Dr. Francis Schortgen

Teaching Area(s): Political Science

First, I aim to create an environment to foster an appreciation for independent and out-of-the-box thinking. I constantly challenge students to engage in frank exchanges of ideas, and debate and critically evaluate different viewpoints.


Upon declaring the major, students will choose one of two tracks: international relations or comparative politics/area studies. Students will then be asked to develop a coherent plan of study in consultation with their academic advisor within one semester of declaring the major. Students majoring in international studies must minor in a foreign language or demonstrate competence in one modern foreign language that is not their native language. Competence is defined as equivalent to two courses in the target language at the two-hundred level or above.

The student with a double major should be aware that only four courses taken to satisfy the second major will be counted toward the international studies major. Similarly, only two of the courses taken toward the major will be counted toward the international studies minor.

International Studies majors are required to participate in either a study abroad program or in a foreign policy related internship. Students should take into consideration that a minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for participation in most of Mount Union’s study abroad programs and internships. Certain programs require a minimum of 3.0 or higher.

Combining a variety of courses in political science, history, economics and foreign languages, as an international affairs and diplomacy major you will explore the principles of international relations and politics.

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