International Affairs and History, BA

Through this combined major, successful undergraduate students will develop a historically contingent awareness of global affairs and international policy issues since the early 20th century through diverse and cross-disciplinary theories of interstate relations, state-society relations, the future of democracy, the nature of citizenship and rights, the origins and conduct of war, the foundations of racial and ethnic conflict and tolerance, and poverty and prosperity. This combined major highlights the importance of understanding the intersection between global issues and local traditions and is designed to prepare students to be politically, culturally, historically, and linguistically sensitive to their interaction.

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 Requirements

Courses used to fulfill major requirements may not be used to satisfy the global dynamics requirement. 

International Affairs/History at Northeastern
INTL 1000International Affairs at Northeastern1
or HIST 1000 History at Northeastern
International Affairs Required Courses
INTL 1101Globalization and International Affairs4
INTL 3400International Conflict and Negotiation4
ECON 1115Principles of Macroeconomics4
POLS 1160International Relations4
POLS 1155Comparative Politics4
or ANTH 1101 Peoples and Cultures
International Affairs Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Global Population and Development
Women and World Politics
Cities in a Global Context
Climate and Development
Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Global Dynamics
Complete one of the following. Courses are divided into thematic groups to aid students in deciding which courses to take and have no bearing on major requirements:4
Environment
Global Climate Change
Climate and 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
Global Governance
Model United Nations
Human Rights and Social Justice
Politics of Islam and Gender
Women and World Politics
Women and World Politics
Gender and Sexuality in World History
Global Human Rights: A Social and Economic Perspective
Global Justice
Conflict and Security
Political Crime and Terrorism
Drug Trade and Drug War: History, Security, Culture
History of Espionage 2: Cold War Spies
History of Espionage 1: Antiquity to World War II
The Global Cold War
Assassinations in World History
History of Modern Terrorism
Covering Conflicts: Peace, War, and the Media
Covering Conflicts: Peace, War, and the Media
Global Justice
International Security
Nationalism
U.S. National Security Policy
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection
Model NATO
Globalization
Global Population and Development
Women and World Politics
Women and World Politics
Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Cities in a Global Context
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
Globalization and the Evolution of Human Societies
Population, Migration, and Diaspora
Global Population and Development
Politics of Islam and Gender
Epidemiology of Pandemic Diseases and Health Disparities in the African Diaspora
Cities in a Global Context
Peoples and Cultures
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
Climate and Development
Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Global Markets and Local Culture
Development Economics
International Food Policy
Global Social Enterprise
Capitalism and Business: A Global History
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
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 two of the following, both of which must be in the same 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 adviser. See department for additional courses:8
Africa
Africa Today
Natural Resources and Sustainable Development
Natural Resources and Sustainable Development
The Scope and Dynamics of Conflicts in Africa
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
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
Japanese Buddhism
Europe
Introduction to French Culture
Introduction to Italian Culture
Cultural History of Spain
European Economic History
Europe: Empires, Revolutions, Wars, and Their Aftermath
Europe in the Middle Ages, 500–1500
Hitler, Germany, and the Holocaust
Renaissance to Enlightenment
The Tudors, the Stuarts, and the Birth of Modern Britain
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
Latin American Culture, History, and Politics
Latin American Film
Caribbean Literature and Culture
New Narratives: Latin America after 1989
Literature, Arts, and Poverty in Latin America
Latin American Literature
Introduction to Latin American History
Latin American History through Film
Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies
Middle East
The Mediterranean World: An Overview
Middle East Studies
The Arab Spring and Its Aftermath: Domestic, Regional, and International Challenges
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
Introduction to Middle Eastern History
Economic History of the Middle East
Modern Middle East
Government and Politics in the Middle East
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Model Arab League
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Islam: Rituals, Traditions, and Debates
Jewish Religion and Culture
Russia
Introduction to Russian Civilization
History of the Soviet Union
Understanding Russia

International Affairs Foreign Language Requirement

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

History Major Requirements

History Colloquium
HIST 1200Historical Research and Writing1
HIST 1201First-Year Seminar4
Introductory Level
Complete one course from HIST 1001 to HIST 1999 (excluding 1200/1201).4
Pre-1800 History Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to Latin American History
History of Espionage 1: Antiquity to World War II
Pirates, Planters, and Patriots: Making the Americas, 1492–1804
Japanese Literature and Culture
Colonialism/Imperialism
Colonial and Revolutionary America
Intermediate History Cluster
Complete four history courses numbered 2000 or above (excluding 2301, 2302, and 2330).16
Advanced History
Complete one history course at the 3000 level or above.4

International Affairs and History Integrative Requirements

One course from the Research Methods and Capstone requirements must come from history.
Research Methods
Complete one of the following:4 - 5
Research Methods in International Affairs
The History Seminar
and Historical Writing
Capstone
INTL 4700Senior Capstone Seminar in International Affairs4
or HIST 4701 Capstone Seminar
Integrative Course
HIST 2011Capitalism and Business: A Global History4
or HIST 2311 Colonialism/Imperialism

International Affairs and History Combined Major Credit Requirement

Complete 76 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Sample Four Years, Two Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
INTL 10001POLS 11604INTL elective4Elective4
INTL 11014ENGW 11114HIST elective4Elective4
HIST 12001HIST elective4  
HIST 12014Foreign language course4  
ECON 11154   
Foreign language course4   
 18 16 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
POLS 11554Co-opCo-opINTL elective4
INTL 27184  Elective4
HIST elective4   
Foreign language course4   
EESH 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
INTL 34004Co-opCo-opINTL elective4
Foreign language course4  Elective4
HIST elective4   
ENGW 33154   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Integrative course4INTL 47004  
INTL elective4HIST elective4  
HIST elective4HIST elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 131