Concentration in Global and International Affairs

Concentration Advisor: Mikhail Filippov

An important feature of today's world is the global, interconnected nature of many of the issues that challenge mankind. Important related themes include diplomacy, democracy, human rights and peace studies. The Political Science Department has developed a concentration in these global issues designed to help prepare students to effectively function in today's rapidly changing international affairs environment.

This concentration is open to Political Science majors. To complete the concentration students must take four (4) classes in international relations and four (4) classes in comparative politics. No more than one (1) of the international relations courses may be at the 100-level and at least one (1) must be at the 400-level. Likewise, no more than one (1) of the comparative politics courses may be at the 100-level and at least one (1) must be at the 400-level. Courses on related topics not listed below may be considered for fulfilling the requirements of the Concentration upon consultation with the concentration advisor.

There is also a companion Concentration in Politics and Law offered in the Department of Political Science.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Concentrations

International Relations Section

  • PLSC 117 - Introduction to World Politics
  • PLSC 307 - Diplomacy in a Changing World
  • PLSC 319 - Issues in World Politics
  • PLSC 325 - Ethics & U.S. Foreign Policy
  • PLSC 327 - American Foreign Policy
  • PLSC 347 - Global Democratic Revolution
  • PLSC 375 - International Law
  • PLSC 380XX - Special Topics in International Relations
  • PLSC 402 - Dynamics of International Conflict
  • PLSC 403 - Islam in World Politics
  • PLSC 405 - International Politics of the Third World
  • PLSC 408 - Conflict Management & Resolution
  • PLSC 433 - Human Rights & World Politics
  • PLSC 486XX - Seminar in Special Topics in International Relations

Comparative Politics

  • PLSC 112 - Cultural Forces in World Politics
  • PLSC 113 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PLSC 264 - Politics of Latin America
  • PLSC 311 - Politics of Western Europe
  • PLSC 312 - Politics of the Former Soviet Union & Eastern Europe
  • PLSC 316 - Political of the Middle East & North Africa
  • PLSC 318 - Contemporary Democracy
  • PLSC 350 - Comparative Political Parties
  • PLSC 389xx - Special Topics in Comparative Politics
  • PLSC 435 - Politics of Development
  • PLSC 437 - Voting Behavior and Political Parties
  • PLSC 481D - Politics of Industrialized Democracies
  • PLSC 485xx - Seminar in Special Topics in Comparative Politics
  • AFST 311 - Africa from the World Systems Perspective (OR HIST 386 OR SOC 311)
  • HISt 386J - 20th Century Japan
  • SOC 328 - Comparative Social Development

Students in this concentration are encouraged to participate in the Washington semester programs (PLSC 394 and PLSC 395).

Last Updated: 6/30/16