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International Relations minor

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services

The international relations minor helps students to make sense of the world through exploring ideas that have shaped it. Students explore the thoughts of various thinkers and approaches to international relations and use these perspectives to understand key themes in world politics. Important topics include democratization, globalization, terrorism, war and peace, human rights, and international law. Students reflect upon the interplay between domestic and international politics and how changes in the world order affect the internal politics of various countries.

Notes about this minor:

  • Posting of the minor on the student's academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
  • Notations may appear in the curriculum chart below outlining pre-requisites, co-requisites, and other curriculum requirements (see footnotes).
Required Course
POLS-120 Introduction to International Relations
Choose four of the following:*
   POLS-205    Ethics in International Politics
   POLS-210    Comparative Politics
   POLS-215    Technology, Ethics, and Global Politics
   POLS-220    Global Political Economy
   POLS-285    Environmental Ethics and Political Ecology
   POLS-315    International Law and Organizations
   POLS-320    American Foreign Policy
   POLS-330    Human Rights in Global Perspective
   POLS-335    Politics of Developing Countries
   POLS-350    Government and Politics of East Asia
   POLS-360    International Political Thought
   POLS-370    Cyberwar, Robots, and the Future of Conflict
   POLS-410    Evolutionary International Relations
   POLS-440    War and the State
   POLS-445    Terrorism and Political Violence
   POLS-455    Comparative Public Policy
   POLS-525    Special Topics in Political Science
   POLS-541    Peacekeeping and Conflict Transformation
   POLS-542    War Diplomacy and State Building

* At least two courses must be at the 300 level or higher.

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
View this minor's information from the retired quarter calendar

Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Legacy Quarter Text: 

The international relations minor exposes students to the fundamental concepts and approaches of international relations. Issues of conflict, cooperation, continuity, and change are explained through a variety of subjects and cases.

0513-214 Introduction to International Relations

Electives—Choose five of the following:
0507-442 Contemporary Middle East
0507-444 Strategy and Diplomacy: Europe
0507-488 Modern Germany
0513-427 Evolutionary International Relations
0513-441 Politics in China
0513-443 Politics of Russia
0513-446 Politics in Developing Countries
0513-447 Human Rights in Global Perspectives
0513-449 Special Topics in Political Science
0513-453 American Foreign Policy
0513-461 Comparative Politics
0513-484 Government and Politics of Africa
0513-486 Comparative Politics in Latin America
0513-487 International Law and Organization
0513-488 War and the State
0513-489 Terrorism and Political Violence
0513-490 International Political Economy
0513-491 Politics of the Middle East
0513-492 Religion and International Politics
0513-493 Global Politics and the Environment
0513-494 Comparative Public Policy
0513-496 Government and Politics in East Asia

* The prerequisite may be waived if student elects to take Comparative Politics (0513-461) as one of the five courses of the minor.