In this rapidly changing world, it is not enough to simply know what's going on in one's own town, state, or country. Instead, understanding international affairs and foreign cultures is increasingly important for the educated person and citizen. To more effectively meet the dramatic changes and challenges occurring around the world, Geneseo offers a major in international relations. The program, coordinated by the Political Science Department, is interdisciplinary; you will take courses from a variety of different academic areas including anthropology, economics, foreign languages, geography, history, management, and sociology.
All students must take a set of basic required courses which introduce students to international and comparative politics, economics, US foreign policy, the developing world and the cultural context of international relations. Electives are chosen according to the student's preferred specialization from the following tracks:
The Global Political Economy focuses on globalization processes, international economics, comparative economic systems, economic development, and international business.
The War and Peace Studies concentrates on understanding the causes of war, conflict and disorder, as well as promotion of peace and conflict resolution.
The European System track focuses on problems and developments in Europe, in particular integration and post-communist transition.
The Developing World track includes study of various regions including Central and South America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, all of which are undergoing processes of political and economic development.
You will also be required to demonstrate proficiency in a modern foreign language at the intermediate level. This can be done through achievement of a grade of 4 or higher on an Advanced Placement exam taken in high school, a placement test administered by Geneseo's Department of Foreign Languages, or satisfactory completion of language study at Geneseo or another institution.
In order to satisfy the requirements for the international relations major, you must complete either a study abroad experience, an approved internship, or a special project approved by the Director of the International Relations major. The preferred option is study abroad, which provides the fullest cross-cultural exposure. This experience may be accomplished through one of many State University programs or programs from other colleges. Internships may be selected from a number of options in foreign countries or the US, primarily in Washington, DC.
The International Relations Minor
The minor in international relations is a 24-credit hour program based largely on the same structure of Basic Courses and Elective Tracks as the major.