Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

Political Science, Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Concentration in International Politics


  • Substantive Knowledge: Political Science students will demonstrate substantive knowledge of institutions, processes and values that shape politics within and among states, and the major theories, concepts, foundations, and methodologies used in the study of politics. (UG 9)
  • Critical Thinking: Political Science students will develop the capacity to think critically about local, state, national, and global politics. (UG 2)
  • Effective Communication: Political Science students will be able to present and defend their ideas, the information that they have acquired, and the analyses developed while utilizing scholarly approaches in political science. (UG 1)
  • Research Skills: Political Science students will demonstrate competency with basic tools underlying modern social and political science research, including proficiency in both quantitative and qualitative analysis, which will allow students to ask and answer basic political questions. (UG 3, UG 4)
  • Engagement in Politics: Political Science students will be prepared for active citizenship and demonstrate an ongoing interest in local, state, national and global politics. (UG 7)


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Major GPA: 2.00 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.00 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements42
Modern Language Requirement0-9
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements39


The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Sciences Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42

BA Modern Language Requirement

BA degree requires language proficiency at the 103 class level. Exemption by placement or examination is possible.

Complete 0-9 credits0-9
Total Hours0-9

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 


  • 21 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 21 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Major Requirements
Political Science Core Coursework
POLS 101American National Government 13
POLS 103International Relations 13
POLS 255Introduction to Public Policy 13
POLS 263Introduction to Comparative Politics 13
POLS 310Research Methods 13
POLS 444Capstone: Political Analysis 13
International Politics Concentration Required Coursework18
Select 15 credits in International Relations and Comparative Politics15
The United Nations and International Law 1
International Political Economy 1
National and International Security: Problems and Issues 1
Politics of Developing Areas 1
War and Political Violence
Select 6 credits in International Politics-Related Electives6
Introduction to Political Theory
Seminar in Democracy 1
Internship 1
Intercultural Communication 1
Global Media 1
Transnational Crime & Justice 1
Asia 1
Australia 1
Economic Geography 1
Environmental Justice 1
Gender and the Environment 1
World Environmental Cultures 1
Mass Killing and Genocide in the Modern World 1
The Contemporary Middle East 1
Israel-History, State and Society 1
Issues in Global Business 1
Total Hours39

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Political Science BA (5 68) with Concentration in International Politics (INPL)
This program is effective as of Summer 2022
Revised 12.20.2022
UCC 10.25.2022/11.29.2022


Plan of Study Grid
First Year
POLS 101 American National Government 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
MODL 1XXLanguage and Culture I, II, or III 3
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 1 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
POLS 103 International Relations 3
POLS 110 Foundations of Political Science 3
MODL 1XXLanguage and Culture I, II, or III 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
Second Year
POLS 255 Introduction to Public Policy 3
POLS 263 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
MODL 1XXLanguage and Culture I, II, or III 3
Social Science Inquiry 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 2  
POLS 310 Research Methods 3
POLS 2XXConcentration Requirement 3
MATH 117 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Elective/Minor/Certificate/Second Major 3
Third Year
POLS 3XX/4XXConcentration Requirement 6
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
Elective/Minor/Certificate/Second Major 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
POLS 3XX/4XXConcentration Requirement 6
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
Elective/Minor/Certificate/Second Major 3
Fourth Year
POLS 444 Capstone: Political Analysis 3
POLS 3XX/4XXConcentration Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Free/Minor/Certificate/Second Major 6
Free/Minor/Certificate/Second Major 12
POLSConcentration Elective 3
 Total Hours**121

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 5 68
Concentration Code:  INPL
Revised: 10.18.2021