Department Learning Goals

International Affairs Learning Goals

Prepare students for graduate school or employment in the public or private sectors with a focus on international activities and issues.

Multiple Inquiries

MI1. Develop competence in the distinctive modes of inquiry, analysis, and expression of the disciplinary major, as well as gaining an understanding of multiple perspectives relevant to international issues through the second major in International Affairs (IA).

MI2. Employ the disciplines traditionally central to the study of international affairs: economics, history, and political science for a better understanding of the past, to analyze the present and prepare for the future.

MI3. Produce work that draws on quantitative and qualitative methods of the primary major and of the core courses of IA – political science, economics, and history.

MI4. Examine the relations between states, the relations between states and non-state actors, and the linkage between domestic politics and international politics.

Integrative Thinking

IT1. Apply the analytical perspective of the primary field to global issues with multiple and complex causes.

IT2. Apply the analytical perspective of the IA core courses to global issues.

IT3. Produce a capstone seminar paper or project that integrates the content, methods, and perspectives of the multiple disciplines in the major.

Effective Communication

EC1. Write effectively in the English language to advance and support an argument.

EC2. Read, with understanding, texts in multiple disciplines.

EC3. Read, write, and speak in a second language, using non-English sources in research.

EC4. Identify, obtain, and critically evaluate relevant data for problem-solving.

EC5. Identify appropriate sources and use proper citation of sources.

Informed Citizenship

IC1. Demonstrate understanding of multiple forces that shape global and local issues – economic, political, religious, social, and historical.

IC2. Develop a practice of acquiring information from non-US as well as US sources to achieve a broader understanding of global and local issues.

IC3. Demonstrate understanding of diverse political systems.

IC 4. Pursue understanding of diverse societies as reflected in social, linguistic, religious, and other forms by spending at least one semester abroad.