Students majoring in International Relations can specialize in several emphases* that reflect both the mission of LMU and current global issues. These emphases include Conflict, International Security, and Peacebuilding, Human Rights, International Development & Political Economy, and Asian Studies. While students still need to take the required upper division courses (POLS 3620, POLS 4650, and a 5xxx level course), students may choose to take their other electives courses within one of these tracks of study in order to investigate a thematic area more closely.

We have developed these emphases, based on a sample of current course offerings, to assist with course selection and program planning.

 

 Thematic Emphases

Conflict, International Security & Peacebuilding
POLS 3620 | International Security
POLS 3630 | Peace and Reconciliation
POLS 3650 | US Foreign Policy
POLS 3960 | Future of the United Nations
POLS 3998 | International Organizations
POLS 3998/5998 | International Law and Maritime Disputes
POLS 3998 | Model United Nations
POLS 4750 | Foreign Policy Analysis
POLS 4960 | Political Violence and Terrorism
POLS 5420 | Rivalry and Cooperation in East Asia
POLS 5730 | Ethics and Peacebuilding
POLS 5960 | Humanitarian Aid and Intervention
POLS 5998 | Law of War

 

Human Rights
POLS 4510 | Slavery, Abolition, Modern Slavery
POLS 5720 | Comparative Human Rights
POLS 5960 | Humanitarian Aid and Intervention
POLS 5998 | Food Politics
POLS 5998 | Global LGBT Politics
SOCL 3260 | Human Trafficking
SOCL 3371 | Gender and Global Migration

 

International Development & Political Economy
ECON 3410 | World Economic History
ECON 3700 | International Trade
ECON 3720 | International Finance Theory
ECON 4740 | Economic Development
POLS 3998 | International Organizations
POLS 4650 | Global Political Economy
SOCL 3371 | Gender and Global Migration

Regional studies courses which examine questions of development, along with other issues include: Politics of Africa, Politics of Latin America, and Politics of Middle East. 

 

Regional Emphases / Area Studies

Interested students may also be able to carve out a regional focus on Europe or Latin America with the assistance of their advisor. Classes in these fields of study are regularly offered, but the course offerings change often.

Asian Studies
ASPA 3600 | Introduction to Asian Media
ASPA 3500 | Econ/Pol issues of Contemporary Asia
ASPA 3970 | Popular Culture in East Asia
ASPA 3998 | Asia Media Practicum
HIST 4820 | Modern China
POLS 3998/5998 | International Law and Maritime Disputes
POLS 5420 | Rivalry and Cooperation in East Asia

 


*Please note the emphasis is not an official concentration that will appear on student degrees or transcripts. This is a recommended path of study within the International Relations major.