International Affairs (B.A.)

39 semester hours, as follows:

International Affairs majors must also complete either a minor or an interdisciplinary concentration in addition to the major. With the approval of their academic advisor, students may construct an individualized interdisciplinary minor. Students who are majoring in International Affairs and taking the concentration in Pre-Law may not count courses toward both the major and the concentration with the exception of GOVT 1315.

International Affairs Majors must choose from the following degree tracks:

  • International Affairs Major: Specialized Focus;
  • International Affairs Major: European Focus;
  • International Affairs Major: Latin American Focus;
  • International Affairs Major: Conflict and Peace Focus.

Recommended Sequence of Courses in the major:

For a current degree sequence, please visit the department's website. 

1. 15 semester hours of required courses:

GOVT 2305Introduction to Political Studies

GOVT 2320International Relations

GOVT 2325Social Science Research Methods

GOVT 3110International Affairs Colloquium

GOVT 3110International Affairs Colloquium

GOVT 4495International Affairs Capstone

GOVT 3110 must be repeated once for a total of 2 semester hours

2. Study Abroad Experience

(May be satisfied through semester abroad, internship abroad, or other experience abroad with Chair’s approval)

3. Select one of the following degree tracks:

A. International Affairs Major: Specialized Focus

1. 6 Hours of Modern Languages beyond the elementary level (substitution for international students may be available)
2. 9 credit hours chosen from Fine Arts and Humanities:
ARTH 2361Art History: Ancient Through Medieval

ARTH 2362Art History: Renaissance to Modern

ARTH 3350Latin American Art: 20th Century

ARTH 3357History of Photography

ARTH 4350Modern Art of Mexico

CLST 3325Cultural Studies Theory

CLST 2320Cultural Studies Method: Inquiry and Evidence

CLST 4399Selected Topics in Cultural Studies

ENGL 4320Period Studies

ENGL 4340Major Authors

ENGL 4350Literary Movements

HIST 3331Colonial Latin America

HIST 3332Latin America Since Independence

HIST 3340Modern Europe

HIST 4332Mexico

HIST 4350Topics in World History

MUSI 3348Studies in World Music

PHIL 3325Philosophy of Culture

PHIL 3355World Philosophy

PHIL 3385Justice: Tradition and Transformation

RELS 3322Christianity through Art

RELS 3350Environmental Theology and Ethics

RELS 4345Theologies of Liberation

SPAN 3311Culture and Civilization of Spain

SPAN 3312Culture and Civilization of Latin America

ENGL 4320, ENGL 4340, when appropriate

3. 9 credit hours chosen from Social Sciences and Business:
ANTH 1311Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 3332/SOCI 3332Culturology and Cross-Cultural Communication

ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 4310International Economics

ECON 4350Latin American Economics

BINT 3331International Business Management

BINT 3345/ACCT 3345International Accounting

BINT 3355/BFIN 3355International Banking and Finance

BINT 3361International Marketing

GOVT 1391Human Rights

GOVT 2350Environmental Politics

GOVT 2375International Organizations

GOVT 2376Model Organization of American States

GOVT 3350European Politics

GOVT 3351Asian Politics

GOVT 3352Politics of the Middle East

GOVT 3356Terrorism and Conflict in the International Arena

GOVT 3376Model United Nations

GOVT 4321U.S. Foreign Policy

GOVT 4330International Law

GOVT 4355Politics of Developing Areas

GOVT 4356Latin American and Caribbean Politics

GOVT 4363Political Globalization

GOVT 4387Topics in Comparative Politics/International Relations

GOVT 4387Topics in Comparative Politics/International Relations

B. International Affairs Major: European Focus

1. 6 hours of Modern Language

Student must complete 6 hours of Modern Language beyond the elementary level from the following: Spanish, French, Italian, German or the student must complete 6 hours of two different languages from the following: Spanish, French, Italian, German.

(Substitute for international students may be available)
2. 9 credit hours chosen from Fine Arts and Humanities:
ARTH 2361Art History: Ancient Through Medieval

ARTH 2362Art History: Renaissance to Modern

CLST 4399Selected Topics in Cultural Studies

ENGL 4320Period Studies

ENGL 4340Major Authors

ENGL 4350Literary Movements

HIST 1311World History, Part I

HIST 1312World History, Part II

HIST 3340Modern Europe

RELS 3322Christianity through Art

SPAN 3311Culture and Civilization of Spain

ENGL 4320, ENGL 4340: when appropriate


3. 9 credit hours chosen from Social Sciences and Business:
ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 4310International Economics

BINT 3331International Business Management

BINT 3345/ACCT 3345International Accounting

BINT 3355/BFIN 3355International Banking and Finance

BINT 3361International Marketing

GOVT 2375International Organizations

GOVT 4323Politics of Coffee and Sugar

GOVT 3350European Politics

GOVT 4330International Law

GOVT 4363Political Globalization

GOVT 4387Topics in Comparative Politics/International Relations


C. International Affairs Major: Latin American Focus

1. 6 Hour Language Requirement

Student must complete six hours of Modern Language beyond the elementary level from the following: Spanish, French, Italian, or German or complete 9 credit hours from the Fine Arts and Humanities option.

(Substitute for international students may be available)
2. 9 credit hours chosen from Fine Arts and Humanities:
ARTH 3350Latin American Art: 20th Century

ARTH 4350Modern Art of Mexico

CLST 3325Cultural Studies Theory

CLST 2320Cultural Studies Method: Inquiry and Evidence

CLST 4399Selected Topics in Cultural Studies

ENGL 4320Period Studies

ENGL 4340Major Authors

ENGL 4350Literary Movements

HIST 1312World History, Part II

HIST 3331Colonial Latin America

HIST 3332Latin America Since Independence

HIST 3340Modern Europe

HIST 4332Mexico

HIST 4350Topics in World History

MUSI 3348Studies in World Music

PHIL 3385Justice: Tradition and Transformation

RELS 3305Catholic Social Teachings

RELS 4345Theologies of Liberation

SPAN 3311Culture and Civilization of Spain

SPAN 3312Culture and Civilization of Latin America

ENGL 4320, ENGL 4340: when appropriate

3. 9 credit hours chosen from Social Sciences and Business:
ANTH 1311Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 3332/SOCI 3332Culturology and Cross-Cultural Communication

ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 4350Latin American Economics

BINT 3331International Business Management

BINT 3345/ACCT 3345International Accounting

BINT 3355/BFIN 3355International Banking and Finance

BINT 3361International Marketing

GOVT 1391Human Rights

GOVT 2376Model Organization of American States

GOVT 4323Politics of Coffee and Sugar

GOVT 4355Politics of Developing Areas

GOVT 4356Latin American and Caribbean Politics

GOVT 4363Political Globalization

GOVT 4387Topics in Comparative Politics/International Relations

D. International Affairs Major: Conflict and Peace Focus

1. 6 hours of Modern Language beyond the elementary level
2. 9 credit hours chosen from Fine Arts and Humanities:
CLST 4399Selected Topics in Cultural Studies

HIST 3331Colonial Latin America

HIST 4325Global Human Rights

HIST 4338Topics in South Asian History

HIST 4350Topics in World History

PHIL 3385Justice: Tradition and Transformation

RELS 3305Catholic Social Teachings

RELS 3350Environmental Theology and Ethics

RELS 4345Theologies of Liberation

SPAN 3311Culture and Civilization of Spain

3. 9 credit hours chosen from Social Sciences and Business:
ANTH 1311Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 3332/SOCI 3332Culturology and Cross-Cultural Communication

ECON 4350Latin American Economics

GOVT 2350Environmental Politics

GOVT 3351Asian Politics

GOVT 3352Politics of the Middle East

GOVT 3356Terrorism and Conflict in the International Arena

GOVT 4323Politics of Coffee and Sugar

GOVT 4330International Law

GOVT 4355Politics of Developing Areas

GOVT 4356Latin American and Caribbean Politics

GOVT 4363Political Globalization

GOVT 4387Topics in Comparative Politics/International Relations