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International Relations Program Courses

Brief Description

ACT’s renowned BA in IR features a dynamic contemporary student-centered civic education. It trains youth for leadership roles in regional and international affairs and contributes meaningfully through academic instruction, applied research, and professional outreach, The program of studies is particularly strong in American and EU politics, international law and organizations, gender, globalization, and contemporary Balkan and Aegean affairs.

Students majoring in IR have ample opportunities to interact directly with senior practitioners in public affairs under the auspices of the Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service and the Lucy Center for Balkan Studies. Our graduates have had outstanding success in post-graduate study, gaining admission to the most prestigious European and American universities, and experiencing success at the highest levels of professional life.

Degree Requirements

In order to receive the BA degree, the student must have fulfilled all the GER and major requirements and have completed at least 121 US credit hours with an overall G.PA of 2.0 or better. All IR students take a two-semester sequence Senior Thesis I and II course. According to NEASC Standards, students must complete at least one fourth of their undergraduate program, including advanced work in the major or concentration, at the institution awarding the degree. As a consequence, all candidates for an ACT degree must have been in residence at the College during the last two semesters of full time instruction, assuming availability and equivalency of transferable courses.

Open University degree structure

The program in International Relations is currently validated by Open University: under this scheme, 24 are out of the 40 courses required for a Bachelor’s degree are validated by Open University. Students must necessarily take the fourth year courses at ACT. Successful students will receive a Bachelor’s degree from Open University in addition to the ACT degree for a single course of studies by meeting the following common set of requirements (in addition to meeting General Education Requirements)—courses highlighted in bold are validated by Open University.

Major Requirements

  • Politics 201 International Relations (OU)
  • Politics 202 Political Theory (OU)
  • Politics 231 International Law (OU)
  • Politics 232 International Organizations and Institutions (OU)
  • Politics 249 Politics of International Economic Relations (OU)
  • Politics 301 War, Genocide, and Peace in the Modern World (OU)
  • Politics 350-351 Senior Thesis (2 course sequence)--OU
  • European Studies 210 Foundations of European Integration (OU)
  • History 201 Women in Modern Times (OU)
  • History 221 Global Modernities: World History Since 1900 (OU)
  • History 245 Foreign Policy of the USA (OU)
  • Social Science 210 Introduction to Global Studies and Human Geographies (OU)
  • Politics 349 Contemporary Globalization (OU)
  • Economics 101 Introductory Macroeconomics (OU)
  • Economics 102 Introductory Microeconomics (OU)
  • English 250 Advanced Writing and Professional Communication (OU)
  • Communication 327 Communication Research Methods (OU)

Two 200-level IR electives (Level 5) selected among the following:

  • History 231 Modern Greek History (OU)
  • Humanities 221 Film in History, History in Film (OU)
  • Humanities 246 Introduction to American Cultural Studies (OU)
  • Politics 207 The Modern Greek Nation State (OU)
  • Politics 221 The Balkans in Contemporary International Relations (OU)
  • Politics 229 US Federal Government (OU)
  • Social Science 215 Studies in Media and Contemporary Society (OU)
  • Social Science 228 Society and Culture: Theory, Texts, and Practices (OU)
  • European Studies 212 The Political Economy of European Integration (OU)

Four 300-level IR electives (Level 6) selected among the following:

  • History 331 Topics in Modern Greek History (OU)
  • Politics 304 Women, Power, and Politics (OU)
  • Politics 305 Gender and International Development (OU)
  • Politics 321 US Policy in Southeast Europe (OU)
  • Politics 332 Human Rights (OU)
  • Politics 333 Diplomacy and Negotiation (OU)
  • Politics 334: Global Security Challenges and International Law (OU)
  • European Studies 311 The Idea of Europe (OU)
  • European Studies 351 European Environmental Governance (OU)
  • Anthropology 349 Intercultural Communication in Theory and Practice (OU)

Other Degree Requirements

  • Three free electives (to be chosen in consent with an academic advisor)

Cross-listed business courses from the OU-validated BS degree programs in Business Administration, may be taken as IR electives with permission of academic advisor:

  • Management 218 International Business (OU)
  • Economics 232 International Economics (OU)
  • Finance 210 Banking and Finance (OU)
  • Marketing 318 Global Marketing (OU)

Suggested Program of Studies

Year One

  • English 101
  • Math 100
  • Philosophy 101
  • History 120
  • Politics 101
  • English 102
  • CS 101
  • Anthropology 101, Psychology 101 or 204, or Sociology 101
  • Social Science 210 (OU)
  • Politics 201 (OU)

Year Two (Level 4)

  • English 203
  • Economics 101(OU)
  • English 120, Art 120 or Art 121, or Music 120
  • Politics 231 (OU)
  • Free Elective
  • English 250 (OU)
  • Economics 102 (OU)
  • History 201 (OU)
  • European Studies 210 (OU)
  • Science GER

Year Three (Level 5)

  • History 245 (OU)
  • Politics 232 (OU)
  • Politics 202 (OU)
  • IR Elective (200-level)(OU)
  • Philosophy 203
  • History 221 (OU)
  • Politics 249 (OU)
  • Communication 327 (OU)
  • IR Elective (200-level )
  • Free Elective

Year Four (Level 6)

  • Social Science 349 (OU)
  • Politics 350 (Senior Thesis I)(OU)
  • IR Elective (300-level)(OU)
  • IR Elective (300-level )(OU)
  • Statistics 205
  • Politics 301 (OU)
  • Politics 351 (Senior Thesis II)(OU)
  • IR Elective (300-level )(OU)
  • IR Elective (300-level )(OU)
  • Free Elective

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