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:

  1. Small and diverse classes (average size 8-10), which give faculty ample opportunity to develop a personal relationship with every single 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The chance to represent the college at the Model United Nations conference at St. Louis every spring semester.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 of her choice. The capstone component is designed to improve our students’ problem solving skills with regard to major policy challenges faced within, and across nation-states.
  6. 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 contact:
Dr. Kanji Watanabe
Program Coordinator
E-mail: kwatanabe@cottey.edu
Phone: 417-667-6333 Ext. 2188

B.A. in International Relations Degree Requirements (52-56 credit hours)
International Relations Core 18 credit hours
Choose any one of the following:
ECO 201 Principle of Macroeconomics
INR 355 International Political Economy 3 credit hours
Choose any one of the following:
POL 101 US Government
POL 121 Introduction to Political Science
POL 131 Public Administration
POL141 Public Policy 3 credit hours
Required courses:
INR151 International Relations 3 credit hours
INR201 Comparative Politics 3 credit hours
INR320 Quantitative Research Methods 3 credit hours
INR 490 Capstone Research 3 credit hours
International Relations Electives 15 credit hours
Students are required to take 5 electives. Three of these should be taken as a part of study abroad, and any two should be selected from the following (each course is worth 3 credits):
INR 310 International Organizations
INR330 Poverty and Inequality
INR340 International Law
INR345 Power, Politics, and Religion
INR 350 International Political Economy
IDS 365 International Environmental Policy
INR 360 US Foreign Policy
Any two courses from above and three study abroad electives 15 credit hours
Divisional Electives 12 credit hours
Students are required to take at least 4 courses from allied disciplines. Courses should be 200-level or above, and no more than two should be counted from a single discipline. These courses may also be taken during the study abroad semester. Fields that fulfill this requirement are:
Anthropology Economics English Environmental Studies
Film Studies Geography History Interdisciplinary Studies
International Business Philosophy Psychology Religion
Sociology Women’s Studies
4 courses from the above (4*3) 12 credit hours
Language Requirement 7-11 credit hours
For native English speakers: 4 semesters of the same language and at least one semester of a second foreign language or five semesters of the same language (two semesters in core plus three additional semesters)
For non-native English speakers: Any one course in speech communication (SPE 101/121) and at least one semester of a third language course.

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International Relations B.A. Plan

Year 1 Fall Spring
Foreign Language 4 Foreign Language 4
English 101 3 English 102 3
INR 151 International Rel. 3 POL 201 Comparative Politics 3
POL141 Public Policy 3 Science course 4
Math 103 College Algebra 3 Dance or PE course 1
Total: 16 Total: 15
Year 2 Fall Spring
ECO 201 Macroeconomics 3 MAT 112 Statistics 3
Humanities, Social Science, or Fine Arts course 3 INR US Foreign Policy 3
Foreign Language 3 POL 161 Public Administration 3
INR 310 International Organizations 3 Science course 3
INR340 International Law 3 Foreign Language 3
Dance or PE course 1
Total: 15 Total: 16
Year 3 Fall Spring
INR 355 International Political Economy 3 Study Abroad
POL 216 Women, Power, and Politics 3 Foreign Language 3
SPE 101 Fundamentals of Speech 3 International Relations courses 9
Elective (non-PS) 3 Elective (non-PS) 3
INR 225 Asian Politics 3
Total: 15 Total: 15
Year 4 Fall Spring
IDS 365 International Environmental Policy 3 Elective 3
Electives (non-PS) 6 INR 490 IR Research Seminar 3
Electives (IR) 6 INR 380 Research Method 3
Electives (IR) 6
Total: 15 Total: 15
Total Hours: 122

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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
glunkenheimer@cottey.edu

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

Minor in International Relations (18 Credit Hours)

Required Courses 6 credit hours
INR 151 International Relations 3 credits
POL 201 Comparative Politics 3 credits
One Survey Course in Political Science 3 credit hours
Pick any one from the list below:
POL 101 Introduction to U.S. Government
POL 121 Introduction to Political Science
POL 131 Public Administration
POL 141 Public Policy
3 International Relations Electives 9 credit hours
Pick any three from the list below
INR 225 Asian Politics (cross-listed as POL course)
INR 216 Women, Power, and Politics (cross-listed as WST course)
INR 310 International Organizations
INR 320 Quantitative Research Methods in Social Sciences
INR 330 Poverty and Inequality (cross-listed as SOC course)
INR 340 International Law
INR 345 Power, Politics, and Religion
INR 355 International Political Economy
INR 360 U.S. Foreign Policy
IDS 365 International Environmental Policy (cross-listed as IDS)