International Relations

Students who select the international relations major can choose from courses focusing on international relations and international law, foreign policy, industrialized countries, developing states, Latin America, East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.


B.A. students in international relations at Valpo must complete the general-education requirements for the B.A. This University-wide core strengthens communication and critical-thinking skills while introducing the student to global cultures and traditions. General-education requirements for the B.A. (.pdf) ยป

Requirements for the Major

POLS 120 The Government of the United States 3 credits
POLS 130 Comparative Politics 3 credits
POLS 150 International Relations 3 credits
POLS 240 Political Theory 3 credits
POLS 493 Senior Seminar in Political Science 3 credits

Three courses on international relations, from the following options:

  • POLS 351 American Foreign Policy
  • POLS 352 Model United Nations
  • POLS 353 Principles of Peace and Social Justice
  • POLS 359 Study Abroad: Field Research
  • POLS 386 Internship in Political Science (when topic is appropriate)
  • POLS 391 Advance Topics in International Relations
  • POLS 450 International Regimes and Governance
  • POLS 454 International Political Economy
  • POLS 456 War and Conflict
9 credits

Two courses on comparative and area studies, from the following options:

  • POLS 231 Politics of Developing States
  • POLS 330 Politics of Industrialized States
  • POLS 332 Politics of China and East Asia
  • POLS 333 Politics of Africa
  • POLS 334 Politics of the Middle East
  • POLS 336 Politics of Latin America
  • POLS 359 Study Abroad Research
  • POLS 386 Internship
  • POLS 437 Comparative Public Policy
  • POLS 438 Gender and Public Policy

(Students must choose at least one course that focuses on a specific geographic area.)

6 credits
TOTAL 30 credits

The study of politics focuses on the values that people should seek and the particular legal and structural organizations that allow us to realize our desired values.