The International Relations major at CSU, Chico emphasizes a varied interest in politics, history, geography, languages, economics, and culture (art, music, and literature). The major is designed to prepare students for an entry-level administrative position in government, business, or the non-profit sector. Many International Relations majors combine the degree with other majors and minors. Typically, these are foreign languages and area studies, although a minor in International Business is becoming increasingly popular as a related skill. International Relations majors who are particularly successful go to graduate school. An internship in Washington, DC, is highly recommended, ideally in the semester following completion of academic course work. International Relations majors at CSU, Chico are encouraged to spend a semester or year studying at another institution. These schools may be in the United States, through the National Student Exchange Program, or abroad, through International Programs.

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

See "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major adviser or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

Please see General Education, Cultural Diversity, American Institutions, and Literacy Requirements under the BA in Political Science.

Course Requirements for the Major: 38-55 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.


3 courses required:
POLS341International Relations3.0FS *
POLS342Intl Politics: Methods Anlys3.0SP

Prerequisites: POLS 341.

POLS441Intl Pols: Theory & Concepts3.0FA WP

Prerequisites: POLS 341, ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

1 course selected from:
ECON102Principles of Macro Analysis3.0FS *
ECON103Principles of Micro Analysis3.0FS *
1 course selected from:
POLS413Politics of Developing Nations3.0SP
POLS417Politics: Industrial Societies3.0FA
2-3 units selected from:
POLS340Model United Nations1.0FA

Prerequisites: POLS 442.

POLS340BModel United Nations2.0SP

Prerequisites: POLS 340, POLS 442.

POLS391ESimulation: Intl Relations1.0FS
POLS398Special Topics1.03.0FS
POLS399Special Problems1.03.0FS
9 units selected from:
POLS302Politics of Third Wrld Nations3.0FS *NW
POLS340Model United Nations1.0FA

Prerequisites: POLS 442.

POLS344US Foreign Policy Nuclear Age3.0FS *
POLS415AComparative Govt: Middle East3.0FS
POLS415BComparative Government: Africa3.0FA
POLS415CComparative Gov: Latin America3.0FA
POLS415DComparative Government: Asia3.0SP
POLS415EComparative Gov: Russ/E Europe3.0SP
POLS415FComparative Govt: West Europe3.0FS
POLS415GComparative Government: Canada3.0SP
POLS442International Organizations3.0FA
POLS443International Law3.0FS
POLS446AIntl Relations: Middle East3.0F1
POLS446BIntl Relations: Africa3.0SP
POLS446CInter-American Relations3.0SP
POLS446DIntl Relations: Pacific Basin3.0SP
POLS446EContemp Rus Foreign Policy3.0FA
POLS446FIntl Relations: Western Europe3.0FA
POLS446GCanadian Foreign Policy3.0Inq
POLS447Vietnam and Foreign Policy3.0S1
POLS448Politics of Terrorism3.0SP
POLS449Prosem: Intl Relations3.0Inq
POLS475Natl Strategic Intelligence3.0SP
POLS498Special Topics1.03.0FS


0-16 units required:

Two years of a foreign language or the equivalent of the fourth semester of a college-level program (e.g., SPAN 202). Language units may be waived with demonstrated proficiency in a language.


12 units selected from:

Courses selected in consultation with and approved by the International Relations Adviser.

Geographical areas of concentration include: Africa, Asia, Europe, Canada, Latin America, Middle East, or Pacific Rim.

Conceptual areas of concentration include: Development, Environment, Trade Policy, or Security.