Politics and International Relations Department

Politics and International Relations Degree Requirements

The following degree requirements are those reflected in the fall 2014 course catalog.

Politics Major

11 courses distributed as follows:

  • MATH 215 Statistical Analysis
  • POLI 100 Issues in Politics
  • POLI 400 Research Methods
  • POLI 497 Senior Research Seminar
  • 2 Political Theory courses from:
    • POLI 240 Western Political Thought
    • POLI 245 American Political Thought
    • POLI 285 Topics in Political Theory
    • POLI 300 Feminist Political Thought
    • POLI 410 Advanced Topics in Political Theory
    • PHIL 285 Ancient Philosophy
    • PHIL 360 Social and Political Philosophy
  • 2 American Politics courses from:
    • POLI 205 Southern Politics
    • POLI 210 American Political Development
    • POLI 220 American Political Parties and Elections
    • POLI 224 Family Law
    • POLI 226 Social Deviance, Crime and Punishment
    • POLI 230 Public Administration
    • POLI 235 Public Policy
    • POLI 281 U.S. Foreign Policy
    • POLI 290 Topics in American Politics
    • POLI 305 Arkansas Politics: Seminar
    • POLI 306 Arkansas Politics: Practicum
    • POLI 310 American Presidency
    • POLI 320 Criminal Law
    • POLI 321 American Constitutional Law: The Federal System
    • POLI 322 American Constitutional Law: Individual Rights and Liberties
    • POLI 340 U.S. Congress
    • POLI 365 Topics in Public Policy
    • POLI 380 Gender, Sexuality, and American Politics
    • POLI 390 Race and American Politics
    • POLI 420 Advanced Topics in American Politics
  • 2 Comparative Politics/International Relations courses from:
    • POLI 244 Topics in Global Politics
    • POLI 250 History of the International System
    • POLI 260 Political Economy
    • POLI 272 Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
    • POLI 273 Contemporary Global Issues
    • POLI 281 U.S. Foreign Policy
    • POLI 282 Foreign Policy Analysis
    • POLI 283 Model United Nations
    • POLI 325 International Law and Organizations
    • POLI 326 International Human Rights
    • POLI 341 The World of Elections
    • POLI 355 Advanced International Relations
    • POLI 376 Democracy, Development, and Violence
    • POLI 440 Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics and International Relations
  • 1 additional course numbered 200 and above.

International Relations Major

12 courses distributed as follows:

  • 3 courses from:
    • POLI 100 Issues in Politics
    • POLI 250 History of the International System
    • POLI 355 Advanced International Relations
        or
    • POLI 376 Democracy, Development and Violence
  • 1 Economics course from:
    • ECON 360 International Economics
    • POLI 260 Political Economy
  • 1 Comparative/Regional Studies course from:
    • HIST 243 Modern Middle East
    • HIST 244 Modern China
    • HIST 246 Modern Japan
    • HIST 250 History of Southern Africa
    • HIST 251 History of Central Africa
    • HIST 280 Contemporary Africa
    • HIST 281 Aid, Humanitarianism and Development in Africa
    • HIST 285 Twentieth Century East Asian-American Relations
    • HIST 291 Japan’s Pacific War
    • HIST 292 The Two Koreas
    • HIST 293 Korea: The Forgotten War
    • HIST 306 Crime and Punishment in East Asia
    • HIST 310 The Iraq War
    • HIST 341 The Arab-Israeli Conflict
    • POLI 272 Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
    • POLI 273 Contemporary Global Issues
  • 1 Institutions and Governance course from:
    • HIST 334 Comparative Genocides
    • POLI 283 Model United Nations
    • POLI 325 International Law and Organizations
    • POLI 326 International Human Rights
    • POLI 341 The World of Elections
  • 1 Foreign Policy course from:
    • POLI 281 U.S. Foreign Policy
    • POLI 282 Foreign Policy Analysis
  • 3 Research Methods/Capstone courses from:
    • MATH 215 Statistical Analysis
    • POLI 400 Research Methods
    • POLI 497 Senior Research Seminar
  • 2 additional courses from the above lists and including
    • POLI 240 and others approved by the department.

Study Abroad Requirement

All international majors must complete at least one study abroad experience. This requirement can be met through a traditional study abroad experience that earns at least one Hendrix course credit. International students are encouraged, but not required, to go abroad to meet the study abroad requirement. They can earn a GA Odyssey credit instead. Other international experiences may fulfill this requirement at the discretion of the department.

Modern Foreign Language

Majors in International Relations are strongly recommended to acquire as much proficiency as possible in a modern foreign language.

Senior Capstone Experience

The Senior Capstone Experience for both the politics and international relations majors consists of the successful completion of POLI 497 Senior Research Seminar. The grade for the Senior Capstone Experience is based on the grade in POLI 497 Senior Research Seminar.

Politics Minor

6 courses distributed as follows:

  • POLI 100 Issues in Politics
  • 1 course each from the Political Theory, American Politics, and Comparative/International Relations subfields as described in the major
  • 2 additional courses in Politics numbered 200 and above.

International Relations Minor

7 courses distributed as follows:

  • 2 International Relations courses from:
    • POLI 250 History of the International System
    • POLI 355 Advanced International Relations
        or
      POLI 376 Democracy, Development and Violence
  • 1 Economics course from:
    • ECON 360 International Economics
    • POLI 260 Political Economy
  • 1 Comparative/Regional Studies course from:
    • HIST 243 Modern Middle East
    • HIST 244 Modern China
    • HIST 246 Modern Japan
    • HIST 250 History of Southern Africa
    • HIST 251 History of Central Africa
    • HIST 280 Contemporary Africa
    • HIST 285 Twentieth Century East Asian-American Relations
    • HIST 291 Japan’s Pacific War
    • HIST 292 The Two Koreas
    • HIST 293 Korea: The Forgotten War
    • HIST 304 Mao and the Chinese Revolution
    • HIST 306 Crime and Punishment in East Asia
    • HIST 310 The Iraq War
    • HIST 341 The Arab-Israeli Conflict
    • POLI 272 Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
    • POLI 273 Contemporary Global Issues
  • 1 Institutions and Governance course from:
    • HIST 334 Comparative Genocides
    • POLI 283 Model United Nations
    • POLI 325 International Law and Organizations
    • POLI 326 International Human Rights
    • POLI 341 The World of Elections
  • 1 Foreign Policy course from:
    • POLI 281 U.S. Foreign Policy
    • POLI 282 Foreign Policy Analysis
  • 1 additional course from the above lists or as approved by the department.

The department strongly recommends students tailor their academic program, as well as supporting coursework, to their interests and career goals in consultation with an advisor. Moreover, we encourage students to pursue additional foreign language training beyond the College’s basic foreign language requirement and to complement the major by taking relevant courses in Sociology, Anthropology and/or Religion.