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. 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 Studies, Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Communities and Migrations, or Russian Studies. It facilitates (but does not require) participation in Studies Abroad programs. Because of limited course offerings, certain specializations 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.


These changes affect all students who are new to JMU in Fall 2017. 

The International Relations concentration has been discontinued for students enrolling from fall 2017 forward; the Comparative Study concentration remains in place.

Instead, three new concentrations are available:

  1. International Conflict and Security. Click here to see the course checklist (pdf)
  2. Global Human Development. Click here to see the course checklist (pdf)
  3. Foreign Policy and Global Governance. Click here to see the course checklist (pdf)

The five regional concentrations (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East) remain unchanged.

**NOTE: current INTA majors may choose one of the new concentrations.

For details regarding the new INTA major requirements, see the 2017-18 catalog

The Political Science, International Affairs, and Public Policy and Administration majors are available to any student in good standing at the university. To declare one of these majors (or to declare a minor), go to the Student Center component of MyMadison on the STUDENT tab.  JMU's Office of the Registrar provides a step-by-step video tutorial with instructions on adding, dropping, and/or changing majors and minors.

Please direct questions about declaring the international affairs major to Prof. Elaine Chisek, Miller Hall 2163, (540) 568-3767,

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