Foreign Affairs

The Foreign Affairs Track provides students with a broad background and understanding of international relations and comparative politics. Students study patterns of conflict and cooperation among nations, international organizations, and other international actors while developing a broader understanding of the problems of governance, justice, economic development, and political stability.

The program is designed to accommodate students seeking careers in such fields as diplomacy, international security, humanitarian and technical assistance, international education, international trade, and public affairs.

YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
General Education Requirements
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Mathematics Requirement3-4
Arts and Humanities6
Natural Science6-7
Social Science (Met in Major - POL 1560, ECON 1501)0
Social and Personal Awareness (Met in Major - HIST 1512, POL 2640)0
Foreign Language Requirement8
Elementary Foreign Language (or FNLG 1505)
Intermediate Foreign Language (or FNLG 1506)
Major Requirements
Select one course from each of the following:
Economics in Action
For students minoring in Economics, one of the following may be substituted:
Principles 1: Microeconomics (For students minoring in Economics)
Principles 2: Macroeconomics (For students minoring in Economics)
World Geography
Geography of South America
Geography of Middle America
Geography of Europe
World Civilization from 1500
Required Political Science Courses
POL 1560American Government3
POL 2640Contemporary World Governments3
POL 2660International Relations3
One additional Upper-level course in American Government3
POL 4801Senior Research Seminar3
Political Thought
Select one of the following:3
Political Thought 1
Political Thought 2
Political Thought 3
Upper-Division Courses
Select a total of 15 s.h. from the courses listed below. A minimum of 6 s.h. must be taken from International relations area and a minimum of 6 s.h. from the Comparative Politics area.15
International Relations
Select 2-3 of the following:
International Political Economy
United States Foreign Policy
International Law
International Organizations
International Conflict
Comparative Politics
Select 2-3 of the following:
Russia and China: From Revolution to Reform
Political Development and Political Regimes
European Politics
Latin American Politics
Asian Politics
Electives (Minimum 27)27
Minor Requirements18
Total Semester Hours120-124