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International Relations

The International Relations major in the Joint Degree Programme at the University of St Andrews and the College of William & Mary builds on the distinctive strengths of both universities. Students will master the most important theoretical approaches to the study of world politics, and they will learn how the international system operates as well as the major challenges it faces. Majors in the program will take courses from a range of disciplines--in particular, politics, economics, and history--and they will learn how to integrate insights from these diverse approaches to the study of international relations. Topics and issues covered include international security, world trade and finance, environmental politics, human rights, terrorism, regional and ethnic conflict, and the impact of globalization. Students will benefit in particular from exposure to the different modes of analysis pursued at the two universities--more scientific at William & Mary, more philosophical at St Andrews. Together the two universities offer the broad spectrum of courses needed for a solid foundation in the study of world politics. All International Relations majors in the joint program will pursue an independent study project as part of their degree, either by writing a dissertation at St Andrews or by taking a senior research seminar at William & Mary.

Required Credit Hours:

A minimum of 54, at least 45 of which (180 in St Andrews equivalents) must be taken in courses numbered 300 or above.

As detailed in the schedules below, there will be a range of courses required in the joint degree program. The IR advisor at both institutions will work closely with each student to ensure that they are taking the courses they need to take in order to excel at the next level and at the host institution.

First year for William & Mary home student (suggested):

St Andrews equivalents in parentheses for guidance; *indicates required course.

YEAR 1, SEMESTER 1 at W&M (5 courses would be norm.)

1.  *GOVT 204 (Intro International Politics) = IR 1005

2.  *ECON 101 (Principles of Microeconomics) = EC1002

3.  *HIST 192 (Global History) = MO1008

4.  *Freshman Seminar (Writing intensive for all students)

5.  Elective (Foreign Language or breadth requirement suggested)

YEAR 1, SEMESTER 2 at W&M (5 courses would be norm.)

1.  *GOVT 203 (Intro Comparative Politics) = IR 1006

2.  *Any course on CP/FP of a specific area (GOVT 330-339) = Second half of IR 1006

3.  *ECON 102 (Principles of Macroeconomics)= EC1001

4.  *INRL 300

5.  Elective (Foreign Language or breadth requirement suggested)

First year for St Andrews home student:

W&M equivalent in parentheses for guidance; *indicates required course.

YEAR 1, SEMESTER 1 at St Andrews (Three modules is the norm.)

1.   *IR1005 = (GOVT 204 Intro to International Politics)

Students could then take the following (or another subject that might count toward the breadth requirements):

2.  *EC1002 = (ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics)

3.  *MO1008= (HIST 192 Global History) OR breadth requirement OR foreign language course

YEAR 1, SEMESTER 2 at St Andrews (Three modules is the norm.)

1.  *IR1006 = (GOVT 203 Intro to Comparative Politics + any CP/FP course on a specific area, GOVT 330-339)

2.  *EC1001= (ECON 102 Principles of Macroeconomics)

3.  Elective (breadth requirement, *MO1008, or foreign language course suggested)

During the 2nd year:

The student moves to the host university to complete their second year of studies.

YEAR 2, SEMESTER 1 at William and Mary (5 Courses norm)

1.  *GOVT 327 Intermediate IR Theory = IR2005

2.  *GOVT 303, 304, or 305 = Political Philosophy portion of IR 2005

3.  *Freshman Seminar (writing intensive)

4.  Elective or HIST 192 if no equivalent taken in first year at St Andrews

5.  Elective or breadth requirement (Foreign language suggested)

YEAR 2, SEMESTER 2 at William & Mary (5 courses norm)

1.  *GOV 324, 325, or 328 (pick one)

2.  *INRL 300 - IR in Disciplinary Perspective. Note all the pre-requisites ARE fulfilled if previously suggested courses have been taken.

3.  *Research Methods Course (GOVT 301, ECON 307, etc.). Could take in semester 1 or 2.

4.  Elective or breadth requirement (Foreign language suggested)

5.  Elective or breadth requirement

YEAR 2, SEMESTER 1 at St Andrews (3 Modules norm)

1.  *IR2005 = (GOV327 Intermediate IR Theory plus Political Philosophy GOV 303, 304, or 305)

2.  Elective, (could proceed with EC2001 = ECON 303 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory)

3.  Elective (Foreign Language or could proceed with History)

YEAR 2, SEMESTER 2 at St Andrews (3 Modules norm)

1.  *IR2006 = (No single course equivalent at W&M but could be any one of GOVT 324, 325, or 328)

2.  Elective, but could proceed with EC2002 = (ECON 304 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory)

3.  Elective (Foreign Language or could proceed with History)

By the end of their second year, all students will have taken introductory economics, a Global History course, introduction to international politics, and INRL 300 (IR in Disciplinary Perspective). In addition to providing students with a solid grounding in IR, this course of study also provides students with maximum flexibility within the joint degree program should they wish to switch to economics or history.

Years 3 and 4:

Students home or away, with one of each being spent in the home institution. Students will take a variety of courses in years 3 and 4; our only compulsory element during these final two years is that all joint programme students complete a fourth-year capstone experience which involves extensive, independent, faculty-mentored research. Students spending their fourth year at St Andrews take IR 4099; students at W&M typically complete an Honors thesis. We have designed this degree program so that the first two years give students broad exposure to a variety of different approaches to IR. The final two years allow the student to specialize based on his/her interests and on the research opportunities afforded them at the two institutions.

All students will take the course International Relations 300 (International Relations in Disciplinary Perspective) and a research methods course. Students who do not take INRL 300 in years 1 or 2 at W&M must take it in year 3.

Since the St Andrews intermediate core courses prepare students for more advanced courses in years 3 and 4, IR 2005 and 2006 (or their equivalents at W&M) will be required of all students.

Faculty contact:

David Dessler
Department of International Relations