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Political Science: International Relations Emphasis

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Political Science: International Relations Emphasis

Bachelor of Arts

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Political science is the study of government, public policy, and the political behavior of individuals and groups. Political science uses humanistic and scientific perspectives to examine relationships among societies and nations in all countries and regions of the world. The major introduces students to concepts in politics, policy issues, and the structure of governments. Students interested in law, civil service, or foreign service should consult a department advisor regarding an appropriate course of study. In International Relations students will investigate the mechanisms of global order and change, such as war and peace, diplomacy, conflict resolution, and alliances. Coursework in this concentration includes: POL 202 International Relations; POL 360 International Political Economy; POL 361 International Organizations; POL 365 POL Contemporary International Politics; POL 441Arab-Israeli Conflict; POL 465 International Politics of the Middle East; POL 451 Russian Foreign Policy; POL 454 Theories of International Relations; POL 455 American Foreign Policy; POL 456 International Law; POL 462 Armed Conflict & Conflict Management.

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
First Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
MATH 109C Applied College Algebra with Data Analysis or 112 College Algebra Concepts and Applications 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
3rd Semester
Third Semester Second Language 4
POL 200 Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences 3
Tier I General Education 3
Pol Intro 3
Tier II General Education 3
4th Semester
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
POL Intro 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
5th Semester
POL 202 International Relations 3
SGPP 300B Politics, Policy, and Governance: The U.S. and the World (Part B) 3
ECON 200 Basic Economic Issues 3
Tier II General Education 3
Minor Course 3
6th Semester
SGPP 300A Politics, Policy and Governance: The U.S. and the World 3
IR Concentration Course 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective-Upper Division 3
7th Semester
IR Concentration Course 3
IR Concentration Course 3
Minor Course 3
IR Concentration Course 3
Elective-Upper Division 3
8th Semester
Major Elective-Upper Division 3
Major Elective-Upper Division 3
Minor Course 3
Elective-Upper Division 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of government, public policy, political behavior, and the mechanisms of global order and change gained from a major in Political Science in the International Relations concentration forms a strong career foundation. Graduates in International Relations might work in foreign policy analysis or design, advocacy, international advising, or intelligence. This major is also excellent preparation for law school or graduate study in public administration or public health policy. Some of the job titles listed below require an advanced degree or additional training.

Potential Career Areas

  • Policy design
  • Consulting
  • Diplomacy
  • Intelligence
  • Defense
  • Education
  • Outreach
  • Analysis
  • Development

Sample Employers

  • International development agencies
  • Government agencies
  • Consulates
  • Media outlets
  • Think tanks
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Schools and universities
  • Businesses

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
International Relations Officer $24,680 - $86,750
Political Scientist $48,000 - $69,500
International Aid Worker $25,000 - $50,000
Intelligence Operative $47,245 - $64,222
Peace Worker $18,000 - $35,000
Human Rights Advocate $18,000 - $85,000
International Educator $35,000 - $60,000
Foreign Correspondent $20,180 - $34,850
Fund Raiser $35,000 - $67,000
Policy Analyst $30,000 - $93,000
International Election Observer /day $300 - $400
Director of International Activities, Nonprofit $50,000 - $100,000