Program Curriculum and Major Requirements
The master of arts (MA) in international relations enables students to analyze the complexities and processes involved in world politics and international affairs. Coursework provides exposure to the key subfields of the discipline and relevant issues such as globalization, human rights, humanitarian action, and economic development. The program can help prepare students to compete for work with a governmental agency, an intergovernmental organization, a nongovernmental organization, or a multinational corporation. This program is also recommended to students planning to pursue a PhD, or an academic career at another institution.
Students who complete this program will be able to:
Demonstrate a working knowledge of several subfields of the discipline.
Demonstrate strong research skills.
Critically analyze international events and issues.
Apply theories of international relations to the practice of international affairs.
Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.
Develop the requisite skills to seek employment relevant to the field by having the necessary: education.
The 36 credit hours required for the master of arts (MA) degree must include the following courses for a major in international relations:
INTL 5000 Introduction to International Relations (3 hours)
INTL 5100 Research Methods and Perspectives (3 hours)
INTL 6000 International Relations: Theory and Practice (3 hours)
or INTL 6250 Thesis
Two courses from the Comparative Politics Cluster (6 credit hours)
Four courses from the International Politics Cluster (12 credit hours)
Three elective courses (9 credit hours)
Comparative Politics Cluster (2 courses)
INTL 5050 Comparative Politics (3 hours)
INTL 5570 Comparative Foreign Policy (3 hours)
INTL 5580 Politics of Development (3 hours)
INTL 5600 Area Studies (3 hours)
INTL 5605 Topics in Comparative Politics (3 hours)
INTL 5625 Middle East Area Studies (3 hours)
INTL 5635 Western European Area Studies (3 hours)
INTL 5645 Asian Area Studies (3 hours)
INTL 5655 African Area Studies (3 hours)
INTL 5665 South and Central Asian Area Studies (3 hours)
INTL 5675 Central and Eastern European Area Studies (3 hours)
INTL 5685 Latin American Area Studies (3 hours)
International Politics Cluster (4 courses)
INTL 5400 International Political Economy (3 hours)
INTL 5510 Theories of International Relations (3 hours)
INTL 5530 International Law (3 hours)
INTL 5540 International Organizations (3 hours)
INTL 5550 War and Diplomacy (3 hours)
INTL 5560 U.S. Foreign Policy (3 hours)
INTL 5700 Humanitarian Issues in International Politics (3 hours)
INTL 5800 Globalization (3 hours)
INTL 5860 Issues in International Politics (3 hours)
INTL 5870 International Law and Politics of Outer Space (3 hours)
INTL 5890 Terrorism in World Politics (3 hours)
International Relations Elective Courses (9 hours)
Any additional courses from the two clusters above, or any of the following:
INTL 5300 Field Work (3-6 hours)
*Advanced Research Methods may be substituted for a course in the Comparative cluster or in the International cluster.
INTL 5500 Professional Seminars (1-3 hours)
INTL 5610 Non-Thesis Readings/Research (3 hours)
INTL 5900 Advanced Research Methods* (3 hours)
INTL 6500 Internship (3 hours)
Pre-approved elective courses (non-INTL) related to International Relations:
MRKT 5000 Marketing OR MRKT 5010 Marketing for Nonprofits (3 hours)
MNGT 5590 Organizational Behavior (3 hours)
BUSN 5200 Basic Finance for Managers
OR BUSN 5210 Financial Management for Nonprofits (3 hours)
MNGT 5210 Nonprofit Revenue Development (3 hours)
INGO 5000 Non-governmental Organizations (3 hours)
INGO 5100 Finance, Budgeting and Accounting for International Nongovernmental
Organizations (3 hours)
INGO 5300 Human Resources and Staffing for International Nongovernmental
Organizations (3 hours)
HRMG 5000 Managing Human Resources or HRMG 5010 Staffing,Volunteers,and Boards in Nonprofits (3 hours)
INTB 5000 International Business (3 hours)
INTB 5710 Cross Cultural Management (3 hours)
INGO 5600 Principles of Negotiation (3 hours)
INGO 5700 Grant Writing, Fundraising and Development for International Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
INGO 5900 Project Management for International Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
If the requisite course is waived, the student must choose an elective course from this major.
The required courses and electives listed in this core may be taken as directed studies, subject to the conditions stated in the Directed Studies section under Academic Policies and Procedures.
Not all of the courses listed above will be available to students at all locations.
Students who are interested in applying to this degree program should see the Admission Section found in the front of this catalog for general requirements.
MBA with an Emphasis in International Relations-see Master of Business Administration (MBA) section for details.