Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Preparation for the Major

POLS 120Introduction to American Politics3
POLS 150Introduction to Comparative Politics3
POLS 170Introduction to International Relations3-4

Major Requirements

42 units of upper division work to include (note: course descriptions are listed under the Political Science major):

Core Courses
12 Upper-Division Units (POLS 330 is a prerequisite for POLS 495):
POLS 330Research Methods in Political Science (typically offered Fall and Spring)3
POLS 350Theories of Comparative Politics (typically offered in Fall)3
POLS 370Theories of International Relations (typically offered in Spring)3
POLS 380Theories of International Political Economy (typically offered in Fall)3
International and Comparative Politics
Select 15 Upper-Division Units (five courses) from among the following:15
POLS 307Politics and Religion
POLS 326Comparative Law
POLS 327International Law
POLS 329Law of the Sea
POLS 349Politics and the Environment
POLS 352Comparative Politics of Developing Countries
POLS 354Revolutionary Change
POLS 355Politics in Europe
POLS 357Politics in Latin America
POLS 358Politics in South Asia
POLS 359Politics in the Middle East
POLS 360Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa
POLS 361Politics in South Africa
POLS 362Politics in the United Kingdom
POLS 363Politics in France
POLS 364Politics in Germany
POLS 365Politics in Russia
POLS 366Politics in Mexico
POLS 367Politics in Japan
POLS 368Politics in China
POLS 371American Foreign Policy
POLS 374U.S.-Latin American Relations
POLS 376U.S. National Security
POLS 377Regional Security
POLS 378Transnational Crime and Terrorism
POLS 382International Human Rights
POLS 383International Organizations
POLS 480Model United Nations
POLS 485Washington, DC: Directed Study in International Relations
POLS 486Washington, DC: Internship in International Relations
POLS 487Washington, DC: Class in International Relations
POLS 494Special Topics in International Relations
POLS 498Internship in International Relations
POLS 499Independent Study in International Relations
Humanities and Social Sciences
Nine Upper-Division Units (three courses) 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. 19
Anthropology
ANTH 334South American Archaeology
ANTH 335Nautical Archaeology
ANTH 339Post Medieval Seafaring and Empire
ANTH 362Piracy in the new World
ANTH 463Antiquities: Who Owns the Past?
Art History
ARTH 323Memory, Monument, Museum: Politics of Display
ARTH 331Art in Public Spaces
ARTH 333Modern Art: 1780-1920
ARTH 334Art of the Twentieth and Twenty First Centuries in Europe and the Americas
ARTH 345The Avant-Garde and Mass Culture: Art and Politics
Business
FINA 405International Financial Management
MGMT 309International Comparative Management
MKTG 305Global Marketing
BSCM 300Global Purchasing and Supply Management
Communication
COMM 380International Media
COMM 480Advanced Topics in International Media
COMM 338Media and Conflict
Economics
ECON 333International Economics
ECON 335Economic Development of Latin America
ECON 337Economic Development of Asia
English
ENGL 330Dante
ENGL 362Modern And Contemporary Drama
ENGL 364Global Literature and Culture
ENGL 366Modern and Contemporary European Literature
ENGL 368Modern And Contemporary British Literature
ENGL 370Modern and Contemporary Fiction
History
HIST 340World War I
HIST 341World War II
HIST 342Birth of Two Nations: France and India
HIST 347Topics in Modern Europe
HIST 348France in Revolution and War
HIST 352The British Imperial Experience
HIST 354History of Spain
HIST 357Topics in Russian and East European History
HIST 358Topics in Modern World History
HIST 359Modern Middle East
HIST 361Modern Latin America
HIST 362Topics in Latin America History
HIST 363History of Brazil
HIST 364Topics in Asian History
HIST 365China: Rise to Global Power
HIST 366Japan: Samurai to Subaru
HIST 367Women's Lives in East Asia
HIST 368The African Historical Experience
HIST 369Topics in African History
HIST 376U.S. Foreign Relations in the Long 19th Century
HIST 377Twentieth Century U.S. Foreign Relations
HIST 384History of Mexico
Language
French
FREN 302Introduction to the Analysis of French Literary Texts
FREN 303Cultural Backgrounds of French Civilization
FREN 320Survey of French Literature I: Middle Ages to 18th Century
FREN 321Survey of French Literature II: 19th to 21st Centuries
FREN 394Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture
FREN 403Contemporary French Civilization
FREN 409Contemporary African Francophone Theatre3
FREN 410French Theater
FREN 411French Prose
FREN 412French Novel
FREN 413French Poetry
FREN 414French Women Writers
FREN 494Topics in French Literature, Language or Culture
German
GERM 302Readings in German Literature
GERM 303Cultural Backgrounds of German Civilization
GERM 312German Literature from 1900 to the Present
GERM 394Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture
GERM 494Topics in German Literature
Italian
ITAL 302Contemporary Italy: Culture, Politics and Society3
ITAL 320Introduction to Italian Literature and Culture I: From the Middle Ages to the 17th Century
ITAL 321Introduction to Italian Literature and Culture II: From the Enlightenment to Today
ITAL 394Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture3
ITAL 403Studies in Italian Film
ITAL 410Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Italy
ITAL 411Studies in Modern Italian Literature and Culture
ITAL 412Studies in Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture
ITAL 420Dante and His Times
ITAL 494Topics in Literature, Language, or Culture
Spanish
SPAN 302Cultural History of Spain
SPAN 303Introduction To Cultural Analysis
SPAN 304Cultural History of Latin America
SPAN 320Survey of Spanish Literature
SPAN 360Survey of Latin American Literature
SPAN 394Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture3
SPAN 410DLatin@ Literatures and Cultures3
SPAN 422Studies in Medieval Spanish Literature
SPAN 423Studies in Spanish Literature of the Golden Age
SPAN 424Don Quijote de la Mancha
SPAN 426Studies in 18th and 19th Century Pennisular Literature and Culture
SPAN 427Studies in 20th and 21st Century Peninsular Literature and Culture
SPAN 430Studies in Hispanic Film
SPAN 434The "New" World
SPAN 448Latin American Short Story
SPAN 449Latin American Novel
SPAN 451Latin American Poetry
SPAN 453Mexican Literature and Culture
SPAN 458Jewish Latin America
SPAN 494Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture3
Music
MUSC 331Music History II: 1600-1830 (Monteverdi-Beethoven)
MUSC 340Topics in World Music
MUSC 440WTopics in Ethnomusicology
Philosophy
PHIL 321Social Ethics
PHIL 338Environmental Ethics
PHIL 340Ethics of War and Peace
PHIL 472Studies in Modern European Philosophy
PHIL 474Studies in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
PHIL 476Studies in Asian Philosophy
Theology
THRS 312The Hindu Tradition
THRS 313Jewish Faith and Practice
THRS 314Buddhist Thought and Culture
THRS 315Islamic Faith and Practice
THRS 316The Daoist Tradition
THRS 317Religions of China
THRS 321Afro-Latin Religions
THRS 368Latino/a Theologies
THRS 369Liberation Theology
THRS 382The Prophetic Tradition of Israel
THRS 390The Holocaust: Religious Questions
1

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.

2

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.

Political Science

Three Upper-Division Units (one course). 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.

Study Abroad

Students must take at least 3 units outside 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. No more than six units from non-USD faculty led study abroad courses may be applied toward Section B of the major.

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.

Recommended Program of Study, International Relations

Freshman Year
Semester IHours
Preceptorial3
Select one of the following:3
POLS 120Introduction to American Politics 
POLS 150Introduction to Comparative Politics 
POLS 170Introduction to International Relations 
CC or electives6-9
Semester II
Select one of the following: 
POLS 120Introduction to American Politics 
POLS 150Introduction to Comparative Politics 
POLS 170Introduction to International Relations 
CC or electives9-12
Sophomore Year
Semester I
Select one of the following:3
POLS 120Introduction to American Politics 
POLS 150Introduction to Comparative Politics 
POLS 170Introduction to International Relations 
CC or electives9-12
Semester II
Select one of the following:3
POLS 350Theories of Comparative Politics 
POLS 370Theories of International Relations 
POLS 380Theories of International Political Economy 
Upper-Division IR3
CC or electives9
Junior Year
Semester I
Select one of the following: 
POLS 350Theories of Comparative Politics 
POLS 370Theories of International Relations 
POLS 380Theories of International Political Economy 
POLS 330Research Methods in Political Science (or Upper-Division IR)3
Upper-Division Humanities3
CC or electives6
Semester II
Select one of the following:3
POLS 350Theories of Comparative Politics 
POLS 370Theories of International Relations 
POLS 380Theories of International Political Economy 
POLS 330Research Methods in Political Science (or Upper-Division IR)3
Upper-Division Humanities3
CC or electives6
Senior Year
Semester I
POLS 495Senior Capstone Seminar (or Upper-Division IR)3
Upper-Division Humanities 3
Electives9
Semester II
POLS 495Senior Capstone Seminar (or Upper-Division Humanities )3
Upper-Division POLS3
Electives9

*The study abroad requirement is three units and is recommended during the junior year or in the summer following the sophomore or junior year.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Political Science Minor

POLS 100Power and Justice3
POLS 120Introduction to American Politics3
POLS 150Introduction to Comparative Politics3-4
 POLS 170 Introduction to International Relations
Select 9 Upper-Division Units9
  • STUDY ABROAD

Students are highly encouraged to participate in a study abroad program to complement the major or minor with an international learning experience.  No more than six units from non-USD faculty led study abroad courses may be applied to the minor.