International Relations - B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences
Center for Comparative and Integrative Programs
105 Bowman Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2062
www.kent.edu/ccip


Description

The Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations is the largest multidisciplinary program in the College of Arts and Sciences. Its curriculum provides a well-rounded education for students interested in global issues and the challenge of advanced foreign language coursework. The study of Spanish, French, German, Russian, Arabic, Chinese or Japanese is coupled with a broad exposure to the social sciences and humanities approaches to the problems facing the modern world, including human rights, economic development, ethnic conflicts and the role of supranational organizations. Students have the opportunity to study abroad and participate in internships with international organizations through Kent State’s Semester Abroad in Geneva, Switzerland or other international locations arranged through the Office of Global Education.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of economics, politics, geography and history.
  2. Have a minimum of fifth-semester proficiency in one modern foreign language specialization.

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

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Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ECON 22060PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
ECON 22061PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
ECON 42075INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS 3
or ECON 42076 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
or ECON 42079 EUROPEAN ECONOMIC ISSUES
GEOG 44010GEOGRAPHY OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY (WIC) 23
POL 10004COMPARATIVE POLITICS (DIVG) (KSS) 3
or POL 10500 WORLD POLITICS (DIVG) (KSS)
Modern Foreign Language Requirements 13
One Upper-Division Course 1
Foreign Language Proficiency 1
Geography Electives, choose from the following:3
GEOGRAPHY OF AFRICA (DIVG)
GEOGRAPHY OF THE MIDDLE EAST
GEOGRAPHY OF RUSSIA AND THE COMMONWEALTH OF INDEPENDENT STATES (DIVG)
GEOGRAPHY OF EUROPE (DIVG)
GEOGRAPHY OF EAST AND SOUTHEAST ASIA (DIVG)
GEOGRAPHY OF CHINA
GEOGRAPHY OF SOUTH AMERICA (DIVG)
GEOGRAPHY OF LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN (DIVG)
History Electives, choose from the following:6
WORLD WAR II
NATO:THE ENDURING ALLIANCE
THE GLOBAL COLD WAR
HISTORY AND SOCIETY OF MODERN GREECE
HISTORY OF MODERN FRANCE
MODERN EUROPE, 1815 TO PRESENT
US FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1898-1945
US FOREIGN RELATIONS SINCE 1945
CHINESE CIVILIZATION
HISTORY OF JAPAN
TRADITION AND REVOLUTION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
INDIA SINCE 1526
THE SIXTIES: A THIRD WORLD VIEW
COMPARATIVE THIRD WORLD REVOLUTIONS
HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICA
HIGHLIFE HISTORIES: MODERN AFRICAN URBAN EXPERIENCE
ZIONISM AND ISRAEL
HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST
LATE MEDIEVAL AND MODERN JEWISH HISTORY
HISTORY OF AFRICAN CIVILIZATION
MODERN LATIN AMERICA (DIVG)
MODERN EUROPEAN HISTORY, 1914-1945
MODERN EUROPEAN HISTORY:1945-PRESENT
CONSUMPTION AND MASS CULTURE IN MODERN EUROPE
WOMEN AND GENDER IN MODERN EUROPE
HISTORY OF GERMANY, 1871-PRESENT
MODERN RUSSIA, 1917-PRESENT
POLITICS, CULTURE AND SOCIETY OF 20TH-CENTURY EUROPE
COMPARATIVE FASCISM
HISTORY OF MODERN CHINA
THE HOLOCAUST:THE DESTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN JEWRY, 1938-1945
HISTORY OF AFRICA, 1880-PRESENT
AFRO-LATIN AMERICA
COLLOQUIUM:CHINA AND JAPAN (WIC) 2
Political Science Electives, choose from the following:12
EUROPEAN POLITICS (DIVG)
ASIAN POLITICS (DIVG)
AFRICAN POLITICS (DIVG)
LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS (DIVG)
MIDDLE EAST POLITICS (DIVG)
POLITICS OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION AND LAW
NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
POLITICS OF WAR
POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT (DIVG)
HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (DIVG)
POLITICS OF SOCIAL MOVEMENTS (DIVD)
COMPARATIVE FOREIGN POLICY
U.S. FOREIGN POLICY
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language 114-16
College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Basic Sciences) 33
College General Requirements (must be from Kent Core Social Sciences) 43
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional3
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 42 upper-division credit hours) 33
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

Students in the International Relations major study one of seven foreign languages – Spanish, French, Russian, German, Arabic, Chinese or Japanese. As soon as possible, students should meet with the program director to plan how to fulfill the two foreign language requirements:
  1. One upper-division course (beyond Intermediate II) in one of the listed languages (taught in the language)
  2. Foreign language proficiency, fulfilled in one of four options, as approved by the International Relations program director:

  • Double-major in one of the languages listed above
  • Minor in one of the languages list above
  • With the approval of the International Relations director, earn ratings of     intermediate-Mid on the American Council on Teaching Foreign Language (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Writing Proficiency test (WPT). Applications for these exams are available through the International Relations program director and the student is responsible for the fee.
  • Additional upper-division courses (taught in the language), as pre-approved by the International Relations program director with grades of B- or better. The number of credit hours and the number of courses at the upper-division level varies by foreign language studied. Students should meet with the International Relations program director while in their lower-division foreign language courses to plan their upper-division coursework.
2

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.
 

3

One additional course taken from the Kent Core Basic Science courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Biological Sciences (BSCI), Chemistry (CHEM), Geography (GEOG), Geology (GEOL) or Physics (PHY). The course may not be from the student's major.
 

4

One additional course taken from the Kent Core Social Sciences courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Applied Conflict Management (CACM), Geography (GEOG), Criminology and Justice Studies (CRIM), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSYC) or Sociology (SOC). The course may not be from the student's major.
 

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
POL 10004
COMPARATIVE POLITICS (DIVG) (KSS)
or WORLD POLITICS (DIVG) (KSS)
3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Two
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
ECON 22060 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
Foreign Language 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
ECON 22061 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
Foreign Language 3
College General Requirements 3
College General Requirements 3
General Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
ECON 42075
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS
or ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
or EUROPEAN ECONOMIC ISSUES
3
GEOG 44010 GEOGRAPHY OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY (WIC) 3
Political Science Elective 3
Political Science Elective 3
Modern Foreign Language Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
Note: This semester is open to allow for a study abroad experience that can be taken in the junior or senior year.  
General Electives 15
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
Geography Elective 3
History Elective 3
Political Science Elective 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
History Elective 3
Political Science Elective 3
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120