International Peace and Conflict Resolution 3+2 Requirements

Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (3+2 program)

Students wishing to pursue the five-year accelerated B.A. in International Studies and M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution will complete all requirements for the B.A. in International Studies and the M.A. in IPCR in five years.

In years one to three, students are expected complete all Undergraduate Curriculum requirements as well as most requirements for the International Studies major, including the majority of their coursework, study abroad, the language requirement, and Senior Thesis. In year four, they complete the International Studies major as well as all first-year requirements for the IPCR degree. This is made possible through a number of courses that count for both the IS major and the IPCR degree. In year five, they complete their IPCR requirements, including study abroad, internship and thesis.

Undergraduate Curriculum and Major Requirements for the International Studies Track

The International Studies major is highly flexible. It requires 12 courses in the major (typically 46-48 credits) plus a language proficiency requirement. (Depending on a student’s level of proficiency, this consists of 0-4 courses or 0-16 credits.) Students must take three 100 level courses, IS Research Writing (IS 201), three additional 200-level courses, three 300-level courses, and the Senior Seminar sequence (IS 490 and 491). Four of these courses must be within the student’s concentration. Students choose among six concentrations: Africa and the Middle East; The Americas; Europe and the Mediterranean; Global Health and Human Rights; The Social Life of Globalization; Sustainable Development.

Additionally, International Studies majors must study abroad, and appropriate courses taken abroad count toward the major. For many, Undergraduate Curriculum requirements will be met in the course of completing courses for the major. Typically, the following requirements will be met fully through the International Studies major: Global Connections Experience; Self and Society, Cultural Legacies, Research Writing, Modern Languages, Crossing Boundaries, Global Connections, Cultural Legacies, Global Connections Experience, Senior Seminar. Additionally, the following requirements will typically be partially or fully met through the International Studies major: Quantitative Reasoning, Writing, University Seminars. The following requirements are not met through the International Studies major: Creative Expressions, Natural and Physical World, Visual Literacy, First-Year Seminar. Additionally a math class and EN 101 are not taken within the major. Students should anticipate taking 7 to 12 courses to meet Undergraduate Curriculum requirements that do not also count toward the major as well as the 2-credit Global Connections Reflection course.

Study Abroad Possibilities for the International Studies Track

International Studies students must study abroad for at least one semester during years one or two. If they are eligible for First Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE), they may study abroad for two semesters, but they will need to consult with advisers to ensure that they are on target to complete all requirements for the B.A. by the end of year four. If students are not participating in FYSAE, there is a possibility of studying abroad for all of year two, but they will need to consult with advisers upon entry to the program to ensure that they are on target to complete all requirements for the B.A. by the end of year four. Students who study abroad for two semesters in year two must take IS 201 (Research Writing) in the spring of year one and must take the gateway class for their concentration in fall of year one. They also must have their coursework abroad approved prior to going away for the entire year.

Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (3+2 program)

Students who want to pursue the accelerated B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution will complete all degree requirements in five years.

In years one to three, students complete all Undergraduate Curriculum requirements as well as most of the requirements for the Political Science major, including the Senior Thesis and any study abroad. In year four, students complete all requirements for the Political Science major and begin coursework for the IPCR master’s program. This is made possible as a number of IPCR courses are cross-listed as Political Science courses and will be counted as undergraduate credits. In year five students complete their IPCR requirements, including study abroad, internship and thesis.

Undergraduate Curriculum and Major Requirements for the Political Science Track

Most Political Science majors in the accelerated program will choose the International Relations concentration. To complete this concentration, of the 40 credits required by the Political Science major, 20 must be selected from approved international offerings. All Political Science majors must take PS 101 (American Politics), 150 (Comparative Politics), 241 (International Relations), 245 (Political Thought or 330 (American Political Thought), 490 and 491 (Senior Thesis Seminars). Additionally, Political Science majors must take four electives, at least two of which must be at the 300 level. Political Science majors typically take two to six courses within the major that meet Undergraduate Curriculum requirements within the major. The following Undergraduate Curriculum requirements can typically be met within the Political Science major: Self and Society, Senior Capstone, Crossing Boundaries and Research and Writing. Additionally, if students take a recommended Statistics class, they can meet a Quantitative Reasoning Mathematics requirement. There is also the possibility that certain University Seminars will count toward the Political Science Major. The additional Undergraduate Curriculum requirements are taken outside the major.

Study Abroad Possibilities for the Political Science Track

Political Science majors may study abroad any time except for the third year due to the need to complete the Senior Thesis before commencing graduate work in the fourth year. Students should work with their advisers, who will ensure that they are on track to meet all the requirements for the accelerated program.

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