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International Affairs

Dr. John A. Scherpereel, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-3933
E-mail: scherpja@jmu.edu

Mission
Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs
Concentrations
Internships
Study Abroad and Washington Semester

 

Mission

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.

 

Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs

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.

 

Degree Requirements

General Education1
41
Foreign Language classes (intermediate level required)2
0-14
Philosophy course (in addition to General Education courses)3
3
University electives
12-26
Major requirements (listed below)
50

120

1The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate level of the student’s chosen language (typically 232), or by placing out of that language through the Department of Foreign Language’s placement test. The international affairs major requires an additional year of language study. That is, students must have three years of a foreign language appropriate to their course of study in the major. Students majoring in international affairs who use proficiency in a native language to meet the INTA language requirement must make the following substitutions for the two 300-level foreign language courses: GAMST 200 AND one of the following courses: GHIST 225, GENG 247 or GENG 248.
3If students have taken a GPHIL course to meet their General Education requirements, they must take an additional course to meet the B.A. degree philosophy requirement.

 

Major Requirements

Students may choose either the comparative study or international politics concentration. The international affairs major requires that all students complete a common core. Students should be aware that it is not always possible to offer courses on their regular rotation and that new courses may be added and existing ones deleted. Therefore, key requirements should not be left until just before graduation. Any course substitutions must be approved by the international affairs coordinator in consultation with other faculty members.

ICore Courses
Credit Hours
ECON 201. Principles of Economics (Micro)
3
ECON 270. International Economics 1
3
GECON 200. Introduction to Macroeconomics
3
INTA 295. Cross-National Research Skills 2
4
INTA 489. Seminar in International Affairs 3
4
POSC 230. International Relations
3
POSC 240. Comparative Politics
3
Choose one of the following: 4

HIST 330. U.S. Diplomatic History
POSC 370. U.S. Foreign Policy

3
FL 300. Grammar and Communication 5
3
FL 320. Oral and Written Communication 5
3

32

1Students should complete these core economics requirements before enrolling in upper-level economics courses. Students double-majoring in Economics and International Affairs may substitute ECON 370 for ECON 270 to meet their core requirement.
2 Students should note that MATH 220 is a prerequisite for INTA 295.
3This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major. Prerequisite: Completion of all courses in the core requirement of the major and senior standing.
4Students in the IP concentration must count POSC 370 in the core. HIST 330 must be taken as an international relations requirement (listed under the IP concentration requirements. In other words, students who are following the IP concentration must take both POSC 370 and HIST 330.
5Students must be proficient at the third-year level of a foreign language. In most languages this will require the completion of courses numbered 300 and 320. Some languages may not use this course numbering. In this instance, students must take two 300-level courses that focus on grammar, oral and written communication. The second 300-level course may not be a literature, cinema or civilization course. Many languages (including Russian, Japanese and Chinese) cannot be completed through the 300 level at JMU. Students studying these languages may have to complete course work during the summer or abroad at a specialized language program. Students should consult with the foreign language department on this point. Students’ foreign language must be appropriate for their track. French is acceptable for the Africa and Middle East tracks.

 

Concentrations

International Politics Concentration

The following international relations, cross-area and area courses are required in addition to the core courses listed under Major Requirements. Students in the international politics concentration must complete the requirements for all four areas.

International Relations Courses
Credit Hours
Complete four courses: 1
12

(These courses must come from at least three fields of study. One of these courses must be HIST 330. The potential fields are listed below.)

Economics

ECON 365. Economic Development
ECON 370. International Trade and Trade Policies
ECON 372. International Finance and Payment

Geography

GEOG 475. Political Geography

History

HIST 330. U.S. Diplomatic History 2

Justice Studies

JUST 300. Gandhi, Nonviolence and Global Transformation

Political Science

POSC 361. Topics in International Politics 3
POSC 395. International Law
POSC 396. International Organizations
POSC 397. The Politics of International Economic Relations
POSC/JUST 392. Peace Studies
POSC 435. Seminar in International Terrorism
POSC 493. Simulations 3

 

1No course taken for this requirement may be used to fulfill a requirement elsewhere in the major.
2HIST 330 must be one of the course taken to fulfill the international relations courses for the IP concentration.
3 When course topic is appropriate for the chosen concentration. Students should consult with the INTA coordinator about the suitability of a particular course.

 

Cross-Area Courses
Credit Hours
Complete one course:
3
Communication Studies

SCOM 248. Intercultural Communication

Economics

ECON 312. Comparative Economic Systems

Geography

GEOG 280. Introduction to Cultural Geography
GEOG 300. Population Geography

Political Science

POSC 340. Political Development in the Third World
POSC 347. Comparative Public Policy
POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics 1

Sociology

SOCI/SOWK 348. Introduction to Developing Societies

1When course topic is appropriate for the chosen concentration. Students should consult with the INTA coordinator about the suitability of a particular course.

 

Area Courses
Credit Hours
Complete one course:
3
Africa and the Middle East
HIST 263. Africa
HIST 270. Modern Middle East
HIST 470. Modern Africa
HIST 485. Colonialism in the Greater Middle East
POSC 353. African Politics
POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics 1
Asia

HIST 273. Asia to 1600
HIST 274. Modern Asia
HIST 371. India
HIST 375. History of Modern Southeast Asia
HIST 460. Modern Japan
HIST 480. Modern China
POSC 355. East Asian Politics
POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics 1

Europe

HIST 301. European Military History
HIST 321. European Women’s History
HIST 384. England and the Empire-Commonwealth
HIST 387. Germany to 1871
HIST 390. France since 1789
HIST 465. 20th Century Britain
HIST 486. Europe since 1914
POSC 345. Politics of Western Europe
POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics 1

Latin America

HIST 267. Latin America
HIST 268. Contemporary Latin America
HIST 445. Latin America and the United States
HIST 446. Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
HIST 447. South America
POSC 350. Latin American Politics
POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics 1

Russia

HIST 385. Russia to 1855
HIST 386. Russia since 1855
HIST 475. Modern Russia
POSC 337. Russian Political System
POSC 338. Russian Foreign Policy
POSC 339. Politics of Communist and Post-Communist Systems
POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics 1

1Occasionally area specific courses are offered as topics under POSC 371. These are accepted when appropriate. Students should consult with the INTA coordinator about the suitability of a particular course.

 

Comparative Study Concentration

The following functional and area courses are required in addition to the core courses listed under Major Requirements. Students in the comparative study concentration must complete the requirements for all three areas.

Functional Courses
Credit Hours
Complete two courses: 1
6

(Each course must come from a different field of study. The potential fields are listed below.)

Cross-Cultural
GANTH 195. Cultural Anthropology
SOCI/ANTH 313. Processes of Social and Cultural Change
Economics
ECON 312. Comparative Economic Systems
ECON 372. International Finance and Payments
Geography
GEOG 240. Natural Resource Conservation
GEOG 280. Introduction to Cultural Geography
GEOG 300. Population Geography
GEOG 344. Economic Geography and Development Issues
GEOG 475. Political Geography
History

HIST 330. U.S. Diplomatic History

Political Science
POSC 340. Political Development in the Third World
POSC 347. Comparative Public Policy
POSC 361. Topics in International Politics2
POSC 370. U.S. Foreign Policy
POSC 395. International Law
POSC 396. International Organizations
POSC 397. The Politics of International Economic Relations
POSC/JUST 392. Peace Studies
POSC 493. Simulations 2
 

1No course taken for this requirement may be used to fulfill a requirement elsewhere in the major.
2When course topic is appropriate for the chosen concentration. Students should consult with the INTA coordinator about the suitability of a particular course.

 

Area Requirements

Students may choose from five tracks to fulfill the area requirement: Africa and the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or Russia. Students must complete four courses for their specific area. These courses must come from at least three fields of study. The potential fields are listed below. At least one of these courses must be a history course. Students with advanced language skills may also enroll in a 400-level literature course to meet the culture requirement.

The following lists the potential courses for each of these areas.

Africa and the Middle East Track  
Area Courses
Credit Hours
Complete four courses: 1
12

(These courses must come from at least three fields of study. The potential fields are listed below.)

Africana Studies
GAFST 200. Introduction to Africana Studies
GAFST 489. Africana Studies Senior Research Experience 2
Culture
ANTH 280. People and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa
ANTH 395. Special Topics in Anthropology 2
ARTH 210. African Art and Culture in the Humanities
ARTH 410. African Art: The Sahara and Northern Sahel
ARTH 412. African Art: Sub-Saharan
ARTH 419. Topics in African Art
ARTH 424. Arts of Ancient Egypt
ENG 432. Studies in African Literature
ENG 433. Studies in Arabic Literature
REL 300. Selected Topics in Religion2
REL 320. Judaism
REL 330. African and African-American Religion
SOCI/SOWK 348. Introduction to Developing Societies
Economics

ECON 365. Economic Development

Geography

GEOG 335. Geography of Africa 3

History
HIST 263. Africa
HIST 270. Modern Middle East
HIST 341. Selected Themes in World History 2
HIST 361. Class and Ethnicity in Africa
HIST 470. Modern Africa
HIST 473. The Islamic World
HIST 485. Colonialism in the Greater Middle East
HIST 489. Selected Topics in World History 2
Political Science
POSC 340. Political Development in the Third World
POSC 353. African Politics
POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics 2

1No course taken for this requirement may be used to fulfill a requirement elsewhere in the major.
2 May be taken only when the subject matter is appropriate for this geographic concentration. Students should consult with the INTA coordinator about the suitability of a particular course.
3 This course is found in the university catalog but is taught very infrequently. As such, students should not count on this course being available for scheduling in a timely fashion.

The following courses are taught abroad ONLY and are accepted for culture credit in the Africa/Middle East track:

ANTH 391. Study Abroad (in Kenya only)
REL 338. The Culture of Israel

 

Asia Track  
Area Courses
Credit Hours
Complete four courses: 1
12

(These courses must come from at least three fields of study. The potential fields are listed below.)

Culture
ANTH 380. Chinese Society and Culture
ANTH 395. Special Topics in Anthropology 2
ARTH 416. Arts of Oceania
ARTH 430. Far Eastern Art
REL 300. Selected Topics in Religion2
REL 310. Hindu Traditions
REL 312. Religions in East Asia
REL 313. Hindu Ethics
REL 316. Topics in Hinduism
PHIL/REL 385. Buddhist Thought
Geography

GEOG 349. Geography of East Asia3

History
HIST 274. Modern Asia
HIST 341. Selected Themes in World History 2
HIST 371. India
HIST 377. History of Korea
HIST 379. Family and Gender in East Asia
HIST 460. Modern Japan
HIST 480. Modern China
HIST 489. Selected Topics in World History 2
Political Science
POSC 355. East Asian Politics
POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics 2

1No course taken for this requirement may be used to fulfill a requirement elsewhere in the major.
2 May be taken only when the subject matter is appropriate for this geographic concentration. Students should consult with the INTA coordinator about the suitability of a particular course.
3 This course is found in the university catalog but is taught very infrequently. As such, students should not count on this course being available for scheduling in a timely fashion.

The following courses are taught abroad ONLY and are accepted for culture credit in the Asia track:

REL 317. Exploring Gandhian Philosophy of Nonviolence
REL 318. Exploring Contemporary India

 

European Track  
Area Courses
Credit Hours
Complete four courses:1
12

(These courses must come from at least three fields of study. The potential fields are listed below.)

Culture
ARTH 206. Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern
ENG 340. Modern British Novel
ENG 374. Introduction to Anglo-Irish Literature
FR 308. Contemporary French Civilization
FR 425. 20th Century French Literature
FR 465. French Cinema, 1930-1980
GER 308. Contemporary German Civilization
GER 426. Modern German Literature
ITAL 307. Italian Civilization
ITAL 425. Modern Italian Literature
ITAL 465. Italian Cinema
SPAN 307. Spanish Civilization
SPAN 405. Spanish Novels of the 19th and 20th Centuries
SPAN 406. Spanish Drama of the 19th and 20th Centuries
SPAN 460. Postwar Literature in Spain
Geography

GEOG 346. Geography of Europe 2

History
HIST 301. European Military History
HIST 321. European Women’s History
HIST 341. Selected Themes in World History 3
HIST 384. England and the Empire-Commonwealth
HIST 387. Germany to 1871
HIST 390. France since 1789
HIST 462. The Rise and Fall of Nazi Germany, 1918-1945
HIST 486. Europe since 1814
HIST 487. World War II
HIST 489. Selected Topics in World History 3
Political Science

POSC 345. Politics of Western Europe
POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics 3

1No course taken for this requirement may be used to fulfill a requirement elsewhere in the major.
2This course is found in the university catalog but is taught very infrequently. As such, students should not count on this course being available for scheduling in a timely fashion.
3 May be taken only when the subject matter is appropriate for this geographic concentration. Students should consult with the INTA coordinator about the suitability of a particular course.

The following courses are taught abroad ONLY and are accepted for culture credit in the Europe track:

ARTH 313. Masterpieces in Italian Renaissance Art (Semester in Florence only)
ARTH 314. Masterpieces in Spanish Art (Semester in Salamanca only)
ARTH 315. Masterpieces in British Art (Semester in London only)
ARTH 317. Masterpieces in French Art (Semester in Paris only)

 

Latin America Track  
Area Courses
Credit Hours
Complete four courses: 1
12

(These courses must come from at least three fields of study. The potential fields are listed below.)

Culture
ANTH 265. People and Cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean
ANTH 395. Special Topics in Anthropology 2
ENG 431. Studies in Caribbean Literature
SPAN 308. Latin American Civilization
SPAN 385. Latin American Drama and Short Stories
SPAN 408. Aspects of Latin American Civilization
SPAN 415. The Spanish-American Novel
Geography

GEOG 337. Geography of Latin America 3

History
HIST 267. Latin America
HIST 268. Contemporary Latin America
HIST 341. Selected Themes in World History 2
HIST 445. Latin America and the United States
HIST 446. Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
HIST 447. South America
HIST 489. Selected Topics in World History 2
Political Science

POSC 350. Latin American Politics

POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics 2

1 No course taken for this requirement may be used to fulfill a requirement elsewhere in the major.
2 May be taken only when the subject matter is appropriate for this geographic concentration. Students should consult with the INTA coordinator about the suitability of a particular course.
3 This course is found in the university catalog but is taught very infrequently. As such, students should not count on this course being available for scheduling in a timely fashion.

The following course is taught abroad ONLY and is accepted for culture credit in the Latin America track:

ANTH 313. Study Abroad (in Dominica only)

 

Russia Track  
Area Courses
Credit Hours
Complete four courses: 1
12

(Each course must come from at least three fields of study. The potential fields are listed below.) 1

 
Culture  
RUS 208. Introduction to Russian Civilization
RUS 405. Russian Literature of the 19th Century
RUS 426. Russian Literature of the 20th Century
 
History  
HIST 385. Russia to 1855
HIST 386. Russia since 1855
HIST 341. Selected Themes in World History 2
HIST 475. Modern Russia
HIST 478. Eastern Europe
HIST 489. Selected Topics in World History 2
 
Political Science  
POSC 337. Russian Political System
POSC 338. Russian Foreign Policy
POSC 339. Politics of Communist and Post-Communist Systems
POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics 2
 

1No course taken for this requirement may be used to fulfill a requirement elsewhere in the major.
2May be taken only when the subject matter is appropriate for this geographic concentration. Students should consult with the INTA coordinator about the suitability of a particular course.

 

Internships

A maximum of three credits in the major may be earned through an internship. Students must consult with the international affairs coordinator PRIOR to doing an internship to check on its applicability to the major.

 

Study Abroad and Washington Semester

Many of the courses available to students through JMU’s Office of International Programs and the Washington Semester program can be used to fulfill requirements in the INTA major. Students planning to go abroad should keep this in mind in working out their schedules and must consult the INTA coordinator for course approvals and substitutions.