The International Strategy and Diplomacy track is designed to help students prepare for a career in the International Community or State Department, in diplomacy and risk analysis. Core skills here will help you develop the experience needed to succeed internationally in the private sector, in international government relations, in national security and conflict analysis, human rights, and to prepare for graduate school in business, law or academics.

Menu for International Strategy and Diplomacy Major Track/Political Science (links):

  1. (link) Major Requirements for the International Strategy and Diplomacy Track.
  2. (link) Core Skills to Develop: Program Outcomes:
    1. Understand Political Science and Its major Subfields: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political philosophy.
    2. Demonstrate advanced understanding of one of the five Professional Tracks that will lead to your career after graduation: Political Strategy, Legal Studies, Global Development, Research & Analysis, International Strategy and Diplomacy.
    3. Employ Rigorous Research Methods of research design and analysis to answer political questions, including multiple research methodologies.
    4. Write and Speak with Originality and Clarity, providing reasons and evidence to support claims using proper citation of source material.
    5. Think Critically and Analytically about politics, government, political processes, and political theories, including the components of a good society.
    6. Collaborate Effectively with others, including participation in political processes and engagement on issues of political importance.
  3. (link) Post Graduate Work or Study Options
  4. (link) Mentors in International Strategy and Diplomacy
  5. (link) Job Tracks for International Strategy and Diplomacy Major


  1. (Link) Major Requirements for International Strategy and Diplomacy  Track (in addition to the University General Education requirements) (30 hours total):
    1. Complete three (3) classes from requirement one (link), introduction to the major
    2. Complete one (1) course from requirement two (link)
    3. Complete one (1) course from requirement three (link)
    4. Complete one (1) course from requirement four (Poli 200 Political Inquiry) (link)
    5. Complete one (1) course from requirement five, research project (link)
    6. Complete one (2) courses from requirement six, analytical and professional skills (Poli 328 plus one more course from the list) (link)
    7. Complete fifteen (15) hours from requirement seven, your Professional Track: as follows: (link)
    8. Complete six (6) hours from requirement eight (upper level courses)(link)
    9. 27 hours of political science courses must be taken in residency at BYU (BYU Independent Study courses do not meet this requirement). These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
    10. Poli 101R and 297R do not count toward the major or any minor offered by the department.
    11. Only 6 hours of Poli 399R (internship credit) may count toward the major.
    12. No cooperative education (internship) credit from other universities or colleges will be accepted toward the major.
    13. All students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship. Established programs are available through Washington Seminar, Utah State Legislature, or the Kennedy Center.
    14. Students scoring a 4 or 5 on the American Government and/or Comparative Government AP exams may substitute AP credit for Poli 110 or Poli 150, respectively.

We strongly encourage students to take Poli 298R, a career lecture series course



GROUP 7.2.1 Complete 2 courses

POLI 342 - Gender and Politics3.0

POLI 343 - Designing Democracies and Dictatorships3.0

POLI 344 - Comparative Political Economy3.0

POLI 345 - Comparative Parties and Elections3.0

POLI 359R - Topics in Comparative Politics3.0

You may take up to 9 credit hours.

POLI 371 - Foreign Policy Analysis3.0

POLI 372 - International Political Economy3.0

POLI 373 - International Law3.0

POLI 374 - Ethics and International Affairs3.0

POLI 375 - International Organizations3.0

POLI 377 - National Security Affairs3.0

POLI 378 - International Conflict3.0

POLI 379R - Topics in International Relations3.0v

You may take up to 9 credit hours.

POLI 444 - The Political Economy of Development3.0

POLI 472 - International Political Economy of Women3.0

POLI 473 - Human Rights3.0

POLI 475 - Civil Wars and Ethnic Violence3.0

POLI 476 - Terrorism3.0

GROUP 7.2.2 Complete 1 course

HIST 393 - U.S. Foreign Relations3.0

POLI 376 - U.S. Foreign Policy3.0

POLI 380 - International Relations of Latin America3.0

POLI 381 - International Relations of the Middle East3.0

POLI 382 - International Relations of North America3.0

POLI 385 - International Relations of Asia3.0

POLI 386 - Japanese Foreign Policy3.0

POLI 387 - International Relations of Developing Countries3.0

POLI 388 - Chinese Foreign Policy3.0

POLI 393R - Topics in Legal Studies3.0

GROUP 7.2.3 Complete 2 courses

POLI 341 - Western European Politics3.0

POLI 346 - Southeast Asian Politics3.0

POLI 347 - Russia/Former Soviet Politics3.0

POLI 348 - Government and Politics of Asia3.0

POLI 351 - British Government and Politics3.0

POLI 352 - African Politics3.0

POLI 353 - China: Government and Politics3.0

POLI 354 - Japan: Government and Politics3.0

POLI 355 - Canadian Government and Politics3.0

POLI 357 - Middle East: Political Systems3.0

POLI 358 - Latin American Politics3.0

POLI 452 - Islam and Politics3.0

POLI 474 - Arab-Palestinian-Israeli Conflict3.0

Students are strongly encouraged to complete international internships, field studies, and mentored research. Some study abroad programs may also be helpful.