Politics and International Studies
School of Arts & Sciences
The program trains graduates in the liberal arts tradition of thinking independently, critically, and analytically; communicating effectively and finding creative ways to contribute to the society in which they live.
Graduates with a BA in Politics and International Studies can follow several career tracks. Professional options open to POLIS graduates include careers in the following areas: Public service, Diplomatic service, Politics, International/Regional organizations, non-governmental organizations.
- ICP (general)
- International Relations
- Peace and Conflict Resolutions
- Public Administration
International Relations is an interdisciplinary major that focuses on interaction of states and non-state actors on military, economic, political, social, and cultural issues in the global arena. The program explores the impact of global, regional and domestic factors on the principles of diplomacy and foreign policy. Prospective graduates seek employment in the areas of diplomatic service and other sectors of public bureaucracy, private sector, the media, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and political research. Many students pursue graduate degrees in international relations, law, or political science.
The concentration in Peace and Conflict Resolution aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the issues and practices involved in peace and conflict resolution. In addition to theory, the concentration will consider case studies, including African peace and conflict studies, and post-conflict issues.
Public Administration is a field of academic study and professional training. It largely entails all processes, organizations, individuals associated with implementation of government laws and policies at the local, state, and federal levels. A concentration in public administration prepares students for careers in public service, including, private as well as non-profit sectors.
- ICP 10:1 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)
- ICP 13:1 Introduction to International Relations (3)
- ICP 161: Introduction to Political Theory (3)
- ICP 186: Introduction to Public Administration
- ICP 205: Contemporary African Politics (3)
Upon completion of the core requirements (many of which serve as pre-requisites for upper level courses), students are required to satisfy the following requirements:
- Nine (9) credits of ICP courses at any level.
- Twelve (12) credits of ICP courses at the 300 or 400 level.
- Nine (9) credits of ICP courses at the 400 level.
- Three (3) credits of quantitative methods at the 300 level or above.
- Six (6) credits of Senior Research Project at 400 level
- One (1) credit of ICP 232 Model United Nations
In completing the requirements above, students are free to construct their own program of study with an emphasis in Development Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, Public Administrations, any other sub-field of Political Studies such as Comparative Politics, African Politics, or Nigerian Politics or or across sub-fields subject to the availability of courses and the requirements for the Politics and International Studies degree. Students should consult with their Chair in designing their course of study, in selecting elective courses, and in considering a possible minor.
The Politics and International Studies Program also offers a BA with Honors. This requires being part of a two semester Honors Seminar (6 credits; ICP 496 and 497) that culminates with an Honors Thesis of 12-15,000 words that must be presented in a public defense.
ICP 496 and 497 serve as alternatives to ICP 490 and 491 (Senior Research Project) respectively for students that meet the CGPA prerequisites for the courses.
Students are advised to take some or all of the following courses to complement and support the degree program in International and Comparative Politics. Advised electives include:
- PHI 201: Comparative Religions: Islam and Christianity (3)
- ECO 210: Principles of Microeconomics (3)
- ECO 220: Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
- ECO 340: Development Economics (3)
- ECO 350: International Trade (3)
2019/20 Annual Tuition
Full Time: 4-year average
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William Bill Hansen