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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Program Requirements

Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/government/irelations/programreq.html

International Experiential Learning (6-15 credits)

(Please note this requirement is applicable to students who declared their IR major in or after Fall 2013.  See [PDF] Bulletin (IR 2013-2014) (153 KiB) for details.  Talk to your advisor if you have any questions or concerns.)

Required for Major

(Core, 12 credits)

  • POL 231 World Politics (3)
  • POL 241 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)
  • POL 431 International Relations (3)
  • POL 300-400 Any comparative politics course (3)

Required for Major

(Emphasis, 15 credits)

(Please note: The 15 credits for the chosen emphasis are to be compeleted in addition to the core credits. For example, a comparative politics course - Latin America (POL444) cannot be double-counted for both the core and the chosen emphasis to meet the required number of credit hours in each category).

With the advice and consent of an International Relations advisor, each International Relations major will build an emphasis in one of the following areas (from the approved course lists):

  1. International Norms and Institutions 
  2. Security and Peace
  3. International Political Economy 
  4. Regional Studies    

Required for Major

(Electives, 15 credits)

With the advice of an International Relations Advisor, each student will select the remainder of their credits (15) from an approved list of International Relations degree courses.

(Please note: The 15 credits for the electives option are to be compeleted in addition to the core credits (12) and the emphasis credits (15).  For example, a comparative politics course - Latin America (POL444) cannot be double-counted for both the core requirement and the chosen emphasis, and/or the electives to meet the required number of credit hours in each category).

Required for Major

(Foreign Language, 8 credits)

All students (including BS candidates) must take a year sequence of a foreign language. The student may satisfy this requirement by completing a college level foreign language sequence with grades of C or above, or by demonstrating equivalent proficiency in a foreign language.  Examples of the latter include scoring 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement Exam in a foreign language and graduating with a C average or better from a high school where the main classroom instruction was in a language other than English.  Language credits do not count toward the IR degree.

 

Required Minor

Yes. Students may select any minor they desire.