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
You'll follow a structure that promotes fundamental knowledge in the social sciences and be taught how to apply that knowledge to multiple contemporary issues in international affairs. Our program will enable you 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. When you major in International Affairs, you will have the chance to explore different concentration themes in the international affairs major such as Conflict Resolution, Contemporary Cultures & Societies, Global Public Health and many more.
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.
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.
"Look, cyber is one of the toughest areas...one 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."
President, Council on Foreign Relations