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International Politics Minor

About the Degree

MSSU's international politics minor is designed to prepare studentsfor a variety of opportunities such as,working within intergovernmental organizations (eg. UN, WTO, IMF, World Bank), nongovernmental international advocacy groups (e.g. Greenpeace, Oxfam, USAID), taking the Department of State's Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT), or undertaking further graduate study in political science and international relations. Students will be introduced to the fields of international relations, American foreign policy and policy analysis, globalization and international political economy, and comparative politics.

What You'll Learn

  • The elements of international cooperationincluding trade, alliances, environmental treaties, intergovernmental organizations, international law, and more.
  • The causes and consequences of international conflict including, inter-state war, terrorism, civil war, and economic protectionism.
  • The principles of international negotiation, treaty formation, and inter/intra-state bargaining.
  • The composition of dictatorships and democracies and the effects of comparative governments on political outcomes.
  • The process of foreign policy construction and the analysis of foreign policy decisions in the context of American Foreign Policy.
  • The principles of internationaltrade and internal workings of the vast array of IGO and NGO actors in the international economic environment, including multinational corporations.
  • The elements of nation-state formation, types and structures of government, and the scientific study of politics.
  • Students will also be introduced to political methodologies, including game theory, statistics, and econometrics.

This Degree is Great for You if:

  • You are interested in working for an international group, such as an intergovernmental or nongovernmental international organization.
  • You are planning on taking the Department of State's Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT).
  • You are planning to pursue further graduate study in international relations or political science.
  • You are interested in potential opportunities to work for advocacy groups with an international focus.
  • You are interested in going to law school with a focus on internationallaw.


Current Catalog

Minor in International Politics