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BA in International Relations
(60–86 hours*)


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  1. No double counting courses within the major unless noted otherwise.
  2. Complete the following introductory core courses:
  3. Complete one of the following:
  4. Complete one of the following:
      POLI 170 : Introduction to International Politics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      POLI 170 : Introduction to International Politics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      DESCRIPTION: Basic forces, practices, institutions, and foreign policies of major powers; problem areas in international politics.
      NOTE: This course is part of a GE Mosaic. See ge.byu.edu/mosaic-list for more information.

      Course Outcomes


      POLI 270 : Principles of International Relations. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      POLI 270 : Principles of International Relations. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: Poli 200.
      DESCRIPTION: An introduction to the subfield of international relations for advanced students and majors. Basic concepts, theories, and methods of international relations and political science.

      Course Outcomes


  5. Complete the following research foundations and methods courses:
  6. Complete the following:
  7. Complete one course from the following:
  8. Complete one course from the following:
  9. Complete one of the following international relations courses:
  10. Complete one of the following comparative politics courses:
  11. Achieve proficiency in a foreign language: Students are to complete courses for one language to a specified level with all attendant prerequisites. Some courses may be waived depending upon previous language training. The specific requirements for each language are listed on a separate sheet available from the International and Area Studies Advisement Office or the international relations coordinator. This requirement is waived for international students for whom English is their second language.
  12. Specializations: Complete one of the following tracks (no double-counting of major courses allowed):
    1. International Politics
    2. Political Economy
    3. Asian Politics and History
    4. Latin American Politics and History
    5. Middle Eastern Politics and History
    6. European Politics and History
    7. Economic and Political Development
    8. With the prior approval of the international relations coordinator, a maximum of 3 hours of IR 398R, 399R, or IAS 351R may be used toward meeting the four-course requirement of specialization. Only the second semester of IAS 351R would be allowed.

  13. Complete a capstone research experience in one of the following ways:
      ASIAN 495 : Senior Seminar. (1:Arr:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Senior status or program coordinator's consent.
      DESCRIPTION: Learning research and writing skills necessary to prepare and present major senior research paper.
      NOTE: Most all major requirements should be completed before registering for this course.

      Course Outcomes


      LT AM 495 : Senior Seminar in Latin American Studies. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      LT AM 495 : Senior Seminar in Latin American Studies. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Instructor's consent for minors.
      DESCRIPTION: Sources, materials, and methods of research and writing; critical analysis of a research project.
      NOTE: Required for all Latin American Studies majors their senior year.

      Course Outcomes


      MESA 495 : Senior Seminar in Middle East Studies. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      MESA 495 : Senior Seminar in Middle East Studies. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: PL SC 200 & ARAB 302
      DESCRIPTION: Capstone course, including major research paper demonstrating ability to integrate cross-disciplinary information and methodology.

      Course Outcomes


      POLI 450 : Research Project in Comparative Politics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      POLI 450 : Research Project in Comparative Politics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: POLI 150 & POLI 200; or POLI 250 & POLI 200; or instructor's consent.
      DESCRIPTION: Advanced research skills and advanced writing for students in their junior year.

      Course Outcomes


      POLI 470 : Research Project in International Relations. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      POLI 470 : Research Project in International Relations. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: POLI 170 & POLI 200; or POLI 270 & POLI 200; or instructor's consent.
      DESCRIPTION: Advanced research skills and advanced writing for students in their junior year.

      Course Outcomes


      Note 1: Only MESA 495, Poli 450, or Poli 470 can fill the GE Advanced Written and Oral Communication requirement when coupled with Poli 200.

      Note 2: For students in the relevant specialization, Asian 495, Lt Am 495, and MESA 495 will satisfy the capstone requirement.

      Note 3: It may be possible to fulfill the capstone requirement by completing a professional quality research project. Students who wish to do this must receive prior approval of the IR coordinator.

      Note 4: Students majoring in international relations may not pursue a double major or minor in either economics or political science because of the course overlap between international relations and those majors.

Recommended

    Either Hist 201, 202
    Or Poli 201, 202.

    Rel C 351.

*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.