The University of Maine’s international affairs major is a discipline with broad dimensions, one that integrates the information, strategies, and techniques of a variety of disciplines, political science, anthropology, economics, Canadian studies, history, women’s studies and modern languages to study and understand complex relations among nations.
Anthropology is the study of modern human cultural diversity in all its religious, political, psychological and economic facets. We provide a broad-based liberal arts education with specific emphasis on understanding cultural diversity through time, awareness which will positively affect our future on this planet especially as it is applied to international affairs.
Students majoring in International Affairs/Anthropology must complete a core curriculum of 36 credit hours in International Affairs, from an IA course list. In their first two years, students are encouraged to complete their General Education course requirements and the core courses in the six International Affairs disciplines:
Anthropology (6 credit hours)
Canadian Studies (6 credit hours)
History (6 credit hours)
Modern Languages (6 credit hours-300 level or above)
Political Science (6 credit hours)
Women’s Studies (6 credit hours)
The course concentration in Anthropology requires that students complete 21 credit hours from an International Affairs/Anthropology course list (PDF).
All courses in the International Affairs/Anthropology major must be passed with at least a “C” grade.
Study abroad is an integral part of International Affairs. All of our majors are strongly encouraged to spend one or two semesters in study abroad.
Since the number of required courses is relatively high, International Affairs/Anthropology majors should plan their program early in their college careers.