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International Relations - B.A. Program Requirements PDFDownload to print

Attribute Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Attribute Course Title Credits Min. Grade
  UC 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1 1  
 MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (39 credits)   Courses count in major GPA 
Attribute Course Title Credits Min. Grade
KSS ECON 22060 Principles of Microeconomics 3  
KSS ECON 22061 Principles of Macroeconomics 3  
  ECON 42075 International Economic Relations 3  
DG/KSS POL 10004 Comparative Politics 3  
DG/KSS POL 10500 World Politics 3  
  Foreign Language Requirement 2 3  
  Choose from the following electives: Geography 3  
DG GEOG 37040 Geography of Africa (3)    
DG GEOG 37050 Geography of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (3)    
DG GEOG 37066 Geography of Europe (3)    
  GEOG 37079 Geography of South Asia (3)    
DG GEOG 37084 Geography of South America (3)    
DG GEOG 37085 Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean (3)    
  Choose from the following electives: History 6  
  HIST 31024 World War II (3)    
  HIST 31112 Chinese Civilization (3)    
  HIST 31113 History of Japan (3)    
  HIST 31125 Zionism and Israel (3)    
  HIST 31126 History of the Middle East (3)    
  HIST 31128 Late Medieval and Modern Jewish History (3)    
  HIST 31130 History of African Civilization (3)    
DG HIST 31140 Modern Latin America (3)    
  HIST 31141 Early Latin America (3)    
  HIST 41020 Nineteenth-Century Europe (3)    
  HIST 41024 Modern European History, 1914-1945 (3)    
  HIST 41025 Modern European History, 1945-Present (3)    
  HIST 41041 History of Germany, 1871-Present (3)    
  HIST 41044 Imperial Russia, 1689-1917 (3)    
  HIST 41045 Modern Russia, 1917-Present (3)    
  HIST 41112 History of Modern China (3)    
  HIST 41132 History of Africa, 1880-Present (3)    
WIC HIST 42297 Colloquium: China and Japan (3)   C 3
  Choose from the following: Political Science Category I 6  
  POL 30511 Problems of International Organization (3)    
  POL 30820 International Organization and Law (3)    
  POL 40840 Comparative Foreign Policy (3)    
  POL 40930 U.S. Foreign Policy (3)    
  Choose from the following: Political Science Category II 6  
  POL 30520 European Politics (3)    
DG POL 30530 Asian Politics (3)    
DG POL 30540 African Politics (3)    
DG POL 30550 Latin American Politics (3)    
DG POL 40540 Politics of Development (3)    
Attribute Title   Credits Min. Grade
  Foreign Language 4 14-20  
  Kent Core Composition 6  
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5  
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9  
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7  
  College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Basic Sciences) 5 3  
  College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Social Sciences) 6 3  
  General Electives
Number of general elective credits required depends on meeting minimum 120 credit hours and minimum 42 upper-division hours
  1. UC 10097 is not required of transfer students with 25 credits (excluding College Credit Plus) or students age 21+ at time of admission.
  2. One course beyond the Intermediate II level in French, German, Russian or Spanish. Students may appeal to their advisor for substitution of another language, when justified by special circumstances. Satisfactory performance in a language proficiency test covering speaking, listening, reading and writing. This requirement also may be satisfied through completion of two additional approved courses in the same or a closely related language with minimum B- (2.700) grade. Prior approval for courses used in this connection must be given in writing by student’s advisor. This course should be taken as soon as Intermediate II is completed. Students should consult with the Director of the International Relations major within the College of Arts and Sciences regarding the foreign language proficiency requirement while enrolled in this course.
  3. One course must be earned with a minimum C (2.000) grade to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.
  4. The following foreign languages are approved for International Relations majors: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Students should contact the International Relations director for approval for other languages. Students with foreign language experience should consult with the Department of Modern and Classical Languages Studies for appropriate placement. To graduate in four years, students should begin foreign language study by semester four; starting later may require summer courses or delay graduation. These courses fulfill a College General Requirement.
  5. 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). Students may take the courses listed in the "introductory" sequences with the restrictions noted above in the Kent Core Basic Science section. The course may not be from the student's major.
  6. 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.


Foreign Language Note: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must have the equivalent of Elementary I and II in any language and the International Relations major requires Intermediate I and II of the same language.

All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin their university foreign language experience beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses. This may be accomplished by: (1) passing a course beyond Elementary I through Intermediate II level or (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or credit through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program; or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional information). When students complete the requirement with fewer than 14 credit hours and four courses, they will complete remaining hours with general electives.