Diplomacy and Global Politics Major-2021

Diplomacy and Global Politics

This program of concentration is designed primarily for students interested in understanding more about comparative and international politics. It is a major appropriate for those interested in international careers. It is also the kind of broad, liberal arts program that many pre-law students will want to consider. Additionally, it provides a solid background for graduate study in comparative politics and international relations. 

* Effective for all incoming Fall 2021 and future students

I. Core Requirements (minimum 33 hours)

1. Core courses--All of these:

  • POL 221 Comparative Politics (3)
  • POL 241 American Political System (3)
  • POL 271 World Politics (3)

2. Diplomacy and international relations: select at least 9 hours of the following:

  • POL 346 Global Gender Politics (3)
  • POL 370 Topics in International Relations (3)
  • POL 372 Terrorism & Counterterrorism (3)
  • POL 373 American Foreign Policy (3)
  • POL 374 Foreign Policy Analysis (3)
  • POL 376 U.S. National Security Policy (3)
  • POL 381 Global Governance (3)
  • POL 382 International Law (3)
  • POL 385 Russian Foreign Policy (3)
  • POL 387 International Security Issues (3)
  • POL 388 Politics of Cybersecurity (3)

3. Comparative politics: select at least 9 hours of the following:

  • POL 330 Topics in Comparative Politics (3)
  • POL 331 Communism and Soviet Politics, 1917-1991 (3)
  • POL 333 Politics of Western Europe (3)
  • POL 334 Politics of Eastern Europe (3)
  • POL 336 Politics of the Middle East (3)
  • POL 337 Politics of Latin America (3)
  • POL 430 Seminar on Comparative Political Systems (3)
  • POL 440 Havighurst Colloquium (3)

4. Required capstone: student must complete one of the following:

  • POL 419 Civil Society and Modern Politics (3)
  • POL 423 European Union: Politics and Policies (3)
  • POL 471 The International System (3)
  • POL 487 Individual Lives and International Politics (3)
  • POL 489 Conflict Management in a Divided World (3) 

NOTE: An additional 3 hours is required from either 2) Diplomacy and international relations OR 3) Comparative politics to earn the required 33 total hours.

Total 33 credit hours

5. At least 17 hours earned at Miami; a grade point average of at least 2.0 is required; all courses must be taken for a grade.

II. Related Requirements (minimum 22 - maximum 28 hours)

1. Cognate courses—all of these:

  • ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • ECO 202 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
  • STA 261 Statistics (4)

2. Advanced foreign language study: at least 6 semester hours in a foreign language at the 300 level or higher (not in translation)

3. Education Abroad: At least 6 semester hours earned in one or more study-abroad programs approved by the Department of Political Science (not more than 6 semester hours earned in study abroad program can be applied to other major requirements).

Total 22-28 credit hours

4. At least 9 semester hours for Part II requirements must be earned at Miami University; a grade point average of at least 2.0 is required; all courses must be taken for a grade. 

CAS/Miami Plan Advanced Writing RequirementStudents seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing the following courses:

  1. Take at least one of the required 200-level courses in a "Writing" or "W" section;
  2. Take at least one of the POL 300-level courses in a "W" section;
  3. and complete one of the required POL Capstone courses. All three must be completed to satisfy this requirement.

The Department of Political Science does NOT allow Political Science majors to pursue another major in the Department. A double major between Public Administration and Diplomacy and Global Politics is allowed, but will not meet the Miami Plan’s thematic sequence requirement as a double major that is in the same department. We strongly discourage a Diplomacy and Global Politics - International Studies double major, due to all the “double counting” that is involved.

Requirements can vary based upon the bulletin year of entry to Miami. Students should consult their DAR and with their faculty adviser to confirm their requirements. 

Contact: Dr. Laura Neack, 513-529-6376, 314 Harrison Hall

updated: 5/06/21