International Relations

Geopolitics ∙ Diplomacy ∙ Terrorism ∙ War Political Economy ∙ Global Security

Virtually no sector of American life is immune from international influences. The study of International Relations historically concentrated on the geopolitics of war and diplomacy among nation states. Recently, the field has broadened its focus to incorporate environmental issues, cooperative interstate behavior, globalization, hunger and poverty, as well as the work of international bodies like the United Nations and the World Bank.

Students who graduate with Political Science Degree in International Relations are poised to enter the Foreign Service or the intelligence community. They may also join a nongovernmental organization, an international corporation, or begin graduate study. This concentration is ideal for students anticipating a military career.

Below are the medium salaries for occupations requiring an International Relations degree

  • Foreign Service Officer - $87,797
  • Intelligence Analyst - $70,130
  • Director, Non-profit Organization - $60,518

Requirements for the B.S. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations

42 s.h., including completion of all requirements for the major (except for the six elective PSC courses), PSC 3050, 3470, 4400, 4510, one area studies course (4010-4080), one PSC elective, and either HIS 3010, 3700, 4110, or 4210. With the approval of the Department Chair, other appropriate courses may be substituted within the International Relations sequence.

Requirements for the B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations

Same as above, plus foreign language courses in one language through the 2020-level or demonstration of competence. 

Requirements for the minor in International Relations

18 s.h. comprised of PSC 3510 plus any five of the following: PSC 2270, 3050, 3470, 4400, 4510, one area studies course (PSC 4010-4080), or one History course (either HIS 3010, 3700, 4110, 4210)

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Program Faculty & Staff

Christopher Cronin, Associate Professor of Political Science

Christopher Cronin

Associate Professor of Political Science
(910) 630-7665
Kevin Hight, Adjunct Instructor of Political Science

Kevin Hight

Adjunct Instructor of Political Science
Boyd Parsons, Adjunct Instructor of Political Science

Boyd Parsons

Adjunct Instructor of Political Science
Gerald Seifert, Adjunct Instructor of Political Science

Gerald Seifert

Adjunct Instructor of Political Science
Frank Trapp, Professor of Political Science

Frank Trapp

Professor of Political Science
(910) 630-7070
Andrew Ziegler, Jr., Professor of Political Science; Director of the Tally Center for Leadership Development

Dr. Andrew Ziegler, Jr.

Interim Dean, School of Public Affairs
(910) 630-7488
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