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Academic Year

2013-2014

School

School of Humanities and Social Science School Web site

School Dean

Janet Dizinno, Ph.D. hssdean@stmarytx.edu

Department

International Relations

Department Chair

Amber Aubone aaubone@stmarytx.edu

Description of Program/Major

The undergraduate international relations program at St. Mary's University is an interdisciplinary degree that combines economics, international business, political science and history. The degree provides a broad understanding of world affairs and competence for entry-level positions in the field. It also is suitable for entrance into law school and graduate school.

The international relations major prepares students for careers in foreign service as well as international, legal, public service, non-governmental or military careers. Students who want a broad understanding of world affairs would enjoy this major. The program is also a common choice for students seeking military careers or experience in the Foreign Service, or those interested in international business or non-profit developmental work.

The remainder of the student's courses may be used to fulfill a minor or double major or to explore areas of interest. IR majors who wish to take a second major in Economics, History or Political Science must fulfill all the requirements of that Department for their major. No more than 6 hours may be applied to both majors.

Students who major in EC, HS or PO, and minoring in IR, may not use any courses to fulfill the requirements of both the major and the minor. In some cases, MOS students minoring in IR may receive additional IR internship credit for their MOS internship.

Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum (SMC)
St. Mary's University Core (30 Hours)
All St. Mary's Core SMC13## "Reflection" courses must be completed before registering for SMC23## "Practice" courses. "Reflection" courses can be taken in any order followed by "Practice" courses in any order.
SMC 1301Foundations of Civilization3
SMC 1311Foundations of Reflection: Self3
SMC 1312Foundations of Reflection: Nature3
SMC 1313Foundations of Reflection: Others3
SMC 1314Foundations of Reflection: God3
SMC 2301Foundations of Practice: Ethics3
SMC 2302Foundations of Practice: Civic Engagement and Social Action3
SMC 2303Foundations of Practice: Fine Arts and Creative Process3
SMC 2304Foundations of Practice: Literature3
SMC 4301Capstone Seminar: Prospects for Community and Civilization3

School Specific Core (SSC)
School of Humanities and Social Sciences School Specific Core (30 Hours)

SpeechSE 1321 (for international students), SE 1341, SE 2333, SE 33913
Composition and Rhetoric (grade of "C" or better)EN 1311, EN 1313 (for international students)3
Mathematics MT 1301, MT 1302, MT 1303, MT 1305, MT 1306, MT 1411, MT 24123
Foreign LanguagesSix hours at the sophomore level (2311, 2312) in a Foreign Language previously studied for a minimum of one year;
Or, 6 hours of introductory level (1311, 1312) in a Foreign Language not previously studied;
Or, 12 hours of CLEP credit for a language previously studied.
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HistoryHS 1302, HS 1303, HS 1352, HS 33123
ScienceBL 1301, BL 1302, BL 3311, BL 3312, CH 1303, CH 1304, CH 1401, CH 1402, EG 2300, ES 1300, ES 1303, ES 1304, ES 1373, PY 1300, PY 1310, PY 1401, PY 14023
TheologyAdvanced Theology 33XX, HU 33033
Fine ArtsAR, DM, MU3
LiteratureEN 23XX3

Four Year Degree Plan

Department Courses and Descriptions

Department Courses and Descriptions
IR 3110
Current Problems in Int'l Rela (1)
A lecture and seminar program analyzing current issues in international affairs, with topics changing every semester.

IR 3210
Current Problems in Int'l Rela (2)
A lecture and seminar program analyzing current issues in international affairs, with topics changing every semester.

IR 3310
Ethical Issues in IR (3)
A lecture and seminar program analyzing current issues in international affairs, with topics changing every semester.

IR 3351
World Religions (3)
A study of the major world religions, their belief systems and their impact on social, economic, political and cultural development. Emphasis will be placed on Christianity (Western and Eastern), Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and primal religions.

IR 4301
Special Topics in Int'l Relati (3)
Perspectives on cultural aspects of international relations; area studies; or special topics in international relations. May be taken twice with a different topic. The specific topic will be recorded on the transcript.

IR 5198
Directed Reading & Research (1)
Special studies designed for selected undergraduate students with permission of instructor and chairperson. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

IR 5298
Directed Reading & Research (2)
Special studies designed for selected undergraduate students with permission of instructor and chairperson. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

IR 5301
Int'l Relations Internship (3)
Experience-based learning in an applied setting with a government or private agency involved substantially in international affairs.

IR 5398
Directed Reading & Research (3)
Special studies designed for selected undergraduate students with permission of instructor and chairperson. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

IR 5399
Senior Colloquium (3)
A capstone course for IR majors, bringing together theory, research and ethical issues in International Relations. A series of major themes from Economics, History and Political Science will be reviewed, and will constitute a comprehensive examination for the degree.

IR 5601
Int'l Relations Internship (6)
Experience-based learning in an applied setting with a government or private agency involved substantially in international affairs.

Department Faculty

International Relations Faculty Website

Department Website

International Relations Website