GLOBAL POLITICS AND POLICY CONCENTRATION
The Department’s Global Politics and Policy concentration is designed to help students develop the knowledge and skills to analyze political relationships between and within countries and to pursue careers in international affairs (such as working for government agencies, intergovernmental organizations, international businesses, consulting firms or non-profit organizations in the US and abroad). Students will learn about different systems of government, state-society relations in various parts of the world, the ways that public and private actors interact through international institutions and the global economy, as well as the causes of and responses to domestic and international conflict. Global Politics and Policy students are strongly encouraged to study a foreign language and to complete some of their coursework in one of CSU’s many study abroad programs.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Political Science – Global Politics and Policy Concentration include a minimum of 36 credits of political science courses, as well as a support option such as a second major or minor. An additional 52 - 54 credits are required to meet college-wide and university-wide distribution requirements. Many of the department, college and university requirements can be met in a number of ways, thereby affording students the opportunity to shape their own programs of study. Further unrestricted choice of courses is provided in the free electives that students take in meeting the minimum total of 120 credits required for the B.A. degree.
For a detailed description of university, college and departmental requirements as well as course descriptions, please consult the current Colorado State University catalog.
Introductory courses (12 credits)
POLS 101 American Government and Politics
POLS 103 State and Local Government
POLS 232 International Relations
POLS 241 Comparative Politics
Upper-division courses in general political science (9 credits)
Students must take one course in each of the following sub-fields: 1) political theory, 2) American politics, and 3) public policy and administration.
Upper-division courses in global politics and policy (12 credits)
Students may choose from political science courses in the international relations and comparative politics sub-fields (students must take at least one course in each sub-field). Students may apply up to 3 credits for POLS 486 Political Science Internship toward the major requirements.
Capstone Seminar (3 credits)
Special topics courses that allow students to apply their political science knowledge to more in-depth exploration of a particular issue. The department typically offers two capstone seminars focused on global politics and policy each year.
Political Science majors are required to add a second major or minor in another field to complement their political science training with additional skills and knowledge. These are some suggestions that may be of particular interest to students in the Global Politics and Policy concentration:
- Second major in International Studies
- Second major or minor in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
- Interdisciplinary minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
- Interdisciplinary minor in Arabic Studies
- Interdisciplinary minor in Global Environmental Sustainability
- Interdisciplinary minor in International Development
- Interdisciplinary minor in Italian Studies
- Interdisciplinary minor in Linguistics and Culture
- Interdisciplinary minor in Peace and Reconciliation Studies
- Interdisciplinary minor in Russian Studies