Modern Middle East    

 361 Modern Latin America   

 362 Topics in Latin American History  

 363 History of Brazil    

 364 Topics in Asian History   

 365 History of China    

 366 History of Japan  

 367 Women in East Asia 

 368 History of Africa    

 369 Issues in Modern Africa   

 376-377 United States Foreign Relations    

 384 History of Mexico    

 387 History of Baja California   

Language       

French   

 302 Introduction to Analysis of French Literary Texts

 303 Cultural Backgrounds of French Civilization

 320 Survey of French Literature I: Middle Ages to the 18th   Century

 321 Survey of French Literature II: 19th-21st Centuries

 394 Topics in Language, Literature or Culture

 410 French Theater    

 411 French Prose    

 412 French Novel    

 413 French Poetry    

 414 French Women Writers

 494 Topics in French Literature, Language, or Culture  

German      

 302 Readings in German Literature

 303 Cultural Backgrounds of German Civilization   

 312 German Literature from 1900 to the Present

 394 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture  

 494 Topics in German Literature   

 Italian        

 320 Introduction to Italian Literature and Culture I: From the Middle Ages to the 17th Century

 321 Introduction to Italian Literature and Culture II: From the Enlightenment to Today 

 403 Italian Culture through Film 

 410 Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Italy

 411 Studies in Modern Italian Literature and Culture

 412 Studies in Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture

 413 Italian Literature of Migration     

 420 Dante and His Times  

 494 Topics in Italian Literature, Language, or Culture

Spanish

 302 Cultural History of Spain

 303 Introduction to Cultural Analysis

 304 Cultural History of Latin America

 320 Survey of Spanish Literature

 360 Survey of Latin American Literature

 422 Studies in Medieval Spanish Literature

 423 Studies in Spanish Literature of the Golden Age

 424 Don Quijote de la Mancha

 426 Studies in 18th and 19th Century Pennisular Literature and Culture

 427 Studies in 20th and 21st Century Pennisular Literature and Culture

 430 Studies in Hispanic Film

 434 The “New World”

 448 The Latin American Short Story

 449 Latin American Novel

 451 Latin American Poetry

 453 Mexican Literature and Culture

 458 Jewish Latin America

Marketing

305 Global Marketing 

Management

309 International Comparative Management

Music       

 331 Music History II: 1600-1830 (Monteverdi-Beethoven)   

 340 Topics in World Music

 440W Topics in Ethnomusicology  

Philosophy       

 321 Social Ethics

 338 Environmental Ethics

 340 Ethics of War and Peace

 472 Studies in Modern European Philosophy  

 474 Studies in Contemporary Continental Philosophy 

 476 Studies in Asian Philosophy   

Sociology       

410 Social Change: Global Perspectives

472 Criminalizing Immigration

Theology       

 312 The Hindu Tradition   

 313 Jewish Faith and Practice   

 314 Buddhist Thought and Culture

 315 Islamic Faith and Practice   

 316 The Daoist Tradition

 317 Religions of China

 321 Afro-Latin Religions    

 368 Latino/a Theologies  

 369 Liberation Theology

 382 The Prophetic Tradition of Israel

 390 The Holocaust: Death of God or Death of Humanity? 


D. Political Science: 3 Upper-Division Units. Students may take any upper division course offered by the Department of political science and international relations, including: political theory, American politics, international politics, comparative politics, or internship.

 

E.  Students must take at least three units outside of the United States, as part of a study abroad experience. These units may be in any academic discipline, and may be either upper or lower-division units. This requirement does not add to the overall number of units required for the major.

 

F. International Relations Senior Capstone Seminar:

POLS 495: International Relations majors are required to complete the Senior Capstone Seminar. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to apply and integrate what they have learned as a International Relations major. Students will have the opportunity to choose from Senior Capstone Seminars that focus on completing a research project, a community project, or a simulation project.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS MINOR

POLS 150; 170; any one of 350 or 370 or 380; 9 additional Upper-Division Units of international and/or comparative politics, to be selected in consultation with an advisor from the political science/international relations faculty.

Bulletin2014-2016


SOME FURTHER SUGGESTIONS

  1. We recommend THRS 112, Intro to World Religions, for a lower division Theolog yand Religious Studies core curriculum requirement
  2. We recommend ENGL 228, Studies in World Literature, for the literaturecore curriculum requirement.
  3. We recommend that students satisfy the Core Curriculum upper division writing requirement with a course in the major.
  4. We encourage International Relations majors to go beyond the 3rd semester of a foreign language.
  5. We recommend a full semester study abroad experience (above and beyond the 3 unit requirement).
  6. We encourage you to participate in events sponsored by International Affairs organizations like the World Affairs Council of San Diego and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies.