The International Affairs (IA) program offers both a major and a minor to undergraduates.


Core Requirements:

There is a five-course core requirement for all majors. The core courses are:

  • INA 101: Introduction to International Affairs
  • ANT 102: Introduction to Anthropology: Diversity of Cultures
  • ECO 121: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • HTY 241: History of Globalization
  • POS 120: Introduction to World Politics

Thematic Concentrations:

Students majoring in IA choose a thematic concentration, which requires seven to nine courses, plus two courses from a secondary field. These concentrations are:

Foreign Language Experience:

Majors must receive a rating of Intermediate (Low, Mid, or High) or higher on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) or the Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer (OPIc) of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Students are responsible for registering and paying for these tests with Language Testing International. Minimum preparation for these interviews is generally six credits at the 300-level or above in French or Spanish. Students who wish to select one of the other languages taught in the Critical Languages program must consult the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.

International students are permitted to meet the language requirement with their TOEFL score but are encouraged to undertake further foreign language study.


IA majors must complete a Capstone course in their concentration. This may be done in a senior seminar, an independent study, or an Honors thesis.


The International Affairs Minor Effective September 2014, a minor in International Affairs requires 18 credits (six courses) with a grade of C or better from the following:

  1. INA 101 (Introduction to International Affairs)
  2. One other IA core curriculum course from this list: ANT 102, ECO 121, HTY 241, or POS 120
  3. Three primary courses and one secondary course from a single thematic concentration.
  4. Two semesters in the same foreign language or study abroad.  For students who study abroad, at least one course must be taught in the host language.  Students whose first language is not English may meet the foreign language requirement with their TOEFL score.