Students must earn a total of 120 college credit hours to receive this degree. Of these credit hours, 60 credits are core courses, 42 general education credits, and 18 elective credits. Students must meet their core requirements as well as their general education requirements.
In addition, students must meet the following criteria:
- Students enrolled in the undergraduate program must maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 to qualify for the BA degree, to remain in good standing, and to graduate.
- The Maximum Time Frame (MTF) for completion of the BA program is 180 credits.
- An undergraduate student may transfer up to 60 credit hours earned at accredited institutions.
- No degree credit is received by an undergraduate for any failing grade (a grade less than D, or 1.00 out of 4.00 grade points)
POLITICAL SCIENCE & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS CORE REQUIREMENTS (20 Courses)
Law & Ethics
This course presents an overview of legal and ethical issues facing managers. It provides students with a foundation of law and ethics and reviews a wide variety of legal and ethical situations and dilemmas. The goals are to provide students with practical knowledge of laws and ethics and their application in the real world of Business, International Affairs and Information Management. By the end of the course, students will have been exposed to many management ideas, theories and applications of law and ethics. Students will have a working knowledge of pertinent law and ethical procedures and how to apply them in Business, International Affairs and Information Management.
Introduction to Microeconomics
Macroeconomics deals with the total of all economic activity within a nation. This course examines such issues as economic growth, inflation, unemployment, savings, and investment to understand how these factors interact to impact the business cycle and overall national income.
Introduction to Macroeconomics
Macroeconomics deals with the total of all economic activity within a nation. This course examines such issues as economic growth, inflation, unemployment, savings, and investment to understand how these factors interact to impact the business cycle and overall national income.
This course presents the theories and methodologies of studying the political economy alongside descriptions of relevant institutions. This course helps students understand and analyze the characteristics of domestic and global businesses, government policies, and inter-state relations and their effects on individuals, societies, and environments. The course will focus on the contemporary structure of the political economy and will discuss controversial topics, including different theories about optimal economic andsocial development in both mature and emerging economies.
Globalization and the World Economy
Globalization - the interconnection of national economies - is a major force in the 21st century. This course examines the impact of globalization on various nations and the economic, social, and political dislocations. With an understanding of the mechanisms of globalization, the course will explore policies put forward to deal with those dislocations and evaluate the probability of their successes.
Technical Writing and Presentation Skills for Political Science and International Relations
Communication is a major responsibility of political scientists. Whether it is writing an opinion piece for a newspaper or an academic article for a journal, or appearing on television to analyze current events. Their internal memos and reports have a significant impact on determining the direction of their organizations. This course is designed to familiarize students with the current communication trends in all of those areas. Students will have the opportunity to develop their communication skills by learning the jargon of the discipline, focusing on real-world topics, videoing their presentations, and having their work product reviewed by peers.
Diplomacy is concerned with the management of relations between states and other actors. Though diplomacy is often thought as being concerned with peaceful activities, it may occur within war or armed conflict. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the diplomatic history by giving also a worldview on wars and conflicts. The course covers major world wars and international relations, starting at the turn of the 20th century and ending in present day. In this course, students will consider topics such as the World Wars, decolonization, the rise of communism, and the Cold War. This course introduces the background for the unfolding of the diplomatic history of the 21st century.
United States Foreign Policy
This course will take a close look at United States foreign policy since 9/11. It will examine the United States’ attitudes toward the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America, and the efforts it has made in diplomacy and through direct and proxy military engagement in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and elsewhere. The course will also cover the role of the US in shaping global policies toward issues like terrorism, climate change, human rights (including women’s rights and LGBT rights), illicit drug production and trades, free trade, the democratization of foreign states, and peacekeeping efforts. Students will also analyze major multilateral agreements made by the US, UN, NATO, and other nations and international organizations, such as the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal and the 2016 Paris Climate Accord. Finally, students will gain an understanding of the transformation and continuity of foreign policy during the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations. This course will include field trips to the US Department of State and other locations in the Washington, D.C. area.
This course serves as an introduction to international organizations. Understanding international organizations is essential to understanding the complex interdependence of world politics. After completing this course students will be able to: define and classify international organizations; recognize the fundamental theoretical approaches concerning the roles of international organizations in international politics; understand the historical and intellectual roots of the League of Nations and United Nations; and understand the basic organs, functions and roles of other significant international organizations, including the EU and NATO.
International Crisis Diplomacy
This course will focus on the methods of crisis diplomacy by taking a close look at specific examples in the Middle East, Central America, and Southeast Asia. These crises might include political crises, terrorism, natural disasters, and economic crises. Students will learn about the practices of mitigating crises, preventing potential crises, and handling crisis aftermath through case studies, and will also learn about the potential roles of governments, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations in handling these situations. For the final exam, students will undertake a simulation to handle an international crisis.
This course will introduce students to the main theories of international relations and facilitate students’ critical applications of these theories to a range of substantive issue areas. After completing this course students will understand key concepts, theories, and empirical trends in IR. The ‘map of the modern world’ component will ensure that students will learn political geography, including the location and capital cities of all countries of the world, and display cognizance of outstanding political/territorial disagreements and other controversies between states
Global Public Health
This course introduces students to the role that public health plays in international affairs. Students will examine contemporary global health concerns and how these global health concerns affect society and politics, including infectious disease, obesity and hunger, women’s reproductive health, access to medical care, and environmental factors. The course will then move on to discuss successful and unsuccessful attempts to solve these public health issues through diplomacy, foreign aid, and through the efforts of international organizations. Finally, students will conduct a research project on one particular global health issue and will propose a solution to that problem.
Gender, Development, and Globalization
This course introduces major issues facing women and men around the world who are marginalized by inequitable structures and processes of globalization. Students will investigate case studies within the context of international development, drawing particularly on concepts regarding gender and development and critical globalization. Students will develop valuable social science research skills and will discuss and debate critical issues. Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to: analyze and describe dynamic relationships among global and local economies and socio-cultural processes; identify and describe processes and relationships that produce gender-based inequalities; apply key concepts in the fields of international development and gender and development; and utilize qualitative social science research methodologies.
Introduction to International Human Rights
This course will explore the philosophical and political meaning of fundamental human rights. It will analyze cases of human rights violations--such as jailing of journalists, dissidents and opposition leaders; genocide in the Holocaust, Rwanda, Kosovo, and Cambodia; the use and abuse of the death penalty; female genital mutilation; violations of workers’ rights; and torture. It will also examine the role that states, international organizations, international tribunals, and individuals can play in ending human rights abuses. Course readings may include contemporary theories of human rights and case studies on the enforcement of rights around the world.
International Development and Emerging Markets
This course introduces the fundamentals of international development and analyzes the global environments in which this pursuit is conducted. It explores the history, evolving definitions, theories, management, and synergies of international development. This course describes the major international donors, bilateral and multilateral and their development strategies, budgets and goals. The course also explores tools of information, policy, and sustainability. Additionally, an overview of legal, ethical, and cultural competency issues in international development are provided.
World Politics and World Order
This course will familiarize students with some of the major theoretical issues in the study of international security, and some of the central challenges shaping current debates about security and the use of force. War and conflict have been central to international politics throughout history. The study of security investigates causes of war, strategies for avoiding conflict, and the impact of new technologies, actors, and ideas on calculations about the use of force. This course will also consider how international law has dealt with the legality of the use of force to settle international disputes. This course will give students a solid grounding in current theoretical issues and security challenges in the international arena. It will encourage them to think about how an understanding of these issues can help them address existing security problems affecting the world community.
An Introduction to Politics and Political Science
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts and theories of political science. It begins with discussions of individual and human nature and elaborates on state and society. Some of the central themes of the course are: human nature and the individual, the social contract, sovereignty, authority, public opinion, elections, electoral systems, legislatures, executives, judiciaries, political violence, terrorism, and international relations.
Government and Politics of the United States
This course will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. It requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute US politics. Students will study the following topics: the United States Constitution; political ideologies, beliefs, and behaviors; the birth and organization of political parties; interest groups; mass media; the structure and institutions of national government, state governments, and local governments; public policy; and civil rights and civil liberties.
Comparative Politics of Industrialized Societies
This course provides a systematic study and comparison of political system, with emphasis on recent trends in world politics. This course will introduce the basic concepts of comparative politics, examine liberal and illiberal regimes, and compare the governmental systems of developing, industrial, and postindustrial societies. Students will learn to identify the strengths and weaknesses of parliamentary and presidential systems of government, and of centralized, devolved, and federal state systems. We will also consider a variety of electoral systems.
POLITICAL SCIENCE & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS ELECTIVES (6 Courses)
Transnational corporations, which have their headquarters in one country but operate out of multiple, have been a staple of the global economy since the East India Companies of the seventeenth century. This course will consider the role of transnational corporations, such as Coca Cola, Walmart, Toyota, and others, in the modern global economy. It will also examine the political and social influence of corporations like United Fruit, which acted as agents of foreign powers.
U.S. and Europe
This class will examine the modern diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and Europe since the Cold War. In particular, it will consider the influence of NATO, the EU, the former Soviet Union, and the socalled “special relationship” between the US and the UK. Students will gain an understanding of the contemporary dynamics of these relationships and what predictions analysts make for the future.
U.S. and the Middle East
The Middle East is one of the most important centers of global conflict and diplomatic efforts today. Students will first gain an understanding of the major religious, political, and social events in the Middle East since the early 1900s that have led to contemporary conflict, including foreign imperialism, differing views of Islam, and the creation of the State of Israel. Next, students will learn about how the United States has interacted with Middle Eastern countries since the Cold War, with special focus on Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Israel. Students will finally learn about contemporary U.S. policies toward different regions of the Middle East.
U.S. and ASEAN
ASEAN, or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, includes Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar. In this class, students will first learn about politics, economics, and social concerns in these up-and-coming nations, and their relationship with the United States.
U.S. and BRIC
Brazil, Russia, India, and China, or the “BRIC” nations, are four rapidly developing nations with major potential. In this class, students will examine the role of these nations in the modern world economy and will also understand the importance of the fall of Communism in global politics. Students will also look at the relationship of the United States with these countries.
Latin American Politics
In this course, students will examine the comparative politics of Mexico, Cuba, and other Latin American countries as a means of understanding the political issues of South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Students will learn about the political structures of these countries, their economic development, migration, indigenous and women’s rights, public health, Catholicism and evangelism, and other major socio-political concerns of these nations. Finally, students will learn about the roles of Mexico, Cuba, and other Latin American in non-governmental organizations like NAFTA and the UN, and their major foreign policy objectives.
What sorts of transnational security challenges do states face in the information age, and how do they manage these threats? Global threats such as nuclear proliferation, climate change, environmental degradation, refugee streams, or infectious diseases do not stop at national borders. Terrorist and criminal networks not only transcend international borders, but also go beyond traditional state jurisdictions and stove-piped hierarchies. This course will analyze the nature of the challenges and look at the policy, legal, and institutional mechanisms the United States and other countries have found/must find to manage and counter these threats.
Global Immigration and Asylum Policy
According to the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, the 2010s have seen the highest numbers of refugees, displaced people, and stateless people in human history—nearly 80 million people total. Whether driven by climate change, socio-political unrest, economics, or violence, these people universally have to navigate complex systems of immigration and asylum policies worldwide. For lawmakers, the influx of refugees and migrants presents the challenge of enacting swift policies that enforce human rights and transnational security. In this course, students will learn about some of the largest legal and political problems involving migrants and refugees today. In particular, the course will focus on Syrian refugees in the EU and Turkey; South Sudanese and Central African refugees in Uganda and Rwanda; Central American refugees in the US; and Rohingya refugees in Southeast Asia and Australia. Students will learn about the efforts of governments and non-governmental organizationsto create and enact migration and asylumpolicies.
Ideology is one of the most readily employed concepts in political science. Political ideologies originated in the modern era and have shaped our beliefs, values, and understanding of human nature, the organization of social and political institutions, and authority. This course is a survey of major political ideologies. We will examine the core concepts, assumptions, political programs, and historical development of such ideologies as: liberalism, conservatism, nationalism, socialism, communism, and fascism, among others. This course aims to help students think critically about the role ideology plays in informing political debate and assumptions concerning state and society.
U.S. Political History
Students will learn about the political history of the United States. Both domestic and international politics will be covered. Students will understand the events surrounding the creation of the United States and how the United States has maintained its democratic system for more than 200 years. Students will also understand the key events, trends, and leaders that have shaped the United States. It is important for students to understand both the domestic and international history of the United States in order to analyze contemporary world affairs. The United States is an important object of study both because it is one of the world’s most successful democracies and because it is the world’s most powerful nation. World events simply cannot be understood without knowledge of the United States and its history. This course will introduce students to the most important leaders, events, and ideas that have shaped American history and continue to influence the United States today.
Comparative Politics of Transitional Societies
This course examines theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding the process of economic development. Topics include the role of the state in alleviating or exacerbating poverty, the politics of industrial policy and planning, and the relationship between institutional change and growth. How over the past century have some of the world's poorest nations achieved wealth? How have others remained mired in poverty? What are the social consequences of alternative strategies of development? What about the quality of governance? POLS 252 will answer these questions and more.
Political Parties in America
By the end of this course, students will have a deeper appreciation of the main drivers of US politics. They will have a solid understanding of the structure, operation, and definition of the US party system. They will have an appreciation for the historical origins of the two-party system. The course will also include discussions of the role of political parties on the national and state levels, party politics in the South, political machines, ethnic politics, and the national election process.
Environmental politics is a fairly new but quickly growing field as debates about environmental degradation have intensified. Environmentalists are concerned about pollution, conservation, ecosystem destruction, natural resource depletion, and global warming which threaten our planet and future life on earth. State structures, the capitalist world economy, environmental organizations and social movements and their interaction in a global geography all affect the politics of the environment. In other words, these actors on the global scene have differing and often conflicting views on what the problem is and what to do about it. Thus, environmental politics is controversial as well as vital. It is also global in nature as environmental problems recognize no national borders. This course will deal with all of these issues while introducing the students to relevant concepts and debates such as the tragedy of the commons, the global commons, sustainable development, ecological modernization, risk society, deep ecology, North-South issues and ideas of nature and progress.
Political sociology is concerned with, above all, power relations in the social, political, and economic spheres. As such, we deal with different centers of power, both within the national unit and transnationally. This course introduces you to state structures, class structures and global structures. We will cover concepts such as power, representation, association, social capital, citizenship, collective action and issues such as state development, democratization, ‘old’ and ‘new’ social movements, and global networks. Equally crucial to this course is the understanding of interactions between the society and polity.
Definition of the public and non-public, the criteri(on)a which makes an action public or non-public; Definition of the policy, theoretical link between public and policy. From individual decision making to public decision making process, the problem of aggregation in the definition of public. The Coase theorem and related topics, the role of the externality concept in the definition of public, social welfare function and related issues.
Religion and Politics
The aim of this course is to probe the relationship between religion and politics with a view to understand the impact of modernization and industrialization on both. The course is composed of three parts. Part I introduces the major analytical approaches in the sociology of religion. Part II examines manifestations of the resurgence of religion in politics in different regions of the world. Part III. Finally, focuses on Islam and politics, including the case of Turkey.
The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the factors that explain political behavior. The course is composed of three parts: the first part elaborates on the cultural approach to the formation of political interests and identities which shape political behavior; the second one will focus on the different existing theories in political science to explain voting behavior; the last part concentrates on the most significant political institutional determinants of voting behavior – party and electoral systems. The course will also focus on the influence of new social movements on political behavior.
Global Perspectives on Democracy
What is democracy? Why is or is it not valuable? Why does democracy succeed in some countries and not in others? We will consider these and other major questions in POLS 459. Students will take a multidisciplinary approach by considering political philosophy, history, and political science to examine various interpretations and criticisms of democracy. In addition to comparing democratic and non- democratic structures of government and the ideas behind them, students will analyze real-world examples to assess the struggle of democratization worldwide. The course will begin with foundational discussions of Athenian democracy and American democracy. Students will spend the remainder of the course analyzing 20th- and 21st-century examples of the foundations of democratic and authoritarian states such as India, China, Japan, South Africa, the DR Congo, and Chile. Finally, students will compare the outcomes of the Arab Spring and contemporary threats to democracy worldwide.
GENERAL ELECTIVES: HUMANITIES
English Composition I
This course is required for students with moderate scores on the BAU English composition test. ENGL 121 develops the student’s ability to organize ideas and use critical thinking skills. The course will also review English grammar and writing mechanics. Students will learn to construct persuasive arguments and critical essays. They will practice personal reflection; analyze literature, film, and journalism; participate in the peer-review and editing processes; and learn about proper use of citations. Course materials may vary by professor.
English Composition II
This course is open to students with high scores on the BAU English composition test. ENGL 122 develops the student’s ability to organize ideas and use critical thinking skills. The course will also review English grammar and writing mechanics. Students will learn to construct persuasive arguments and critical essays. They will practice personal reflection; analyze literature, film, and journalism; participate in the peerreview and editing processes; and learn about proper use of citations. Course materials may vary by professor.
This course is open to students with high scores on the BAU English composition test, or students who have completed ENGL 121. Academic writing and research abilities are essential for college students and professionals. During this course, students will hone their research skills and complete a short research paper on a subject of their own choice. Throughout the course, students will participate in peer-review, learn to create research paper outlines and drafts, learn to use citations properly, and learn about research and writing resources at BAU and around D.C.
Elementary French I
An introduction to the French language for students with no prior experience. Students will practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking French. Cultural instruction on the Francophone world will also prove a foundational aspect of this course.
Elementary French II
(Prerequisite FREN 101) A continuation of the reading, writing, listening, and speaking abilities introduced in FREN 101. Students will learn more about Francophone cultures. By the end of this course, students will be able to carry a conversation in French.
Elementary Spanish I
An introduction to the Spanish language for students with no prior experience. Students will practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking Spanish. Cultural instruction on Spain and Latin America will also prove a foundational aspect of this course.
Elementary Spanish II
(Prerequisite SPAN 101) A continuation of the reading, writing, listening, and speaking abilities introduced in SPAN 101. Students will learn more about Spanish and Latin American cultures. By the end of this course, students will be able to carry a conversation in Spanish.
Elementary Turkish I
An introduction to the Turkish language for students with no prior experience. Students will practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking Turkish. Instruction on Turkish culture will also prove a foundational aspect of this course.
Elementary Turkish II
(Prerequisite TURK 101) A continuation of the reading, writing, listening, and speaking abilities introduced in FREN 101. Students will learn more about Turkish culture. By the end of this course, students will be able to carry a basic conversation in Turkish.
GENERAL ELECTIVES: MATHEMATICS & THE SCIENCES
Introduction to Environmental Science
According to the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency, 2016 was the warmest year on record. According to NASA, it was the warmest year for the last 125,000 years. How has human activity affected the climate so dramatically? This and other vital questions about pollution, how the environmental system operates, and the interaction between the oceans, the atmosphere, and the land will be addressed in this course.
Introduction to Computer Science
An introduction to computer programming, the concepts involved in the use of higher-level language, and the program development process. The goal of this course is sufficiency in the design and implementation of programs of significant size of complexity. It will cover topics such as algorithms, file I/O, and basic data structures. This course is quite demanding, because of the length of programming exercises assigned.
Mathematical calculations underlie the development of theories, the evaluation of trends, and the assessment of progress in all aspects of society. It will cover linear, quadratic, and simultaneous equations and the graphing of lines, circles, exponential functions, and polynomial functions.
(Prerequisite MATH103) This course covers matrix theory and linear algebra, emphasizing topics useful in other disciplines. Linear algebra is a branch of mathematics that studies systems of linear equations and the properties of matrices. The concepts of linear algebra are extremely useful in physics, economics and social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. Due to its broad range of applications, linear algebra is one of the most widely taught subjects in college-level mathematics (and increasingly in high school).
GENERAL ELECTIVES: SOCIAL SCIENCES
Introduction to Psychology
This course will provide students with an introduction to the key theories of psychology. The course will discuss topics such as neuroscience and cognition; the processes of learning, perception, and memory; language and social behavior; intelligence, personality, and development; and psychopathology.
The accidental encounter of Christopher Columbus and the Taíno in 1492 initiated profound changes for the societies surrounding the Atlantic basin--those of the Americas, Europe, and Africa. This course explores those changes from 1492 through the Age of Revolutions. Students will examine major themes in Atlantic history, including the process of European colonization of the Americas; Amerindian-European interactions; the global political, economic, and socio- cultural effects of the Atlantic slave trade and plantation slavery; and the development of revolutionary movements in Haiti, France, and the future United States.
History of Civilizations
This course develops a basic understanding of the history of major world cultures. The course provides a broad picture that deals with the nature and spread of the earliest civilizations in the Ancient Near East and the development of civilization in classical and medieval Europe, concerning their political, social, economic and religious life; focuses on the globalization process of the civilization. The course, therefore, provides an important overview of cultures and meetings between cultures and how these cultures constantly move towards an integrated society.
This course will explore the history of the United States from its origins in the eighteenth century to 9/11. The course will explore topics such as indigenous cultures, colonialism, slavery, and immigration; the Enlightenment and early American democracy; capitalism, plantation labor, and industrialization; abolitionism, the Civil War, and Reconstruction; the World Wars, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Cold War; and, finally, the effects of 9/11 on American society. Overall, students will leave the course with a firm understanding of the complex dynamics of race, gender, migration, politics, and economics in American society. Students will learn to think critically about primary and secondary sources, including works of writing, art, music, and literature, and will conduct independent research. They will also improve their written and oral communication abilities.
Introduction to Sociology
In this introductory course, students will learn about the field of Sociology and how it helps us understand our world. We will discuss key themes of sociological study, including inequality, racism and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, age stratification, and culture. Students will also learn about a variety of research methodologies
Media Literacy in the Age of Fake News
Media Literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms, from print to video to the Internet. This course aims at building an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy. Upon completion of the course, students are expected to become competent, critical and literate in all media forms so that they control the interpretation of what they see or hear rather than letting the interpretation control them.
First Year Seminar
To help new students make a successful transition to campus, both academically and personally. The course aims to foster a sense of belonging, promote engagement in the curricular and co-curricular life of the university, develop critical thinking skills and help to clarify purpose, meaning and direction.