International Relations


B.A. in International Relations

Politics is everything. It is our identity, our society, and our government. Politics is our constitution, our democracy, and our foreign policy. Politics is the White House, the Capitol Building, and the United Nations. But political decisions aren’t just about who we vote for; the choices we make as individuals – about our schools and our environment, about the movies we watch and the music we listen to – are inherently political.

The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and the Bachelor of Arts in International Relations degree programs offered by the Department of Political Science are the ideal opportunity for students looking to become more informed about the political reality of the world around them and enter the job market with the outstanding qualifications necessary to a career path in top tier corporate and public sector institutions.

Students majoring in political science must complete a 30-credit course of study. The subfields of political science include American politics, political philosophy, comparative politics, international relations, and a host of related fields such as policy studies, political geography, political economy, popular culture and the media, and studies of particular countries or regions. There is also considerable room for student choice within the major, as the department offers ample opportunities for independent study, honors theses, and internships. Students may also earn a 15-credit minor in Political Science.

Students majoring in international relations must complete the 36-credit course of study in courses that address a broad spectrum of cutting edge issues in contemporary global diplomacy and security, including international law and human rights, international political economy, geopolitics, regimes and institutions, the environment and technology, non-state actors, and regional studies that focus on the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Credits for internships in international relations, including internships abroad, with the United Nations, and in Washington, D.C., may be counted toward the major upon prior approval by the International Relations Program.

Located at the hub of global diplomacy and finance, Long Island University, Brooklyn, the most diverse campus in New York, represents and reflects a universe of history and perspectives from around the world. Under the guidance of experienced and award-winning faculty, the programs offered by the Department of Political Science empower students to develop the proficiency in research and writing, confidence in public speaking, debate and presentation, cultural awareness, analytic proficiency, and networking skills and connections necessary for advanced academic or professional study and entering a highly competitive job market around the world. Students eligible to graduate as political science majors with honors must be accepted into the Senior Honors Thesis Program (Political Science 190-191).

Graduation Requirements

Students must satisfy the Placement, Proficiency, Orientation and Core Curriculum criteria outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of this bulletin.

Core curriculum requirements for this major are summarized below:
First Year Seminar 1 credit
English Composition 3 credits
English Literature 3 credits
Philosophy 3 credits
Foreign Language 3 credits
Social Sciences
History 3 credits
Social Sciences (ANT, ECO, POL, PSY, SOC) 6 credits
Science and Mathematics
Mathematics 4 credits
Laboratory Science (BIO, CHM, PHY) 4 credits
Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
Oral Communications: Speech 3 credits
Visual & Performing Arts (ART, DNC, MUS, THE) 3 credits
Ancilary Requirement
To satisfy this requirement, majors must complete two courses numbered 100 or above in one of the following subjects: Economics, History, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology.

Major Requirements - 36 credits
The following one coursed are required:
POL 11 Power and Politics 3.00
IR 101 Great Power Politics 3.00
IR 111 Theories of International Relations 3.00
IR 135 United Nations - Theory 3.00
IR 136 United Nations - Participation 3.00
POL 150  World Politics 3.00
POL 185 Seminar Political Inquiry 3.00
IR 210 International Political Economy 3.00
Electives (three courses, 9 credits) 
Capstone (one of the following is required):
SSC 223 Capstone Seminar in Social Sciences 3.00
SSC 224   Capstone Seminar in Social Sciences   3.00