International Relations Major

50 units

Introduction

The international relations major prepares students to be effective leaders in their community, nation, and the world. Students learn to make sense of global events, to identify the degree to which peaceful interactions and political crises shape the world, and to articulate Christian perspectives on relations between peoples and nations. The international relations major prepares students for many vocations through rigorous training in international politics, philosophy, history, geography, diplomacy, and security studies.

Career Opportunities

International relations majors are prepared for a variety of careers in the public and private sectors, in fields such as government, diplomatic relations, and economic negotiations. These include vocations in the federal government focusing on foreign policy formulation or analysis, aid programs, and development and cultural exchange, as well as careers dedicated to national security issues such as counterterrorism and cybersecurity. In the private sector, some students find the major useful as they prepare for careers in international business and commerce, while others have used the major as preparation for nonprofit development enterprises in agriculture and food production, or toward improving delivery of health services and clean water. Still others devote their time and energy to stopping human rights abuses including human trafficking.

Program Learning Goals

This program prepares students who are able to:

  • Explain the main features of international politics.
  • Analyze the writing of major thinkers in the history of political philosophy.
  • Explain the principles, purposes, and main features of American government.
  • Articulate a Christian understanding of politics and government.
  • Articulate the major schools of thought respecting international relations.
  • Describe the principal interests and ideas that inform U.S. foreign policy.

Requirements

Core Requirements
POLI 150American Government 13
POLI 160Introduction to Politics3
POLI 180Intro to International Relations3
POLI 300Research and Writing 23
HIST 334History of American Foreign Affairs3
POLI 496Senior Seminar: Religion and Politics 23
Foreign Language Requirement: IR majors must complete two years (four semesters) of college-level study in the same modern foreign language. Refer to the course catalog at home.apu.edu to see which classes are available. Modern languages: French, German, Spanish, Italian, or other modern language approved by department chair.14
Subject Requirements: Upper-Division Core (select 9 units from the following)9
Political Geography
Comparative Politics
Seminar in International Relations
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Theories of International Relations
Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
National Security
Politics of Developing Countries
Regional Studies
International Organizations
Electives (select at least 9 units from the following courses not selected above)9
Economics of the Developing World
Comparative Economics
International Trade and Finance
Modern Africa
Enlightenment Europe
Europe 1789-1914
Europe 1914-1992
Modern Latin America
Political Geography
Comparative Politics
Seminar in International Relations
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Theories of International Relations
Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
National Security
Politics of Developing Countries
History and Politics of the Non-Western World
Political Science Practicum
The American Presidency
Regional Studies
International Organizations
Political Topics
Readings
Total Units50
1

Meets the General Education Civic Knowledge and Engagement requirement.

2

Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement.