Course Requirements

The IPPCC curriculum builds advanced mastery in the practice of American foreign policy, international political economy, international law and organizations, and international security. The program is a five course, 13-credit hour program, delivered entirely online, that teaches the core conceptual and practical basis for modern international relations. The program can be completed in 2 to 3 summers:

  • POLS 700, Introduction to International Politics (1 credit): Introduces students to the essential theoretical approaches to international politics, explores important historical and contemporary questions and debates in international affairs, and teaches methods for thinking critically about international relations. The course also introduces students to the skills and methods necessary for successful online learning. Current syllabus
  • POLS 701, American Foreign Policy (3 credits): Provides a historical and analytical examination of U.S. Foreign Policy since World War II. The course is divided into three main topics: (1) the history of U.S. Foreign Policy since World War II, (2) an examination of the institutions and processes that guide foreign policy formation and implementation, and (3) a review and analysis of salient foreign policy challenges facing the U.S. today. Current syllabus
  • POLS 702, International Political Economy (3 credits): Analyzes the interaction of politics and economics in the international arena, both historically and in the contemporary era of globalization. Focuses on international trade, monetary, and financial relations in both developed and developing economies. Current syllabus
  • POLS 703, International Organizations & Law (3 credits): Familiarizes students with some of the major international organizations (IOs) and regimes of international law that have a profound effect on patterns of international cooperation and conflict. Current syllabus
  • POLS 704, National Security Affairs (3 credits): A survey of security studies in international relations. The course is organized by empirical topic, with a mix of theoretical and empirical readings for most weeks. Topics include arms competition, the causes of war, war termination, third party intervention and conflict resolution, alliances, crisis bargaining, cooperation, deterrence, proliferation and terrorism. Current syllabus