International Affairs Major

Advanced Fundamentals

The Advanced Fundamentals build upon the Introduction to the Major and continue the education in the basic skills of international affairs through the lens of the disciplines central to (ECON, HIST, PSC) and relevant to (ANTH, GEOG) to the study of international affairs and their respective methodologies. It also imparts an understanding of at least two regions of the world outside of the United States.

Objective: This module promotes fundamental knowledge in the social sciences and teaches students how to apply that knowledge to issues in international affairs. It enables students to analyze problems in the field, generalize from that analysis, identify potential outcomes consistent with the theoretical models, and apply these theoretical models to different regions of the world. This module will allow students to explore different concentration themes in the International Affairs major.

Students are encouraged to complete these requirements prior to studying abroad.

Research Methods (3 Credits)

Students must complete one course pertaining to qualitative or quantitative social science research methods.

  • Credit for only one of the following courses may be applied toward a degree: STAT 1051, 1053, or 1111.
  • STAT courses may not be double-counted between the Math requirement and the Research Methods requirement.

Select One:

  • IAFF 2040: International Affairs Research Methods
  • ANTH 3531: Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology
  • ECON 2123: Introduction to Econometrics
  • GEOG 2104: Introduction to Cartography/GIS
  • GEOG 2105: Techniques of Spatial Analysis
  • PSC 2101: Scope and Methods of Political Science
  • PSYC 2101: Research Methods in Psychology
  • PUBH 3131: Epidemiology: Measuring Health and Disease
  • SOC 2101: Social Research Methods
  • SOC 2111: Field Research
  • STAT 1051: Introduction to Business & Economic Statistics
  • STAT 1053: Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
  • STAT 1111: Business and Economic Statistics I
  • STAT 2105: Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences
  • STAT 2112: Business and Economic Statistics II

International Economics (3 or 6 Credits)

Students must complete one or two courses pertaining to the theory of international economics.

Select One Option:

*ECON 2181 AND 2182 are required for students completing the International Economics concentration.

Historical Analysis: US Foreign Policy (3 Credits)

Students must complete one course pertaining to the history of the US approach to contemporary international affairs.

Select One:

  • HIST 2322: Contemporary U.S. History since 1945 (formerly HIST 3321)
  • HIST 2340: U.S. Diplomatic History
  • HIST 2710 / AMST 2710: The United States in Global Context
  • HIST 3035: U.S. & Wars in Indochina
  • HIST 3332: U.S. Foreign Policy Since WW II (I)
  • HIST 3333: U.S. Foreign Policy Since WW II (II)

International and Comparative Politics (3 Credits)

Students must complete one course pertaining to international political issues and theories from either an international relations or comparative politics perspective.

Select One:

  • IAFF 3190: International Law (equivalent to PSC 2444)
  • IAFF 4191: Pre-Approved Senior Seminar Courses
    • International Politics and Security Policy
  • PSC 2334: Global Perspectives on Democracy
  • PSC 2336: State-Society Relations in the Developing World
  • PSC 2337: Development Politics
  • PSC 2338: Nationalism
  • PSC 2439: International Political Economy
  • PSC 2440: International Politics
  • PSC 2442: International Organizations
  • PSC 2444: Public International Law (equivalent to IAFF 3190 International Law)
  • PSC 2446: U.S. Foreign Policy
  • PSC 2449: International Security Politics
  • PSC 2990/IAFF 0703/IAFF 2040: Ethics in International Affairs

Anthropology or Geography (3 Credits)

Students must complete one course from anthropology or geography that is relevant to international affairs.

Many of these courses have lower-level prerequisites. Please consult the Bulletin for more details.

Select One:

  • ANTH 3501: Development Anthropology
  • ANTH 3502: Cultural Ecology
  • ANTH 3503: Psychological Anthropology
  • ANTH 3504: Illness, Healing, and Culture
  • ANTH 3505: Religion, Myth, and Magic
  • ANTH 3506: Politics, Ethnicity, and Nationalism
  • ANTH 3507: Kinship, Family, and Community
  • ANTH 3508: Art and Culture
  • ANTH 3509: Symbolic Anthropology
  • ANTH 3513: Anthropology of Human Rights
  • ANTH 3601: Language, Culture, and Experience
  • GEOG 2110: Climate and Human Ecology
  • GEOG 2125: Transportation and Communication
  • GEOG 2127: Population Geography
  • GEOG 2133: People, Land, and Food
  • GEOG 2134: Energy Resources
  • GEOG 2136: Water Resources
  • GEOG 2137: Environmental Hazards
  • GEOG 2141: Urban Settlement in the Developing World
  • GEOG 2145: The Cultural Landscape
  • GEOG 2146: Political Geography
  • GEOG 2147: Military Geography
  • GEOG 2148: Economic Geography
  • GEOG 3120: World Regional Geography (formerly GEOG 2120)
  • GEOG 3132: Environmental Quality and Management
  • GEOG 3143: Urban Sustainability
  • GEOG 3810: Building Cities


Commencement 2014

Elliott School Graduation Celebration at the Charles E. Smith Center
11:30 am, Friday, May 16, 2014

University Commencement on the National Mall
9:30 am, Sunday, May 18, 2014

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