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Department of Political Science and International Studies

228 Albert W. Brown Building
(585) 395-2584

Chair and Associate Professor: Andrea Rubery, PhD, Georgetown University; Professor: Stephen H. Ullman, PhD, University of Minnesota; Associate Professors: Mark Chadsey, PhD, SUNY Buffalo; Dena Levy, PhD, University of Iowa; Assistant Professors: Cynthia Boaz, PhD, University of California, Davis; John Fitzpatrick, PhD, SUNY Buffalo; Mark Wintz, PhD, University of Pittsburgh.

The Department of Political Science and International Studies offers two majors. The political science major provides concentrations designed for careers in the public and private sectors — ranging from government service and practical politics to fields such as law, state and local government, international affairs and diplomacy, teaching, journalism, and intergovernmental organizations. The political science major is well-suited to many careers where knowledge of government behavior and institutions is useful. The international studies major is multidisciplinary in nature — training students for careers associated with foreign policy— international business, international organizations, and other occupations requiring individuals who are “globally skilled.” International studies is well-suited to a host of professions associated with the emergence of a globally interdependent world.

Political Science Major

Political science is the study of the state and of power relations within states and among them, as they are and as they ought to be. It seeks a better understanding of political and governmental behavior and institutions in order to enable society to use its collective resources more ­effectively for the general welfare. The principal sub-fields in the SUNY Brockport Department of Political Science and International Studies are political philosophy, American politics and government, comparative government and politics, and international relations.

Political science is a liberal arts discipline, therefore, the SUNY Brockport Department ­of Political Science and International Studies emphasizes its contributions to the general intellectual development of students. Its subject matter is essential for informed, effective citizenship and is especially pertinent for those entering the fields of law, government service, politics, journalism, and social and global ­studies.

The department administers several student award funds for the Brockport College Foundation, including the James A. Schiller Memorial Award, given to an incoming student who has demonstrated an interest in practical politics or public service, intends to major in political science, and plans a career in politics or public service; the Harold Rakov Memorial Award, intended for an upper-division political science major and which is awarded on the basis of academic performance; and the Paul Hanks Memorial Award, presented to a pre-law student.

Service Courses in Political Science

The Department of Political Science and International Studies offers courses to meet a variety of student educational needs and graduation requirements. These include:

Course Number Course Name
I. General Education
A. Social Sciences Knowledge Area Courses:
PLS 111 International Relations
PLS 112 Comparative Politics
PLS 113 American Politics
B. Humanities Knowledge Area Courses:
PLS 203 Political Thought
C. Comparative Perspective Courses:
PLS 112 Comparative Politics
D. Contemporary Issues Courses:
PLS 314 Issues in American Politics
PLS 338 Global Issues
PLS 356 Political Economy
PLS 362 Women in Western Political Thought
PLS 435 Legal Rights of the Disadvantaged
E. Perspectives on Women Courses:
PLS 313 Gender Politics
PLS 362 Women in Western Political Thought
PLS 435 Legal Rights of the Disadvantaged

II. Corequisites for other majors: Some political science courses are corequisite requirements for academic majors offered by other departments, such as the Department of Criminal Justice.

III. Free electives: Political science courses may be used as free electives to satisfy intellectual curiosity or to complement other aspects of a student’s program.

IV. Overseas academic programs: The department participates in the SUNY Brockport social science programs in London and Paris. SUNY Brockport is home of the most comprehensive overseas education program in the SUNY system; more students study abroad through SUNY Brockport than through any other SUNY overseas program.

V. Academic internship programs: The department operates the SUNY Washington Program, the premier internship program in Washington, DC. It also participates in the Albany Semester Programs, which introduces students to New York state government. In addition, the department offers internships in campaigns, county and local governments, political parties and law offices.

Major in Political Science

The following requirements were effective fall 2002: Students who declared their major prior to fall 2002 and have taken and completed either PLS 300 Political Statistics or PLS 302 Political Analysis (or both) do not need to take PLS 303 Political Science Methods.

The political science academic major program requires a total of 36 credits, distributed as follows:

Course Number Course Name Credits
A. 15 credits in the following required courses:
PLS 111 International Relations 3
PLS 112 Comparative Politics 3
PLS 113 American Politics 3
PLS 203 Political Thought 3
PLS 303 Political Science Methods 3
Total: 15

B. Twelve credits in upper-division courses (300/400 level), including at least one course from each of the four sub-fields: American politics, political philosophy, international relations and comparative politics.
American Politics: PLS 309, 311, 312, 313*, 314, 316, 317,318, 319, 320, 324, 326, 359, 361,367*, 401, 402, 403, 412, 420, 425, 435, 490, 491, 492/493 (Albany Semester), 495/496/497 (Washington Program)

Comparative Politics Courses: PLS 305, 337, 340, 342, 343, 346, 348, 364, 367*, 383, 447, 448, 470, 475*

International Relations Courses: PLS 304, 333, 338, 339, 410, 444, 445, 475*

Political Philosophy Courses: PLS 313*, 353, 354, 362

* Course is eligible to be applied as upper-division requirement in more than one sub-field. Appropriate sub-field to be determined by course instructor.

C. Nine additional credits in PLS electives.
Every political science major must have a faculty advisor who must be consulted at least once each semester.

Minor in Political Science

The political science academic minor program requires 18 credits in political science courses, including two of the four required lower-division courses for majors, and 12 additional credits in upper-division political science courses. Every political science minor must have a faculty advisor who must be consulted at least once each semester.

Pre-law Preparation

Students preparing to enter law school may do so through any of SUNY Brockport’s many academic major programs, provided their undergraduate program is broad and liberal in the classic sense. More important than specific subject matter, according to law educators, is the development of skills and habits conducive to legal reasoning. Special advisement for students preparing for law school is available through Brockport’s Pre-law Advisement Committee. Contact the Department of Political Science and International Studies, Albert W. Brown Building, (585) 395-2584.

Combined Political Science/Master of Public Administration (MPA).

The Combined Political Science/Master of Public Administration Program allows a limited number of qualified political science majors to complete their combined bachelor’s degree and master’s in public administration degree in five years. Students must have met the College’s admission criteria and been admitted to the undergraduate Political Science Program at SUNY Brockport to be eligible for the combined program. Students must have at least a cumulative 3.0 or better GPA through the end of their sophomore year and may apply to the Combined Program in the first semester of their junior year. A cumulative 3.0 or better GPA through the student’s senior year must be maintained in order to remain eligible for the Combined Program. The BS degree is awarded at the end of the senior year, and the MPA is awarded at the end of the fifth year upon successful completion of the MPA course requirements.

For more information about the MPA program, please consult the Department of Public Administration Web page

Political Science Courses

PLS 111 International Relations (A,O,S). Studies the macro international political system, traditional power politics and theories, emerging global interdependence, and the challenge represented by terrorism and globalization. 3 Cr.

PLS 112 Comparative Politics (A,D,S,W). Examines the government and politics of selected foreign countries. Both industrialized and developing countries will be studied. 3 Cr.

PLS 113 American Politics (A,D,S). Assesses and describes the organization and interaction of the components of American national government. Covers topics such as elections, Congress, the presidency, courts and the US Constitution. 3 Cr.

PLS 203 Political Thought (A,G). Studies the works of major political philosophers, including Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, and J.S. Mill. 3 Cr. Every Semester

PLS 303 Political Science Research Methods (A). Introduces students to the research methods and techniques used in the discipline of political science. Covers elementary statistics and other approaches to political analysis including content analysis, experiments and survey research techniques. 3 Cr.

PLS 304 International Relations Simulation (A). Consists of student preparation for and participation in simulations of parts of the decision making process of various Great Powers. 3 Cr.

PLS 305 The Politics of European Integration (A). An examination of the largest transnational regional experiment in European and world history. Prepares students for participation in simulation of decision-making process of the European Union. Simulation alternates annually between SUNY campuses and a European university. 3 Cr.

PLS 309 Campaigns and Elections (A). This course explores the election campaigns in the United States, with some attention to campaigns overseas. While campaigns at all levels (federal, state and local) will be discussed, the focus will be on federal elections. Topics include campaign financing, voting behavior, campaign strategies and the use of media in elections. 3 Cr.

PLS 311 Parties and Interest Groups (A). This course examines the nature, environment, and development of political parties and interest groups. Students will explore several facets of parties such as party identification and voting; activists, organization, and party activities in government; what the parties represent; and party reform. Students will then look at the nature of organized interests, single-issue politics and social movements, and, finally, the future of parties and interest groups. 3 Cr.

PLS 312 Introduction to Public Administration (A). Covers public management, inter-governmental relations, budgeting and finance, public personnel, program evaluation, and research. 3 Cr.

PLS 313 Gender Politics (A,I,W). Cross-listed as WMS 313. Explores, from a feminist perspective, the socio-political barriers that have made women the “majority minority” or “silenced majority.” Includes barriers such as discriminatory legislation, political folkways, sex gender roles, and myths that have created and perpetuated a male-dominated society. 3 Cr.

PLS 314 Issues in American Politics and Government (A,I). Covers a selection of contemporary issues of concern to our nation. May include topics such as lobbying and democracy, the power of the president, the death penalty and school prayer. 3 Cr.

PLS 316 Congressional Politics (A). Analyzes elections to and decision making in Congress. Emphasizes factors influencing legislative behavior and the interaction of Congress with other governmental and non-governmental units, such as the media and interest groups. 3 Cr.

PLS 317 American Presidency (A). Explores the historical roots of the modern presidency. Emphasizes interaction of the presidency with other governmental and non-governmental units such as Congress, the media, the bureaucracy and public opinion. Explores the evolution of the modern presidential campaign. 3 Cr.

PLS 318 State and Local Government (A). This course introduces students to the study of state and local government and politics by examining the social, economic, and cultural context in which the politics occur. Topics include the study of federalism, the role of the media and the effects of public opinion on state and local politics. 3 Cr.

PLS 319 Urban Politics (A). Covers the politics and governments of America’s cities. 3 Cr.

PLS 320 Introduction to Law and Legal Process (A). Covers the judicial process, including its structure and organization, and the political dimensions of judicial decision making. 3 Cr.

PLS 324 Constitutional Law I (A). Covers the practices, customs and traditions of the Supreme Court. Focuses on the founding of the Constitution and the early cases decided by the Court. Includes topics such as judicial review, federalism, presidential and congressional power, the Commerce Clause, and nationalization of the Bill of Rights. 3 Cr.

PLS 326 Constitutional Law II (A). Surveys 20th Century Supreme Court civil rights and civil liberties cases. Includes topics such as freedom of speech, press, religion, due process rights, equal protection, voting rights and rights of women and minorities. 3 Cr.

PLS 333 American Foreign Policy (A). Prerequisites: PLS 113 or PLS 111. Covers post-World War II American policy formation and execution. Explores the role of the presidency, Congress, the military, the intelligence branches, and public opinion in shaping policy. Examines the changing foreign policy environment as containment gives way to more pro-active doctrines. 3 Cr.

PLS 337 Politics of Nonviolent Struggle (A). Nonviolent resistance ended imperial rule in India, challenged Nazi occupation in Europe, established a civil rights regime in the United States, and dismantled dictatorships from Chile to Czechoslovakia and South Africa to Serbia. This course will draw on a range of political theory and case studies to examine issues related to the legitimacy of using nonviolent means instead of force to achieve political and social objectives. 3 Cr.

PLS 338 Global Issues (A,I,W). Covers a selection of issues such as military weapons growth, problems of world order, gender issues, terrorism, globalization, international politics of energy, food, population growth and natural resources. 3 Cr.

PLS 339 The Morality of War (A). Prerequisites: PLS 111 or PLS 112. Examines the use of force from both historical and contemporary perspectives. 3 Cr.

PLS 340 European Political Systems (A). Provides an intensive, in-depth study of the politics and governments of selected western European countries, especially Great Britain, France and Germany. 3 Cr.

PLS 342 Latin American Politics (A). Covers the major forces in Latin-American domestic and international politics and US-Latin-American relations. 3 Cr.

PLS 343 Canadian Politics and Society (A). Explores Canada’s geography, history, demography and culture; federal and provincial institutions, e.g., the Prime Minister, House of Commons, parties; and governmental policy on language and international affairs. 3 Cr.

PLS 346 Russian and Eastern European Politics (A,C). Explores the political institutions of the former Soviet Union and its neighbors, with an emphasis on challenges to democratic transition. 3 Cr.

PLS 348 Asian Politics (A). Prerequisite: PLS 112. Examines some of the important theoretical and historical questions and events challenging those who study Asian politics as the world enters a new millennium. China and Japan will be the two primary nations under examination although examples will be taken from all over Asia and the world. 3 Cr.

PLS 353 American Political Thought (A). Explores the founding roots of Federalism and Anti-Federalism via early puritan writings, the founding documents, Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers and the personal writings of several Founding Fathers. 3 Cr.

PLS 354 Politics and Literature (A). This course examines political themes through various means and literary genres. Ten works of history and fiction will be read, spanning from the ancient Greek world to the 21st century. 3 Cr.

PLS 357 Origins of Current Issues (A,I). Examines the philosophical origins underlying today’s political ideologies and issues. The ideologies and issues examined will vary from semester to semester. 3 Cr.

PLS 359 Political Behavior (A). Prerequisite: PLS 113. The study of political behavior focuses on the actions of-as opposed to the institutional constraints on-individuals, small groups, and large organizations as they interact with the political world through activities such as voting, joining parties and interest groups, protesting government actions, and consuming mass media. The course evaluates behavior from a variety of perspectives such as the psychological, economic, sociological, and political. 3 Cr.

PLS 360 Comparative Public Opinion (A). This course examines public opinion in democratic societies. Students will first explore fundamental concepts such as attitudes in the mass media and political elites, the impact of public opinion on political representation and policy making, and an introduction to opinion formation and survey methodology. Then students will investigate public opinion across a number of countries and regions such as Europe, Latin America, and Asia. 3 Cr.

PLS 361 Public Opinion (A). How do we develop our political ideas? How do these ideas relate to our personalities? In what ways does public opinion shape the decision-making process of our government? Allows students to acquire and apply research skills to find answers to these questions. 3 Cr.

PLS 362 Women in Western Political Thought (A,D,I,W). Cross-listed as WMS 362. Covers major theories of sexual politics, which include Freud’s theory of femininity, reform liberalism, socialist theory, and the theory of radical feminism. 3 Cr.

PLS 367 Press and Politics (A,I). A survey and analysis of the involvement of the press in the political process. The interaction of the press with political and governmental institutions will be examined and consideration given to the political orientation of the press, restraints upon its performance, and the role of the press in shaping domestic and foreign policy decisions. The result of this examination will be evaluated in the context of selected foreign press systems. 3 Cr.

PLS 383 Mid-East in World Politics (A). Studies political conflict of global issues and international politics. Covers the Arab-Israeli conflict. 3 Cr.

PLS 392 Topics in Political Science (A). Covers selected topics focusing on contemporary political issues and problems. May be repeated as topics change. 3 Cr.

PLS 395 Perspectives on American Democracy (A). In this course, students will learn about various disciplinary perspectives on American democracy from members of the SUNY Brockport faculty. Students will actively use this knowledge to interpret and critique current issues and events throughout the semester. Students will also select at least one disciplinary perspective for a research project that will be designed to bridge the gap between academia and the world outside its walls. 3 Cr.

PLS 399 Independent Study (A). Defined in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr. Every Semester

PLS 401 Local Government Internship (A). Enables students to serve as interns in town, city or county government, engaging in such activities as research, constituent service, and planning. Provides placements in administrative agencies, as well as local legislative bodies. 1-6 Cr. Every Semester

PLS 402 Legal Internship (A). Provides an experiential learning opportunity. Places student interns in either a public or private law office, undertaking paraprofessional responsibilities. 3-6 Cr. Summer

PLS 403 Introduction to Legal Studies (A). Introduction to Legal Studies is designed to help prepare students for law school. Students will receive a general understanding of the legal system and be introduced to basic legal principles in substantive areas like civil procedure, due process, contracts, torts, legal remedies, etc. 3 Cr.

PLS 410 International Political Economy (A). Prerequisite: PLS 111. Explores the political forces behind global economic relations. Includes key topics such as international trade and monetary relations, the impact of the international system on domestic politics, and the relationship between rich and poor countries. Also includes these specific issues: the importance of the World Trade Organization, regional trade blocs, and the political influence of multi-national corporations. 3 Cr.

PLS 412 Public Policy: Values, Means, Methods (A). The course is designed to be an introduction to public policy studies in general and to provide the student with an understanding of the values, means and methods used in formulating, analyzing and implementing public policy. 3 Cr.

PLS 420 Civil Liberties, Civil Rights and the Constitution (A). Examines public policy and constitutional rights, focusing on controversial constitutional issues such as affirmative action, capital punishment, adoption, and free press/fair trial. Utilizes a seminar format to discuss issues. 3 Cr.

PLS 425 Law and Social Problems (A,D,I). The purpose of this course is to understand and critically evaluate various current legal issues. The focus will be on learning to succinctly think about and opine on issues from legal, social, political, economic, moral, religious and national vs. international perspectives. 3 Cr.

PLS 435 Legal Rights of the Disadvantaged (A,D,I,W). Cross-listed as AAS 435, WMS 435. An issue-oriented course. Provides an understanding of how the US legal system can improve the status of disadvantaged blacks, Hispanics, women, prisoners, the poor, students, Native Americans, homosexuals, and those with mental and physical disabilities. 3 Cr.

PLS 440 Politics and Diversity (A,D,I). Define and examine concepts of multi-culturalism and examine different national approaches to the issue. Impart awareness of diversity’s meaning and implication and an appreciation of the connections between politics and diversity. 3 Cr.

PLS 444 National Security (A). Prerequisite: PLS 111. Examines post-World War II and post-Cold War changes in national security (military defense) policy perception, planning and implementation as a result of technological advances. In particular, focuses on military defense policies, including strategies and tactics of the Great Powers, and other powers of military consequence. Considers the challenger of asymmetrical conflict. 3 Cr.

PLS 445 International Law and Organization (A). Introduction to modern public international law and to major international organizations such as the United Nations and associated bodies as well as major regional organizations. 3 Cr.

PLS 447 Russia in Transition (A). The course will focus on current issues relevant to the transition of the former Soviet Union to a democratic form of government and a market economy. 3 Cr.

PLS 470 Nationalism (A). Cross-listed as INS 470. Examines the post-World War II force of nationalism as a driving force in the international system, with special attention to the post-Cold War period. Includes topics such as ethnic nationalism and regional conflicts, multinational states, and multi-state nations. 3 Cr.

PLS 475 Political Geography (A,C). Cross-listed as INS 475. Covers key aspects of geopolitics as it affects foreign policy and international politics in the post-World War II period. Examines topics such as resources, environment and human geography, as well as issues associated with the study of geography-politics relationships, gateway states, shatterbelts, heartland concept, and trade ties. 3 Cr.

PLS 490 Moot Court Seminar (A). Students analyze and discuss the issues and problems of a specific case. They prepare a written brief and present an oral argument related to the case. 3 Cr.

PLS 492 Albany Internship (A). Enables selected students to serve as interns at the New York Assembly or Senate, or a state agency in Albany. Provides an experiential learning opportunity. 1-12 Cr. Every Semester

PLS 493 Albany Internship Seminar (A). Enables selected students to serve as interns at the New York State Assembly or Senate, or a state agency in Albany. Conducted on site in Albany. 1-6 Cr. Every Semester

PLS 495 496 Internship in National Politics I and II (Washington Program) (A). Enables selected students to serve as interns in an executive branch, Congressional office/committee, judicial office, political party organization, or a politicized private organization in Washington. Requires a major research project. 6 Cr.

PLS 497 Seminar: National Interns (Washington Program) (A). Focuses on the evaluation of lessons learned from the internship experience. Requires oral presentations concerning research projects. 4 Cr. Every Semester

PLS 499 Independent Study (A). Defined in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-6 Cr. Every Semester

International Studies Major

International studies is an interdisciplinary major that provides students with a broadly based course of study, focusing on the driving forces in world affairs today. As a sole major, international studies is an excellent preparation for careers in government, international business and public service. As a second major, it complements study in many fields because it centers on the international domain within which a wide range of careers operates.

At SUNY Brockport, we firmly believe that an international studies degree is an education in the future of our nation and the world because an international studies student will be versed not only in the subject areas studied, but will also be trained analytically in problem identification and problem solving where international matters are concerned. Toward this end, international studies students will speak and write at least one foreign language, will have experienced one of SUNY Brockport's many outstanding study-abroad opportunities, and will be computer literate. Given the rise in global interdependence in communications, transportation, trade, financial transactions, and a host of other activities, a degree in international studies is a passport to the emerging challenges of the 21st Century.

SUNY Brockport also offers interdisciplinary programs in international business, Asian studies and Latin American studies, as well as programs overseas that can be integrated into the international studies major. (See the department chair for further information.)

The Curriculum

The international studies major requires 15 credits of foundation course work, six intermediate level credits, and 15 credits of upper-division course work in one of six thematic or functional tracks and a foreign language requirement.

Course Number Course Name
Foundation Courses Select five courses for a total of 15 credits
*(Delta College Equivalents)
PLS 111 International Relations (Required)
PLS 112 Comparative Politics (Required)
AAS 104 Institutional Racism
ANT 100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (*DCC 215 or 315)
ARH 202 Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern (*DCC 210 or 310)
BUS 345 International Business Environment
ECN 202 Principles of Economics-Macro
ENL 164 Literature, Arts and Culture II (*DCC 210 or 310)
ENL 165 International Fiction
ESC 102 Elements of Geography
HST 102 The World and the West: The Modern Era (*DCC 215 or 315)
PLS 333 American Foreign Policy

Note: The following Delta College courses have been determined to fulfill INS Core requirements:

ANT 100 = DCC 215 or DCC 315
ARH 202 = DCC 210 or DCC 310
CMC 418 = DCC 220 or DCC 320
ENL 164 or ENL 165 = DCC 210 or DCC 310
HST 102 = DCC 215 or DCC 315

Intermediate Level Courses Select two of five courses for a total of six credits.

Course Number Course Name
ANT 330 World Poverty and Economic Underdevelopment
MC 418 Cross Cultural Communication
CRJ 451 International Criminal Justice
PLS 338 Global Issues
SOC 306 Social Change in the Third World


Upper Division Courses Select five courses for a total of 15 credits
Electives may not duplicate foundation or intermediate-level courses.

I. Thematic Tracks

I. Thematic Tracks

Course Number Course Name
AAS/DNS 330 African Dance II
AAS 360 Africa Today
AAS/ENL 367 African Novel
AAS/HST 460 Modern Africa
ANT 317 Culture and AIDS
ANT 330* World Poverty and economic Underdevelopment
ANT 332 China in Transition
ANT 405 Applied Anthropology
DNS 200 Traditional Dance Styles
ESC 432 Tropical Meteorology
ENL 366 Arabic Culture and the West
PLS 364 Comparative Political
ENL 367 African Novel Development
ENL 474 Caribbean Literature
ENL 475 Post-Colonial Literature
FCE/WMS 375 Latin American Women
HST 361 History of Japan
HST 363 Islam
HST 376 Modern Latin America
HST 388 Traditional China
HST 434 Modern Caribbean
HST 438 Women and Gender in Latin American History
HST 467 Modern South Asia
HST 487 Asian Survey
PLS 342 Latin American Politics
PLS 348 Politics of the Far East
PLS 410 International Political Economy
PLS 475 Political Geography
SOC 306* Social Changes in the Third World

B. Former and Current Communist Societies

ANT 317 Culture and AIDS
ANT 332 China in Transition
ANT 405 History of the Soviet Union
HST 389 Modern China
HST 463 Revolution and Communism in China
HST 487 Asian Survey
PLS 305 Politics of European Integration
PLS 346 Russian and East European Politics
PLS 348 Politics of the Far East
PLS 364 Comparative Political Development
PLS 447 Russia in Transition
PLS 304 International Relations Simulation

C. Advanced Industrial Societies

Course Number Course Name
ANT 317 Culture and AIDS
ANT 405 Applied Anthropology
ENL 355 European Mythologies
HST 300 Modern Europe
HST 337 Early Modern Europe
HST 347 Europe's Long 19th Century
HST 351 Nazi Germany
HST 359 European Women
HST 361 History of Japan
HST 364 History of Britain
HST 449 20th Century Europe
PLS 304 International Relations Simulation
PLS 305 Politics of European Integration
PLS 339 The Morality of War
PLS 340 European Political Systems
PLS 343 Canadian Politics and Society
PLS 410 International Political Economy

D. Multi-regional Track
Concentration of three courses in one of the above areas
Two courses from two other areas

II. Functional Tracks 36 Credits

A. International Environmental Issues

ANT 310 World Health Crisis
ANT 315 The Migration Experience
ANT 321 Culture Change
ANT 330 World Poverty and Underdevelopment
BUS 345 International Business Environment
CHM 372 Environmental Issues
CRJ 440 Environmental Law
ESC 364 Water Resources Issues
ESC 432 Tropical Meteorology
PLS 475 Political Geography

B. International Business Track

Students must have taken ECN 202 from among the core INS courses to qualify for this track. Students should be aware of business/economics departmental prerequisites, which are strictly enforced. Students must choose five classes from among the following:

Course Number Course Name
BUS 335 Principles of Marketing
BUS 345* International Business Environment
BUS 433 International Marketing
BUS 445 International Financial Management
ECN 443 International Economics
ECN 453 International Business Seminar
PLS 410 International Political Economy

*Indicates a foundation or intermediate-level course that is also available as an upper-level course option. Students cannot use these courses to fulfill both requirements.

Foreign Language Requirement

Student must demonstrate competence in an appropriate foreign language with the completion of one year of intermediate-level study or an appropriate score on a qualifying exam. Advanced-level study is strongly recommended.

Delta College Global Studies Track

The international studies major may be elected by Delta College students pursuing Option II. (See Delta College entry for details).

Study Abroad

International studies majors are expected to take advantage of one of SUNY Brockport's many opportunities to study abroad. Overseas programs may take the form of traditional studies or an internship program. Study abroad is possible through Brockport in England, France, Canada, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, Greece, New Zealand, Jordan, Mexico, the Czech Republic and Russia. Internships are available with many organizations and businesses, including the British Parliament and Amnesty International's home office in England, as well as many more in Scotland, Mexico and Costa Rica. Most study-abroad programs and internships count toward completion of the major.
Closer to home, students may also take part in the Washington Program Internship/Study Program. Work opportunities include the State Department, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, the World Bank, congressional committees on international affairs, and the World Health Organization. Contact Pat Coates, Office of International Education, Morgan III, (585) 395-2119, for more information on study abroad and international internships.

International Organization Simulations

SUNY Brockport takes part in model European Union simulations. This acquaints students with the operations of international politics and the workings of influential organizations.

International Studies Minor

Students choosing to minor in international studies must complete 18 credits of course work, including a minimum of six credits at the upper-division level. PLS 111 International Relations and PLS 112 Comparative Politics are required. A minimum of two additional courses must be selected from the following list:

Course Number Course Name
ANT 100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ENL 164 Introduction to World Literature
ENL 165 International Fiction
CMC 418 Cross-cultural Communication
ESC 102 Elements of Geography
HST 102 The Modern World
PLS/INS 475 Political Geography
ECN 202 Principles of Economics-Macro
SOC 306 Social Changes in the Third World

For appropriate electives, consult departmental listings or see department chair.

International Studies Courses

INS 470 Nationalism. Cross-listed as PLS 470. Examines the post-World War II force of nationalism as a driving force in the international system, with special attention to the post Cold War period. Includes topics such as ethnic nationalism and regional conflicts, multinational states and multistate nations. 3 Cr.

INS 475 Political Geography (A,C). Covers key aspects of geopolitics as it affects foreign policy and international politics in the post-World War II period. Examines topics such as resources, environment and human geography, as well as issues associated with the study of geography-politics relationships: gate-way states; shatterbelts; heartland concept; and trade ties. 3 Cr.

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