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Diplomacy & International Relations

PCA Description

This concentration provides students with insights and tools to become practitioners, policymakers, analysts, and future scholars in areas that concern relations between governments, states and global diplomatic networks. Through the various required and elective courses, students will examine different perspectives on political, social, economic, and environmental concerns within the international arena, providing a rich, interdisciplinary focus for understanding the inherent possibilities, priorities and challenges of working for governments in the diplomatic corps. They will learn about the ways states understand and assert their global relationships and priorities, the increasingly important role played by official development assistance (ODA) in doing so, and the role of international organizations, states, and other stakeholders involved in implementing and responding to global political and economic pressures.

Students graduating with this concentration will have a foundation valuable for a wide range of experiences and careers, including: working for the U.S. Department of State or other foreign ministries; working in international development organizations; as policymakers and public advocacy practitioners; working in non-governmental organizations or public service; working on legal issues; and pursuing further education in a graduate program or law school.




INTL 422         Aid to Developing Countries *Requires INTL 240 as a pre-requisite.

INTL 431         Cross Cultural Communications



EC 380             International Economic Issues

ENVS 435        Environmental Justice

GEOG 441       Political Geography

GEOG 445       Culture, Ethnicity and Nationalism

GEOG 463       Geography, Law and the Environment

HIST 451          American Foreign Relations

INTL 323         Islam and Global Forces

INTL 345         Africa Today

INTL 420         International Community Development *Requires INTL 240 as a pre-requisite.

INTL 423         Development and the Muslim World

INTL 442         South Asia Development and Social Change

INTL 444         Development and Social Change in Southeast Asia

INTL 445         Development and Social Change in Sub-Saharan Africa

INTL 446         Development & Social Change in Latin America

PPPM 327       Global Leadership and Change

PS 326              US Foreign Policy I

PS 340              International Political Economy

PS 347              Political Power/Influence/Control

PS 410              Asian Environmental Issues

PS 420              International Organization

PS 455              Theories of International Politics

PS 477              International Environmental Politics

PS 480              Intro to Rational Choice

SOC 303          World Population and Social Structure

SOC 420          Political Economy

SOC 464          Systems of War and Peace

SOC 465          Political Sociology