International Relations

Shawn Paulson, HH 512
507-786-3127

The international relations concentration offers students the opportunity to combine insights from political and other social sciences with language and humanistic studies in order to examine pressing questions related to war, peace, trade, security, justice and power. This concentration complements majors in the social sciences, area studies, and foreign languages in particular, but it is appropriate to all students committed to engaging with issues arising from the globalized nature of the modern world.

The concentration requires the completion of five to six courses:

PSCI 121International Relations1.00
Any one course from the following list of complementary disciplines:1.00
Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
International Economics
Global: Colonial and Post-Colonial
A Sociology of Colonialism and Postcolonialism
Global Interdependence
One world language or two area-specific course(s) from the following list:1.00-2.00
One course numbered 232 or higher in Chinese, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Norwegian, or Russian; or one course numbered 250 or higher in French, German, or Spanish. The course must be taught in the target language, or
Two courses focused upon any single contemporary world regiion or country (e.g., Africa, Asia, China, Germany, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, or Russia). Can be from any depratment and may include courses completed in approved St. Olaf off-campus programs. No more than one course in this option can come from the Political Science Department. Area studies courses should have at least 50 percent of the course content dedicated to target country or region.
Two additional political science courses in the international subfield at Level II or III:2.00
Topics in Global Environmental Politics
International Organizations
International Political Economy
Peace, Nonviolent Resistance
Asian Regionalism
World Politics
International Law
Seminar in International Relations
Seminar: Economic Statecraft
Total Credits5-6