International Affairs, BA

The international affairs program provides a rigorous inter- and multidisciplinary curriculum while also giving students flexibility to select the courses and disciplines that interest them most. Successful undergraduate students develop an awareness of global affairs and international issues since the early 20th century through diverse and cross-disciplinary theories of interstate relations: conflict, cooperation, hierarchies; civil society, transnational advocacy networks, global social movements; and state-society relations: democracy, authoritarianism, inequalities, citizenship.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

International Affairs Major Requirements

Courses used to fulfill major requirements may not be used to satisfy the global dynamics requirement. Peoples and Cultures (ANTH 1101), The World Since 1945 (HIST 2211), and International Relations (POLS 1160) may not be used as global dynamics courses. See department for additional courses.

Required Courses
INTL 1101Globalization and International Affairs4
INTL 2718Research Methods in International Affairs4
INTL 3400International Conflict and Negotiation4
ANTH 1101Peoples and Cultures4
POLS 1160International Relations4
HIST 2211The World Since 19454
ECON 1115Principles of Macroeconomics4
or ECON 1116 Principles of Microeconomics
Global Dynamics
Complete three of the following courses. Courses are divided into thematic groups to aid students in deciding which courses to take and have no bearing on major requirements.10-12
Environment
Global Climate Change
Sustainable Development
Environment and Society
Law, Diplomacy, and Global Governance
Women and World Politics
Women and World Politics
Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Global and Intercultural Communication
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Religion and Politics
International Political Economy
International Law
International Organizations
Model United Nations
Model NATO
Dialogue of Civilizations: International Politics Abroad
Human Rights and Social Justice
Politics of Islam and Gender
Women and World Politics
Women and World Politics
Contemporary Issues: Race, Science, and Technology
Globalism, Racism, and Human Rights
Gender and Sexuality in World History
Global Human Rights: A Social and Economic Perspective
Ethics in the World’s Religions
Global Justice
Conflict and Security
Political Crime and Terrorism
Drug Trade and Drug War: History, Security, Culture
The Global Cold War
Covering Conflicts: Peace, War, and the Media
Covering Conflicts: Peace, War, and the Media
Global Justice
International Security
U.S. National Security Policy
Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection
Globalization
Religion in International Affairs
Global Population and Development
Women and World Politics
Women and World Politics
Cities in a Global Context
Cities in Global Context
Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Globalism, Racism, and Human Rights
Global Markets and Local Culture
Religion and Modernity
History of the Global Economy
International Economics
Postcolonial Literature
The World Since 1945
Colonialism/Imperialism
Cultural Aspects of International Business
Global Human Rights: A Social and Economic Perspective
International Relations
Religion and Politics
International Political Economy
International Law
International Organizations
Globalization and the Evolution of Human Societies
Population, Migration, and Diaspora
Global Population and Development
Politics of Islam and Gender
Cities in a Global Context
Gender in the African Diaspora
Epidemiology of Pandemic Diseases and Health Disparities in the African Diaspora
Peoples and Cultures
Urban Anthropology
Pirates, Planters, and Patriots: Making the Americas, 1492–1804
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Development
Global Population and Development
Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Global Markets and Local Culture
Development Economics
International Food Economics and Policy
Global Social Enterprise
Sustainable Development
International Business and Global Social Responsibility
International Business and Global Social Responsibility
Global Health
Politics of Developing Nations
Communication and Media
Global and Intercultural Communication
Cultural Aspects of International Business
Covering Conflicts: Peace, War, and the Media
Covering Conflicts: Peace, War, and the Media
Global Reporting
Global Media
Global Pop Music
Senior Seminar/Experiential Learning
INTL 4700Senior Capstone Seminar in International Affairs4
International Experiential Learning
Complete at least one “international semester” via study abroad, international internship, international co-op, or two short-term programs.

Regional Analysis Requirement

Complete three of the following courses, two of which must be in one region. Select courses taken during a semester study abroad or specific Dialogue of Civilizations courses may count as regional analysis courses pending approval of the international affairs head faculty advisor. See department for additional courses:

Africa
Africa Today
The Scope and Dynamics of Conflicts in Africa
Swahili, Culture, and Politics in Kenya
Contemporary Government and Politics in Africa
Community Health, Culture, and Development in Kenya
Anthropology of Africa
Business Economic History of South Africa
African History
Africa and the World in Early Times
Asia
Ethnography of Southeast Asia
Ethnography of Southeast Asia
East Asian Studies
East Asian Studies
Modern Chinese History and Culture
Introduction to Chinese Popular Culture
Introduction to Japanese Pop Culture
World War II in the Pacific
Japanese Literature and Culture
History of Vietnam Wars
Modern Chinese History and Culture
Law, Justice, and Society in Modern China
Modern Japan
History of Capitalism in East Asia
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
Chinese Buddhism
Japanese Buddhism
Religion and Politics in South Asia
Europe
Introduction to French Culture
Introduction to Italian Culture
Introduction to Spanish Culture
European Economic History
Europe: Empires, Revolutions, Wars, and Their Aftermath
Hitler, Germany, and the Holocaust
Renaissance to Enlightenment
Britain and the British Empire
Independent Field Research Abroad: Central Europe
Politics and Governance of Europe and the European Union
Latin America
Latin American Society and Development
Latin American Society and Development
Introduction to Latin American Culture
Latin American Film
Introduction to Latin American History
Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies
Latin American Literature
Middle East
The Mediterranean World: An Overview
Middle East Studies
Modern Israel
America and the Middle East
Politics of Islam and Gender
Democracy and Development in North Africa and the Mediterranean
Introduction to Arabic Culture
Economic History of the Middle East
Introduction to Middle Eastern History
Modern Middle East
Government and Politics in the Middle East
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Model Arab League
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Encountering Islam: Traditions, Debates, and Crosscultural Diversity
Jewish Religion and Culture
Modern Judaism
Russia
Introduction to Russian Civilization
History of the Soviet Union
Society and Culture in Russia
or INTL 1215

International Affairs Foreign Language Requirement

Complete course work in a language through at least intermediate-level two. Note: Completing this requirement satisfies the language requirement for the BA degree.

International Affairs Major Credit/GPA Requirement

Complete 52 semester hours in the major with a 2.000 GPA.

Upper-Division Electives

Complete three general electives at 3000 level or above that do not double-count with the major or NUpath.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
INTL 10001MATH 12154Vacation0Vacation0
INTL 11014HIST 22114  
ENGW 11114Foreign language course4  
Foreign language course4POLS 11604  
ANTH 11014POLS 11610  
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ECON 1115 or 11164INTL elective4Vacation0Co-op0
INTL 27184Foreign language course4  
Elective4INTL elective4  
Foreign language course4Elective4  
 EESH 20001  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0INTL 34004INTL elective4Co-op0
 ENGW 33154Elective4 
 INTL elective4  
 Upper-division elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0INTL elective4Elective4Co-op0
 INTL elective4Elective4 
 Upper-division elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0INTL 47004  
 Elective4  
 Upper-division elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 130

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
INTL 10001MATH 12154Vacation0Vacation0
INTL 11014HIST 22114  
ENGW 11114Foreign language course4  
Foreign language course4POLS 11604  
ANTH 11014POLS 11610  
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
INTL 27184Co-op0Co-op0INTL elective4
INTL elective4  Elective4
Foreign language course4   
Elective4   
EESH 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ECON 1115 or 11164Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
Elective4  Elective4
INTL elective4   
Foreign language course4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
INTL 34004Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
ENGW 33154   
INTL elective4   
Upper-division elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
INTL elective4INTL 47004  
INTL elective4Elective4  
Upper-division elective4Upper-division elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 130