Program Curriculum

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
  • INTL 5100 Research Methods and Perspectives
  • INTL 6000 International Relations: Theory and Practice or INTL 6250 Thesis
  • Two courses from the Comparative Politics Cluster
  • Four courses from the International Politics Cluster
  • Three elective courses (9 credit hours)

Comparative Politics Cluster (2 courses)

  • INTL 5050 Comparative Politics
  • INTL 5570 Comparative Foreign Policy
  • INTL 5580   Politics of Development
  • INTL 5600  Area Studies
  • INTL 5605 Topics in Comparative Politics  NEW
  • INTL 5625  Middle East Area Studies  NEW
  • INTL 5635  Western European Area Studies  NEW
  • INTL 5645  Asian Area Studies  NEW
  • INTL 5655  African Area Studies  NEW
  • INTL 5665  South and Central Asian Area Studies  NEW
  • INTL 5675  Russia and Eastern European Area Studies  NEW
  • INTL 5685  Latin American Area Studies  NEW

International Politics Cluster (4 courses)

  • INTL 5400  International Political Economy
  • INTL 5510  Theories of International Relations
  • INTL 5530  International Law
  • INTL 5540  International Organizations
  • INTL 5550 War and Diplomacy
  • INTL 5560 U.S. Foreign Policy
  • INTL 5700 Humanitarian Issues in International Politics
  • INTL 5800  Globalization
  • INTL 5860  Issues in International Politics
  • INTL 5870  International Politics and Law of Outer Space   NEW
  • INTL 5890  Terrorism in World Politics   NEW

International Relations Elective Courses (3 courses) 
Any additional courses from the two clusters above, or any of the following:

  • INTL 5300 Field Work
  • INTL 5500 Professional Seminars
  • INTL 5610 Non-Thesis Readings/Research
  • INTL 5900 Advanced Research Methods*
  • INTL 6500 Internship 

Pre-approved courses (non-INTL) related to International Relations.

  • MRKT 5000 Marketing or MRKT 5010 Marketing for Nonprofits
  • MNGT 5590 Organizational Behavior
  • BUSN 5200 Basic Finance for Managers or BUSN 5210 Financial Management for Nonprofits
  • MNGT 5210 Nonprofit Revenue Development
  • INGO 5000  Non-governmental Organizations
  • INGO 5100 Finance, Budgeting and Accounting for International Nongovernmental Organizations
  • INGO 5300 Human Resources and Staffing for International Nongovernmental Organizations
  • HRMG 5000 Managing Human Resources or HRMG 5010 Staffing, Volunteers, and Boards in Nonprofits
  • INTB 5000 International Business
  • INTB 5710 Cross Cultural Management.
  • INGO 5500 Principles of Negotiation
  • INGO 5700 Grant Writing, Fundraising and Development for International Nongovernmental Organizations
  • INGO 5900 Project Management for International Nongovernmental Organizations

Not all of the courses listed above will be available to students at all locations.
If the requisite course is waived, the student must choose an elective course from this major.

*Advanced Research Methods may be substituted for a course in the Comparative or in the International Cluster.

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.