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International Relations

International Relations

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Total Credit Hours to Complete Major: 42-54


  ECON 110 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
  ECON 112 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3
  PLSC 120 Comparative Politics 3
  PLSC 140 International Politics 3
  PLSC 246 U.S. Foreign Policy 3

One course on the developing world from:
HIST 113 World History II
GEOG 123 S/M The Developing World
PLSC 228 S/M Developing World Politics
SOCL 105 Introduction to Global Social Change

  One course on world culture from:
PLSC/PHIL 202 M/ World Religions & Contemporary Issues
PHIL 214 Chinese Philosophy
PHIL 215 Eastern Philosophy
ANTH 100 S/M Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 301 Religion, Society, and Culture
PLSC 343 Religion, Church, and State in Contemporary Europe

One of the following Statistics courses:
BIOL 250, ECON 205, GEOG 278, MATH 242, MATH 262, PLSC 251, PSYCH 250, SOCL 211


One Capstone course from:
PLSC 320 Theories of Comparative Politics
PLSC 345 Theories of International Relations
PLSC 346 Global Issues 


Thematic Cluster Track:
Five Courses from one of the tracks listed below. Distribution of course levels in the thematic cluster track must meet the following conditions:
1. At least 9 credits must be at the 300 or 400 level.
2. Student must select track courses with a minimum of three different departmental prefixes.
3. New, experimental, study abroad, and transfer courses may also be considered for various tracks
if content relevant and contingent upon advance approval by the I.R. Coordinator.

      International Relations Cluster Tracks (click on each link for courses):
          1. Global Political Economy
         2. War and Peace Studies
         3. European Systems
         4. Developing World




Students must complete an approved study abroad or an approved internship with an organization engaged in activities relevant to international relations. Information can be obtained from faculty advisors in the International Relations Program. If appropriate in content, study abroad courses or internships approved for academic credit may be applied to the major requirements with advance approval by the I.R. Coordinator.


Foreign language through the intermediate level or its equivalent is required. The foreign language requirement may satisfied by one of the following:
  1. Satisfactory completion of course work through the 202 level.*
  2. Satisfactory score on the Foreign Language Placement Test.
  3. A score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement ETS Examination. 

* NOTE: Geneseo offers Spanish, French, and German through the 202 level each year. Other languages are offered through the 202 level when demand is sufficient.  Consult the Department of Languages and Literature listings.  Additional advanced Foreign study, whether at Geneseo or overseas, is strongly encouraged for International Relations majors.


A grade of C- or better is required for all courses used in fulfillment of the major including required related courses.


The departmental writing requirement is satisfied through satisfactory completion of the major research paper for any 300 level PLSC course (grade of C or higher), including those in the tracks and I.R. capstones. The paperwork on this requirement is taken care of automatically by the department.