Diplomacy and Global Politics- Bachelor of Arts

For information, contact the Department of Political Science, 218 Harrison Hall, 513-529-2000.

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.

This major requires that at least 17 of the 33 major hours and at least 9 of the 22 related hours must be earned at Miami. Required courses and related hours may not be taken on a credit/no-credit basis. A GPA of at least 2.00 is required for required courses as well as related hours.

Program Requirements

(Minimum 33 hours, plus 22-28 related hours)

Core courses
(At least one must be a writing (W) section.
POL 221Comparative Politics3
POL 241American Political System3
POL 271World Politics3
Diplomacy and international relations
Select two of the following:6
Global Gender Politics
American Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy Analysis
U.S. National Security Policy
Global Governance
International Law
International Security Issues
Politics in global regions
Select at least two courses from two regional clusters 112
Eurasia and East Asia
Communism and Soviet Politics, 1917-1991
Post-Soviet Russian Politics
Havighurst Colloquium
Africa, Middle East, and Latin America
Politics of the Middle East
Politics of Latin America
Latin America: The Region and the World
Europe: East and West
Comparative European Pol:Lux
Politics of Western Europe
Politics of Eastern Europe
European Union: Politics and Policies
Required Capstone
Select one of the following:3
Civil Society and Modern Politics
The International System
Individual Lives and International Politics
Conflict Management in a Divided World (An additional 3 hours is required from the core or study abroad.)
An additional 3 hours is required from the core or study abroad.3
Total Credit Hours33

Related Requirements

(minimum 22 hours - maximum 28)

Cognate courses:
ECO 201Principles of Microeconomics3
ECO 202Principles of Macroeconomics3
STA 261Statistics4
Advanced foreign language study:
At least 6 semester hours in a foreign language at the 300 level or higher (not in translation)6
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)6-12
Total Credit Hours22-28

CAS Writing Competency Requirement

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Diplomacy and Global Politics 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. Complete one of the required POL Capstone courses (all of which meet the Writing requirement).

Note about Double Majoring in the Department

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.