Requirements for the Major in International Relations

 

The international relations major is an interdisciplinary program designed to meet the needs of students interested in understanding and/or working in international affairs. The goal is to train students for responsible global citizenship and entry into internationally related jobs in business, government or international public or private agencies. The curriculum is designed to provide greater breadth than is possible by concentration in a single discipline, yet permit sufficiently focused study in international affairs to prepare the student for direct entry into the field of international service or continued post graduate study.

Please note that the requirements shown under A. below apply to students entering Drake in fall, 2010 or later while the requirement shown under B. apply to students entering Drake prior to fall, 2010 (students enrolling prior to fall, 2010 have option of graduating under new requirements).  For this major, International Relations majors must have at least a 2.00 cumulative G.P.A to graduate

Students should consult departmental web pages for basic course descriptions and representative course syllabi.

Student are encouraged to attend the international events (speakers, films, panel discussions, etc.) organized by the Drake University Center for Global Citizenship. A list of events can be found at: http://www.drake.edu/international/cgc/events.php


A. Requirements for students first enrolling at Drake in fall, 2010 or later:


Foreign Language Requirement

Students must take two years of coursework or credits in a single language or demonstrate equivalent competence. Options for fulfilling this requirement include family background or life experience, high school training, college coursework by transfer from another institution, study abroad and coursework through Drake’s World Languages and Cultures program.


The Basic Core

All International Relations majors must complete the following basic requirements (21 hours):

Econ 001 & 002 Principles of Economics, I & II     


Pols  065  Comparative Politics                     


Pols 075  World Politics  




and either:

Geog 003  World Regional Geography            


or 

Geog 002  Human Geography
 

                            

and either:


Pols 179  American Foreign Policy 


or

 Hist 113  America as a World Power
or Hist 168  U.S. Interventionism

and either:
Econ 130  International Economics
Econ 175  Developing Economies
Pols 126  The Political Economy of Globalization


Specialized Tracks

Minimum of 21 credits. Elective courses within the major are spread across two specialized tracks: Comparative Perspectives and Thematic Perspectives. Majors are required to take a minimum of 9 credit hours under Comparative Perspectives. Of these, 6 hours must be taken in a single regional area and at least 3 hours must be taken under the Cross-Regional category. Majors are also required to take a minimum of 9 credit hours under Thematic Perspectives. In consultation with their academic adviser, students are strongly encouraged to select courses under this area that complement one another in some purposeful way. The remaining 3 credit hours of the 21 total credit hours may be taken from either Comparative Perspectives OR Thematic Perspectives, at the student’s discretion. Credit hours from study abroad may be counted toward these requirements with the approval of a student’s academic adviser.

Comparative Perspectives

Africa:
Hist 060  Africa in World History
Hist 067  Sustainable Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
Hist 140  Africa's Colonial Moment
Hist 161  Africa, Africans and Atlantic Slavery
SCSG 134  Africa

Asia:
Hist 022  East Asian Civilization since 1600 


Hist 127  Modern China 


Hist 128  Revolutions in 20th Century Asia
Hist 130  Twentieth Century China
Hist 132  Modern Japan 


Pols 162  Government and Politics of China
Pols 163  Government and Politics of Japan
SCSG 135  Asia
SCSG 176  South Asia


SCSS130  Contemporary Chinese Society




Europe:
Hist 099  Women in European History
Hist 133  Nineteenth Century Europe 


Hist 134  Contemporary Europe 


Hist 137  France Since 1799
Pols 128  Nationalism and Ethnicity in Eastern Europe 


Pols 160  Modern European Political Systems 


Pols 161  Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe


Pols 171  Politics of European Integration
SCSG 132  Europe




Latin America:
Eng 164  Latino/a Literature


Hist 122  Latin American Revolutions
Hist 123  Modern Mexico
Hist 125  Colonial Latin America 


Hist 126  Modern Latin America 


Hist 160  The Mexican Revolution
Pols 164  Government & Politics in Latin America

Middle East:
Pols 133  Middle East Though Films.
Pols 134  History: Politics and Society of Modern Egypt
Pols 135  Islam in the 21st Century
Pols 136  Arab-Israeli Conflict
Pols 174  Politics in the Middle East

Cross-Regional:
Pols 129  Transitions to Democracy


Pols 135  Islam in the 21st Century
Pols 137  Comparative Law and Courts
Pols 165  Government and Politics in Developing Nations


Pols 166  Comparative Political Parties and Intererst Groups


Pols 168  Politics and Parliaments


Rel 005  World Religions


Rel 151  Islam
SCSA 125  Traveling Cultures
SCSG 122  Cultural Geography
SCSG 192  The Cultural Geography of Islam


SCSS 146  Gender and Culture in Islam


   
Thematic Perspectives

Econ 130  International Economics 


Econ 175  Developing Economies 


Eng 166  The Literature of War 

Hist 139  World War I

Hist 169  The U.S. and the Origins of the Cold War 


Pols 121  The United Nations and Global Security 


Pols 123  Grassroots Globalism 


Pols 124  Revisiting the Vietnam War 


Pols 125  Peacebuilding and Post-Conflict Justice 


Pols 126  The Political Economy of Globalization
Pols 127  Global Public Health and World Politics


Pols 170  International Law
Pols 171  Politics of European Integration 


Pols 173  Human Rights & World Politics

Pols 175  Peace and World Order

Pols 176  Gender and World Politics


Pols 178  US-East Asian Relations
Psy 134  Ethnopolitical Conflict and Peacemaking
Rel 155  Liberation Theology

SCS 150  Global Reproductive Politics


SCSR 112  Rhetoric and War
SCSS 072  Global Social Change


SCSS 172  Global Citizenship
WLC 148  Intercultural Communication


   
International Relations Seminar

Majors are required to complete Politics 192: International Relations Seminar. This course is offered each spring and must be taken during the senior year. Politics 192 counts as a Senior Capstone under the Drake Curriculum.

Study Abroad: Students also are encouraged, though not required, to study abroad during either their sophomore or junior year. Students should consider study-abroad options in consultation with their academic adviser and the study-abroad coordinator.


B. Requirements for students first enrolling at Drake prior to fall, 2010:


Foreign Language Requirement

 Students must take two years of coursework or credits in a single language or demonstrate equivalent competence. Options for fulfilling this requirement include family background or life experience, high school training, college coursework by transfer from another institution, study abroad and coursework through Drake’s World Languages and Cultures program.


The Basic Core


All International Relations majors must complete the following basic requirements (18 hours):

Econ 001 & 002  Principles of Economics, I & II     


Pols  065  Comparative Politics                     


Pols 075  World Politics

  


and either:

Geog 003  World Regional Geography            


or 

Geog 002  Human Geography
 

                            

and either:


Pols 179  American Foreign Policy 


or

 Hist 113  America as a World Power
or Hist 168  U.S. Interventionism

 


Specialized Tracks

Majors are required to take a minimum of 12 credit hours under Comparative Perspectives. Three of these required hours may be waived, however, if a student studies abroad on a semester or year-long program. Six hours must be taken in a single regional area. Options include Europe, Latin America and Asia. Three hours must be taken in the Cross-Regional area. The final three hours (for students not studying abroad) may be taken in any of the three regional areas (i.e., Europe, Latin American or Asia). Relevant courses taken through study abroad programs may count toward Comparative Perspectives. Also, relevant Drake courses offered on an occasional basis may be considered. In all cases, the choice of courses must be made with the approval of the student’s academic adviser.

 

Comparative Perspectives

Asia
:
Hist 022  East Asian Civilization since 1600 


Hist 127  Modern China 


Hist 130  Twentieth Century China
Hist 132  Modern Japan 


Pols 162  Government and Politics of China

Pols 163  Government and Politics of Japan
SCSG 135  Asia 


SCSS130  Contemporary Chinese Society

Europe
:
SCSG 132  Europe 


Hist 099  Women in European History
Hist 133  Nineteenth Century Europe
Hist 134  Contemporary Europe 


Hist 137  France Since 1799
Pols 128  Nationalism and Ethnicity in Eastern Europe 


Pols 160  Modern European Political Systems 


Pols 161  Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe


Pols 171  Politics of European Integration

Latin America
:
Eng 164  Latino/a Literature


Hist 122  Latin American Revolutions
Hist 123  Modern Mexico


Hist 125  Colonial Latin America 


Hist 126  Modern Latin America 


Hist 170  The Mexican Revolution


Pols 164  Government & Politics in Latin America

Cross-Regional
:
Hist 060  Africa in World History
Hist 140  Africa's Colonial Moment
Hist 161  Africa, Africans and Atlantic Slavery


Pols 129  Transitions to Democracy


Pols 135  Islam in the 21st Century
Pols 165  Government and Politics in Developing Nations


Pols 166  Comparative Political Parties and Intererst Groups


Pols 168  Politics and Parliaments


Rel 005  World Religions


SCSG 192  The Cultural Geography of Islam


SCSS 146  Gender and Culture in Islam


 


Thematic Perspectives

Majors are required to take a minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework under Thematic Perspectives spread across at least two of the following three areas: International Politics and Economics, International Peace and Conflict and International Values and Ethics. Relevant courses taken through study abroad programs may count toward Thematic Perspectives. Also, relevant Drake courses offered on an occasional basis may be considered. In all cases, the choice of courses must be made with the approval of the student’s academic adviser.


International Politics and Economics


Econ 130  International Economics 


Econ 175  Developing Economies 


Pols 126  The Political Economy of Globalization
Pols 127  Global Public Health and World Politics


Pols 171  Politics of European Integration 


SCS 150  Global Reproductive Politics


SCSS 072  Global Social Change




International Peace and Conflict Studies


Eng 166  The Literature of War 


Hist 139  World War I

Hist 169  The U.S. and the Origins of the Cold War 


Pols 176  Gender and World Politics


Pols 121  The United Nations and Global Security 


Pols 124  Revisiting the Vietnam War 


Pols 175  Peace & World Order


Psy 134  Ethnopolitical Conflict and Peacemaking
SCSR 112  Rhetoric and War


International Values and Ethics




Pols 123  Grassroots Globalism 


Pols 125  Peacebuilding and Post-Conflict Justice 


Pols 170  International Law 


Pols 173  Human Rights & World Politics


Pols 176  Gender & World Politics


Rel 155  Liberation Theology

SCSS 150  Global Citizenship
WLC 148 Intercultural Communication



 

International Relations Seminar

Majors are required to complete Pols 192: International Relations Seminar. This course is offered each spring and must be taken during the Senior year. Politics 192 counts as a senior capstone under the Drake Curriculum.

Study Abroad: Students also are encouraged, though not required, to study abroad during either their sophomore or junior year. Students should consider study-abroad options in consultation with their academic adviser and the study-abroad coordinator.