International Affairs, B.A.

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Major

The Core Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills and introduce students to basic domains of thinking that transcend disciplines. The Core applies to all majors. Information on specific classes in the Core can be found at https://www.marshall.edu/gened/.

Core Curriculum
Core 1: Critcal Thinking
FYS 100First Yr Sem Critical Thinking3
MTH 121 Bison image Concepts and Applications (CT)3
HST 103 Bison image The World Since 1850 (CT)3
Core 2
ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition3
ENG 201 Bison image Advanced Composition3
CMM 103 Bison image Fund Speech-Communication3
MTH 121 Bison image  Cap graduation image Concepts and Applications (CT)3
Core II Natural/Physical Science4
Core II Humanities3
HST 103 Bison image The World Since 1850 (CT) (Core II Social Science) (I)3
Core II Fine Arts3
Additional University Requirements
Writing Intensive (COLA Literature)3
Writing Intensive (COLA Literature)3
HST 103 Bison image The World Since 1850 (CT) (Multicultural/International)3
INT 499 Bison image Senior Seminar (Capstone)3
College-Specific
Foreign Language 1013
Foreign Language 1023
Foreign Language 2033
Foreign Language 2043
COLA Literature (WI)3
COLA Literature (WI)3
COLA Humanities3
COLA Social Science3
COLA Social Science3
COLA Natural/Physical Science4
PSC 209 Bison image Fund Internatl Relations (CT) (COLA International)3
COLA Multicultural3
Major-Specific
Geography Elective - See options below
HST 103 Bison image The World Since 1850 (CT) (I)3
History Elective6
The student will concentrate on a single foreign language. A minimum of six hours beyond the 204 level is required, including at least one conversation and/or composition course of the following:6
Intro to FRN Comp & Conv
Advanced Grammar, Conv, Comp.
and Advanced Grammar & Conv & Comp
Japanese Conversation
Intro to SPN Conversation I
and Intro To SPN Conversation II
PSC 207 Bison image Comparative Politics (CT)3
PSC 209 Bison image  Cap graduation image Fund Internatl Relations (CT)3
PSC 406 Bison image International Relations3
PSC 412International Political Econ3
Political Science Elective - See options below3
International Affairs Elective - See options below6
INT 499 Bison image Senior Seminar3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3

Major Information

  • The total number of free electives will depend on the amount of double and triple counting of requirements.
  • See course attributes each semester for courses that meet multiple requirements.
  • Questions about requirements should be directed to the College of Liberal Arts (304-696-2350). Core II and COLA requirements may not be double counted.
  • Forty-eight credit hours (sixteen 3-hour courses) must be at the 300/400 level.
  • Students must earn a C or better in ENG 201 Advanced Composition and all foreign language courses.
  • Minimum of 120 hours to graduate.
  • The student will concentrate on a single foreign language. A minimum of six hours beyond the 204 level is required, including at least one conversation and/or composition course (FRN 305/306, GER 315/316, JPN 307, SPN 305/306).
  • HST Elective may be met by taking six hours from the following: HST 206, 208, 223, 265, 231, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 311, 313, 361, 378, 392, 404, 405, 423, 425, 426, 428, 430, 434, 435, 436, 439, 442, 445, 446, 449, or 458.
  • PSC Elective may be met by taking one of the following: PSC 403, 405, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 415, 416, 420, 422, 423, 424, 428, 429, 431, 434, 444, 04 478.
  • IA Electives (choose 6 additional hours) ANT 201, ANT 440, ANT 441, ANT 465, ANT 468, ECN 408, ECN 420, ECN 421, ECN 460, PSC 403, PSC 405, PSC 407, PSC 408, PSC 409, PSC 410, PSC 411, PSC 415, PSC 416, PSC 420, PSC 422, PSC 423, PSC 424, PSC 428, PSC 429, PSC 431, PSC 434, PSC 444, PSC 478, HST 206, HST 208, HST 223, HST 231, HST 265, HST 301, HST 302, HST 303, HST 304, HST 305, HST 306, HST 307, HST 311, HST 313, HST 361, HST 378, HST 392, HST 404, HST 405, HST 423, HST 425, HST 426, HST 428, HST 430, HST 434, HST 435, HST 436, HST 439, HST 442, HST 445, HST 446, HST 449, HST 458, GEO 100, GEO 222, GEO 317, GEO 404, GEO 406, GEO 408, GEO 422.
  • GEO Elective may be met by taking one of the following: GEO 100, GEO 222, GEO 317, GEO 404, GEO 406, GEO 408, or GEO 422.

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Four Year Plan

International Relations is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major focusing on the changing political, economic and cultural relations within the international system of the modern era. The program explores how global, regional, and domestic factors influence relations between actors on the world stage. Students are equipped with both the foundational skills and specific knowledge necessary to analyze the choices and challenges that arise in this arena.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
CMM 103 Bison image Fund Speech-Communication 3
ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition 3
FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking 3
HST 103 Bison image The World Since 1850 (CT) (Core II Social Science) (I) 3
Core II Fine Arts 3
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ENG 201 Bison image Advanced Composition 3
Core II Physical/Natural Science 4
MTH 121 Bison image  Cap graduation image Concepts and Applications (CT) 3
COLA Social Science 3
Core II Humanities 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Year
First Semester
PSC 207 Bison image Comparative Politics (CT) (COLA Social Science) 3
Foreign Language 101 3
PSC 209 Bison image  Cap graduation image Fund Internatl Relations (CT) (COLA International) 3
COLA Social Science 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
Foreign Language 102 3
COLA Physical/Natural Science 4
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours13
Third Year
First Semester
COLA Literature (WI) 3
COLA Multicultural 3
Foreign Language 203 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
History Elective 3
Foreign Language 204 3
PSC Elective 3
International Affairs Elective 3
Geography Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
First Semester
PSC 406 Bison image International Relations 3
PSC 412 International Political Econ 3
COLA Literature (WI) 3
Foreign Language above 204 3
International Affairs Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
INT 499 Bison image Senior Seminar (Capstone) 3
Foreign Language above 204 3
COLA Humanities 3
HST History Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120