International Relations (IR)

The International Relations program seeks to educate students through a traditional liberal arts and interdisciplinary curricula. The program is committed to teaching skills in critical and perspectival thinking, problem solving, communication, research, teamwork, and communication technology.

The program is structured with a set of general core course requirements, which students should complete by the beginning of their junior year.  Additionally, students take courses in two of the IR fields in which the student chooses to concentrate (Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, International Law and Organizations, International Political Economy). Finally, in consultation with their advisor, students select courses as International Relations Electives.

The program is ideal for those who want to pursue careers in diplomacy, media, local and national government, and international and non-governmental organizations. It is also an excellent stepping stone toward graduate programs in international relations, history, political science, public administration, law, and business.  It is strongly recommended that a student majoring in International Relations also Minor in History.

Bachelor of Arts in International Relations

Program Lead: Dr. Dmytro Roman Kulchitsky          Program E-mail: IR@auk.edu.kw

International Relations Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the AUK Major in International Relations, the student will be able to:

  • • Examine diverse theories and perspectives of international relations.
  • • Identify problems, issues, patterns and questions relevant to the study of international politics.
  • • Apply research methods involved in the study of contemporary international relations.
  • • Assess both qualitative and quantitative data relevant to different political and economic systems and their institutional arrangements.
  • • Apply critical thinking and writing skills when analyzing political and economic problems, issues, and arguments in a variety of local, national, regional, and international contexts.
  • • Reconstruct concepts, models, and theories of international relations.
  • • Communicate decisions as leaders in the national, regional, and international arena.

Admission to Program:

•     High school Graduates of Scientific Section: 70% for Thanawiya Amma and British
       System (2.5 for Muqararat and American School)
•     High school Graduates of Literary Section: 74% for Thanawiya Amma and British        System (2.7 for Muqararat and American School)


University Degree Requirements (124 Credit Hours)

To receive the degree of Bachelor of Arts with a Major in International Relations, students must complete at least 124 credit hours. Students should be mindful of the College requirement that a minimum of 36 hours of upper-level (300-level and above) courses must be completed at AUK.  The eighteen (18) of these upper-level hours need to be taken in the IR major.

  • • General Education Requirements (49)
  • • Major Requirements (69 credit hours), composed of:
           o  Core Courses (18)
           o  Area Studies Courses (27)
  • • International Relations Electives (12)
  • • Free Electives (18)
Major Requirements (45 Credit Hours)
Major requirements include 6 required core courses (18 credit hours), followed by 9 Area Studies courses (27 credit hours) in “Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution,” “International Law and Organizations,” and “International Political Economy”:

Core Course Requirements (18 credit hours)
Students must take the following core courses (18 credit hours):

HIST 105

World History Since 1900

(3)[S]

HIST 201

History and Politics of Kuwait

(3)[S]

IR 101

Introduction to International Relations

(3)[S]

IR 210

Methods of Research in International Relations

(3)[S]

PLSC 202

International Relations

(3)[S]

PLSC 204

International Political Economy

(3)[S]

Field Concentrations (27 credit hours)
Majors are also expected to take 9 (27 credit hours) additional upper-division (300-level or above) courses, three courses from each of the two fields in which the student chooses to concentrate, and three other courses including two senior seminars, to be selected from courses in the IR program.

Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution

AMST 409

American Foreign Policy Since World War II

(3)

HIST 202

History and Politics of the Iranian World

(3)[S]

HIST 389*

Special Topics

(3)[S]

IR 310

20th Century Arab Middle East

(3)[S]

IR 345

Conflict Resolution

(3)[S]

IR 386

Perspectives on US Foreign Policy in Middle East

(3)[S]

IR 389*

Special Topics

(3)[S]

PLSC 207

International Relations of Arab States

(3)[S]

PLSC 321

Islamic Political Philosophy

(3)[S]

PLSC 322

Western Political Theory

(3)[S]

PLSC 327

Comparative Ethnicity, Identity, and Ethnic Conflict

(3)[S]

PLSC 389*

Special Topics

(3)[S]

IR 485

Senior Seminar in Conflict Resolution

(3)


*The student must consult with their Academic Advisor to ensure that the Special Topics course with the prefix IR, HIST or PLSC falls under the “Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution” concentration.

International Law and Organizations

HIST 389*

Special Topics

(3)[S]

IR 339

International Organizations

(3)[S]

IR 341

Public International Law

(3)[S]

IR 342

International Human Rights

(3)[S]

IR 343

Terrorism and International Law

(3)[S]

IR 389

Special Topics

(3)[S]

PLSC 389*

Special Topics

(3)[S]

IR 486

Senior Seminar in International Law and Organization

(3)


*The student must consult with their Academic Advisor to ensure that the Special Topics course with the prefix IR, HIST or PLSC falls under the “International Law and Organizations” concentration.

International Political Economy

HIST 389*

Special Topics

(3)[S]

HIST 389

Economic History: 20th Century

(3)

IR 309

Dynamics of Globalization

(3)[S]

IR 389

Special Topics

(3)[S]

IR 405

Comparative Economic and Political Systems

(3)[S]

IR 412

Sustainable Development

(3)[S]

PLSC 389*

Special Topics

(3)[S]

PLSC 306

Global Political Economy

(3)[S]

IR 487

Senior Seminar in International Law and Organization

(3)


*The student must consult with their Academic Advisor to endure that the Special Topics course with the prefix IR HIST or PLSC falls under the "International Political Economy" concentration.

International Relations Electives (12 credit hours)
Students must choose 4 courses (12 credit hours), in consultation with their Academic Advisors, from the following prefix designations:  AMST, HIST, IR, PLSC, and SBSA.  Students may also substitute courses approved by the Program Lead from the following prefix designations:  FRNC, ECON, PHIL and SPAN.

Free Electives (18 credit hours)
Majors are expected to take 6 courses (18 credits hours) of their choice from among courses in Arts and Sciences.

Information on internship assessment for internships offered by the Division of Social Sciences is also located at the end of the “Division of Social Sciences” section of the Catalog.

International Relations 2012-2013 4 Year Plan*

Check course listings for prerequisites and restrictions

Year 1

Semester-1

 

 

Prefix

Number

Title

Prerequisite/s

ENGL

101

Critical Reading and Writing

 

IR

101

Introduction to International Relations

 

EDUC

100

Essentials of Learning

 

General

 

General Education Requirement

 

General

 

General Education Requirement

 

 

Year 1

Semester-2

 

 

Prefix

Number

Title

Prerequisite/s

ENGL

102

Writing and Information Literacy

 

HIST

105

World History since 1900

 

General

 

General Education Requirement

 

General

 

General Education Requirement

 

General

 

General Education Requirement

 

General

 

General Education Requirement

 

 

Year 2

Semester-1

 

 

Prefix

Number

Title

Prerequisite/s

ENGL

108

Public Speaking

 

PLSC

202

International Relations

 

IR

210

Methods of Research in International Relations

 

General

 

General Education Requirement

 

General

 

General Education Requirement

 

 

Year 2

Semester-2

 

 

Prefix

Number

Title

Prerequisite/s

HIST

201

History and Politics of Kuwait

 

PLSC

203

Comparative Politics

 

PLSC

204

International Political Economy

 

General

 

General Education Requirement

 

General

 

General Education Requirement

 

General

 

General Education Requirement

 

 

Year 3

Semester-1

 

 

Prefix

Number

Title

Prerequisite/s

IR

 

Field Concentration

 

IR

 

Field Concentration

 

IR

 

Field Concentration

 

IR

 

Elective

 

General

 

General Education Requirement

 

 

Year 3

Semester-2

 

 

Prefix

Number

Title

Prerequisite/s

IR

 

Field Concentration

 

IR

 

Elective

 

IR

 

Elective

 

Elective

 

Free Elective

 

Elective

 

Free Elective

 

 

Year 4

Semester-1

 

 

Prefix

Number

Title

Prerequisite/s

 IR

 

Field Concentration

 

IR

 

Field Concentration

 

IR

 

Field Concentration

 

Elective

 

Free Elective

 

Elective

 

Free Elective

 

 

Year 4

Semester-2

 

 

Prefix

Number

Title

Prerequisite/s

IR

 

Field Concentration

 

IR

 

Field Concentration

 

IR

 

Field Concentration

 

IR

 

Elective

 

Elective

 

Free Elective

 

*Does not include students' placement into ENGL 100.