Bachelor in International Relations
Institution: Saint Anselm College
Level of study: Undergraduate
Type of program: Bachelor
USA / Other
Other locations: Manchester, New Hempshire
Program Description
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The program of study in International Relations combines a rigorous and diverse set of courses from the social sciences and the humanities to help students develop conceptual and problem solving skills to address global issues that are by nature complex and interdisciplinary. The International Relations major is administered by the Department of Politics, in consultation with the History, Economics and Business, Modern Languages and Classics Departments.

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Course Requirements:

Students in the International Relations major must take a minimum of 11 courses, as specified in the requirements below.

International Politics Requirement.

Students must complete the following five core courses in international politics:

PO 104 - Comparative Politics
PO 106 - International Relations
PO 232 - International Political Economy
PO 203 - Political Science Research Methods
PO 478 - Senior Seminar
International Political Institution Requirement.

Students must complete one of the following international political institution courses:

PO 214 - International Law
PO 224 - International Organization and Global Governance
International Relations Theory Requirement

Students must complete one of the following theory courses:

PO 205 - Diplomacy
PO 320 - International Relations Theory
PO 322 - Justice and War in International Relations
History Requirement

Students must complete any two of the following history courses:

HI 226 - Modern European History
HI 275 - Asian Civilization
HI 277 - Modern Africa, 1807-present
HI 326 - Modern Britain
HI 329 - Modern Germany
HI 330 - Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century
HI 331 - European Socialism
HI 332 - Modern France
HI 333 - Europe since 1945
HI 355 - Modern American Foreign Relations
HI 376 - Modern Latin American History
HI 377 - History of Russia
HI 378 - Modern China: 1600-Present
HI 379 - Modern Japan: 1600-Present
HI 382 - History of the Middle East
HI 384 - British Empire
HI 385 - Vietnam War
Geography Elective.

Depending on scheduling availability, one geography course may count for one of the two required history courses.  Students may complete any one of the following courses:

GE 202 - Political Geography
GE 212 - Cultural Geography
GE 221 - Economic Geography
Economics Requirement.

Students must complete one of the following Economics courses:

EC 247 - International Economics (Please note: this course has two prerequisites, EC 141 - Principles of Economics: Micro and EC 142 - Principles of Economics: Macro)
BU 322 - International Business Management
BU 333 - International Marketing (Please note: this course has a prerequisite)
Language Requirement

Students must complete one advanced level language course (or a literature course for a language that does not offer an advanced language course). Students are also strongly encouraged to complete a language minor. The senior comprehensive examination will include a language component

Senior Comprehensive Examination:

Comprehensive examinations, both written and oral, are required. The written exam is the ETS National Test in Political Science. The oral exam will require the student to discuss different aspects of international relations before a committee composed of faculty from the Politics, History, and Business and Economics departments. These oral comprehensives will have a language component. The individual student’s selected foreign language will determine which professor from the modern language or classics department will be asked to participate in the oral examination. Students completing language minors do not have to take the language component of the oral comprehensive examination.

Study Abroad:

Students are strongly encouraged to gain real international experience during their undergraduate years through study abroad, travel and internships.

Course Sequence Outline

Freshman Year


HU 103 - Conversatio I
EN 105 - Freshman English /Core
PO 104 - Comparative Politics

HU 104 - Conversatio II
EN 105 - Freshman English /Core
PO 106 - International Relations
Sophomore Year

IR majors generally take their international political institution requirement, their economics requirement, and one of their history requirements. Depending on initial placement, they may also be completing their modern or classical language requirement.  The remainder of their schedules can be filled by other core or major requirements, general electives or courses for a minor or double major.

Junior Year

IR majors generally take International Political Economy (PO 330), their international relations theory requirement, and the second of their history requirements. They also take Research Methods in the spring semester. Students who study abroad will need to take Research Methods at a different time. The rest of students’ schedules can be occupied with other major requirements, core requirements, general electives, or courses for a minor or double major

Senior Year

IR majors take their senior seminar requirement in the fall semester. The rest of their schedules can be occupied with other major requirements, core requirements, general electives, or courses for a minor or double major.
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