Undergraduate Program


International Relations Minor

The international relations minor provides intensive study of the dynamic forces and trends that characterize the contemporary political and economic world, and the impact of those forces within and across national boundaries. The minor consists of 18 semester credit hours as follows:

Political Science Courses:

  1. Three hours from: POLS 3310, 3315, 3390, 4305, 4310, 4315, 4316 and 4350.
  2. Three hours from: POLS 3370, 3372, 3375, 3380, 3385, 3388, 3395 and 4325.
  3. Three additional hours from A) or B) above.
Elective Courses: 9 semester credit hours chosen from:

ANTH 3330: Cultural Anthropology
CRIJ 4350: Comparative Criminal Justice
ECON 3305: Comparative Economic Systems
ECON 4330: International Trade
FINA 4350: International Finance and Multinational Business
GEOG 1313: World Regional Geography
MANA 4310: International Business
SOCI 3321: Multicultural Studies
HIST 3359: Twentieth-Century Europe
HIST 3395: History of Russia
HIST 4360: African History I
HIST 4392: Modern Latin America
HIST 4393: Japanese Civilization
HIST 4394: Chinese Civilization
HIST 4395: Modern Middle East
HIST 4361: African History II

Additional courses may be substituted in item D with the approval of the political science chair.

International Studies Minor

The minor in international studies is designed to increase the global awareness and cross-cultural sensitivity of graduates. Students may focus on one of the following five world regions: Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, or Middle East; or one of the following three global topics areas: Global Conflict, Global Culture, or Global Economy.

The minor in international studies is an 18-hour program consisting of 1) a required core course, 2) one or two courses of upper-division directed electives dealing with global issues, 3) two courses in the world area or topic of concentration, and 4) a travel-study course. Courses taken to fulfill requirements for a major cannot be applied to the minor.

Students pursuing a minor in international studies are encouraged to complete 6-8 hours in a foreign language before graduation. Students wishing to pursue the International Studies minor should consult with a College Advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office.

Core course:
INTS 3300 Relations and Issues

Directed Electives: (3-6 hours)

Concentration area: (6 hours)
Latin America
Middle East
Global Conflict
Global Culture
Global Economy

Travel-Study Experience: (3-6 hours)

Political Science Minor

Political science may be chosen as a minor to satisfy requirements for certain bachelor's degree programs with majors in other fields. This program consists of 18 semester credit hours in political science, at least 12 of which must be upper division.

These upper-division hours should include one of more courses in any three of the following categories: (1) theory and methodology; (2) American politics; (3) comparative and international politics; and (4) public administration, policy and law.

Pre-Law Minor

The pre-law minor is an 18-hour interdisciplinary minor designed to prepare students for the post-undergraduate study of law. It consists of 12 hours of required core courses and six hours from a list of selected electives. Courses taken to fulfill requirements for a major cannot be applied to the minor. Courses in the minor include:

Core Courses (12 hrs.):
POLS 3321: Jurisprudence or POLS 4320: The Judicial System and Process
POLS 4321: American Constitutional Law or POLS 4322: The Law of Civil Liberties
CRIJ 3325: Law and Society or CRIJ 3326: Criminal Law
ENGL 3308: Writing Textual Analysis or ENGL 4380: The Language of Argument

Electives (6 hrs.):
BLAW 3301: Business Law and Social Responsibility
BLAW 3306: Business Law
BLAW 4340: Business and Professional Ethics
CRIJ 3310: Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
CRIJ 4341: Criminal Procedure
CRIJ 4345: Evidence
CRIJ 4350: Comparative Criminal Justice
CRIJ 4360: Topics in Criminal Justice
MCOM 3318: Media Law and Ethics
POLS 3321: Jurisprudence or POLS 4320: The Judicial System and Process (If not already taken to fulfill core courses requirement).
POLS 3300: United States Constitutional Development
POLS 3330: American Political Parties
POLS 4321: American Constitutional Law or POLS 4322: The Law of Civil Liberties (If not already taken to fulfill core courses requirement).
POLS 4350: International Law, Diplomacy and Organization
SOCI 4311: Majority/Minority Relations
SPCM 3325: Persuasive Communication
SPCM 4326: Public Speaking
SPCM 4328: Corporate and Legal Advocacy

Terrorism Studies

The minor in terrorism studies is an 18 hour interdisciplinary program providing students an understanding of the phenomenon of terrorism and related topics and issues. There is one 3-hour required course, with the remaining 15 hours distributed from the list of elective courses.

Required Course:

POLS 4305: International Terrorism

Elective courses, divided into two groups:

Group A--Take three from the following: (9 hours)

ALHS 3302: Human Diseases
COSC 4362: Computer Security
CRIJ 4340: Crimes of Violence
POLS 4310: International Conflict
POLS 3395: Middle Eastern Politics
POLS 4365: Special Topics*
BIOL 4395: Special Topics*
CHEM 4398: Special Topics*

Group B--Take two from the following: (6 hours)

RELI 3310: Introduction to Judaism
RELI 3320: Introduction to Islam
RELI 3330: Introduction to Christianity
RELI 3350: Topics in Religion and Politics
PHIL 4330: Comparative Religious Philosophy

*The Special Topics courses will be allowed to count for the minor when the specific subject matter is congruent with this program of study and approved by the program advisor.