International Affairs

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 3.00 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.

Economics Courses

  • Economics 103 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • Economics 104 - Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Economics 251 - International Economics 


  • History 110 - Twentieth Century World 
  • Choose one Select Elective in History at the 200 or 300 Level

Political Science

  • Political Science 103 - Introduction to International Relations 
  • Political Science 242 - U.S. Foreign Policy 
  • One Select Elective in Political Science [same link as above]


Starting with students entering the program in the Fall of 2013, all IA majors must successfully complete a methods course.  The courses applicable to this requirement are:

  • CS-201 The Mathematics of Computation
  • HS-232 Statistics for the Health Sciences
  • HIST-300 Historical Method
  • ECON-241 Introductory Economics and Business Statistics
  • MATH-107 Applied Statistics
  • OMS-235 Statistical Methods
  • POL-215 Methods of Political Science
  • PSYCH-205 Introduction to Statistics
  • SOC-302 Research Methods
  • SOC-303 Data Analysis and Statistics

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 

Encouraged, But Not Required:


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 Center for Global Education. 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, Cross-disciplinary and Individual 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 Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, or Women's Studies will be considered for admission to IA on a case-by-case basis. IA cannot be paired with Globalization Studies or Public Policy.