Bachelor of Science in International Affairs

Building on the same core curriculum found in our world-class Bachelor of Arts program, the Bachelor of Science in international affairs integrates additional, advanced STEM training to put you at the top of the pack when navigating the increasingly science- and tech-dependent landscape of 21st century global affairs.

Along the way, you’ll have flexibility to pursue a second major in Computer Science, Economics, or another STEM-related discipline, allowing you to develop an innovative, individualized, and highly-marketable program of study.

Combine these features with our expert faculty, frequent campus visits by ambassadors and other world leaders, and close connectedness with key institutions and stakeholders in the Nation’s capital, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better program to get you where you want to go.


What You'll Study 

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The Bachelor of Science in international affairs program includes foundational training in political science, economics, history, and anthropology or geology, coupled with advanced STEM coursework in a field (or fields) of your choosing.

As a complement to this core coursework, you’re offered the option to pursue a concentration in a specialized field of study such as Global Public Health, International Economics, or Security Policy, or to apply these concentration credits toward a second major in a STEM field which best suits your interests.

Additional coursework focused in two unique world regions, as well as a foreign language proficiency requirement, ensures that you leave the program with a holistic understanding of global connectedness.  



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Study Abroad

With more than 70% of Elliott students studying abroad, there are an abundance of programs and countries that you can choose to enhance what you’ve learned in D.C. Our students have traveled across remote areas of China, through major cities like Hong Kong, Seoul, and Taipei, and in other areas of the region and world to enhance their knowledge.




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While study abroad enhances understanding, you don’t have to leave D.C. to get global experience. Our campus is just blocks from the White House and State Department, a metro ride away from Capitol Hill and close to embassies who call the city home. With GW students finding more than 12,000 internship opportunities each year, you can find something that helps you meet your goals.



Elliott School Announces New Bachelor of Science Degree

The Elliott School recently announced a new Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs to meet the growing demand for STEM skills by international affairs practitioners in today's industries.



“Look cyber is one of the toughest of the problems is that there is almost nobody with the complete tool set to address it. How many people do you know who are really really fluent in “computerese,” and digital, and cyber, and know about international relations, and know about law, and know about commercial interests? I have yet to meet that person, but if you run into him or her send them my way."

Richard Haas

President of the Council on Foreign Relations