International Relations

Students participate in a joint simulation exercise.

Virtually no sector of American life is immune from international influences. The study of International Relations historically concentrated on the geopolitics of war and diplomacy among nation states. Recently, the field has broadened its focus to incorporate environmental issues, cooperative interstate behavior, globalization, hunger and poverty, as well as the work of international bodies like the United Nations and the World Bank.

Students who graduate with Political Science Degree in International Relations are poised to enter the Foreign Service or the intelligence community. They may also join a nongovernmental organization, an international corporation, or begin graduate study. This concentration is ideal for students anticipating a military career.

Below are the medium salaries for occupations requiring an International Relations degree

  • Foreign Service Officer – $87,797
  • Intelligence Analyst – $70,130
  • Director, Non-profit Organization – $60,518

Degrees Awarded

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations


Major Requirements

The Political Science concentration in International Relations major consists of 42-53 s.h. distributed as follows:

B.A. requirement: One foreign language through the 2020-level or demonstration of competence.

B.S. requirement: None

Required Core Courses

  • PSC 1510 American Government (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 2100 Research Methods in Political Science (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 2270 Comparative Politics (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 3330 Public Administration (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 3410 Congress and the Presidency (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 3510 International Relations (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 4600 Senior Seminar (3 s.h.)

Required International Relations Courses

  • PSC 3050 Democratic Principles and Theory (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 3470 American Foreign Policy (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 4400 International Organizations (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 4510 International Political Economy (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 4010-4080 Area Studies (one course) (3 s.h.)

History Elective

Select any 3 s.h. from the following:

  • HIS 3010 Topics in Modern Asian History (3 s.h.)
  • HIS 3050 Islam and the Islamic World (3 s.h.)
  • HIS 3310 Topics in Latin American History (3 s.h.)
  • HIS 3700 Contemporary World History (3 s.h.)
  • HIS 3810 European Social and Cultural History (3 s.h.)
  • HIS 4110 Modern Russia (3 s.h.)
  • HIS 4210 American Military Experience (3 s.h.)

Political Science Elective

  • Any 3 s.h. with a PSC prefix.

Completion of the Area Concentration Achievement Test.


Minor Requirements

The International Relations minor consists of 18 s.h. distributed as follows:

Required Core Course

  • PSC 3510 International Relations (3 s.h.)

International Relations Electives

Select 15 s.h. from the following:

  • PSC 2270 Comparative Politics (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 3050 Democratic Principles and Theory (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 3470 American Foreign Policy (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 4400 International Organizations (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 4510 International Political Economy (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 4010-4080 Area Studies (one course) (3 s.h.)
  • HIS 3010, 3050, 3700, 3810, 4110, 4210 (one course) (3 s.h.)

Contact the Political Science Program

Dr. Andrew Ziegler, Jr.

Andrew Ziegler, Ph.D.

Chair & Professor of Political Science; Director, Tally Center for Leadership; Lura S. Tally Professor of Leadership
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Dr. Andrew Ziegler, Jr.
Andrew Ziegler, Ph.D.

Chair & Professor of Political Science; Director, Tally Center for Leadership; Lura S. Tally Professor of Leadership

B.S., Florida State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Florida

Bio:

Andrew Ziegler joined the full-time faculty of Methodist University in 1998. He helped design the MU Leadership Program in which students can receive a Minor in Leadership Studies or Church Leadership. Recently, he helped develop the Leadership Fellows Program.

In April 2014, Dr. Ziegler received the MU Cleveland Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2017, he was named the Lura S. Tally Professor of Leadership. His two favorite courses are LSS 3000 Principles of Leadership and PSC 4600 Political Science Senior Seminar.

Before coming to Methodist, Dr. Ziegler served as an Infantry officer in the United States Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He was commissioned through ROTC at Florida State University.

His military awards include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Air Assault Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.

One of his favorite Army assignments was teaching Political Science at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  His advanced degrees are in Political Science from the University of Florida.

His publications include articles in peer-reviewed journals, a book chapter, and a co-edited book on comparative politics. He has also presented papers and served on panels at various academic conferences.

Currently, Dr. Ziegler serves on the board for Fayetteville’s Institute for Community Leadership and volunteers with the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Alliance. Previously, he served on the Executive Council of the North Carolina Political Science Association.

Dr. Ziegler enjoys traveling, jogging, and dancing, and he is President of the Cape Fear Ballroom Dancers.

He and his wife, Kalli, have been married for over 40 years, and they reside in Fayetteville, NC.  They have two adult daughters and three grandchildren.

Research Interest:

Leadership development

(910) 630-7488
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