Political Science: International Relations + Comparative Politics
While the differences are most easily noted, the similarities between cultures, nations, politics and people are what connect us and help us relate in the global arena. Students with a concentration in international relations and comparative politics integrate theory and classroom learning with practice, through such experiences as internships, travel and participation in Model UN.
2013-2014 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions. Requirements for a Major in Interational Relations + Comparative Politics
POLSC1201 Introduction to American Politics and Government
POLSC1301 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics
POLSC1401 Introduction to International Relations
POLSC1501 Political Theory (to be taken prior to senior year)
POLSC2701 Research Methods in Political Science (sophomore year)
POLSC4100 Senior Seminar and Internship in Political Science
Five additional Political Science courses, chosen from the list below, exclusive of internships or directed studies. At least two electives must be at the 3000-level.
POLSC2301 Politics of Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
POLSC2302 European Politics: From Transition to Integration
POLSC2401 American Foreign Policy
POLSC2409 The Politics of International Economic Relations
POLSC2411 The Contemporary Middle East: Challenges and Promise
POLSC2413 International Law and Institutions
POLSC2415 In the Footsteps of Thucydides
POLSC2417 Statecraft & Globalization
POLSC2419 The Geopolitics of Democracy
POLSC2421 Model United Nations
POLSC2503 Revolution and Nationalism
POLSC3301 Comparative Politics of Developing States
POLSC3303 Street Democracy
POLSC3305 Women in Global Politics: From the Barrio to Elected Office
POLSC3403 Human Issues in International Relations
POLSC3405 Strategies of War and Peace
POLSC3407 Political Islam
Other courses outside the department may be recommended following individual consultation with departmental advisors. These will be determined by the student's proposed course of study and interests
Learning Goals + Outcomes
At the completion of the Political Science degree, the student will:
Understand the basic tools and concepts of the discipline of Political Science and each of its subfields: American Government, Comparative Politics, International Relations and Political Theory.
Understand how the various subfields interact.
Demonstrate a practical application of concepts and theories of the discipline.
Be able to orally communicate effectively
Develop an understanding of non-Western governments.
Develop an understanding of the interactions in the international arena.
Learn more about career paths--from international nonprofits to law--open to students of international relations and comparative politics through the
Emmanuel College Career Center.