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Bachelor of Arts
International Affairs

Course Highlights

Given that this major is interdisciplinary, courses come from a variety of disciplines making the major flexible and tailored to the student’s interests. Here are some examples:

RULE OF LAW [PSCI 130] - This course surveys various government regimes. Rules of law systems (liberal democractics) are compared to rules of men systems (autocracies, one-party states and monarchies) and rules of religious leaders (theocracies). The course explores challenges to rule of law in new democracies.

GLOBAL AWARENESS SEMINAR [GLST 201] - This course explores the notion of “globalization” and its economic, political, social, environmental, and cultural implications. Topics in these seminars vary depending on the expertise of the faculty and include but not limited to global terrorism, global cities, human rights, representation, technology, and peace and security. Experiential learning is heavily embedded into the global awareness seminar.

INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY [PSCI 341] - This course explores theories and issues in international political economy, focusing on the political consequences of global economic relations. Students will investigate the historical and current challenges in international political economy which include the following topics: international trade relations, international monetary management, strategies for economic development, effects of multinational corporations, the efficacy of foreign aid, and oil and cartel power.

>>For all course descriptions for this major, SEE SCHOOL OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Requirements/ Prerequisites: 



One Global Awareness Seminar or Special Topics in Global Studies Course


Three International Affairs Core Electives


Four Additional International Affairs Core Electives (in Concentrations)


One Global Justice Elective


One International Relations course (World Politics or Theories of International Relations)


One Political Theory elective


Course in one of the following skill competencies: Foreign Language, Data Analysis, Communication for Advocacy

6 or 12 (depending on competency)

One Public Speaking course (COMM253: Public Speaking)


One Technological Proficiency course (CMTC203: Data Analysis Using MSExcel or CSEC140: Legal Issues in Cybersecurity or CMDF281: Introduction to GIS Mapping)

1 credit (minimum)

Internship in International Affairs


Senior Seminar in International Affairs



49 credits (minimum)