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 a major in international affairs and diplomacy, 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. As part of the major requirements at Mount Union, students pursuing a degree in the field of 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.

Students pursuing multiple majors should be aware that only four courses taken to satisfy another major will be counted toward the international affairs and diplomacy major. Similarly, only two of the courses taken toward the major will be counted toward the international studies minor.

International affairs and diplomacy majors are also 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 as well as other areas of study within the field of international studies.

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