Majors & Minors - B.A. in International Affairs/Political Science
A student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences may major in International Affairs in anthropology, Canadian studies, history, modern languages, political science or women’s studies.
The Bachelor of Arts program in International Affairs is designed to prepare students for careers or graduate training in international affairs. Globalization will present new employment opportunities in business and government that will require employees to understand the history, political economy, and culture of other nations. The International Affairs program recognizes the multiple dimensions of globalization by emphasizing a multi-disciplinary approach; a core set of courses that include anthropology, Canadian studies, history, modern languages, political science and women’s studies with a concentration in one of these fields. Students who complete the program will have obtained:
• a broad familiarity with the field of international affairs;
• a basic understanding of the analytical tools used by the disciplines represented in the program as these are applied to international issues or issues confronted by other nations;
• an ability to understand the various facets of globalization in the context of a culturally diverse world.
Each student majoring in International Affairs is encouraged to devote at least one semester to study abroad. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of internship opportunities in international affairs. The program is administered by a Director who works in conjunction with the International Affairs Advisory Committee, which consists of faculty representatives of participating departments.
International Affairs/ Political Science Major Requirements:
International Affairs core requirements must be completed with grades of ‘C’ or better.
(Detailed course information is available in the University of Maine online catalog)
Anthropology 6 credit hours (from approved courses on checklist above)
Canadian Studies 6 credit hours (from approved courses on checklist above)
History 6 credit hours (from approved courses on checklist above)
Modern Languages (French, German or Spanish) 6 credit hours beyond intermediate (300-400 level).
Political Science 6 credit hours (from approved courses on checklist above)
Women’s Studies 6 credit hours (from approved courses on checklist above)
21 additional political science credit hours (from approved courses on checklist above) with grades of ‘C’ or better beyond the ‘core requirements.’ Students presenting a course to satisfy a ‘core requirement’ may not also use that course toward their concentration requirement.
International Affairs Minor
The minor in International Affairs is designed to serve students from a broad range of fields. The requirements are:
• Anthropology (3 credit hours)
• Canadian Studies (CAN 101 – 3 credit hours)
• History (3 credit hours)
• Modern Languages (3 credit hours, above the intermediate level) (French-German-Spanish)
• Political Science (3 credit hours)
• Women’s Studies (3 credit hours)
For a list of approved courses please see the core requirements and concentration requirements for the BA in International Affairs.