Diplomacy and Global Politics

Diplomacy and Global Politics Major

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. 

NOTE: ALL POL FOUR CREDIT COURSES HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO THREE CREDIT COURSES BEGINNING FALL 2015.

I. Core Requirements (minimum 33 hours)

1. Core courses--All of these:

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

2. Diplomacy and international relations—two of these:

  • POL 326 Comparative Ethnic Politics (3)
  • POL 346 Global Gender Politics (3)
  • POL 373 American Foreign Policy (3)
  • POL 374 Foreign Policy Analysis (3)
  • POL 376 US National Security Policy (3)
  • POL 381 Global Governance (3)
  • POL 382 International Law (3)
  • POL 386 Global Competition (3)
  • POL 387 International Security Issues (3)

3. Politics in global regions--at least TWO courses from TWO regional clusters below:

A. Eurasia and East Asia

  • POL 328 Politics of Central Asia (3)
  • POL 331 Communism and Soviet Politics, 1917-1991 (3)
  • POL 332 Post-Soviet Russian Politics (3)
  • POL 335 Politics of East Asia (3)
  • POL 375 International Relations of East Asia (3)
  • POL 440/540 Havighurst Colloquium (3)

B. Africa, Middle East, and Latin America

  • POL 336 Politics of the Middle East (3)
  • POL 337 Politics of Latin America (3)
  • POL 338 Contemporary African Politics (3)
    POL 339 Nationalism, Islam and Democracy in Arab Politics (3)
  • POL 370B African Politics & Society through Literature (3)
  • POL 378 Latin America: The Region and the World (3)
  • POL 438 Africa in the Global Economy (3)

C. Europe: East and West

  • POL 321.L Comparative European Politics (3)
  • POL 333 Politics of Western Europe (3)
  • POL 334 Politics of Eastern Europe (3)
  • POL 423/523 European Union: Politics and Policies (3)

NOTE: With approval of advisor, students may apply relevant coursework taken in an approved study abroad program as substitute for one or two courseson politics in global regions.

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

  • POL 419/519 Civil Society and Modern Politics (3)
  • POL 424 Transatlantic Seminar (4-6)
  • POL 439 North American Politics: Unity and Diversity (3)
  • POL 471/571 The International System (3)
  • POL 487 Individual Lives and International Politics (3)
  • POL 489/589 Conflict Management in a Divided World (3)

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 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. Study abroad: 12 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)

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.


STUDENTS ENTERING FALL 2013 OR AFTER - 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 of which meet the Writing 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.