Undergraduate Degree - International Relations Major

Program:
International Relations Major
Program Code:
3188 International Relations
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Start Term:
FS92
College:
James Madison College
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

James Madison College

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in James Madison College

International Relations Major

                 
1. The student must complete (44 to 48 credits):  
  a. All of the following courses (13 credits):  
    MC 220 International Relations I:  World Politics and International Security 4
    MC 221 International Relations II: The Politics of International Economic Relations 4
    MC 492 Senior Seminar in International Relations (W) 5
  b. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
    EC 340 Survey of International Economics 3
    EC 440 International Trade (W) 3
    EC 441 International Finance (W) 3
  c. Four courses with at least one course from Groups (1), (2), and (3) (16 credits):  
    (1) SECURITY STUDIES AND FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS  
    MC 321 The Cold War: Culture, Politics and Foreign Policy 4
    MC 322 International Security 4
    MC 323 Japanese Foreign Policy   4
    MC 326 U.S. Foreign Policy   4
    MC 327 The Comparative Analysis of Foreign Policy 4
    MC 328 Russian Foreign Policy   4
    MC 329 European Security: Challenges and Strategies 4
    MC 390 Advanced Topics in Public Affairs 4
    MC 391 Selected Topics in Public Affairs 3 or 4
    MC 395 Cultural Dimensions of Public Affairs 4
    MC 441 Islam and World Politics   4
    MC 482 Gender and Violent Conflict 4
    (2) INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY AND GLOBAL GOVERNANCE  
    FW 445 Biodiversity Conservation Policy and Practice 3
    MC 320 Politics, Society and Economy in the Third World 4
    MC 324E Regional Politics, Cooperation and Conflict in Europe 4
    MC 361 Political, Economy and Comparative Public Policymaking 4
    MC 362 Public International Law 4
    MC 363 Global Governance 4
    MC 390 Advanced Topics in Public Affairs 4
    MC 391 Selected Topics in Public Affairs 3 or 4
    MC 395 Cultural Dimensions of Public Affairs 4
    MC 450 International Environmental Law and Policy 3
    (3) COMPARATIVE, REGIONAL AND CULTURAL STUDIES  
    MC 320 Politics, Society and Economy in the Third World 4
    MC 321 The Cold War: Culture, Politics and Foreign Policy 4
    MC 324A Regional Politics, Cooperation and Conflict in the Middle East 4
    MC 324B Regional Politics, Cooperation and Conflict Sub-Saharan Africa 4
    MC 324C Regional Politics, Cooperation and Conflict in Latin American and the Caribbean 4
    MC 324D Regional Politics, Cooperation and Conflict  in Asia 4
    MC 325 State and Society in Comparative Perspective 4
    MC 331 Encounters with Post-Communism 4
    MC 332 Literature and Politics in a Comparative Perspective 4
    MC 368 Black Nationalisms: Africa and Its Diaspora 4
    MC 377 Culture, Politics and Post-Colonialism 4
    MC 385 Comparative Race and Ethnic Relations 4
    MC 386 Women and Power in Comparative Perspective 4
    MC 387 Jews and Anti-Semitism   4
    MC 390 Advanced Topics in Public Affairs 4
    MC 391 Selected Topics in Public Affairs 3 or 4
    MC 395 Cultural Dimensions of Public Affairs 4
    MC 441 Islam and World Politics   4
    MC 482 Gender and Violent Conflict 4
    PLS 358 Politics of the U.S.S.R. and Its Successor States 3
    (4) NEW PERSPECTIVES IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS  
    FW 481 Global Issues in Fisheries and Wildlife 3
    MC 272 Political Theory and Political Issues 4
    MC 369 Global Issues in Citizenship (W) 4
    MC 372 Comparative Black Political Thought 4
    MC 376 Modern Political Thought in the Muslim World 4
    MC 390 Advanced Topics in Public Affairs 4
    MC 391 Selected Topics in Public Affairs 3 or 4
    MC 395 Cultural Dimensions of Public Affairs 4
    James Madison College 272 may be counted toward requirement 1.c. only when the topic deals with Marxist Theories of Revolution.  
    James Madison College 390, 391, and 395 may be counted toward requirement 1.c. only when the topic deals with international relations.  
  d. Complete two courses from one of the following ten groups of courses. Students must complete one course from Course A, which should be completed prior to the junior year, and one course from Course B, which should be completed prior to taking James Madison College 492. (6 to 8 credits)  
    (1) Course A  
      MC 295 Research Design and Quantitative Analysis in Public Policy 4
      Course B  
      MC 293 Methods for Strategic Analysis in Public Affairs 4
      MC 364 Policy Evaluation 4
      PHL 330 Formal Reasoning 4
      STT 441 Probability and Statistics I: Probability 3
    (2) Course A  
      SOC 281 Methods of Social Research I 4
      Course B  
      MC 293 Methods for Strategic Analysis in Public Affairs 4
      MC 364 Policy Evaluation 4
      PHL 330 Formal Reasoning 4
      SOC 282 Methods of Social Research II 4
      STT 441 Probability and Statistics I: Probability 3
    (3) Course A  
      STT 421 Statistics I   3
      Course B  
      EC 420 Introduction to Econometric Methods 3
      MC 293 Methods for Strategic Analysis in Public Affairs 4
      MC 364 Policy Evaluation 4
      PHL 330 Formal Reasoning 4
      STT 422 Statistics II   3
    (4) Course A        
      STT 441 Probability and Statistics I: Probability 3
      Course B        
      MC 293 Methods for Strategic Analysis in Public Affairs 4
      MC 364 Policy Evaluation 4
      PHL 330 Formal Reasoning 4
      STT 442 Statistics II   3
    (5) Course A        
      PLS 201 Introduction to Methods of Political Analysis 4
      Course B        
      MC 293 Methods for Strategic Analysis in Public Affairs 4
      MC 364 Policy Evaluation 4
      PHL 330 Formal Reasoning 4
    (6) Course A        
      STT 200 Statistical Methods 3
      STT 201 Statistical Methods 4
      Course B        
      MC 293 Methods for Strategic Analysis in Public Affairs 4
      MC 364 Policy Evaluation 4
      PHL 330 Formal Reasoning 4
    (7) Course A        
      EC 420 Introduction to Econometric Methods 3
      Course B        
      MC 293 Methods for Strategic Analysis in Public Affairs 4
      MC 364 Policy Evaluation 4
      PHL 330 Formal Reasoning 4
      STT 441 Probability and Statistics I: Probability 3
    (8) Course A        
      STT 315 Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Business 3
      Course B        
      EC 420 Introduction to Econometric Methods 3
      MC 293 Methods for Strategic Analysis in Public Affairs 4
      MC 364 Policy Evaluation 4
      PHL 330 Formal Reasoning 4
    (9) Course A        
      MC 293 Methods for Strategic Analysis in Public Affairs 4
      Course B        
      MC 295 Research Design and Quantitative Analysis in Public Policy 4
      PHL 330 Formal Reasoning 4
      PLS 201 Introduction to Methods of Political Analysis 4
      SOC 281 Methods of Social Research I 4
      STT 421 Statistics I   3
      STT 441 Probability and Statistics I: Probability 3
  e. Two related courses from one of the following four groups (6 to 8 credits):  
    (1) HISTORY        
      HST 205A The Ancient Mediterranean from 3000 BCE TO 400 CE 4
      HST 205B Europe in the Middle Ages from 400 to 1500 4
      HST 206 European History since 1500 4
      HST 325 United States Foreign Relations to 1914 3
      HST 326 United States Foreign Relations since 1914 3
      HST 337 European Power, Culture, and Thought: Renaissance to the Enlightenment
      HST 338 European Power, Culture, and Thought: The Modern Era
      HST 390 History of International Relations 3
    (2) ECONOMICS        
      EC 302 Intermediate Macroeconomics  3
      EC 306 Comparative Economic Systems  3
      EC 406 Economic Analysis of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (W) 3
      EC 410 Issues in the Economics of Developing Countries (W) 3
      EC 412 Economic Analysis of Latin America (W) 3
      EC 413 Economic Analysis of Asia (W) 3
      EC 414 Economic Analysis of Sub–Saharan Africa (W) 3
      MC 340 Economic Growth 4
      MC 341 Politics and Markets 4
    (3) POLITICAL THEORY      
      MC 270 Classical Republicanism 4
      MC 271 Constitutionalism and Democracy 4
      MC 370 Radical Challenges to Liberal Democracy 4
    (4) An area and related courses approved by the student's academic advisor. In order to fulfill this requirement, a student may complete 300–400 level courses in a foreign language.  Courses at the 100–200 level in a foreign language may not be used to fulfill this requirement.  

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International Relations, BA (3188)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS16

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - International Relations - International Relations I and II
Major - International Relations - International Relations I and II: 2 courses from MC220, MC221

Requirement 12: Major - International Relations - Senior Seminar
Major - International Relations - Senior Seminar: 5 credits from MC492

Requirement 13: Major - International Relations - Economics/Trade/Finance
Major - International Relations - Economics/Trade/Finance: 1 course from EC340, EC440, EC441

Requirement 14: Major - International Relations - 1 from 3, Plus 1
Major - International Relations - 1 from 3, Plus 1: A total 4 courses
International Political Economy & Global Governance: At least 1 course from FW445, MC320, MC324E, MC361, MC362, MC363, MC390, MC391, MC450, MC395
Comparative, Regional and Cultural Studies: At least 1 course from MC320, MC321, MC324A, MC324B, MC324C, MC324D, MC325, MC331, MC332, MC366, MC377, MC385, MC386, MC387, MC390, MC395, MC441, MC482, MC391, PLS358
Security Studies and Foreign Policy Analysis: At least 1 course from MC321, MC323, MC326, MC327, MC328, MC329, MC390, MC391, MC441, MC482, MC322, MC395
New Perspectives in International Relations: At least 0 courses from FW481, MC272, MC369, MC372, MC376, MC390, MC391, MC395
Conditions:
Major - International Relations - 1 from 3, Plus 1: MC390, 391, and 395 may be used for this requirement only when the topic deals with international relations. (Applies to Requirement(s) 14)

Requirement 15: Major - International Relations - Course A - B Sequence
Major - International Relations - Course A - B Sequence: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
Group1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MC295
At least 1 course from MC364, PHL330, STT441, MC293
Group2: 2 courses
At least 1 course from SOC281
At least 1 course from MC364, PHL330, SOC282, STT441, MC293
Group3: 2 courses
At least 1 course from EC420, MC364, PHL330, STT422, MC293
At least 1 course from STT421
Group4: 2 courses
At least 1 course from EC420
At least 1 course from MC364, PHL330, STT441, MC293
Group5: 2 courses
At least 1 course from STT441
At least 1 course from STT442, MC364, PHL330, MC293
Group6: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MC364, PHL330, MC293
At least 1 course from PLS201
Group7: 2 courses
At least 1 course from STT200, STT201
At least 1 course from MC364, PHL330, MC293
Group9: 2 courses
At least 1 course from EC420, MC364, PHL330, MC293
At least 1 course from STT315
group10: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MC295, PHL330, PLS201, SOC281, STT421, STT441
At least 1 course from MC293

Requirement 16: Major - International Relations - Two Related Courses Sequence
Major - International Relations - Two Related Courses Sequence: A total 2 courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MC270, MC271, MC370
EC302, EC306, EC406, EC410, EC412, EC413, EC414, MC340, MC341
HST206, HST325, HST326, HST337, HST338, HST390, HST205A, HST205B
James Madison approved area and courses. See academic advisor.

Requirement 17: College - James Madison College - Foreign Language
College - James Madison College - Foreign Language: 1 course from Second year competency in a foreign language. This requirement may be satisfied by placing into a 300 lvl foreign language course based on the MSU placement test.

Requirement 18: College - James Madison College - Economics
College - James Madison College - Economics: 2 courses from EC201, EC202

Requirement 19: College - James Madison College - Field Experience
College - James Madison College - Field Experience: 2 courses from completing MC400 for 5 or 9 credits and MC401.

Requirement 20: College - James Madison College - Freshman Writing Program
College - James Madison College - Freshman Writing Program: 1 course from MC111, MC112

Requirement 21: College - James Madison College - Public Affairs
College - James Madison College - Public Affairs: 2 courses from MC201, MC202

Requirement 22: College - James Madison College - Optional Business Cognate
College - James Madison College - Optional Business Cognate: A total 0 credits
At least 0 credits from MC241
At least 0 credits from ACC230, FI320, GBL323, MGT325, MSC327
Conditions:
College - James Madison Requirement: Students may elect to complete a cognate in business. Students may substitue ACC201 or ACC202 for ACC230. (Applies to Requirement(s) 22)

Requirement 23: James Madison College Distribution
James Madison College Distribution: 51 credits from MC courses is required for students enrolled in the college as a first-semester freshman. A minimum of 41 credits in MC courses is required for all other students.

Requirement 24: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 25: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.