International Relations

Changes effective Fall Term 2015

Faculty teaching International Relations courses include members of the Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions in the College of Arts and Sciences. Please see the schedule of classes for each academic term for specific assignments.

The international relations major asks questions about security, diplomacy, and power relations among nation-states as well as non-state actors; the nature of political life in other societies; the development of economic relationships within and between states; the historical and cultural origins of American, European, Asian, Latin American, and African countries; and requires a degree of proficiency in foreign language. International Relations majors typically graduate to careers in the foreign service, public and private sector internationally-focused organizations, or graduate and professional school.


Majors complete fourteen (14) courses in the four different academic categories of political science, history and culture, economics, and modern languages, at least half of which must be at the 300-400 level. There are four (4) required core courses (POL 130, POL 453, ECO 202, and ECO 203) of which POL 453 is the capstone taken during the last year of study. While we encourage study abroad, a maximum of five (5) transfer courses will be counted toward the major, and no more than two (2) transfer courses will be accepted in a single academic category for the major.


Five (5) courses required for an understanding of comparative politics, international relations, and foreign policy.

  • POL 100 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POL 130 Introduction to International Politics (Required)
  • POL 232 World Issues of Our Times
  • POL 301 Revolution in the Modern World
  • POL 302 Politics of Global Poverty
  • POL 304 Middle East Politics
  • POL 306 Muslims in Western Politics
  • POL 307 Islam and Politics
  • POL 309 Global Democratization
  • POL 312 Problems of Latin America
  • POL 313 East European Development
  • POL 315V Topic: Brazil's Political and Economic Development
  • POL 315W Security and Democracy
  • POL 315X Politics of Tourism
  • POL 315Y Individual Ethics and Global Politics
  • POL 317 Latin America and the U.S. in World Politics
  • POL 319 U.S.-China Relations (SHA 350)
  • POL 321 The Politics of Latin America
  • POL 323 Global Environmental Affairs
  • POL 330 Peace and Conflict Studies
  • POL 331 International Political Economy
  • POL 332 International Human Rights
  • POL 333 Case Studies in Sustainable Development
  • POL 334 Political Economy of Japan
  • POL 351 International Security
  • POL 352 International Law
  • POL 353 Foreign Policy of the U.S.
  • POL 354 International Organization
  • POL 358 European Government and Politics
  • POL 370 Comparative Modern Ideologies
  • POL 384 East Asian Politics
  • POL 385 Politics in China (SHA 385)
  • POL 422 Seminar in Comparative Politics
  • POL 453 Seminar in International Politics (Required)

Three (3) courses required for a basic understanding of economic ideas and introduction to the world economy.

  • ECO 202 Economics in Historical Perspective (Required)
  • ECO 203 Principles of Micro- and Macroeconomics (Required)
  • ECO 204 Alternative Economic Perspectives
  • ECO 254 Latin American Economies
  • ECO 263 Issues in Chinese Reforms
  • ECO 304 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECO 305U Economic Development of Latin America
  • ECO 306 Monetary Economics
  • ECO 307 International Economics
  • ECO 308 European Emerging Markets
  • ECO 310 International Finance
  • ECO 323 Political Economy of Chinese Development
  • ECO 325 Distribution of Income and Wealth
  • ECO 327 Comparative Economic Systems
  • ECO 331 Globalization and Gender
  • ECO 335 Gender Issues in Latin American Economic Development
  • ECO 351 Economic Development
  • ECO 370 Economics of Piracy


Two (2) courses are required in a modern language at the 200 intermediate level. The courses must be conducted in that language, with the purpose of achieving reading and conversational proficiency (courses in translation may not be counted). If either intermediate level course is waived, an appropriate 300- or 400-level course will be required.

The two-course requirement may be waived by demonstrating 'native proficiency' in a modern foreign language, as determined by the Rollins College Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (this applies to languages taught by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures). If the language is not taught at Rollins, the two-course requirement may be waived by demonstrating a proficiency in a modern foreign language at the 'advanced' level by passing a standardized test administered by the ACTFL Testing Office. Information and application forms for these tests can be obtained from the Rollins College Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Receiving a foreign language waiver does not reduce the total number of courses required for the international relations major (14). Students receiving such a waiver are required to take two additional courses from the lists of approved courses in international relations (political science, history, economics, and cultural area studies). The international relations major does not grant waivers, exemptions, or substitutions for the two-course foreign language requirement to students who do not have proficiency in English and at least one other modern foreign language.


Four (4) courses are required with an area emphasis on history and culture, at least two of which must focus on the developing world. Students must confirm this developing world focus with their advisor and professor in that course.

Global North (Developed): US/Canada/Europe/Russia/Australia

  • EUR 120/320 The European Union: A Cultural Evolution
  • FRN 242 Imaginary Voyages in French Prose Fiction: Butor and Tournier
  • GMN 221 Germany Today: East Meets West
  • GMN 241 There's No Place Like Home
  • GMN 252 Looking Back at the Third Reich
  • HIS 113 Modern Europe 1500-1815
  • HIS 114 Modern Europe 1815-present
  • HIS 120 Decade of Decision
  • HIS 130 History of a City
  • HIS 142 U.S. to 1877
  • HIS 143 U.S. Since 1877
  • HIS 150 Modern Japan
  • HIS 265J Topic: The Holocaust
  • HIS 320 Mexican-US Relations
  • HIS 346 U.S. Since 1945
  • HIS 350 U.S.-China Relations
  • HIS 355 History of the Soviet Union
  • LIT 231 Survey of German Literature I
  • LIT 243 19th- and 20th-Century French Novel
  • LIT 251 Fiction into Film
  • RSN 220 The Rise of Russia: From Its Beginnings to the First World War
  • RSN 221 Introduction to Russian Culture
  • RSN 222 History of Russian Painting
  • RSN 227 Russian Folklore Through Film
  • RSN 234 Russian in the Movies
  • RSN 241 Masterpieces of 19th-Century Russian Prose in Translation
  • RSN 242 Masterpieces of 20th-Century Russian Prose in Translation
  • SPN 242 Masters of Latin American Film

Global South (Developing): Africa/Latin America/Asia

  • ANT 201 Cultures of the Caribbean
  • ANT 202 Latin American and Caribbean Culture and Society
  • ANT 205 Asian Film and Culture
  • ANT 207 Anthropology of Modern Africa
  • ANT 215 Human Ecology
  • ANT 219 Cultures of the Amazon
  • ANT 252 Cultures of China
  • ANT 255 Middle East Culture
  • ANT 259 Contemporary Middle East and North Africa
  • ANT 277 Women and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa
  • ANT 302 The Maya
  • ANT 305 Murder, Memory, and Maya
  • ANT 319 Anthropology of Globalization
  • ANT 345 Brazilian Amazon
  • ANT 355 Middle East Film and Culture
  • ANT 361 Anthropology and the Environment
  • ANT 365 The Real and Supernatural in Latin America
  • HIS 161 Modern China
  • HIS 163 Modern East Asia
  • HIS 201 Researching Asian History
  • HIS 265 Topics in History: Introduction to Latin American History
  • HIS 322 Modern Mexican History
  • HIS 323 Modern Latin American History
  • HIS 349 Chinese Revolutions
  • HIS 361 Contemporary China
  • HIS 365 Topics in Latin America
  • HIS 365Y Modern Argentina
  • HIS 375 Aspects of War
  • LAC 200 Latin American Culture and Society
  • LAC 305 Topics in LACA
  • LAC 400 Seminar in Latin American and Caribbean Studies


Finally, beginning with the Class of 2016, students must complete an international experiential learning component for the major. This requirement is fulfilled by providing appropriate documentation and writing a 750-word essay based on your experience with Rollins College or other approved study-abroad programs, shorter field study trips attached to regular Rollins curriculum, study in an internationally-related program at American University in Washington, D.C., your experience in the U.S. as an international student, work or military service abroad, or a pre-approved internship or employment with an international focus.