In addition to completing the requirements for their other major, International Affairs majors must complete the requirements outlined below. All students must take some Select Electives. Students with a dual major in Economics, History, or Political Science must also take additional Select Electives outside of those major fields. These requirements are explained in more detail below.
Students must maintain at least a 2.60 G.P.A. in the major.
IA advising is very important for students in the IA major. All students who are accepted into the IA program will be assigned an advisor.
Due to curricular changes in the Economics department, Economics 101 will no longer be offered and will be replaced by Economics 103 and 104. Students who have completed Economics 101 will continue to take the previous Economics requirements: Economics 212, 213 or 214 (Regional economics elective) and Economics 251. All other students will take the courses listed below.
IA 400 - Capstone Senior Seminar:
Students must complete a senior capstone seminar that draws on the program's multi- and interdisciplinary features to examine an issue of international significance.
Additional Select Electives for Dual Majors in Economics, History and Political Science.
All IA majors with a dual major Economics, History, or Political Science must take three additional Select Electives, outside of that major program. This is required because of the overlap between the IA major requirements and the major requirements in those disciplines
Courses in Quantitative Analysis
Because the study of international relations includes some experience in empirical and quantitative analysis, students who are not majors in Economics, Political Science, Sociology, or Organization and Management Studies are strongly encouraged to take one of the following courses: Economics 241 - Introductory Economic and Business Statistics; Sociology 302 - Sociological Research Methodology; or Political Science 215 - Political Science Research Methods.
Language Courses and Off-Campus Programs
All students in the IA program are strongly encouraged to participate in a one-semester overseas program; information is available from the Office of Off-Campus Studies. Students who are not language majors are strongly encouraged to continue with foreign language study beyond the intermediate level.
IA students are encouraged to participate in internship programs, especially those pertaining to international relations. An approved internship typically counts as one course toward the 32-course College graduation requirement.
Information for Students Pursuing Interdisciplinary and Special Majors
Students who opt for the special major will normally not be able to dual major in IA because of the former's lack of a major discipline. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary major such as Japanese Studies, Globalization Studies, or Women's Studies will be considered for admission to IA on a case-by-case basis.