Course Planning

International Relations Major - Planning

The course planning advice here is limited to completing this major which is just one piece of the overall Hendrix College degree requirements.  For a full description of degree requirements see the Catalog.

Possible Degree Path – starting in the first year. The following is a typical major plan. This is not the only way forward. Please consult with your advisor to create your unique path.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
First Year

Issues in Politics (POLI 100)

One of:

  • History of the International System (POLI 250) or
  • Contemporary Global Issues (POLI 273)
Sophomore

Empirical Research Methods (POLI 202)

Philosophy of Political Inquiry (POLI 203)

2 additional courses

Possible Study Abroad (spring)

Junior

Analyzing Politics (POLI 303)

2 additional courses

  • at least one at the 300-level or above

Required Study Abroad (Fall or Spring) unless already completed

Senior

Senior Research Seminar (POLI 497)

1 – 2  additional courses

  • at least one at the 300-level or above unless already completed

Possible Degree Path – starting in the second year. The following is a typical plan to complete this major. Please consult with your advisor or a member of the Department to create your unique path.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
First Year

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Sophomore

Issues in Politics (POLI 100)

One of:

  • History of the International System (POLI 250)
  • Contemporary Global Issues (POLI 273)

Empirical Research Methods (POLI 202)

Philosophy of Political Inquiry (POLI 203)

Possible Study Abroad (spring)

Junior

Analyzing Politics (POLI 303)

2-3 additional courses

  • at least one at the 300-level or above

Required Study Abroad (Fall or Spring) unless already completed

Senior

Senior Research Seminar (POLI 497)

2 -3 additional courses

  • at least one at the 300-level or above unless already completed

Planning Recommendations:

  • The Issues in Politics course (POLI 100, any topic) should be completed in the first year, sophomore year at the latest.
  • In order to prepare for upper-level course work Empirical Research Methods (POLI 202) and Philosophy of Political Inquiry (POLI 203) should be completed by the end of the sophomore year.
  • Students are expected to spend a semester studying abroad, typically during the junior year. Students should start planning their study abroad as soon as possible.
  • Students must complete Empirical Research Methods (POLI 202) before taking Analyzing Politics (POLI 303.)