Professors: Emek M. Uçarer

Associate Professors: David M. Mitchell (Chair), Richard D. Waller, Zhiqun Zhu

Assistant Professors: Jason Cons, Erin C. Lentz, David Rojas (visiting), Alejandra Roncallo, Ron J. Smith

International relations is a field of study concerned with the cultural, economic, environmental, historic, military, and political interactions among the major units of the world, such as states, international organizations, transnational corporations, nongovernmental organizations, groups and individuals. Courses from a number of departments and programs are drawn upon to offer a multidisciplinary major in international relations for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

The purposes of the major are to increase general knowledge about the history, institutions, interactions, and events of the international system; to develop insight into the objectives, decisions, and policies of state and nonstate actors; to provide a conceptual vocabulary and diverse theoretical perspectives to help explain and interpret international behavior; to build skills in critical analysis and evaluation of global issues; to develop an appreciation of commensurability and difference and acceptance of "others"; and to encourage evaluation and the solving of global problems. International relations majors will develop skills in writing, speaking, and information literacy throughout their studies, but particularly in IREL 250 and their senior seminar Culminating Experiences.

The international relations major provides a general education for students seeking greater knowledge about world affairs. It also provides a sound preparation for students interested in pursuing an M.A. or Ph.D. in international relations and related social sciences or a J.D. in law, and for careers in the Foreign Service, the federal government, international law, international business, banking and finance, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations. International relations alumni have been accepted to the top graduate programs and law schools in the country, and are well represented in all of the listed international careers.

Requirements: The international relations major consists of at least 11 courses to count exclusively towards the major.

  • Three core disciplinary courses: ECON 227 or ECON 327, POLS 170 and IREL 250.
    a) ECON 227/327 (International Economics and International Economics Theory respectively) should be completed by the end of the junior year. Students who are double majoring in international relations and economics should take ECON 327 instead of ECON 227. In those instances, ECON 327 can count towards the economics major. Students counting ECON 327 toward their economics major will need to take an additional IREL course to compensate. The additional course should be taken from the student's Area Concentration or Thematic Track.
    b) POLS 170 (International Politics) should be completed by the end of the sophomore year.
    c) IREL 250 (Theories of International Relations) should be taken second semester of the sophomore year or the first semester of the junior year. Students planning on spending a full year abroad should make sure that they complete IREL 250 before they go abroad. Students will ordinarily take POLS 170 before enrolling in IREL 250, which is a W2 and will develop skills in writing, speaking, and information literacy.
  • IREL 350 (Globalization) should ordinarily be taken during the fall of the junior year. If a student is spending the entire junior year abroad, it may be taken during the senior year. Students will ordinarily take ECON 227 before enrolling in IREL 350.
  • Three courses in an area concentration, one of which must be a course satisfying the history requirement for the area. No more than two of these courses may be in the same department. The area concentrations offered are: 1) Africa, 2) Asia, 3) Europe, Eurasia, and Russia, 4) Latin America and Caribbean, and 5) Middle East. The acceptable history courses for each area concentration are indicated by a *on the area concentration course lists. A course that is counted towards the area concentration may not simultaneously count towards a thematic track.
  • Three courses in one of the following thematic tracks: 1) Development and Sustainability, 2) Foreign Policy and Diplomacy, and 3) Global Governance and Conflict Resolution. Each track is anchored by a required core course. It is recommended that students take the core course first. A course that is counted towards a thematic track may not simultaneously count toward an area concentration.
  • Culminating Experience. Students must enroll in a seminar either semester of the senior year. This seminar, taught by international relations faculty and enrolled in by international relations students, will serve as the College Core Curriculum's Culminating Experience requirement. These courses will be taught as W2s and will develop skills in writing, speaking, and information literacy. IR seminars that are Culminating Experiences are designated by IREL 4XX course number.

There are three additional requirements and rules for the international relations major as stipulated below:

  • Of the 11 courses recorded for the major, no more than six courses may be taken from one department.
  • No more than two off-campus courses will count toward the major per semester of study abroad. Students studying abroad for one semester may count two courses toward the major. Students studying abroad for a full year may count four courses towards the major.
  • Competence must be demonstrated in a foreign language compatible withthe area concentration, normally by successfully completing a one-credit fifth-semester equivalent course on the culture or society of a country or region. The language(s) appropriate to each area concentration, and the Bucknell equivalent levels that are required to satisfy the major's language requirement, are noted in the area concentration course list. International students whose native language is not English are exempted, in consultation with the department chair, from the language requirement if they select an area concentration suitable for the native language.

One semester of study abroad is strongly recommended in a country within the area concentration and where the language being used for the language requirement is spoken or in a study abroad program compatible with the selected thematic track. Off-campus study in Washington, D.C., including the Washington Semester or Washington Center, also is recommended, but not as highly as overseas study. Students should contact the Office of International Education for information about off-campus study.

The department encourages students to pursue summer internships in positions related to international relations. Students have interned in embassies abroad, as well as in government agencies in Washington, D.C. Students with high grade point averages or a scholarly bent are encouraged to apply for honors in international relations or to conduct research with a faculty member. Students planning to pursue graduate study in international relations should consider taking a course in statistics, computer science, and microeconomics and macroeconomics.

The international relations minor consists of a minimum of five courses. Two courses are required for the minor:

  • POLS 170 International Politics and
  • ECON 227 International Economics or IREL 277 International Political Economy (crosslisted as POLS 277)

The remaining three courses will come either from the course lists for one of the five area concentrations (Africa, Asia, Europe, Russia and Eurasia, Latin America/Caribbean or Middle East) or from the course lists of one of the three thematic tracks (Development and Sustainability; Foreign Policy and Diplomacy; or Global Governance and Conflict Resolution). Students who choose to complete their international relations minor through an area concentration are encouraged to take one of the designated history courses. Students who choose to complete their international relations minor through a thematic track are encouraged to take the appropriate core course. Students minoring in international relations are strongly encouraged, but not required, to develop competence in a suitable language.

For additional information, students are encouraged to visit the Department of International Relations website at www.bucknell.edu/InternationalRelations where students can find, among other things, recommended sequences for students pursuing a major in international relations.

Area concentration course list:

  • Africa: ECON 224 African Political Economy, ECON 235 African Economic Development, FREN 336 Francophone Africa, GEOG 236 Third World Development, HIST 290 European Imperialism and Colonialism*, HIST 291 African History I*, HIST 292 African History II*, HIST 299 Topics in Non-western History* - when relevant, HIST 390 African History*, IREL 235 Modern Africa, POLS 211 Third World Politics, SOCI 213 Race in Historical and Comparative Perspective, SOCI 310 The Sociology of Developing Societies. Language competency: French 150 or Arabic 201 and 202 taken at Bucknell or equivalent taken elsewhere.
  • Asia: EAST/ECON 274 The Greater Chinese Economy, EAST/ECON 278 Asian Economic Development, EAST/ECON 340 Comparative Pacific Basin Economies, EAST 234/HIST 294 China Since 1800*, EAST 255/HIST 296 Modern Japanese History*, EAST 267/HIST 297 The People's Republic of China*, IREL 225 Chinese Politics, IREL 226 East Asian Politics, IREL 283 East Asian International Relations, RELI 200/ EAST 251 Buddhism, RELI 202 Hinduism, RELI 245/EAST 252 Religions of China, RELI 246/EAST 253 Religions of Japan. Language competency: Chinese 201 or Japanese 201 taken at Bucknell or equivalent taken elsewhere.
  • Europe, Eurasia and Russia: ECON 277 The French Economy - open only to Bucknell en France students, ECON 305 Comparative Economic Systems, ECON 324 European Economic History*, FREN 270 La France actuelle, FREN 370 Topics in Civilization, GEOG 214 Europe in the Age of Globalization, GRMN 270 The Bourgeois Era: 19th-century Germany, GRMN 272 Modern German Culture - when relevant, GRMN 295 Topics in German Studies - when relevant, GRMN 393 Advanced Seminar in Selected Cultural Topics - when relevant, HIST 233 European State Systems*, HIST 236 Nineteenth-century Europe*, HIST 239 Contemporary Europe 1890-1995*, HIST 248 Topics in Russian History*, HIST 290 European Imperialism and Colonialism*, HIST 330 European History* - when relevant, IREL 218 International Relations of Europe, IREL 245 Race, Nation-state and International Relations*, ITAL 295 Topics in Italian Studies - when relevant, POLS 210 Political Theory*, POLS 222 Russian Politics*, POLS 223 European Politics, POLS 288 French Foreign Policy Since 1945 - open only to Bucknell en France students, RUSS 302 Twentieth-century Russian Culture and Civilization, SPAN 270 Spanish Civilization, SPAN 295 Topics in Spanish - when relevant. Language competency: French 150, German 204, Italian 205, Russian 201, or Spanish 207 taken at Bucknell or equivalent taken elsewhere.
  • Latin America and Caribbean: ECON 266 Political Economy of the Caribbean, ECON 276 Latin American Economic Development, ECON 338 Seminar in International Economics - when relevant, ENGL 397 Seminar in Special Topics - when relevant, GEOG 236 Third World Development, GEOG 237 Bucknell in Nicaragua Grassroots Development, GEOG 309 Topics in Advanced Economic Geography, HIST 282 Modern Latin America*, HIST 311 The United States and Latin America: 1945 to the Present*, IREL 285 The International Relations of Latin America in the 21st Century, IREL 400 Latin American Economic Transition, LAMS 150 Latin America: Challenges for the 21st Century, LAMS 297 Latin American History*, LAMS 365 Seminar in Latin American Studies, POLS 211 Third World Politics, POLS 219 Latin American Politics, POLS 285 The International Relations of Latin America in the 21st Century, POLS 350 Seminar in Comparative Politics - when relevant, SOCI 213 Race in Historical and Comparative Perspective, SOCI 245 Remaking America: Latin American Immigration, SOCI 290 Sociology of Caribbean Society, SOCI 310 The Sociology of Developing Societies, SOCI 354 Sociology of Latin America, SPAN 264 Hispanic Topics - when relevant, SPAN 280 Latin American Cultural Tradition. Language competency: Spanish 207 taken at Bucknell or equivalent taken elsewhere.
  • Middle East: HIST 290 European Imperialism and Colonialism*, POLS 224 Government and Politics of the Middle East*, POLS 287 United States and the Middle East*, POLS 289 Arab-Israeli Conflict, POLS 381 Arab-Israeli Conflict, Peace Process, RELI 201 Islam, RELI 209 Israel: Land, People, Tradition*, RELI 210 Judaism. Language competency: Arabic 201 and 202 taken at Bucknell or equivalent taken elsewhere.

International Relations Thematic Track Lists

  • Development and Sustainability: Core Course: IREL 252 The Political Economy of Global Resources
    ANTH 251 Women and Development, ECON 235 African Economic Development, ECON 276 Latin American Economic Development, ECON 278 Asian Economic Development, ECON 339 China and the World Economy, ECON 340 Comparative Pacific Basin Economies, ECON 357 Economic Development, ENST 215 Environmental Planning, ENST 226 Water Politics and Polities, ENST 245 Environmental Politics and Policy, ENST 255 Environmental Justice, ENST 325 Nature, Wealth, and Power, ENST 393 International Environmental Aid, GEOG 209 Economic Geography, GEOG 236 Third World Development, GEOG 237 Bucknell in Nicaragua Grassroots Development, GEOG 257 Global Environmental Change, GEOG 312 Geographies of Health, GEOG 345 Food and the Environment, IREL 235 Modern Africa, IREL 240 Human Security, IREL 270 Global Governance of Climate Change, POLS 393 International Environmental Aid.
  • Foreign Policy and Diplomacy: Core Course: IREL 276 Comparative Foreign Policy
    EAST 248 International Relations of East Asia, ECON 318 American Economic History, ECON 339 China and the World Economy, GEOG 211 Political Geography, HIST 214 US in the World, Post-1945, HIST 233 European State System, HIST 287 Perspectives: The Vietnam War, HIST 290 European Imperialism and Colonialism, HIST 311 U.S. History Since 1865: Foreign Relations, IREL 216 Borders, Traffic, Statelessness, IREL 218 International Relations of Europe, IREL 231 Conflict Resolution, IREL 240 Human Security, IREL 260 Humanitarianism, IREL 275 Global Governance, IREL 280 Terrorism, IREL 390 American Global Strategy, POLS 271 American Foreign Policy, POLS 272 U.S. National Security Policy, POLS 273 The Atlantic Alliance, POLS 280 War, POLS 287 United States and the Middle East, POLS 288 French Foreign Policy, POLS 289 Arab-Israeli Conflict, POLS 380 Political Science Seminar - when relevant, POLS 381 Arab-Israeli Conflict, Peace Process.
  • Global Governance and Conflict Resolution: Core Course: IREL 275 Global Governance
    IREL 200 United Nations in the 21st Century, IREL 216 Borders, Traffic, Statelessness, IREL 218 International Relations of Europe, IREL 229 Middle East Conflict and Revolution, IREL 231 Conflict Resolution, IREL 240 Human Security, IREL 255 International Law, IREL 260 Humanitarianism, IREL 270 Global Governance of Climate Change, IREL 277 International Political Economy, IREL 280 Terrorism, IREL/POLS 286 Nonstate Actors in International Relations, IREL 308 Gender in International Relations, IREL 390 American Global Strategy, POLS 273 The Atlantic Alliance, POLS 280 War, POLS 281 Peace Studies, POLS 289 Arab-Israeli Conflict, POLS 381 Arab-Israeli Conflict, Peace Process, PSYC 330 Sectarian Conflict in Northern Ireland, SOCI 235 Nongovernmental Organizations, SOCI 409 How Holocausts Happen.

*These courses satisfy the history requirement.

Culminating Experience: courses that have IREL 4XX designation (see below).

 

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