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School of International Studies
George Wilson Hall
Mary-Lou Tyler
Academic Advisor
School of International Studies
George Wilson Hall
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California 95211

International Relations Major

The International Relations major is designed for students with a particular interest in comparative and international politics. The major also offers a Departmental Honors Track (see below).  In addition to the CORE Requirements and General Education Requirements, students take additional coursework in economics, anthropology and substantial upper division work in political science. While all majors provide an excellent foundation for a range of careers, as evidenced by SIS alumni, this major prepares students for careers in government and law in particular, as well as for graduate school.

Major Requirements

POLS 051 Introduction to International Relations

Select one course from the following:

INTL 107 Global Economic Issues
ECON 125 Economic Development

Select one course from the following:

MATH 037 Introduction to Statistics and Probability
MATH 045 Introduction to Finite Math and Calculus
MATH 051 Calculus I
ECON 190 Econometrics

Select one course from the following**:                                                                                                                                                                    

ANTH 132 Modern Middle East
ANTH 134 Anthropology of Africa
ANTH 153 Introduction Language and Culture
ANTH 170 Culture and Economy
ANTH 172 Culture and Power
ANTH 188 Anthropology Theory            

Select three courses from the following**:

POLS 141 W. European Comparative Politics
POLS 148 Politics of the Middle East
POLS 151 Principles of Comparative Politics***
POLS 152 Politics of Asia
POLS 160 Theories of International Politics
POLS 164 International Political Economy
POLS 166 International Conflict and Conflict Management
POLS 168 Comparative Foreign Policy
POLS 170 U.S. Foreign Policy
INTL 174 Global Environmental Policy

* Capstone research project must be conducted independently and completed on an approved international topic, and receive a minimum grade of B+ to earn departmental honors.

**Three of the four required courses must be taken at Pacific.

***Cannot double count this course as a major and core requirement.

Departmental Honors

Students must earn a B+ or higher grade in Independent Research or Capstone Seminar (INTL 197 or POLS 189)*, and have a Pacific cumulative and major/program grade point average of 3.5 in order to earn the bachelor of arts degree in international relations with departmental honors.