International Relations Courses

POLS 230 International Relations
Professors Atchison
Cr. 3
The fundamentals of international Politics and international organization, particularly the United Nations and its specialized agencies.

POLS 310/510 American Foreign Policy
Professor Johnson
Cr. 3
Considers the various internal and external factors that influence the formulation and execution of U.S. foreign policy.
Prerequisite:  POLS 130 or 230 or consent of Chair of the Department.

POLS 311/511 Model United Nations
Professor Johnson
Cr. 3
Provides an orientation to the operations of the United Nations, including current events, pressing international issues, the basics of international law, and some of the protocols and procedures of diplomacy.
Prerequisite:  POLS 130 or 230 or consent of Chair of the Department.

POLS 380/580 Problems in International Relations
Professors Lin, Atchison, and Johnson
Cr. 3
An intensive study of topics in international relations.
Prerequisite: POLS 230 or consent of the Chair of the Department.

POLS 409/509 International Political Economy
Professors Lin, Atchison, and Johnson
Cr. 3
Introduces students to the study of political economy, with an emphasis on the relationship between politics and economics within the context of globalization.
Prerequisite: POLS 130 or 230 or consent of Chair of the Department.

POLS 410/510 International Regimes and Global Governance
Professors Atchison and Lin
Cr. 3
International regimes are systems of norms and rules agreed upon by states to govern their behavior in specific political contexts or issue areas. Thousands of formal and informal international regimes address issues ranging from arms control, trade and economic affairs, human rights, and environmental problems.  This course examines the source, effectiveness, and the institutions designed to implement these various regimes. 

POLS 411/511 War and Conflict
Professor Johnson
Cr. 3
Focuses on the forces that promote international conflict and peace. We will discuss the ways in which warfare has changed across history as well as the form it is likely to take in the future. Of particular interest in our survey of international war will be the intersection between war and politics.
Prerequisite: POLS 130 or 230 or consent of Chair of the Department.