2016-2017 Catalog 
    
    May 21, 2019  
2016-2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Relations Major


Major Requirements


The major in international relations requires at least 10 courses, distributed as follows:

1. Government Core (2 courses)


These courses should be taken in the freshman or sophomore year.

2. Foreign Relations (1 course)


This course should be taken in the freshman or sophomore year.

One course in foreign relations selected from:

3. Economics Core (1 course)


One course selected from:

4. World Economy (1 course)


One world economy course selected from:

5. Electives Requirement (5 courses)


These courses should be beyond the introductory level and may be selected from any relevant discipline in consultation with a faculty advisor and with the approval of the International Relations Committee.

  • 4 additional international relations courses with a particular thematic (e.g. strategic studies, international public health, or international development) or regional (e.g. Latin America, East Asia) focus
  • 1 additional international relations course outside the thematic or regional focus

6. Foreign Language Competency


All students must show proficiency in a modern language other than English by completing a minimum of 4 semester courses at the college level, or the equivalent. Language courses may be used to fulfill general education requirements in foreign language (3rd semester) and in foreign literature (equivalent to the 4th semester of a European language); they may not be counted as electives for the international relations major.

7. Study Abroad


All majors, including dual majors, must spend at least 1 semester in study abroad in a program including foreign language study. Other foreign experiences may be substituted with the approval of the chair of the International Relations Committee.

No more than 2 courses per semester taken in study abroad (not more than 4 altogether) may be counted to meet requirements for the international relations major.

Notes:


  • The general education requirements GOVT 020 CM  and ECON 050 CM  are prerequisites to all subsequent government and economics courses, so should be taken in the first year.
  • Students normally take at least 6 courses, including the required core courses, at CMC.

Senior Thesis in International Relations


The senior thesis is a general education requirement and the capstone experience of a student’s undergraduate education. International Relations majors must complete a senior thesis under the supervision of a faculty reader from a relevant discipline selected with the approval of the International Relations Committee Chair. International Relations dual majors are required to write their senior thesis about an international topic.

Special Options for Majors


Dual Major


A dual major in international relations requires at least 8 courses, distributed as follows:

1. Government Core (2 courses)


These courses should be taken in the freshman or sophomore year.

2. Foreign Relations (1 course)


This course should be taken in the freshman or sophomore year.

One course in foreign relations selected from:

3. Economics Core (1 course)


One course selected from:

4. World Economy (1 course)


One world economy course selected from:

5. Electives Requirement (3 courses)


Dual majors must complete at least 3 elective courses chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor and approved by the International Relations Committee Chair. 

6. Foreign Language Competency


All students must show proficiency in a modern language other than English by completing a minimum of 4 semester courses at the college level, or the equivalent. Language courses may be used to fulfill general education requirements in foreign language (3rd semester) and in foreign literature (equivalent to the 4th semester of a European language); they may not be counted as electives for the international relations major.

7. Study Abroad


All majors, including dual majors, must spend at least 1 semester in study abroad in a program including foreign language study. Other foreign experiences may be substituted with the approval of the chair of the International Relations Committee.

No more than 2 courses per semester taken in study abroad (not more than 4 altogether) may be counted to meet requirements for the international relations major.

Notes:


  • Dual majors in economics and international relations may not count ECON 101 CM  or ECON 102 CM  for both the economics and international relations majors. They will be required to complete additional electives as substitutes for these requirements.
  • Students with a dual major including international relations are required to write their senior thesis about an international topic - from whatever disciplinary point of view is appropriate. For further information, see Senior Thesis in International Relations  above.
  • Note the restrictions on honors in the major for students with a dual major under Honors in International Relations  below.

Honors in International Relations


To receive honors in International Relations, a student must:

  • Have attained at least a 10.5 GPA in the major by graduation,
  • Attend a specified number of thesis preparation seminars in the fall and spring semesters,
  • Complete a 2-semester, 2-credit international relations thesis,
  • Defend his/her thesis and attend a specified number of thesis defenses,
  • Earn no less than a A- on his/her thesis.

General Education Requirements for International Relations Majors


International Relations majors must take courses in all four fields of the social sciences (economics, government, history, and psychology) and in two of the four fields of the humanities (literature, philosophy, religious studies, and literature in a foreign language). International relations majors with a dual or double major in the humanities will be required to take an additional course in the humanities.

International relations majors may use the third semester of a foreign language for the foreign language requirement; students who have completed the fourth semester of a European language for the major may use this course for the foreign literature requirement.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes of the Program in International Relations


Learning Goals


The learning goals of the international relations program are:

  1. To understand theories of international relations, comparative politics, and other fields relevant to other nations and international interactions, and use them to analyze significant international problems.
  2. To communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Student Learning Outcomes


The student learning outcomes of the international relations program are:

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate thorough knowledge of major theories related to other nations and international interactions.
  2. Students will be able to develop a hypothesis from one or more of these theories and be able to substantiate their arguments with logic, normative insights, and quantitative evidence when appropriate.
  3. Students will be able to express themselves effectively orally and in writing.

The faculty of the program has set up assessment methods.