International Relations

International Relations

Courses & Curriculum

The International Relations program at Canisius College is a multidisciplinary program anchored in the Departments of History, Modern Languages and Political Science but that also includes courses in international business, economics, religious studies, philosophy and other academic disciplines. The goals of the program are to provide the International Relations major with a basic understanding of the issues, functions and theories of the international system and to cultivate skills in research, writing, critical thinking and oral presentation that are necessary for success in a career in the fields of international affairs, international business, law, education, and academia. Students majoring in International Relations must also satisfy a requirement for an International Educational Experience. Each student’s program is structured to maximize options after graduation. Completion of the major program along with the Core Curriculum and an appropriate number of free electives will lead to a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations.

Qualifications for the major

The International Relations major and minor must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all courses taken for the major or minor, a grade of C or better in PSC 140 (Introduction to International Relations), and an overall GPA of 2.0 for all courses taken.

International Relations Requirements

The Director of the International Relations Program works closely with the Director of International Partnerships and Study Abroad at Canisius College to set up and monitor study abroad programs for Canisius students at a wide range of universities throughout the world. Canisius students may study at the following institutions under articulation agreements that have been approved by Canisius College and the host university abroad: the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia; the University of Antwerp in Belgium; Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and the Universidad Federal Do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Porto Alegre, Brazil; La Casa de la Solidaridad in San Salvador, El Salvador; the Catholic University of Lille, the IÉSEG School of Management of Lille and Paris, and the Ecole de Management of Strasbourg in France; the University of Dortmund, the Catholic University of Eichstaett, and the Berlin School of Economics and Law in Germany; the National University of Ireland in Galway; Lorenzo de’Medici in Florence and Rome in Italy; Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan; the Universidad del Pacifico in Lima, Peru; the University of Oviedo, the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, and the Institut Químic de Sarrià (IQS) of Barcelona in Spain; Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea; and London Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom. Students may also study at an accredited university abroad other than those listed above. Students doing this have recently studied at universities in Egypt, Jordan, Poland, and Senegal.

Students who spend a semester abroad at a foreign university may count up to three courses as International Relations major electives as long as these courses have been pre-approved by the director of the International Relations Program. Students who spend a year studying at a foreign university may be able to count more than three courses as International Relations major electives, but this will require special permission from the director of the International Relations Program. As a general rule, students must complete the International Relations Core of nine courses at Canisius College. Exceptions to this rule may be approved by the International Relations Program Advisory Council.

Co-Curricular Opportunities

The International Relations Program at Canisius College organizes a Model United Nations Conference for area high school students in the fall semester of each year.  Members of the student club Model United Nations Diplomacy Organization (MUNDO) play an important role in planning, organizing and conducting the conference. MUNDO members also attend Model UN Conferences for college students at different sites during the year and sponsor and assist with the annual Human Rights Conference in the spring of each year. 

Every spring the International Affairs Society hosts the Human Rights Conference. The conference, which normally lasts two to three days, provides students with a forum from which they may present the results of their research on a variety of human rights issues and thus help educate the community about the threats to human rights in today’s world. The conference is open to participation by any student, undergraduate or graduate, who wishes to present his or her human rights-related research in a conference setting.

Awards

Each year the International Relations Program makes two awards, the Award for Academic Excellence to the graduating International Relations major with the highest cumulative grade point average and an outstanding record of scholarly achievement, and the Award for Global Understanding and Involvement to the graduating International Relations majors who have distinguished themselves by their demonstrated commitment to promoting international understanding at home and abroad.


International Relations Curriculum


1. Core Curriculum Requirements: 
View the Core Curriculum requirements.  All students complete these requirements as part of their overall Canisius education.

2. Major course requirements:
(17 courses)

A.  Major Requirements (9 courses: 8 core courses plus Seminar)

 

History Sequence: choose one of the three course groupings

 

6 credits

Group 1 

 

HIS 107 History of Modern Europe to 1815

 

HIS 1081 History of Modern Europe since 1815

 

or

 

 

Group 2

 

HIS 109 History of Asia to 1800

 

HIS 110 History of Asia since 1800

 

or

 

 

Group 3 

 

HIS 131 Latin American History to 1830

 

HIS 132 Latin American History since 1830

 

 

   

ECO 101 Principles of Macroeconomics

 

3 credits

PSC 140 Introduction to International Relations

3 credits

PSC 150 Introduction to Comparative Politics and Government

3 credits

HIS 300 Historical Geography

3 credits

HIS 399 History of U.S. Foreign Relations

 

 

or

3 credits

PSC 245 American Foreign Policy

 

International Business: one 300 or 400-level international business course 

3 credits

PSC 442 Seminar in International Relations

3 credits

 

 

B. Modern language

Modern language training through the Intermediate-High level

(ML 215-216/217)        

15 credits

300-level course in a Modern Foreign Language

3 credits

 

C.  Major electives(7 courses)
Electives chosen from approved list in Economics, Finance, 
History, International Business, Modern Languages, 
Philosophy, Political Science, and Religious Studies

21 credits


3.  Free electives:
Free electives are courses in addition to the Core Curriculum and major requirements sufficient to reach a minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation. Students may graduate with more but not less than 120 credit hours. 


Recommended Schedule:

Fall

   

 

Spring

   

Freshman Year

           

PSC 140

 

3 credits

 

PSC 150

 

3 credits

HIS 107 or HIS 109 
or HIS 131

 

3 credits

 

HIS 108 or HIS 110 
or HIS 132

 

3 credits

Modern Language 215

 

3 credits

 

Modern Language 216

 

3 credits

ECO 101

 

3 credits

       

 

           

Sophomore Year

           

Modern Language 300

 

3 credits

 

IR Major Elective

 

3 credits

IR Major Elective

 

3 credits

 

IR Major Elective

 

3 credits

HIS 399 or PSC 245

 

3 credits

       

 

           

Junior Year

           

IR Major elective

 

3 credits

 

IR Major Elective

 

3 credits

IR Major elective or 
300-400 level Business

 

3 credits

 

IR Major elective or 
300-400 level Business

 

3 credits

HIS 300

 

3 credits

       

 

           

Senior Year

           

IR Major elective

 

3 credits

 

PSC 442

 

3 credits


Students pursuing a dual major in another discipline will use their free electives to satisfy requirements in those majors. In this case, the recommended schedule for the sophomore, junior and senior years may differ from that described above.

Tracks within the International Relations Major

Within the International Relations major a student may pursue one of four distinct tracks in International Business, International History, International Politics, and Language and World Culture. Or a student may opt to pursue none of these tracks but fulfill the program major requirements listed above without concentrating in any particular area of the program. If a student chooses to pursue one of these four tracks, this will affect his or her choice of major electives. A student pursuing one of these tracks would still be required to take a modern foreign language through the advanced level and one course in that language beyond the advanced level and to satisfy the international experience requirement. For further information, contact the director of the International Relations Program.

International Politics: A student pursuing the track in International Politics would take in addition to the eight IR core courses listed above 1) four political science courses in the fields of international relations or comparative politics approved as IR major electives by the International Relations Program Advisory Council, 2) one course in international business, 3) one IR major elective in either international business or history, and (4) one course in any field except foreign language as either an IR major elective or a designated world culture course.

International History: A student pursuing the track in International History would take in addition to the eight IR core courses listed above 1) five history courses in the field of international history approved as IR major electives by the International Relations Program Advisory Council, one course in international business, one IR major elective in either international business or political science, and one course in any field except foreign language as either an IR major elective or a designated world culture course.

International Business: A student pursuing the track in International Business would take in addition to the eight IR core courses listed above 1) five courses in international business approved as IR major electives by the International Relations Program Advisory Council, including IBUS 301 (Fundamentals of International Business), MGT 472 (Comparative Management), MKT 475 (International Marketing) and FIN 460 (International Finance); 2) two courses in history and/or political science approved by the International Relations Program Advisory Council as IR major electives; and 3) one course  approved by the International Relations Program Advisory Council as an IR major elective in a field other than international business or a course in history, political science, religious studies, or another area designated as a world culture course.

International Relations Major Electives

ECO 460        International Trade    
ENT 312        International Entrepreneurship    
FIN 460        International Finance    
HIS 213        20th-Century Europe
HIS 229        The Violent Century in Films    
HIS 230        Holocaust in Historical Perspective
HIS 260        Canada and the World
HIS 263        Wars of Latin America    
HIS 280        The Making of Modern Africa    
HIS 309        World War I
HIS 338        Britain's Empire    
HIS 339        Nazi Germany, World War II, and the Holocaust
HIS 342        The Global Cold War
HIS 345        20th-Century Russia        
HIS 346        Age of European Fascism, 1919-45    
HIS 347        History of Marxism    
HIS 348        20th-Century Marxism
HIS 356        20th-Century China
HIS 359        History of Modern Japan 1868 to the Present
HIS 365        U.S.-Latin American Relations since 1898
HIS 394        Contemporary Middle East    
HIS 399        History of US Foreign Relations    
HON 231        War and Peace After 9/11        
HON 247        Islam: Religion, History and Culture        
IBUS301        Fundamentals of International Business        
MGT 380        International Business Seminar        
MGT 440        Global Supply Chain Management        
MGT 472        Comparative Management Systems    
MGT 475        Doing Business in Latin America
MKT 474        Doing Business in Canada    
MKT 475        International Marketing        
MKT 478        Global Logistics and Transportation        
PHI 262        Philosophy of International Law        
PSC 241        Human Rights and Globalization        
PSC 242        International Organizations        
PSC 244        War: Causes and Consequences        
PSC 245        American Foreign Policy        
PSC 250        Politics in Latin America    
PSC 343        Aid and Development
PSC 345        Transnational Crime after 9/11
PSC 346        National Security Council
PSC 355        European Union
PSC 360        Political Economy of the Developing World
PSC 370        Domestic Conflicts and Peace       
PSC 452        Politics of Identity in Europe 

International Relations World Culture Courses

FRC 433        Survey of French and Francophone Literature I
FRC 434        Survey of French and Francophone Literature II
FRC 437        Francophone History and Culture in Film I
FRC 439        Francophone History and Culture in Film II
FRC 449        Nos Voisins du Nord: Exploring the Francophone Regions of Canada
FRC 451        French Seminar and Special Topics
FRC 452        Tour de l’Amérique du Nord: Following the French in North America
FRC 453        War and Memory
FRC 454        Héritages Francophones
GER 441        The Young Generation and Civil Courage - 1848 to today
GER 443        Pioneers, Paragons, and Visionaries
GER 445        German Customs and Traditions
GER 451        Nobel Laureates for Literature
GER 453        German Literature after 1945
GER 455        The Weimar Republic: Culture and Literature
GER 457        German Theater - From its Beginnings to Today
GER 462        Germany Today
GER 463        1989 - The Fall of the Berlin Wall in the European Context
GER 465        1968 in the European Context
GER 467        Germany since 1871 - Political System and Form of Government
GER 472        Contemporary German Film
GER 473        German Literature and Film
GER 475        The History of German Film since Weimar
GER 478        Jewish Philosophers of German Ancestry
GER 480        The Life of the Mind
HIS 226        History of Ireland
HIS 331        The British Monarchy
HIS 358        Traditional Japan
HIS 387        Representations of the Holocaust in Literature, Film, Music, and Art
HON 219        African Ethics & Christianity
HON 248        Religions of the East
HON 357        Global Pentecostalism
HON 377        Plantation Psychosis: The Plantation in World Literature
HON 378        Magic Realism
PHI 271        Philosophy of Human Rights
RST 220        Introduction to Eastern Religions
RST 222        African Religions
RST 224        Islam: Tradition and Revival
RST 327        Modern Global Christianity
SPA 405        Spanish Literary Myths: Don Quixote, Don Juan, and Carmen
SPA 420        Spanish Contemporary Essay
SPA 433        La Telenovela: The Soap Opera in Latin America
SPA 436        Detective Fiction: Murderous Seduction
SPA 453        Who’s Afraid of Franco? Almodóvar and La Movida: The Films of Pedro Almodóvar and After
SPA 455        Spanish Short Fiction
SPA 456        Cuban Cinema of the Revolution (in Cuba/Study Abroad)
SPA 459        The Body Erotic/The Body Politic: Sexuality as Political Discourse in Latin America and Spain
SPA 460        Lorca and his Époque
SPA 463        Magic Realism: Latin America and the Boom

Internships

The International Relations Program happily supports students who seek internships. A variety of internship programs are available in the Buffalo area, though students may also seek internships through programs like the foreign policy Washington Semester Program at American University or Summer Internship Program in Washington, D.C. Such programs are designed to permit students to broaden their international relations education through contact with a diverse array of political participants.

Dual Majors

Dual majors have been developed between the International Relations Program and the Departments of History, Modern Languages and Political Science as well as with the programs in European Studies and International Business. It is also possible to pursue a dual major with other academic programs such as Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Latin American Studies, and Sociology/Anthropology. For further information on dual majors, contact the director of the International Relations Program.

Students pursuing a dual major in International Relations and another major may double count as many courses as possible toward the satisfaction of International Relations major requirements.

Dual Major in International Relations and International Business

The International Relations Program has worked closely with the International Business Program to develop a double major in the two disciplines. A student pursuing a double major in International Relations and International Business must complete the core curriculum in the School of Business and take IBUS 301 (Fundamentals of International Business), FIN 460 (International Finance), MGT 472 (Comparative Management) and MKT 475 (International Marketing), as well as three international business electives. Of those courses offered under the auspices of the International Relations Program, the following — HIS 300 (Historical Geography), PSC 355 (European Union) and PSC 442 (Seminar in International Relations)— are among those that have been approved for International Business major credit. For further information, consult the statement on the Double Major in International Business and International Relations in the catalog description of the International Business Program.

International Relations Minor

Total (9 courses plus language competence)

History Sequence: Choose one of the three course groupings (6 credits)
Group 1
HIS 107 History of Modern Europe to 1815
HIS 1081 History of Modern Europe since 1815

or

Group 2
HIS 109 History of Asia to 1800
HIS 110 History of Asia since 1800

or

Group 3
HIS 131 Latin American History to 1830
HIS 132 Latin American History since 1830

PSC 140 Introduction to International Relations (3 credits)
PSC 150 Introduction to Comparative Politics and Government (3 credits)
HIS 300 Historical Geography (3 credits)

Minor electives: three courses chosen from approved list in economics, finance, history, business, modern languages, political science and religious studies (9 credits)

 

Course in International Business (3 credits) 

 

Language Competence:  A student pursuing a minor in International Relations must also demonstrate competence in a modern foreign language through the Intermediate Mid level (ML 215) according to guidelines established by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages.

 


1 A student may substitute HIS 213 (20th-Century Europe) or HIS 230 (The Holocaust in Historical Perspective) for HIS 108.