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International Relations - B.A. Program Requirements

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2010-2011 Roadmap.

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity and writing-intensive requirements.

Type     Course    Title    Credits    
US    10097    Destination Kent State: First Year Experience    1    
II.       MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (36 credits)  Courses count in major GPA    
Type     Course    Title    Credits    
KSS     ECON    22060    Principles of Microeconomics    3    
22061    Principles of Macroeconomics    3    
POL    10004    Comparative Politics    3    
10500    World Politics    3    
Choose from the following:Economics    3    
ECON    32075    Introduction to International Trade (3)     
42075    International Economic Relations (3)     
Choose from the following: Geography Elective    3    
GEOG    37040    Geography of Africa (3)     
37050    Geography of Russia and the Commonwealth (3)     
37066    Geography of Europe (3)     
GEOG    37079    Geography of South Asia (3)     
37084    Geography of South America (3)     
37085    Geography of Central America and Mexico (3)     
Choose from the following: History Elective    6    
HIST    31024    World War II (3)     
31029    History of the British Empire and Commonwealth (3)     
31112    Chinese Civilization (3)     
31125    Zionism and Israel (3)     
31126    History of the Middle East (3)     
31128    Late Medieval and Modern Jewish History (3)     
31130    History of African Civilization (3)     
31140    Modern Latin America (3)     
31141    Early Latin America (3)     
41020    19th Century Europe (3)     
41024    Modern European History, 1914-1945 (3)     
41025    Modern European History, 1945-Present (3)     
41041    History of Germany, 1817-Present (3)     
41044    Imperial Russia, 1689-1917 (3)     
41045    Modern Russia, 1917-Present (3)     
41049    History of the Balkans: 18th Century-1914 (3)     
41050    History of the Balkans: 1914-Present (3)     
41112    History of Modern China (3)     
41116    History of Japan (3)     
41132    History of Africa, 1880-Present (3)     
41135    History of West Africa (3)     
WIC       42297    Colloquium: China and Japan (3)*     
WIC       42297    Colloquium in Social History of Latin America (3)*     
WIC       45797    Colloquium in Comparative Latin American Revolutions (3)*     
WIC       46597    Colloquium in 20th-Century European Diplomacy (3)*     
47597    Colloquium on Nato (3)     
Choose from the following: Political Science Category I    6    
POL    30511    Problems of International Organization (3)     
30551    U.S. - Latin American Relations (3)     
30820    International Organization and Law (3)     
40830    U.S. Foreign Policy (3)     
40840    Comparative Foreign Policy (3)     
Choose from the following: Political Science Category II    6    
POL    30520    European Politics (3)     
30530    Asian Politics (3)     
30540    African Politics (3)     
30550    Latin American Politics (3)     
40540    Politics of Development (3)     
Type    Title    Credits    
Foreign Language (one upper-division course)**    17-19    
Kent Core Additional (must be from two categories)    3   
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)    9-10    
Kent Core Composition    6-8    
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning    3-5    
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)    3    
General Electives (upper division)    34    

*One course must be earned with a minimum C (2.0) grade to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

**The following foreign languages are approved for International Relations majors: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Students should contact the International Relations director for approval for other languages. Students with foreign language experience should consult with the Department of Modern and Classical Languages Studies for appropriate placement. To graduate in four years, students should begin foreign language study by semester four; starting later may require summer courses or delay graduation.

One course beyond the Intermediate II level in French, German, Russian or Spanish. Students may appeal to their advisor for substitution of another language, when justified by special circumstances. Satisfactory performance in a language proficiency test covering speaking, listening, reading and writing. This requirement also may be satisfied through completion of two additional approved courses in the same or a closely related language with minimum B- (2.7) grade. Prior approval for courses used in this connection must be given in writing by student’s advisor. This course should be taken as soon as Intermediate II is completed. Students should consult with the International Director regarding the foreign language proficiency requirement while enrolled in this course.

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