Programs

International Relations

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Thank you for your interest in Cottey’s baccalaureate program in international relations! We offer a major and a minor in international relations and a host of survey courses on the main subfields of political science including American politics, international relations, comparative politics, public policy, and public administration. Our program is designed to prepare you for a successful career in public service and for private sector positions at think tanks, non-profits, and the media. Additionally, we closely mentor our students as they prepare for graduate/law school. Our recent alumnae are currently pursuing graduate degrees in public administration and law. The highlights of our program include:

    • Small and diverse classes (average size 8-10), which give faculty ample opportunity to develop a personal relationship with every student. Students also get the opportunity to engage with peers from different parts of the United States as well as from all around the world.
    • A wide variety of electives in international relations that help students cultivate a holistic understanding of the discipline. In addition traditional upper-division courses on international political economy, international law, and organizations, foreign policy, and research methods, there are a good number of special topics courses on women and global politics, poverty and inequality, Asian politics, transnational environmental issues, and religion and politics.
    • The opportunity to represent the college at the Model United Nations conference at St. Louis every spring semester.
    • The study abroad requirement for majors that allows our students to spend at least one semester—over and above the Europe trip for sophomores—overseas where they take courses for credit and develop a truly international perspective. Our students have traveled to Hong Kong, Mexico, Turkey, Jamaica, China, Japan, South Africa, and spent an entire semester sailing (“Semester at Sea”) as part of the study abroad program.
    • The capstone project for baccalaureate students provides hands-on experience with original research and writing. During the last semester of the program, every student works on the project under the mentorship of a faculty member. The capstone component is designed to improve our students’ problem solving skills with regard to major policy challenges faced within and across nation-states.
    • An opportunity to attend the Michael Maurer School of Law at Indiana University with a generous scholarship and tuition remission for eligible alumni. To learn more about this program please click here.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Kanji Watanabe
Program Coordinator
E-mail: kwatanabe@cottey.edu
Phone: 417-667-6333 Ext. 2188

Degree Requirements for International Relations Majors

Degree Requirements Courses Credits
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Relations Core

(18 hours)

INR 151: International Relations 3
POL 201 Comparative Politics 3
Any one of the following:

ECO 201: Principles of Econ: Macroeconomics

INR 350: International Political Economy

3
Any one of the following:

POL 101: U.S. Government

POL 121: Introduction to Political Science

POL 131: Public Administration, OR

POL 141: Public Policy

3
INR 320: Quantitative Research Methods 3
INR 490: Capstone 3
 

 

 

 

International Relations Electives

(24 hours)

At least three courses should be taken as a part of the study abroad experience. One semester of study abroad with full academic load is required for all majors 9
Additional five may be taken abroad or selected from the following:

INR 216: Women, Power, and Global Politics

INR/POL 225: Asian Politics

INR 310: International Organizations

INR 335: Middle Eastern Politics

INR 340: International Law

INR 345: Power. Politics, and Religion

INR 350: International Political Economy

INR 355: Terrorism

INR 360: U.S. Foreign Policy

INR 365: International Environmental Policy

INR/PHI 305: Social and Political Philosophy

15
Foreign Language (6-17 hours) Native English Speakers: Five semesters of foreign language

Non-native English Speakers: One course in speech communications (SPE 101/SPE 102) and one semester of a third language course

6-17
Divisional Elective (3 hours) One course must be taken from the following disciplines (may also be taken during study abroad)

Anthropology, Economics, English, Environmental Studies

Film Studies, Geography, History, Interdisciplinary Studies

International Business, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

3
Total Degree Requirements   51-62

 

Requirements for International Relations Minors

Degree Requirements Courses Credits
 

 

 

International Relations Core

(9 hours)

INR 151: International Relations 3
POL 201 Comparative Politics 3
Any one of the following:

POL 101: U.S. Government

POL 121: Introduction to Political Science

POL 131: Public Administration, OR

POL 141: Public Policy

3
 

 

 

 

International Relations Electives

(9 hours)

Additional three electives selected from the following:

INR 216: Women, Power, and Global Politics

INR/POL 225: Asian Politics

INR 310: International Organizations

INR 335: Middle Eastern Politics

INR 340: International Law

INR 345: Power. Politics, and Religion

INR 350: International Political Economy

INR 355: Terrorism

INR 360: U.S. Foreign Policy

INR 365: International Environmental Policy

INR/PHI 305: Social and Political Philosophy

9
Total Requirements   18

International Relations B.A. Sample Plan (122 credits)

Year I Fall Spring
First-year Writing Seminar (WRI 101): 3 credits College Writing (WRI 102): 3 credits
College Algebra (MAT 103): 3 credits Science Course with Lab: 4 credits
International Relations (INR 151): 3 credits Comparative Politics (POL 201): 3 credits
Public Policy/POL 141: 3 credits Dance or Physical Education: 1 credits
Foreign Language: 4 credits Foreign Language: 4 credits
Total: 16 credits Total: 15 credits
Year II Fall Spring
Macroeconomics (ECON 201): 3 credits Statistics: 3 credits
Humanities Core: 3 credits Fine Arts Core: 3 credits
Social Science Core: 3 credits Dance or Physical Education: 1 credit
Women, Power, and Global Politics (INR/WGS 216): 3 credits Middle Eastern Politics(INR 355): 3 credit
International Organization (INR 310): 3 credits Foreign Language: 3 credits
Divisional Elective: 3 credits
Total Credits: 15 Total Credits: 16
Year III Fall Spring (Study Abroad Semester)
  Research Methods (INR 320): 3 credits International Relations Elective: (3 credits)
  International Political Economy (INR 355): 3 credits International Relations Elective: (3 credits)
  Asian Politics (INR 225): 3 credits International Relations Elective: (3 credits)
  Course in Minor/Elective: 3 credits Foreign Language: (3 credits)
  Course in Minor/Elective: 3 credits Elective: (3 credits)
  Total Credits: 15 Total Credits: 15
Year IV Fall Spring
  Foreign Language: 3 credits Capstone: 3 credits
  Social and Political Philosophy (INR 305): 3 credits U.S. Foreign Policy (INR 360): 3 credits
  International Environmental Policy (IDS 365): 3 credits Poverty and Inequality (INR 330): 3 credits
  Course in Minor/Elective: 3 credits Course in Minor/Elective: 3 credits
  Course in Minor/Elective: 3 credits Course in Minor/Elective: 3 credits
  Total Credits: 15 credits Total Credits: 15 credits

 

Kanji Watanabe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations
Coordinator of International Relations
136 Rubie Burton Academic Center
417-667-6333, ext. 2188
kwatanabe@cottey.edu

Gary Lunkenheimer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Business & Economics
Sherlock Hibbs Professor of Economics
Coordinator of International Relations and Business
140 Rubie Burton Academic Center
417-667-6333, ext. 2271

Kevin Rouintree, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard Professor of Religion and Ethics
103 Rubie Burton Academic Center
417-667-6333, ext. 2218

Oindrila Roy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of International Relations
125 Rubie Burton Academic Center
417-667-6333, ext. 2229