Department of Political Science and International Affairs

Programs / Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs

The Bachelor of Art in International Affairs

The program of study in International Affairs leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. The degree plays an integral role in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs and draws upon disciplines such as political science, economics, history, foreign language, geography and anthropology. In this interdisciplinary major, the student must complete five required upper division major courses including the senior seminar followed by five courses in one of the four major concentrations.

Firsthand international experiences can be acquired through a coop/internship option or study abroad programs. This degree prepares graduates for careers in business, nonprofit organizations, law or government service.

Program Requirements

General Education - 42 hours

See listing of requirements.

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) and Selected Concentration - 18 Credit Hours

Foreign Languages (The 2001-2002 sequence must be taken in a single foreign language) (6 Credit Hours)

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • POLS 2240
    Introduction to Comparative Politics
    3
  • POLS 2250
    Introduction to International Relations
    3

  • POLS 2280
    Research Methods
    3
  • or
  • ACCT 2100
    Introduction to Financial Accounting
    3
  • or
  • ECON 2300
    Business Statistics
    3

  • ECON 2100
    Principles of Microeconomics (Counted in General Education)
    3
  • ECON 2200
    Principles of Macroeconomics
    3

Upper Division Major Requirements - 15 Credit Hours

Students shall complete five courses from those listed below; one of which MUST be POLS 4499 Senior Seminar.

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • HIST 3305
    The World Since 1945
    3
  • POLS 3350
    American Foreign Policy
    3
  • POLS 4423
    Great Political Thinkers
    3
  • POLS 4430
    International Law and Organization
    3
  • POLS 4436
    Politics of Developing Areas
    3
  • POLS 4437
    Global Security
    3
  • POLS 4438
    International Political Economy
    3
  • POLS 4499
    Senior Seminar
    3

Related Studies - 15 Credit Hours

Upper-division studies beyond the major requirements as approved by the academic advisor.

Major Concentration - 15 Credit Hours

Students will take five courses in their concentration.

For Concentration I, students should complete no more than two courses from a discipline group. The discipline groups are:

  • Anthropology, Geography, Psychology
  • History
  • Political Science

For Concentration II, students should complete no more than two courses from Management and/or Political Science.

For Concentration III, students should select a language track (e.g., French, Italian, Spanish, German, Chinese) and complete five upper-division courses in that language.

Concentration I: Diplomatic and International Service

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • ANTH 3350
    Cultures and Societies of the World
    3
  • ANTH 3307
    Cultural Anthropology
    3
  • GEOG 3312
    Geography of Europe
    3
  • GEOG 3320
    Political Geography
    3
  • GEOG 3350
    Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa
    3
  • GEOG 3360
    Geography of Asia
    3
  • GEOG 3370
    Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean
    3
  • HIST 3321
    Diplomatic History of the United States
    3
  • HIST 3334
    The Africans in the Diaspora
    3
  • HIST 3366
    History of Mexico and Central America
    3
  • HIST 3367
    History of Brazil
    3
  • HIST 3373
    Modern India and South Asia
    3
  • HIST 3374
    Modern China and Japan
    3
  • HIST 3382
    North Africa and the Middle East in Modern Times
    3
  • HIST 3391
    History of West Africa
    3
  • HIST 3392
    History of Southern, Eastern and Central Africa
    3
  • HIST 4454
    Twentieth Century Europe
    3
  • HIST 4455
    Twentieth Century Russia
    3
  • POLS 4000
    Practicum in Political Science and International Affairs
    3
  • POLS 4431
    Politics of International Terrorism
    3
  • POLS 4448
    Politics of Eurasia
    3
  • POLS 4449
    Russian Foreign Policy
    3
  • POLS 4452
    Politics of the Pacific Rim
    3
  • POLS 4453
    Latin America: Democracy and Development
    3
  • POLS 4454
    Politics of the Middle East
    3
  • POLS 4455
    International Relations of Africa
    3
  • POLS 4457
    South Asian Politics: A Comparative Perspective
    3
  • PSYC 3355
    Cross-Cultural Psychology
    3

Concentration II: International Business, Economics and Policy

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • ECON 4310
    Economic Development in Global Perspective
    3
  • ECON 4410
    International Trade and Finance
    3
  • GEOG 3330
    Economic Geography
    3
  • HIST 3374
    Modern China and Japan
    3
  • MGT 3600
    Introduction to International Business
    3
  • MGT 4174
    International Human Resource Management
    3
  • MGT 4190
    International Management
    3
  • MGT 4476
    Contemporary Global Business Practices
    3
  • MKTG 4476
    Contemporary Global Business Practices
    3
  • MKTG 4820
    International Marketing
    3
  • NURS 4423
    International Health Policy
    3
  • POLS 3350
    American Foreign Policy
    3
  • POLS 4000
    Practicum in Political Science and International Affairs
    3
  • POLS 4433
    European Union Politics
    3
  • POLS 4438
    International Political Economy
    3
  • POLS 4439
    Political Economy of Transition in Russia and Central Asia
    3
  • POLS 4452
    Politics of the Pacific Rim
    3
  • POLS 4456
    International Environmental Policy
    3
  • PSYC 3355
    Cross-Cultural Psychology
    3

Concentration III: Applied Languages

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • CHNS 3200
    Critical Reading and Applied Writing
    3
  • CHNS 3302
    Practical Conversation
    3
  • CHNS 3303
    Grammar and Composition
    3
  • or
  • FREN 3200
    Critical Reading and Applied Writing
    3
  • FREN 3302
    Practical Conversation
    3
  • FREN 3303
    Grammar and Composition
    3
  • or
  • GRMN 3200
    Critical Reading and Applied Writing
    3
  • GRMN 3302
    Practical Conversation
    3
  • GRMN 3303
    Grammar and Composition
    3
  • or
  • ITAL 3200
    Critical Reading and Applied Writing
    3
  • ITAL 3302
    Practical Conversation
    3
  • ITAL 3303
    Grammar and Composition
    3
  • or
  • SPAN 3200
    Critical Reading and Applied Writing
    3
  • SPAN 3302
    Practical Conversation
    3
  • SPAN 3303
    Grammar and Composition
    3

Notes:

Students may complete up to six credit hours of POLS 4000 Practicum in Political Science and International Affairs in lieu of upper-division elective courses.

Any 3000- or 4000-level course within your selected language track

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • POLS 4000
    Practicum in Political Science and International Affairs
    3

Concentration IV: Applied Global Experience

Students will complete a full-time study abroad program of ten weeks or more. Full-time status will be based upon the criteria set by host institution. Courses taken in this concentration will be taken on a pass/fail basis. Courses must be pre-approved by your International Affairs advisor and by the PSIA department chair prior to departure. All courses must be passed in order for this concentration to be complete.

Notes:

Students should be mindful of the 39 credit hour university requirement for upper-division courses when making course selections.

Free Electives - 15 Credit Hours

Any courses in the university curriculum.


Program Total (120 Credit Hours)