General Remarks 
Upon successful completion of the Political Science and International Relations program students will be able to:

  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a variety of concepts and theories with which political science and international relations phenomena can be understood and interpreted;
  • demonstrate foundational knowledge of the international aspects of Economics, Society and Culture, Communication and Media, of History and the historical background of modern issues of political and international significance, of International Law and Organizations, of International Business and issues pertaining to International Security, War and Peace, and Diplomacy;
  • analyze social, political, economic, cultural and religious issues of critical concern to modern globalized societies and address policies to face them;
  • show an understanding of global issues;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles and theories of ethical decision-making and their practical implications in political sciences and international relations;
  • have a foundation in sciences and liberal studies as delivered through the General Education program;
  • pursue postgraduate studies or professional qualifications in the fields of Political Science and International Relations.
List of Courses

General Education – 33 credits
All students must complete the SUNY/ESC general education requirements.

Course

Credits

Prerequisite

1

Composition I

3

TOEFL > 530

2

Composition II

3

Composition I

3

College Algebra

3

4

1 natural science course

3

Composition I

5

Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology

3

Composition I

6

US History II

3

Composition I

7

World History II

3

Composition I

8

1 other world cilizations course

3

Composition I

9

Classics of Political Thought

3

Composition I

10

Art History II

3

Composition I

11

Computer Applications

3

UNYT Concentration Prerequisites – 54 credits

Course

Credits 

Prerequisite

1

Statistics I

3

College Algebra

2

Introduction to Mass Communication and Media

3

Composition I

3

World News in Historical Perspective

3

Comp.I, Intro to Mass Comm and Media

4

Discourse Analysis

3

Composition II

5

Introduction to Political Sci. Comparative Politics

3

Composition II, World History II

6

Introduction to International Relations

3

Composition II, World History II

7

European Union: Structures and Institutions

3

Intro to International Relations

8

Regional Area Studies

3

Intro to IR, Intro to Political Science & Comp Politics

9

Regional Area Studies II

3

Intro to IR, Intro to Political Science & Comp Politics

10

Diplomatic History

3

Intro to International Relations

11

International Law and Diplomacy 

3

Intro to International Relations

12

International Organizations

3

Intro to International Relations

13

Introduction to Microeconomics

3

Comp.I, College Algebra

14

Introduction to Macroeconomics

3

Comp.I, College Algebra

15

Social and Economic Development

3

Introduction to Macroeconomics

16

Economics of the European Union

3

Introduction to Macroeconomics

17

Advanced Research and Writing

3

Composition II

18

Nationalism & Ethnic Conflict or Modern European History

3

Intro to IR,Intro to Political Science & Comp. Politics

Foreign Language(s) and electives – 9 credits 
Electives may be taken at UNYT and/or ESC. Recommended courses:

Comparative Government and Politics
Negotiation and Mediation

Empire State College Concentration Courses – 32 credits

Course

Credits

1

Current Debates on Pol. Sc. / I.R.: Theories and Practice (pre: Int. Law and Diplomacy)

4

2

Foreign Policy Analysis (pre: Int. Law and Diplomacy)

4

3

European Integration: Theories and Practices (pre: European Union: Structures and Institutions)

4

4

Topics in Security Studies (pre: Int. Law and Diplomacy)

4

5

Research Methods in Social Sciences (pre: Statistics I)

4

3 electives (or 2 ESC Elective + 1 Internship or Senior Project), based on availability:

International Business (pre: EEU)
International Economics (pre: EEU)
War and Peace (pre: Int. Law and Diplomacy)
Modern Asia (pre: International Organizations)
Modern Africa (pre: International Organizations)
Russian Studies (pre: International Organizations)
International Politics and the Environment (pre: Regional Area Studies)
Cultural Diplomacy (pre: Art History II, Int. Law and Diplomacy)
Senior Project (pre: Senior Status)
Internship (pre: Senior Status)

 12

TOTAL 128 CREDITS (min. 124 credits for the SUNY/ESC degree).