The International Relations major emphasizes the understanding of global issues and world cultures, and traces the political, social, ideological, and economic history of the world. This major addresses the idea of globalization as well as the challenges and opportunities present in a closely integrated world. Students graduating with a major in International Relations will be able to:
- Understand the major analytical perspectives and key concepts used by scholars to study international relations;
- Use the theoretical literature to analyze global issues and problems; and
- Engage in a discussion of the complex issues and developments that drive and define contemporary global politics.
Requirements for Graduation:
To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in International Relations must complete a minimum of 120 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete a First Year Seminar, Foundations (FCO 103 will be a required co-requisite with FCO 105 for students who have a high school GPA below 3.20), Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation. Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation.
In addition, students majoring in International Relations must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in the course requirements of the major and earn a grade of 2.0 or higher in all international relations core, political science electives, and support courses. International Relations majors must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at the intermediate level.