20 credits taken from the list below, including 12 at the 300-level.
Four credits out of those 12 credits (300-level courses) must be an out-of-major seminar from the list below (see the lists for History, Peace Studies, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies). Two 2-credit electives are equivalent to one four-credit elective at the 200-level.
IR majors are also required to study abroad for a semester: students will receive elective credit for appropriate coursework at the following programs. Attending programs not on this list can satisfy the College study abroad requirement, but will not be granted IR elective credit.
Latin America: Chile, Latin American Studies in Santiago; Costa Rica, Monteverde Insitute
Europe: England, Hansard Scholars program, University of East Anglia; Scotland, University of St. Andrews; France, University of Pau; Paris: IFE; Czech Republic, Prague: European Politics
Asia: China, Chengdu; India, Christ University, Bangalore, Thailand: Asian-Pacific Rim Economics, Politics, and Culture Studies; Turkey, Bahcesehir University
Africa: Ghana, University of Ghana; South Africa (direct enroll), University of Cape Town, University of Western Cape, Rhodes University
Honors in the Majors
Students wishing to pursue honors in political science or international relations must have a GPA of 3.5 in the major and an overall GPA of 3.25. By April 15 of their junior year, they must submit to the chair of the department a proposal outlining their thesis project and naming the proposed thesis director. Upon approval, the student must enroll in a two-semester (eight-credit) senior thesis course (PSC 495 ). One-semester projects are not eligible for honors. At the end of the fall semester, the thesis adviser will determine whether the project has sufficiently progressed to warrant continuation of the pursuit of honors. If not, the student may receive a grade of pass/no pass for those credits. No later than three weeks before the end of the spring semester of the senior year, the student will defend the thesis before a committee of at least three faculty members, a majority of whom are members of the department. The recommendation of the thesis committee will be brought to the department chair. The full department must approve all candidates for honors.