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Political Science & International Relations > Major

Major in Political Science - 43 credits

Required Courses...................................22 credits

POL216 American Government and Politics (4)
POL227 Introduction to International Politics (4)
POL229 Introduction to Comparative Politics (4)
POL300 Scope and Methods of Political Science (3) [prerequisite for senior seminar]
POL323 Modern Political Theory (4)
OR
POL220 Classical and Medieval Political Theory (4)
POL4XX Senior Seminar (3): See course list.

Political Science Electives........................21 credits (See course list.)

Majors are required to complete 21 credits of electives. Twelve credits are to come from courses in one of the following sub-fields: American government, political theory, comparative politics, international politics or law. The other nine credits are to be in courses from the remaining four sub-fields. Only nine credits of internship may be applied to the major while the remaining 6 credits will be upper-division credits towards graduation.

Courses used to meet the requirements of any other major or minor may not be used to meet the requirements of this major.

Students must earn a grade of C- or better in courses used for the Political Science major.

Click here for a complete list of Political Science courses.


Major International Relations - 41 credits*

Required Courses.....................................20 credits

POL227 Introduction to International Politics (4)
POL300 Scope and Methods (3)
POL404 Seminar in International Relations (3)

One of the following:
POL366 Contemporary American Foreign Policy (3)
HIS469 U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1900 (3)

One of the following:
ANT214 Cultural Anthropology (3)
ANT404 Political Anthropology (3)
GEO274 Environment and Culture (3)

One of the following in international economics:*

ECO302 Comparative Economic Systems (4)
ECO401 International Trade and Finance (4)
ECO418 Economics of Development (4)

* Or other international economics courses approved by the chair.

Elective Courses.......................................21 credits

Majors are required to complete fifteen credits by advisement, selected from among those courses accepted for credit in the International Relations major/minor program.  No more than 3-4 credits (one course) may be at the 200 level.  Nine credits must be from the Political Science Department, and included on the accepted course list.

Six credits by advisement are to come from courses concerned with a single world area selected from among those courses accepted for credit in the International Relations major/minor program.

Courses accepted for credit in International Relations major/minor

ANTHROPOLOGY
ANT214 Cultural Anthropology
ANT305 Cultures of South America
ANT378 Cultures of South Asia
ANT380 Cultures of Africa
ANT383 Culture of China
ANT404 Political Anthropology
ANT421 Gender and Anthropology

BLACK STUDIES
BLK200 Introduction to Africa
BLK302 Survey of Contemp. Africa: 19th Century to Present
BLK309 Introduction to Afro-Brazilian History
BLK311 Blacks in the Caribbean: 1492 to Present
BLK347 History of South Africa
BLK450 The Portuguese in Africa

ECONOMICS
ECO206 Principles of Microeconomics or ECO207 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECO302 Comparative Economic Systems
ECO401 International Trade and Finance
ECO418 Economics of Development

GEOGRAPHY
GEO252 Economic Geography
GEO260 Understanding China
GEO274 Environment and Culture
GEO307 Understanding Latin America
GEO405 Political Geography
GEO506 Contemporary China

SOCIOLOGY
SOC310 Comparative Political Economy
SOC380 Social and Economic Development

SELECTED TOPICS COURSES
Selected Topics courses appearing in the Schedule of Classes (293, 393, 493 courses) listed under International Relations will count as electives in the Major or Minor. Any course not on this list but included in the courses listed under International Relations in the Schedule of Classes will count for credit in the Major or Minor.

HISTORY
HIS214 Modern Europe: 1500 to Present
HIS216 Modern China
HIS311 Modern Germany
HIS315 History of China to 1800
HIS317 World War II
HIS332 Imperial Russia
HIS333 Soviet Union
HIS334 Traditional Japan
HIS335 Modern Japan
HIS340 Iran
HIS343 History of Islam and Middle East
HIS353 Twentieth-Century Europe
HIS373 The Holocaust
HIS467 The U.S. in Vietnam
HIS469 U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1900
HIS550 America and Vietnam

POLITICAL SCIENCE
POL220 Classical and Medieval Political Theory
POL227 Introduction to International Politics
POL229 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POL300 Scope and Methods
POL323 Modern Political Theory
POL324 International Relations Theory
POL328 Communism, Fascism and Democracy
POL336 Middle Eastern Political Institutions
POL337 Israel in World Politics
POL339 Model United Nations
POL340 African Politics
POL341 Revolution and Counterrevolution
POL342 Politics of Developing Areas
POL344 Politics of International Economic Organizations
POL345 War and International Politics
POL346 International Political Economy
POL347 Politics of Environment and Development
POL348 Terrorism in World Politics
POL353 International Relations of the Americas
POL354 European Politics
POL357 International Law
POL363 Chinese Foreign Policy and the U.S.
POL364 Nationalism in World Politics
POL365 International Politics of Asia-Pacific
POL366 Contemporary American Foreign Policy
POL368 Defense Issues in American Foreign Policy
POL369 Government and Politics of China and Japan
POL370 United Nations Semester (6 credits)
POL371 Latin American Politics
POL372 International Relations of Middle East
POL373 Russian Politics
POL374 Politics of the European Union
POL404 Seminar in International Relations

All international economics courses require a minimum of ECO206 or ECO207 as a prerequisite.  (3 credits)

Courses used to meet the requirements of any other major or minor may not be used to meet the requirements of this major.

Students must earn a grade of "C-" or better in courses used for the International Relations major.

*NOTE:  The International Relations major is 41 credits.  Either ECO206 or ECO207 (3 credits) is also required as a prerequisite for any of the four International Economics courses in this major.


Honors

A departmental honors program allows the department to recognize student excellence in Political Science or International Relations. Student majors who maintain a college GPA and a GPA in Political Science or International Relations of 3.3 may apply to do individual Honors Research (POL491) for 3 credits.  The full department will review the student's final paper, and will determine whether it warrants a recommendation of "Honors in Political Science" or "Honors in International Relations."*

*Please note that the department is considering changes to its requirement for departmental honors.  Interested students should check with the department about the status of these revisions.

A chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, was established by the department at SUNY New Paltz in 1979 and charter members were inducted in that year. Each year, outstanding eligible undergraduates at New Paltz are invited to join the society.  Membership is open to students, regardless of major, if they meet the following requirements:  1) completion of at least 60 college credits; 2) completion of at least 15 credits in Political Science, either at SUNY New Paltz or in transfer; 3) completion of at least 3 credits of Political Science at the upper-division (300) level; 4) a GPA of at least 3.3 in Political Science classes, at SUNY New Paltz and at other schools; and 5) an overall GPA of at least 3.0, at SUNY New Paltz and at other schools.