International and Global Studies, B.A.

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The academic mission of the B.A. program in International and Global Studies is to instill in its majors critical thinking, research, and writing skills and discipline-specific knowledge in two distinct yet highly interrelated areas: international (how countries interact with one another and how domestic social and cultural systems affect these interactions) and global (issues that transcend national boundaries and the sovereign state, such as the environment, migration, and interdependence in its myriad forms) so that they may successfully compete in career areas such as diplomacy, governmental agencies, international organizations, and multinational corporations.

Degree Requirements

Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog. Co-op or internship credit cannot be used in this major without prior departmental approval. Students should consult with a departmental advisor. Departmental Residency Requirement consists of at least 21 semester hours of regularly scheduled courses taken from the UCF Department of Political Science. Courses designated in the General Education Program and Common Program Prerequisites are usually completed in the first 60 hours.

Core Requirements: Basic Level (9 Credit Hours)

  • ECO 2013: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • INR 2002: International Relations-Theory and Practice
  • POS 2041: American National Government

Core Requirements: Advanced Level (15 Credit Hours)

  • CPO 3103: Comparative Politics
  • GEO 3471: World Political Geography
  • INR 4008: Global Perspectives
  • INR 4603: International Relations Theory
  • POS 3703: Scope and Methods of Political Science
  • POS 4961: Exit Exam Course (graduating semester only)

Regional – Select Any Three (9 Credit Hours)**

  • CPO 3034: Politics of Developing Areas
  • CPO 3104: Politics of Western Europe
  • CPO 3403: Politics of the Middle East
  • CPO 3614: Politics of Eastern Europe
  • CPO 4101: Politics of the European Union
  • CPO 4123: Government and Politics of Great Britain
  • CPO 4303: Comparative Latin American Politics
  • CPO 4514: Politics of East Asia
  • CPO 4553: Politics of Japan
  • CPO 4643: Government and Politics of Russia
  • CPO 4710: Women in Comparative Politics
  • INR 3250: Politics of Pan-Africanism
  • INR 3253: International Politics of Africa
  • INR 4224: Contemporary International Politics of Asia
  • INR 4243: International Politics of Latin America

Functional – Select Any Three (9 Credit Hours)**

  • CPO 3057: Contemporary Revolution and Political Violence
  • CPO 4062: Comparative Judicial Process
  • CPO 4074: Political Economy
  • CPO 4754: Comparative Political Institutions
  • INR 3016: Global Political Issues
  • INR 4011: Politics of Globalization
  • INR 4030: Diplomacy
  • INR 4035: International Political Economy
  • INR 4054: Global Politics of Energy
  • INR 4060: Causes of War
  • INR 4074: Immigration Policy
  • INR 4075: Human Rights Policy
  • INR 4076: Global Drug Policy
  • INR 4084: Politics of International Terrorism
  • INR 4085: Women, Gender, and Globalization
  • INR 4102: American Foreign Policy
  • INR 4104: Topics and Cases in American Foreign Policy
  • INR 4114: American Security Policy
  • INR 4115: Strategic Weapons and Arms Control
  • INR 4304: Issues in International Public Policy
  • INR 4335: Coercion in International Politics
  • INR 4350: Global Environmental Politics
  • INR 4351: International Environmental Law
  • INR 4364: The Intelligence Community
  • INR 4401: International Law
  • INR 4404: Space Law
  • INR 4502: International Organizations
  • INR 4714: Politics of International Trade Policy
  • INR 4744: Militaries in World Politics
  • INR 4764: Cyberwarfare Policy
  • INR 4774: Military Space Policy
  • INR 4941: Internship*
  • POS 3733: Designing Political Science Research
  • PUP 4503: Government and Science
  • PUP 4510: Space Policy

*A maximum of 3 hours of Internship can be used.

**Not all courses may be offered online.

Foreign Language Requirements (0-14 Credit Hours)

Proficiency equivalent to four semesters of college instruction in a foreign language taught by the department of Modern Languages. Standardized examinations for foreign languages may be used to meet the requirement. Spanish is the only language option available online.

Required Minor (18 Credit Hours minimum)

Select from the following minors. No more than one course may be used to fulfill both this track and the minor; students may not utilize the International and Global Studies minor to complete the degree requirements for the BA in International and Global Studies. The language and area studies minor requirement will be waived for students who double major in French, Spanish, or Modern Language Combination. Other minors may be substituted with the program coordinator’s approval.

Available online

  • Anthropology in Multicultural Studies
  • Diversity and Social Inequality
  • Latin American Area Studies

Note: Double majoring in one of the programs with a minor listed above will qualify for the minor requirement.

Political Science Exit Exam

Students must complete the Educational Testing Service Field Exam in Political Science during the student’s graduating semester.

Online Courses

Some elective choices, options in specialization areas, and courses that are not in the major may not be offered online. Due to restrictive state regulations, UCF is not permitted to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. More information is available here.

Departmental Exit Requirement

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the major
  • Complete the Educational Testing Service Field Exam in Political Science during the student’s graduating semester.

Transfer Notes

Lower division courses taken at community colleges do not substitute for Upper Division courses.

University Minimum Exit Requirements

  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of summer credit.

For additional information contact:

Dr. Paul Vasquez or Mr. Nick Schenk

College of Sciences

Department of Political Science


Career Opportunities

  • civil service worker
  • congressional aide
  • diplomat
  • FBI agent
  • foreign service officer
  • global human resources manager
  • humanitarian relief worker
  • intelligence officer
  • international account executive
  • journalist
  • lawyer
  • lobbyist
  • professor

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