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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.

I.   DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE  (1 credit)
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
DG
KSS
POL 10004 Comparative Politics 3
KAD
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)  
III.  ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (84 credits)  
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)
9
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 3
General Electives (upper division) 34
TOTAL 
121

*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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