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The Major

The new major (adopted in Fall 2017) requires 12 to 14 courses and has a range of 36 to 42 credits, in addition to a study abroad semester.  Note: courses in italics represent planned courses to be approved by the Curricular Planning Committee.

  • Introductory Courses (both of the following)

    • POLS 111 Introduction to Comparative Politics and International Relations
    • ECON 100 Introduction to Economics
  • Research Methods Courses (one of the following)

    • ECON 204 Statistics for Economics
    • POLS 339 Approaching Political Puzzles
    • POLS 3XX Politics Research Methods
  • Theory Course (the following course)

    • POLS 371 Theories of International Relations
  • Capstone Course (the following course)

    • POLS 488 Senior Capstone Experience
  • Language Instruction

    • Four semesters of language (If a student already speaks a second language fluently with demonstrated competence, they can opt to take two linguistic or cultural competency courses taught by Earlham Languages and Cultures faculty in consultation with their academic adviser.)
  • Off-Campus Learning Opportunity

    • Completion of an off-campus semester program (A student also may fulfill this requirement with completion of another approved program in consultation with their academic adviser.)
  • On-Campus Elective Courses

    • Five courses at the 200-400 level selected from the following list, including at least one Economics, one Politics, and one History course.
    • Courses must include one Politics “A”rgument (WI) and one Politics “R”esearch (RCH) course.
      • Economics
        • ECON 342 Economic Development
        • ECON 343 Economics of the Environment
        • ECON 348 International Trade
        • ECON 350 Political Economy in China and India
      • Politics
        • POLS 301 Genealogies of Nationalism in the Muslim Middle East and North Africa
        • POLS 303 Human Rights in the Muslim World
        • POLS 333 Gender and Sexuality in Muslim Middle East and North Africa
        • POLS 348 American Empire: Are We Rome?
        • POLS 349 National Security Policy Via Film
        • POLS 351 Democracy and Democratization
        • POLS 352 Africa & The World: Development, Conflict and Cooperation
        • POLS 355 Politics of the Developing World
        • POLS 358 Contemporary Chinese Politics
        • POLS 359 African Democracy and Dictatorship
        • POLS 363 Israel and the Middle East
        • POLS 369 Politics of Authoritarianism
        • POLS 371 Theories of International Relations
        • POLS 372 International Law: Sovereignty, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
        • POLS 373 International Law: Environment and Development
        • POLS 377 Politics of Global Inequality
        • POLS 378 International Political Economy Methods
      • History
        • Middle East
          • HIST 373 America’s Middle East
        • Asia
          • HIST 218 World War II in East Asia
          • HIST 228 Modern East Asia
          • HIST 266 Contemporary China and the World
          • HIST 374 Modern Japan
          • HIST 382 History of Science, Medicine, and Technology in East Asia
          • HIST 472 Modern China
          • HIST 374 Modern Japan
        • Africa
          • HIST 232 African History since 1880
          • HIST 376 History of West Africa
          • HIST 377 East Africa
          • HIST 378 History of South Africa
        • Latin America
          • HIST 290 Cuban History
          • HIST 354 Latin America since 1825
        • Europe
          • HIST 344 Diplomatic History: The Cold War
          • HIST 347 Europe and the World Wars
        • U.S.
          • HIST 344 Diplomatic History: The Cold War
          • HIST 373 America’s Middle East