Department of Political Science and International Affairs
John M. Kramer, Chair and Career Advisor
John M. Kramer
The International Affairs Program
The interdisciplinary major program in International Affairs is designed to provide the student with a broad knowledge of the contemporary international system as well as with specific expertise in a given geographic area and/or academic discipline. To this end, the major combines required courses that examine international affairs from a variety of disciplinary perspectives (i.e., economics, geography, history, and political science) with related field courses that permit students to pursue in depth their particular geographical and/or disciplinary interests. Students majoring in International Affairs have ample opportunities to pursue internships with the numerous governmental agencies and private “think tanks” located in Washington, D.C., which focus on different aspects of contemporary international economic, political, and social issues.
Career opportunities for the major in International Affairs range from such traditional areas as work with government or private agencies engaged in research on foreign policy or intelligence issues to such new and rapidly expanding areas as employment with multinational corporations or international banking institutions.
Requirements for the International Affairs Major
Thirty-nine (39) credits, to include Political Science 321, 350 or 351, 356; Economics 382 or 384; History 371 or 372; Geography 338 or 339; additional 21 credits to be chosen by student and advisor from among, but not limited to, the following disciplines: Economics, French, Geography, German, History, Italian, Political Science, Spanish.
Additional Foreign Language Requirement:
Option A – completion of two languages through the intermediate level. (Except Latin or Greek).
Option B – at least six credits in one language at the advanced level. (Except Latin or Greek).
Requirements for the Minor in Security and Conflict Studies
See the Political Science section of this Catalog (page 163).
International Affairs Course Offerings (INAF)
471 – International Affairs Seminar (3)
Intensive reading and group discussion of selected topics in international affairs.
491 – Individual Study in International Affairs (3)
Directed individual research on approved problems in international affairs.
499 – Internship (Credits variable)
Supervised off-campus experience. Up to 6 credits can be applied to major.