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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Affairs B.A.

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Bachelor of Arts Degree
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Political Science and International Affairs
(470) 578-6227

The program of study in International Affairs leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. The degree plays an integral role in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs and draws upon disciplines such as political science, economics, history, foreign language, geography and anthropology. In this interdisciplinary major, the student must complete five required upper division major courses including the senior seminar followed by five courses in one of the four major concentrations.

Firsthand international experiences can be acquired through a coop/internship option or study abroad programs. This degree prepares graduates for careers in business, nonprofit organizations, law or government service.

General Education (42 Credit Hours)

See listing of requirements.  .  

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) (18 Credit Hours)

Foreign Languages (The 2001-2002 sequence must be taken in a single foreign language) (6 Credit Hours) All IA Majors must take either ECON 2200: Principles of Macroeconomics or POLS 2401: Global Issues. Concentration II students MUST take ECON 2200. Concentration I, III, and IV students may take either ECON 2200 or POLS 2401.

Lower Division Career Program (3 Credit Hours)

Related Studies (15 Credit Hours)

Upper-division studies beyond the major requirements as approved by the academic advisor. Students are encouraged to complete a minor and/or certificate (these credits to may count toward both Related Studies and towards a minor/certificate).

Major Concentration (15 Credit Hours)

Students will take five courses in their concentration. For Concentration I, select five course, two (2) of which must be POLS.  For Concentration II, select five courses, two (2) of which must be POLS.  For Concentration III, students should select a language track (e.g., French, Italian, Spanish, German, Chinese) and complete five upper-division courses in that language.


Students may complete up to six credit hours of POLS 4000 Practicum in Political Science and International Affairs in lieu of upper-division elective courses.  

Concentration IV: Applied Global Experience

Students will complete a full-time study abroad program of ten weeks or more. Full-time status will be based upon the criteria set by host institution. Courses must be pre-approved by your International Affairs advisor and by the PSIA department chair prior to departure.


Students should be mindful of the 39 credit hour university requirement for upper-division courses when making course selections.

Free Electives (12 Credit Hours)

Any courses in the university curriculum.

Program Total (120 Credit Hours)

University-Wide Degree Requirements (3 Credit Hours)

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Graduation Credit Hour Total (123 Credit Hours)

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