Bachelor in International Relations

General

Program Description

Bachelor in International Relations

The major consists of a minimum of 48 credits selected in consultation with one of the program committee members or a faculty member in one of the departments that contribute to the international relations major. No more than 50 percent of the required units for any particular component of the international relations major (i.e., political science, economics, history) can be satisfied through off-campus programs. Credits earned by international relations majors through the Washington Semester program are subject to this limitation.

Majors are required to complete the equivalent of a fourth semester of a foreign language at the college level. Participation in an off-campus study program is strongly encouraged and usually can be scheduled for the junior or senior year. Students who wish to pursue a minor in economics, history, or foreign language should contact the program director.

Because Political Science courses are an integral part of the international relations major, students are not permitted to major in both political science and international relations.

The Major

The major consists of a minimum of 48 units selected in consultation with an advisor, who must be a member of the Advisory Committee. In addition to completing the foundation, foreign language, and capstone requirements, every major will select a concentration from the list below and complete 24 units from the list of acceptable courses. The list of courses for each concentration will be revised each year to accommodate newly approved courses and appropriate topics courses. This list may be acquired from the program director. At least 28 units for the major must be taken at the University of Redlands. No more than fifty percent of the units for the foundation or concentration requirement may be satisfied through off-campus study; determination of course equivalence for off-campus study programs is the province of the student’s academic adviser. The foreign language requirement may be acquired though off-campus programs. The capstone course must be taken at the University of Redlands. Participation in a study abroad program is strongly encouraged and should usually be scheduled for the junior or senior year.

Major Requirements

Students must complete 48 units, distributed as follows:

1 - Foundation (16 units): Complete all four courses listed.

  • IR 200 International Relations Theory
  • HIST 102 World History since 1450
  • SOAN 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ECON 149 Introduction to Economics OR ECON 250 Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 149 does not meet the prerequisites for the upper-division economics courses recommended for some concentrations. Students considering these courses should take ECON 250 and 251.)

2 - Capstone (4 units): IR 400 International Relations Capstone.

3 - Foreign Language (4 units): Pass at least one course at or above the 300 level or equivalent.

4 - Concentration (24 units): Select one concentration area and complete the requirements.

  • Choose six courses from the list provided for the concentration; no more than two may have 100 or 200 level designations.
  • One class must be a methods course, but no more than two methods courses may count toward the six courses required by the concentration.
  • Courses in the concentration must be taken from at least three departments.
  • One course in the concentration must be at the 400 level.
  • Eligible classes will change as course offerings change.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the International Relations Major will:

  1. Describe the dominant theoretical approaches to international relations.
  2. Use their knowledge of the dominant theoretical approaches to international relations to interpret the behavior of international actors.
  3. Select methods of analysis appropriate to research in the student’s chosen concentration, and apply at least one of these methods to a research question in international relations.
  4. Integrate multiple disciplinary approaches to the study of international relations.
  5. Write grammatically correct and logically organized essays and papers.
  6. Communicate in a language other than English at an Intermediate-Mid level of proficiency (as defined in ACTFL guidelines) in speaking, reading, writing and listening comprehension.
Last updated Jan 2018

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