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Dr. Jessica R. Adolino, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-6413
The major in international affairs provides an interdisciplinary understanding of foreign cultures and societies, the dynamics of world politics, and other nations’ world views and their consequent actions. A liberal arts program (B.A. degree), the international affairs major combines interdisciplinary, intercultural and multilingual education. It offers students a choice between two concentrations: international politics and comparative study. The courses for these concentrations stem from a broad variety of traditional liberal studies disciplines. The major also allows students to incorporate a minor in Asian, Latin American or Russian studies as well as the Studies Abroad programs. Because of limited course offerings, specializations in Asia or Africa and the Middle East may require language training from another university.
International affairs is a 50-credit hour major, with a 32 credit common core and 18 credits of concentration study. For further information and a complete list of the distribution requirements and eligible courses, contact the coordinator.
1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements
each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill
these requirements may vary.
1 Students should complete these core economics requirements before enrolling in upper-level economics courses.
International Politics Concentration
The international politics concentration requires four courses on various themes of world politics. One of these four courses must be either POSC 370, U.S. Foreign Policy or HIST 330, U.S. Diplomatic History (whichever is not taken as a core course). In addition, students must take two area courses, one focused on a specific geographic region and one with a broader (cross-national) focus.
Comparative Study Concentration
The comparative study concentration requires four courses in one of the following geographic areas: Western Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia or Africa and the Middle East. Of these courses, one must be a history course and the others must cover at least two of the following subject areas: political science, economics, geography or culture. In addition, students must take two courses on themes of world politics from at least two different disciplines.
An approved four-credit internship experience may fulfill certain requirements. For information about internships in international affairs, please contact the international affairs coordinator.