International Affairs and Religious Studies, BA

Through this combined major, successful undergraduates will develop an awareness of the interaction of religious views with institutions and cultures in national and international contexts since the early 20th century. The combined major addresses diverse and cross-disciplinary theories of interstate relations (conflict, cooperation, hierarchies); civil society, transnational advocacy networks, global social/religious movements; state-society relations (religion, democracy, authoritarianism, social justice and ethics, citizenship); comparative study of religious theology and praxis; and knowledge of particular religious traditions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism.

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.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

BA Language Requirements

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

International Affairs 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 3400International Conflict and Negotiation4
POLS 1160International Relations4
Complete one of the following:4
Comparative Politics
Principles of Macroeconomics
The World Since 1945
Religion in International Affairs
Global Dynamics
Complete two 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:8
Environment
Global Climate Change
Sustainable Development
Global Environmental History
Ethics, Justice, and Global Climate Change
Environment and Society
Political Ecology and Environmental Justice
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
Transnational Activism in Global Civil Society
Contemporary Issues: Race, Science, and Technology
Gender and Sexuality in World History
International Human Services
Global Human Rights: A Social and Economic Perspective
Introduction to Human Rights
Ethics in the World’s Religions
Global Justice
Globalization and Social Change
Social Conflict and Community Services Abroad
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
Philosophical Problems of War and Peace
Global Justice
International Security
Nontraditional Security Issues
Ethnic Political Violence
U.S. National Security Policy
Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection
Globalization
Global Population and Development
Religion in International Affairs
Women and World Politics
Women and World Politics
Cities in a 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
International Human Services
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 Social Change
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
Foundations of Black Culture 2
The Black Experience in the Caribbean
Gender in the African Diaspora
Gender in the African Diaspora
Epidemiology of Pandemic Diseases and Health Disparities in the African Diaspora
Peoples and Cultures
Urban Anthropology
Anthropology of Travel and Tourism
Comparative Analysis of the Lusophone World and Culture
Pirates, Planters, and Patriots: Making the Americas, 1492–1804
Comparative Urban Histories
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
Global and Intercultural Media
Cultural Aspects of International Business
Covering Conflicts: Peace, War, and the Media
Covering Conflicts: Peace, War, and the Media
Global Reporting
Global Media
Introduction to World Music
Global Pop Music
International Experiential Learning
Complete at least one “international semester” via study abroad, international internship, international co-op, or two approved short-term programs abroad.

Regional Analysis Requirement

Complete two of the following, both 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:8
Africa
The African Experience through Music
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
National Model African Union
Anthropology of Africa
Anthropology of Africa
Business Economic History of South Africa
African History
Africa and the World in Early Times
Modern Africa
Music of Africa
Asia
Ethnography of Southeast Asia
Ethnography of Southeast Asia
East Asian Studies
East Asian Studies
Issues in Modern and Contemporary Asia
Modern Chinese History and Culture
Introduction to Chinese Popular Culture
Introduction to Japanese Pop Culture
Chinese Film: Gender and Ethnicity
Introduction to South Asian History
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
Dictators and Democracy in Japan and Korea
History of Capitalism in East Asia
China: Governance and Foreign Policy
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
French Film and World War II: The German Occupation of France
European Economic History
Europe: Empires, Revolutions, Wars, and Their Aftermath
Hitler, Germany, and the Holocaust
Renaissance to Enlightenment
Europe 1870–1921
Britain and the British Empire
Independent Field Research Abroad: Central Europe
Politics and Governance of Europe and the European Union
Model European Union
European Union: Social and Political
Latin America
Foundations of Black Culture 2
The Black Experience in the Caribbean
Afro-Cuban Culture—International Study
Latin American Society and Development
Latin American Society and Development
Introduction to Latin American Culture
Cuban History and Culture through Film
An Introduction to Afro-Cuban Culture
Latin American Film
Afro-Cuban Culture—International Study
Cuban History through Film—International Study
Microfinance and Economic Development in Latin America
Business, Economics, and History of Hispaniola and Latin America
Sustainability in the Latin American Business Environment
Maritime History and Culture: The Caribbean
Introduction to Latin American History
Modern Latin America
Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies
Caribbean Literature and Culture
Latin American Literature
Government and Politics in Latin America
Middle East
The Mediterranean World: An Overview
Middle East Studies
Modern Israel
America and the Middle East
Human Rights in 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
Middle Eastern History and Culture Independent Field Research Abroad
North African History Abroad
Zionism and the Challenges of Jewish Statehood
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
History of Soviet Cinema
Russian Literature in Translation
Government and Politics in Russia
Russian Foreign Policy
Society and Culture in Russia
Society and Culture in Russia

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.

Religious Studies Requirements

Comparative Religion
Complete two of the following:8
Introduction to World Religions
Ethics: East and West
Sound, Music, and Religion
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Ethics in the World’s Religions
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions
The Religious Worlds of Boston: Faith and Devotion in Urban Life
Mysticism
Adam and Eve and Their Interpreters
Cults and Sects
Ancient Mediterranean and African World Traditions
Complete one of the following:4
Jewish Religion and Culture
Introduction to World Religions
Understanding the Bible
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Encountering Islam: Traditions, Debates, and Crosscultural Diversity
Jewish Religion and Culture
The Kabbalah: Jewish Mysticism from the Zohar to Madonna
Biblical Prophets and Their Interpreters
Adam and Eve and Their Interpreters
Interpreting the Bible
Medieval Western Philosophy
PHIL 3455
Cults and Sects
Asian Traditions
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to World Religions
Ethics in the World’s Religions
Indian Religions
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
Asian Religions in the United States
The Religious Worlds of Boston: Faith and Devotion in Urban Life
Religion and Culture in Indian Cinema
Japanese Buddhism
Chinese Buddhism
Religion and Politics in South Asia
Religion and Culture
Complete one of the following:4
Jewish Religion and Culture
The Meaning of Death
Sound, Music, and Religion
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Jewish Religion and Culture
The Religious Worlds of Boston: Faith and Devotion in Urban Life
Interpreting the Bible
Cults and Sects
Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Ethics
Complete one of the following:4
Ethics: East and West
Ethics in the World’s Religions
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Global Justice
Religious Studies Electives
Complete three of the following, two of which must be numbered above 2000:12
Goddesses, Witches, Saints, and Sinners: Women in Western Religions
Introduction to Religion
Understanding the Bible
Ethics: East and West
The Meaning of Death
Sound, Music, and Religion
Image and Icon in South Asia
Jesus in the Gospels, American Culture, and the Movies
Apocalypticism in Film
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Ethics in the World’s Religions
Jainism
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions
Indian Religions
Encountering Islam: Traditions, Debates, and Crosscultural Diversity
Jewish Religion and Culture
American Judaism
Modern Judaism
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
Religious Perspectives on Health and Healing
From Vodou and the Rastas to Afro-Islam: African Religions in the Americas
The Problem of Evil in Film
The Religious Worlds of Boston: Faith and Devotion in Urban Life
Mysticism
The Kabbalah: Jewish Mysticism from the Zohar to Madonna
Exploring the Jewish Diaspora—From Mountain Jews to Crypto-Jews
Biblical Prophets and Their Interpreters
Adam and Eve and Their Interpreters
Interpreting the Bible
Responses to the Holocaust
Chinese Buddhism
Japanese Buddhism
Religion and Culture in Indian Cinema
Religion, Nation, and Identity in Modern Jewish Thought
Religion and Spirituality in the African Diaspora
Cults and Sects
Asian Religions in the United States
Ramayana
Religion and Politics in South Asia
Advanced Biblical Studies: Hebrew Bible
Seminar: Apocalypticism
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Seminar in Religion
Major Figures in Religious Studies
Topics in Religious Studies
Directed Study
Comparative Religious Ethics

International Affairs and Religious Studies Combined-Major Credit Integrative Requirement

Capstone
INTL 4700Senior Capstone Seminar in International Affairs4

International Affairs and Religious Studies Combined-Major Credit Requirement

Complete 76 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Four Years, No Co-op

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
INTL 10001Elective4Vacation0Vacation0
INTL 11014Foreign language course4  
ENGW 11114ECON 11154  
Foreign language course4   
 13 12 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
POLS 11604INAF global dynamics course4Vacation0Vacation0
Elective4Elective4  
Foreign language course4Foreign language course4  
 12 12 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
INAF global dynamics course4ENGW 33154Vacation0Vacation0
INAF regional analysis course4INAF regional analysis course4  
Religious studies elective4Elective4  
Elective4   
 16 12 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
INTL 34004INTL 47004  
Religious studies elective4Upper-division elective4  
Elective4Religious studies elective4  
 12 12  
Total Hours: 101