International Relations

Program Description

Thank you for your interest in Cottey’s baccalaureate program in international relations! We offer a major and a minor in international relations and a host of survey courses on the main subfields of political science including American politics, international relations, comparative politics, public policy, and public administration. Our program is designed to prepare you for a successful career in public service and for private sector positions at think tanks, non-profits, and the media. Additionally, we closely mentor our students as they prepare for graduate/law school. Our recent alumnae are currently pursuing graduate degrees in public administration and law. The highlights of our program include:

  • Small and diverse classes (average size 8-10), which give faculty ample opportunity to develop a personal relationship with every student. Students also get the opportunity to engage with peers from different parts of the United States as well as from all around the world.
  • A wide variety of electives in international relations that help students cultivate a holistic understanding of the discipline. In addition traditional upper-division courses on international political economy, international law, and organizations, foreign policy, and research methods, there are a good number of special topics courses on women and global politics, poverty and inequality, Asian politics, transnational environmental issues, and religion and politics.
  • The opportunity to represent the college at the Model United Nations conference at St. Louis every spring semester.
  • The study abroad requirement for majors that allows our students to spend at least one semester—over and above the Europe trip for sophomores—overseas where they take courses for credit and develop a truly international perspective. Our students have traveled to Hong Kong, Mexico, Turkey, Jamaica, China, Japan, South Africa, and spent an entire semester sailing (“Semester at Sea”) as part of the study abroad program.
  • The capstone project for baccalaureate students provides hands-on experience with original research and writing. During the last semester of the program, every student works on the project under the mentorship of a faculty member. The capstone component is designed to improve our students’ problem solving skills with regard to major policy challenges faced within and across nation-states.
  • An opportunity to attend the Michael Maurer School of Law at Indiana University with a generous scholarship and tuition remission for eligible alumni. To learn more about this program please click here.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Kanji Watanabe
Program Coordinator
E-mail: kwatanabe@cottey.edu
Phone: 417-667-6333 Ext. 2188

Is the International Relations Major for Me?

Do you like to travel the world? Do news stories about hunger and human rights abuses keep you up at night? Do you want to be a change-maker? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you are an ideal candidate for the International Relations major at Cottey College.  Our program will prepare you for a career in public service, the private sector or graduate/law school.

Many students choose a minor to complement their baccalaureate degree in International Relations. Minors round out your knowledge base. Consider one of these minors: anthropology, criminology, French, history, organizational leadership, Spanish, women, gender and sexuality studies, and writing.

Which courses do International Relations majors take? A typical course of study includes political science, economics and foreign language classes.

  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • Public Policy
  • Public Administration
  • S. Government
  • International Political Economy
  • Macroeconomics
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • French and/or Spanish

As an International Relations major, you will have the opportunity to explore electives of interest to you including Asian Politics, Elections in the U.S. and the World, International Environmental Politics and Policy, International Law, International Organizations, Middle Eastern Politics, Poverty and Inequality, Power, Politics and Religion, Social and Political Philosophy, Women, Power and Global Politics.

Study Abroad

When you major in International Relations you will spend a semester abroad in a country of your choice. You will take multiple courses related to your major for credit and develop a truly international perspective.

You will begin researching your capstone topic while studying abroad. This will give you the chance to establish a direct connection between your experience abroad and the research you will be pursuing for your capstone.

Our students have traveled to Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Mexico, Turkey, Jamaica, China, Sweden, Japan, South Africa and the United Kingdom. One student spent the semester at sea for her study abroad experience.

What can I do with a degree in International Relations?

According to credible sources such as the American Political Science Association, an undergraduate degree in International Relations can open up multiple avenues for you. Here is a short list of career sectors you can explore with an International Relations degree from Cottey:

  • Non-governmental organizations and non-profits
  • Journalism and media
  • Public administration and international affairs
  • International Governmental Organizations
  • Business and finance
  • Secondary-level teaching in social studies
  • Graduate-level education for academic research and teaching
  • Law school

If I am interested in graduate school, where can I find the relevant information?

For pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration, Public Affairs or Public Policy, refer to the websites of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration and the American Association of Public Administration. If you want to specialize in international affairs, the web page for the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs will be helpful.

To pursue a doctoral degree in political science, refer to the career resources provided by the American Political Science Association. Other important resources include the websites of the International Studies Association and the Midwest Political Science Association.

Find information for applying to law school on the websites of the American Bar Association, the Law School Admission’s Council and the National Association of Law Placement

Do not forget to reach out to Dr. Watanabe and Dr. Roy for individualized mentoring on graduate school applications.

If I am not interested in graduate school right now, where can I find information relevant to non-academic career options?

For non-academic career options for International Relations majors, please visit our page titled Job Search Tools for Non-Academic Careers.

Degree Requirements for International Relations Majors

Degree RequirementsCoursesCredits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Relations Core

(18 hours)

INR 151: International Relations3
POL 201 Comparative Politics3

Any one of the following:

ECO 201: Principles of Econ: Macroeconomics

INR 350: International Political Economy

3

Any one of the following:

POL 101: U.S. Government

POL 121: Introduction to Political Science

POL 131: Public Administration, OR

POL 141: Public Policy

3
INR 320: Quantitative Research Methods3
INR 490: Capstone3

 

 

 

 

International Relations Electives

(24 hours)

At least three courses should be taken as a part of the study abroad experience. One semester of study abroad with full academic load is required for all majors9

Additional five may be taken abroad or selected from the following:

INR 216: Women, Power, and Global Politics

INR/POL 225: Asian Politics

INR 310: International Organizations

INR 335: Middle Eastern Politics

INR 340: International Law

INR 345: Power. Politics, and Religion

INR 350: International Political Economy

INR 355: Terrorism

INR 360: U.S. Foreign Policy

INR 365: International Environmental Policy

INR/PHI 305: Social and Political Philosophy

15
Foreign Language (6-17 hours)

Native English Speakers: Five semesters of foreign language

Non-native English Speakers: One course in speech communications (SPE 101/SPE 102) and one semester of a third language course

6-17
Divisional Elective (3 hours)

One course must be taken from the following disciplines (may also be taken during study abroad)

Anthropology, Economics, English, Environmental Studies

Film Studies, Geography, History, Interdisciplinary Studies

International Business, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

3
Total Degree Requirements51-62

 

Requirements for International Relations Minors

Degree RequirementsCoursesCredits

 

 

 

International Relations Core

(9 hours)

INR 151: International Relations3
POL 201 Comparative Politics3

Any one of the following:

POL 101: U.S. Government

POL 121: Introduction to Political Science

POL 131: Public Administration, OR

POL 141: Public Policy

3

 

 

 

 

International Relations Electives

(9 hours)

Additional three electives selected from the following:

INR 216: Women, Power, and Global Politics

INR/POL 225: Asian Politics

INR 310: International Organizations

INR 335: Middle Eastern Politics

INR 340: International Law

INR 345: Power. Politics, and Religion

INR 350: International Political Economy

INR 355: Terrorism

INR 360: U.S. Foreign Policy

INR 365: International Environmental Policy

INR/PHI 305: Social and Political Philosophy

9
Total Requirements18

 

International Relations B.A. Sample Plan (122 credits)

Year IFall Spring
First-year Writing Seminar (WRI 101): 3 creditsCollege Writing (WRI 102): 3 credits
College Algebra (MAT 103): 3 creditsScience Course with Lab: 4 credits
International Relations (INR 151): 3 creditsComparative Politics (POL 201): 3 credits
Public Policy/POL 141: 3 creditsDance or Physical Education: 1 credits
Foreign Language: 4 creditsForeign Language: 4 credits
Total: 16 creditsTotal: 15 credits
Year IIFallSpring
Macroeconomics (ECON 201): 3 creditsStatistics: 3 credits
Humanities Core: 3 creditsFine Arts Core: 3 credits
Social Science Core: 3 creditsDance or Physical Education: 1 credit
Women, Power, and Global Politics (INR/WGS 216): 3 creditsMiddle Eastern Politics(INR 355): 3 credit
International Organization (INR 310): 3 creditsForeign Language: 3 credits
Divisional Elective: 3 credits
Total Credits: 15Total Credits: 16
Year IIIFall Spring (Study Abroad Semester)
 Research Methods (INR 320): 3 creditsInternational Relations Elective: (3 credits)
 International Political Economy (INR 355): 3 creditsInternational Relations Elective: (3 credits)
 Asian Politics (INR 225): 3 creditsInternational Relations Elective: (3 credits)
 Course in Minor/Elective: 3 creditsForeign Language: (3 credits)
 Course in Minor/Elective: 3 creditsElective: (3 credits)
 Total Credits: 15Total Credits: 15
Year IVFall Spring
 Foreign Language: 3 creditsCapstone: 3 credits
 Social and Political Philosophy (INR 305): 3 creditsU.S. Foreign Policy (INR 360): 3 credits
 International Environmental Policy (IDS 365): 3 creditsPoverty and Inequality (INR 330): 3 credits
 Course in Minor/Elective: 3 creditsCourse in Minor/Elective: 3 credits
 Course in Minor/Elective: 3 creditsCourse in Minor/Elective: 3 credits
 Total Credits: 15 creditsTotal Credits: 15 credits

 

Kanji Watanabe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations
Coordinator of International Relations
136 Rubie Burton Academic Center
(417) 667-8181,, ext. 2188
kwatanabe@cottey.edu

Gary Lunkenheimer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Business & Economics
Sherlock Hibbs Professor of Economics
Coordinator of International Relations and Business
140 Rubie Burton Academic Center
(417) 667-8181, ext. 2271

Kevin Rouintree, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard Professor of Religion and Ethics
103 Rubie Burton Academic Center
(417) 667-8181, ext. 2218

Oindrila Roy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of International Relations
125 Rubie Burton Academic Center
(417) 667-8181, ext. 2229

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