College of Arts & Sciences
Department and Program Learning Objectives

Majors in International Relations will be able to:

Understand the major concepts of international relations, including: power, the international system, balance of power, hegemony, conflict, cooperation, integration, globalization, interdependence, dependence, regimes, globalization, equality, justice, sustainability, and international political economy. (1,2,3,4,6,7,9)

Understand and critically evaluate the theories and approaches to international relations, including realism, liberalism, classical and neo-Marxism, Neo-Gramscian, critical, post-modernist, post-colonial, sexuality and feminist. (1,2,3,4,6,7,9)

Identify the key actors in international relations—including states, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, transnational corporations, global civil society, and individuals—and understand how these actors interact to give substance to international relations. (1,2,3,4,6,7,9)

Demonstrate a knowledge of the key dimensions, events and processes of international relations within their historic context, such as: the formation of the modern state system, the Treaty of Westphalia, the evolution of global capitalism, the origins of the Cold War, the shift to the post-Cold War system, the role of race, gender and class in the structure of the modern world system, major conflicts, such as the world wars, US intervention in various places in the world, ascendant conflicts, the features and effects of globalizing market capitalism, growing environmental problems, and human rights. (1,2,3,4,6,7,9)

Demonstrate knowledge of the multi-disciplinary nature of international relations by establishing connections with the disciplines that have shaped and continue to influence international relations:  politics, economics, society, culture, history, language, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. (1,2,3,4,6,7,9)

Demonstrate skills of critical analysis and written and oral communication, including the ability to:

Read and reflect on disciplinary materials and literature carefully, critically, and insightfully;
Write well-organized, informed, logically argued, clear, persuasive, and stylistically correct essays and papers;
Participate actively in class discussions, verbally expressing ideas clearly, logically and persuasively. (1,2,4,6,7,8)

Work effectively in teams and project groups. (1,2,3,4,6,7,9)

Demonstrate proficiency in speaking a second language and experiential contact with other cultures. (2,3,4,5,9)

Numbers in parentheses reflect related Educational Goals.


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