Minor in International Relations

APU’s international relations minor prepares effective leaders who have a global worldview, preparing them for careers in international politics, diplomacy, history, and more.

21 units


No more than 6 units of this minor may be in common with the student’s major. To graduate as department majors and minors, students must maintain at least a 2.0 grade-point average in program courses.

The Department of History and Political Science maintains the following requirements for each of the minors it offers:

  1. Students must complete all prerequisites for any HIST or POLI course with a C- or better before taking the course (except as noted in the course description).
  2. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all political science and history courses required for the minor.
  3. Students must complete each HIST or POLI course with a C- or higher for the course to meet a degree requirement in the Department of History and Political Science.
Core Courses
POLI 150American Government 13
POLI 180Intro to International Relations3
HIST 334History of American Foreign Affairs3
Elective Courses
Select two of the following:6
Political Geography
Comparative Politics
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Theories of International Relations
Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
National Security
Politics of Developing Countries
Select two of the following not selected above:6
Economics of the Developing World
Comparative Economics
International Trade and Finance
Modern Africa
Enlightenment Europe
Europe 1789-1914
Europe 1914-1992
History of the Middle East I: Early and Medieval Islam
History of the Middle East II: Modern Middle East
Political Geography 2
Comparative Politics 2
Terrorism and Counterterrorism 2
Theories of International Relations 2
Diplomacy and Foreign Policy 2
National Security 2
Politics of Developing Countries 2
History and Politics of the Non-Western World
Regional Studies
International Organizations
Political Topics 3
Total Units21

Meets the General Education Civic Knowledge and Engagement requirement.


If not taken as an elective in section above.


With department approval.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. American Government: Explain the principles, purposes, and main features of American government.
  2. International Politics: Explain the main features of international politics.
  3. Theory and Foreign Policy: Articulate the main schools of thought respecting international relations and describe the principal interests and ideas that inform U.S. foreign policy.
  4. Political Philosophy: Analyze the writing of major thinkers in the history of political philosophy.
  5. Christian Foundation: Articulate a Christian understanding of politics and government.
  6. Professional Writing: Demonstrate ability to write and cite sources to professional standards within the discipline.