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International Affairs Program

Mission

The major in international affairs provides a cross disciplinary 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 cross disciplinary, intercultural and multilingual education. It offers students a choice between two concentrations: international relations 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 Africana, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, Modern European or Russian studies, as well as the studies abroad programs. Because of limited course offerings, certain specializations may require language training from another university.

Major and Degree Requirements

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

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

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

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.

2 The 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 Languages, Literatures and Cultures’ 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: AMST 200 and one of the following courses: HIST 225, ENG 247 or ENG 248. Such students who have a diploma from a U.S. high school may take six credits of any foreign language, at any level, instead of the above two courses. These courses must focus on grammar, oral and written communication; they cannot be literature, cinema or civilization courses.

3 If students have taken a PHIL course to meet their General Education requirements, they must take an additional course to meet the B.A. degree philosophy requirement. PHIL 120 and PHIL 150 cannot be used to fulfill the B.A. philosophy requirement.

Major Requirements

Students may choose either the comparative study or international relations 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.

Core Courses      

Credit Hours

ECON 201. Principles of Economics (Micro)

            3

ECON 270. International Economics1

            3

ECON 200. Introduction to Macroeconomics

            3

INTA 295. Cross-National Research Skills2

            4

INTA 489. Seminar in International Affairs3

            4

POSC 230. International Relations

            3

POSC 240. Comparative Politics

            3

Choose one of the following:4

            3

HIST 330. U.S. Diplomatic History

           

POSC 370. U.S. Foreign Policy

           

FL 300. Grammar and Communication5

            3

FL 320. Oral and Written Communication5

            3


            32

1 Students 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. If taken in the summer from an INTA faculty member, POSC 295 will count as INTA 295.

3 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major. Prerequisites: Completion of all courses in the core requirement of the major and senior standing.

4 Students in the international relations concentration must count POSC 370 in the core. HIST 330 must be taken as an international relations requirement (listed under the international relations concentration requirements). In other words, students who are following the international relations concentration must take both POSC 370 and HIST 330.

5 Students 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. Some languages 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 Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures on this point. Each student’s foreign language must be appropriate for their track. French is acceptable for the Africa and Middle East tracks.

Concentrations

International Relations 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 relations concentration must complete the requirements for all four headings.

Students may use three credits of INTA 301W for cross area, area or international relations credit. INTA 301W will always count as a political science course. The precise manner in which INTA 301W will count toward the major will be determined in consultation between students wishing to take INTA 301W and the international affairs coordinator.

Cross-Area Courses          

Credit Hours

Complete one course:

            3

Anthropology

           

ANTH 195. Cultural Anthropology

           

ANTH 340. The Invention of Race

           

Communication Studies

           

SCOM 248. Intercultural Communication

           

Economics

           

ECON 312. Comparative Economic Systems

           

Geography

           

GEOG 280. Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape

           

GEOG 300. Population Geography

           

GEOG 325. Environmental Ethics

           

GEOG 344. Economic Geography and Development Issues

           

GEOG 345. Geography of Poverty

           

GEOG 380. Cultural Geography

           

Political Science

           

POSC 340. Political Development in the Third World

           

POSC 347. Comparative Public Policy

           

POSC 348. The Politics of Cultural Pluralism

           

POSC 349. Comparative Political Behavior

           

POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics1

           

Sociology

           

SOCI/ANTH 313. Processes of Social and Cultural Change

           

SOCI 336. Race and Ethnicity

           

SOCI/SOWK 348. Introduction to Developing Societies

           


            3

1 When 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

           

HIST 263. Africa

           

HIST 361. Class and Ethnicity in Africa

           

HIST 470. Modern Africa

           

POSC 353. African Politics

           

Asia

           

HIST 274. Modern East Asia, 1600 to the Present

           

HIST 371. India

           

HIST 375. History of Modern Southeast Asia

           

HIST 377. History of Korea

           

HIST 378. China in the Modern World

           

HIST 460. Modern Japan

           

POSC 355. East Asian Politics

           

Europe

           

HIST 301. European Military History

           

HIST 321. European Women's History

           

HIST 384. England and the Empire-Commonwealth

           

HIST 386. Russia since 1855

           

HIST 475. Modern Russia

           

HIST 478. Eastern Europe

           

HIST 486. Europe since 1914

           

POSC 337. Politics of Russia and the Former Soviet Union

           

POSC 344. Politics of the European Union

           

POSC 345. Politics of Western Europe

           

POSC 346. Politics of Central and Eastern Europe

           

Latin America

           

ANTH/HIST 436. Afro-Latin America

           

HIST 444. Revolution and Social Change in Latin America

           

HIST 445. Latin America and the United States

           

HIST 447. South America

           

POSC 350. Latin American Politics

           

The Middle East

           

HIST 270. Modern Middle East

           

HIST 473. The Islamic World

           

HIST 485. Colonialism in the Greater Middle East

           

POSC 354. Politics of the Middle East

           


            3

 

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 Payments

           

Geography

           

GEOG 375. Political Geography

           

History

           

HIST 330. U.S. Diplomatic History2

           

HIST 456. The Global Economy and Nationalism

           

Humanities

           

HUM 252. Gandhi, Nonviolence and Global Transformation3

           

Justice Studies

           

JUST/POSC 331. Human Rights in Theory and Practice

           

JUST/POSC 372. Ethics and International Politics

           

JUST 375. Genocide in the 20th Century

           

JUST 377. Global Futures

           

JUST/POSC 392. Peace Studies

           

Political Science

           

POSC 361. Topics in International Politics4

           

POSC 395. International Law

           

POSC 396. International Organizations

           

POSC 397. The Politics of International Economic Relations

           

POSC 398. Simulations4

           

POSC 430. International Security and Conflict Management

           

POSC 435. International Terrorism

           

POSC 458. International Political Analysis

           

Religion

           

REL/IA 363. Apocalypticism, Religious Terrorism and Peace

           


            12

1 No course taken for this requirement may be used to fulfill a requirement elsewhere in the major.

HIST 330 must be one of the courses taken to fulfill the international relations courses for the international relations concentration.

HUM 252 will only count here when the topic is "Gandhi, Nonviolence and Global Transformation."

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

Comparative Study Concentration

The following international/cross area courses 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. Students may use three credits of INTA 301W for international/cross-area or area credit. INTA 301W will always count as a political science course. The precise manner in which INTA 301W will count toward the major will be determined in consultation between students wishing to take INTA 301W and the international affairs coordinator.

International and Cross-Area 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

           

ANTH 195. Cultural Anthropology

           

SOCI/ANTH 313. Processes of Social and Cultural Change

           

SOCI 336. Race and Ethnicity

           

SOCI/SOWK 348. Introduction to Developing Societies

           

ANTH 340. The Invention of Race

           

SCOM 248. Intercultural Communication

           

Economics2

           

ECON 312. Comparative Economic Systems

           

ECON 365. Economic Development

           

Geography

           

GEOG 280. Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape

           

GEOG 300. Population Geography

           

GEOG 325. Environmental Ethics

           

GEOG 344. Economic Geography and Development Issues

           

GEOG 345. Geography of Poverty

           

GEOG 375. Political Geography

           

GEOG 380. Cultural Geography

           

History

           

HIST 330. U.S. Diplomatic History

           

HIST 456. The Global Economy and Nationalism

           

Humanities

           

HUM 252. Gandhi, Nonviolence and Global Transformation3

           

Political Science

           

POSC 340. Political Development in the Third World

           

POSC 347. Comparative Public Policy

           

POSC 348. The Politics of Cultural Pluralism

           

POSC 349. Comparative Political Behavior

           

POSC 361. Topics in International Politics4

           

POSC 370. U.S. Foreign Policy

           

POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics4

           

POSC/JUST 392. Peace Studies

           

POSC 395. International Law

           

POSC 396. International Organizations

           

POSC 397. The Politics of International Economic Relations

           

POSC 398. Simulations4

           

POSC 430. International Security and Conflict Management

           

POSC 458. International Political Analysis

           


            6

1 No course taken for this requirement may be used to fulfill a requirement elsewhere in the major.

2 Students double-majoring in economics and international affairs may count ECON 372 (International Finance and Payments) as an international and cross-area course, in the economics box.

3 HUM 252 will only count here when the topic is "Gandhi, Nonviolence and Global Transformation."

4 When 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, Asia, Europe, Latin America or the Middle East. 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 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

           

AFST 200. Introduction to Africana Studies

           

Culture

           

ANTH 280. Peoples and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa

           

ANTH 395. Special Topics in Anthropology2

           

ARTH 210. African Art and Culture in the Humanities

           

ARTH 310. African Art: The Sahara and Northern Sahel

           

ARTH 312. African Art: Sub-Saharan

           

ARTH 419. Topics in African Art

           

ARTH 424. Arts of Ancient Egypt

           

ENG 432. Studies in African Literature

           

REL 300. Selected Topics in Religion2

           

REL 305. Islamic Religious Tradition

           

REL 330. African and African-American Religion

           

SOCI/SOWK 348. Introduction to Developing Societies

           

Economics

           

ECON 365. Economic Development

           

Geography

           

GEOG 335. Geography of Africa3

           

History

           

HIST 263. Africa

           

HIST 341. Selected Themes in World History2

           

HIST 361. Class and Ethnicity in Africa

           

HIST/ANTH 436. Afro-Latin America

           

HIST 470. Modern Africa

           

HIST 473. The Islamic World

           

HIST 489. Selected Topics in World History2

           

Political Science

           

POSC 353. African Politics

           

POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics2

           


            12

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 Africa track:

ANTH 391. Study Abroad (in Kenya only)

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 295. Peoples and Cultures of East Asia

           

ANTH 395. Special Topics in Anthropology2

           

ARTH 430. Far Eastern Art

           

ENG 378. Studies in South Asian Literature

           

REL 300. Selected Topics in Religion2

           

REL 310. Hindu Traditions

           

REL 312. Religions of East Asia

           

REL 316. Topics in Hinduism

           

PHIL/REL 385. Buddhist Thought

           

REL 410. Dharma/Adharma: Hindu Ethical Reasoning

 

Geography

           

GEOG 334. Geography of East and Southeast Asia3

           

History

           

HIST 274. Modern Asia

           

HIST 341. Selected Themes in World History2

           

HIST 371. India

           

HIST 372. Afghanistan in Regional and Global Systems

           

HIST 375. History of Modern Southeast Asia

           

HIST 377. History of Korea

           

HIST 378. China in the Modern World

           

HIST 379. Family and Gender in East Asia

           

HIST 460. Modern Japan

           

HIST 489. Selected Topics in World History2

           

Political Science

           

POSC 355. East Asian Politics

           

POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics2

           


            12

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.

Europe 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. All students in this track must complete POSC 344. Politics of the European Union.)

           

Political Science

           

POSC 344. Politics of the European Union

           

POSC 337. Politics of Russia and the Former Soviet Union3

           

POSC 345. Politics of Western Europe

           

POSC 346. Politics of Central and Eastern Europe

           

POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics2

           

Culture

           

ARTH 206. Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern

           

ENG 340. Modern British and Irish Literature

           

ENG 341. Contemporary British Novel

           

ENG 375. Introduction to Anglo-Irish Literature

           

ENG/FR 435. Studies in French Literature

           

ENG 436. Studies in German Literature

           

ENG 437. Studies in Italian Literature

           

ENG 438. Studies in Russian Literature

           

FL 446. Special Topics in Literature2

           

FL 447. Special Topics in Civilization and Culture2

           

FR 308. Contemporary French Civilization

           

FR 375. Business in Society in France

           

FR 425. Twentieth Century French Literature

           

FR 465. French Cinema, 1930-1980

           

FR 466. Contemporary French Cinema

           

GER 308. Contemporary German Civilization

           

GER 425. Modern German Literature

           

GER 465. German Cinema

           

ITAL/HIST 308. Contemporary Italian Civilization

           

ITAL 375. Business and Society in Italy

           

ITAL 425. Modern Italian Literature

           

ITAL 465. Italian Cinema

           

RUS 266. Contemporary Russian Literature in Translation

           

RUS 308. Introduction to Russian Civilization

           

RUS 405. Russian Literature of the 19th Century

           

RUS 406. Russian Literature of the 20th Century

           

SPAN 307. Spanish Civilization

           

SPAN 390. Spanish Poetry of the 20th Century

           

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

           

Economics

           

ECON 301. Economies in Transition

           

Geography

           

GEOG 332. Geography of Europe3

           

GEOG 333. Geography of Russia and the Former Soviet Union

           

History

           

HIST 301. European Military History

           

HIST 321. European Women's History

           

HIST 341. Selected Themes in World History2

           

HIST 382. Europe in the 20th Century

           

HIST 384. England and the Empire-Commonwealth

           

HIST 386. Russia since 1855

           

HIST 388. Germany since 1871

           

HIST 462. The Rise and Fall of Nazi Germany, 1918-1945

           

HIST 475. Modern Russia

           

HIST 478. Eastern Europe

           

HIST 486. Europe since 1914

           

HIST 487. World War II

           

HIST 489. Selected Topics in World History2

           


            12

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 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 316. Masterpieces in British Art (Semester in London 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 Anthropology2

           

ENG 431. Studies in Caribbean Literature

           

ENG/SPAN 434. Latin American Literature in Translation

           

SPAN 308. Latin American Civilization

           

SPAN 385. Latin American Drama and Short Stories

           

SPAN 395. Latin American Poetry of the 20th Century

           

SPAN 408. Aspects of Latin American Civilization

           

SPAN 415. The Spanish-American Novel

           

SPAN 446. Special Topics in Spanish Literature2

           

SPAN 447. Special Topics in Spanish Civilization and Culture2

           

SPAN 485. Business and Society in Latin America

           

Geography

           

GEOG 337. Geography of Latin America3

           

History

           

HUM 252. Latin American Cultures4

           

HIST 341. Selected Themes in World History2

           

ANTH/HIST 436. Afro-Latin America

           

HIST 437. Latin America and Latin Americans Through Film

           

HIST 444. Revolution and Social Change in Latin America

           

HIST 445. Latin America and the United States

           

HIST 447. South America

           

HIST 489. Selected Topics in World History2

           

Political Science

           

POSC 350. Latin American Politics

           

POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics2

           


            12

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.

4 HUM 252 will only count here when the topic is Latin American Cultures.

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.)1

           

Culture

           

ANTH 395. Special Topics in Anthropology2

           

ARTH 332. Islamic Art and Architecture

           

ARTH 424. Arts of Ancient Egypt

           

ARAB 446. Special Topics in Arabic Literature2

           

ARAB 447. Special Topics in Arabic Civilization and Culture2

           

ENG 433. Studies in Arabic Literature

           

REL 300. Selected Topics in Religion2

           

REL 305. Islamic Religious Traditions

           

REL 320. Judaism

           

REL 350. Islamic Law and Society

           

SOCI 342. Muslim Movements in the Middle East

           

SOCI/SOWK 348. Introduction to Developing Societies

           

Economics

           

ECON 365. Economic Development

           

History

           

HIST 270. Modern Middle East

           

HIST 341. Selected Themes in World History2

           

HIST 473. The Islamic World

           

HIST 485. Colonialism in the Greater Middle East

           

HIST 489. Selected Topics in World History2

           

Political Science

           

POSC 340. Political Development in the Third World

           

POSC 354. Politics of the Middle East

           

POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics2

           


            12

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.

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.

If you have questions about the Washington Semester, review the program website (http://www.jmu.edu/polisci/washington.
shtml) and contact the program director, Dr. David Jones.