Iu Offers New Major in Political Science and International Relations

A new major in Political Science and International Relations will be added to the pool of offerings at Immaculata University beginning with the Fall 2005 semester.
In an ever-increasing global environment, graduates with skills gleaned by this degree will be invaluable. The Immaculata major is distinctive because it leans more heavily toward practice. Professionals who are currently making a mark in their careers in political science and international relations will be teaching Immaculata students. Also, this major will delve deeply into the connection between the news media and politics, both at home and abroad.
Dr. John Hill, professor of History at Immaculata University, comments that, "We are emphasizing a lot of contact with real political situations through workshops with people who have worked in government, through simulations, and through the courses on the Internet in politics. We think that this will make the program unusually rewarding for students."
As part of this new major, two parallel tracks are offered – American Politics and International Relations. To complete this degree, students are required to take 12 credits in the department core which include the course Introduction to Politics; field experience/internship in history, politics, law, and international relations; and an Integrative Seminar in Public Policy I and II (with the theme of "Managing Public Policy in the 21st Century").
The American Politics track tackles such domestic issues as American National Government, The United States in the Contemporary World, Networked Politics, and Decoding the Media among many other courses involving the national scene. Classes for the International Relations track include Comparative Government, Reels of Change: Globalization through Film, The Age of Global Crisis, Cyber War and Cyber Peace, and International Finance to name a few international-related topics. In addition to these three-credit classes, a series of one-credit workshops will also enlighten students on various topics that deal with political science and international relations. Students will also participate in an annual "war game/crisis simulation" exercise.
Immaculata University offers more than 60 majors, minors, and professional certifications. For more information on the new Political Science and International Relations major, please contact Dr. John Hill at 610-647-4400, ext. 3477 or at jhill@immaculata.edu..
Immaculata University, a Catholic coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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7.11.2005

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