Minor in International Affairs

Students from other schools of the University may complete a minor in international affairs in the Elliott School.

The minor is 18-21 credits, plus 0-8 credits of foreign language, and consists of the requirements listed below.

If you officially declared an International Affairs minor 
before August 26, 2013, your requirements are here.

Use the Minor in IAFF Form P D F file icon to declare a minor in international affairs.

Questions? E-mail advising@gwu.edu or contact the Elliott School academic advisor assigned to the portion of the alphabet under which your last name falls.

Foreign Language

First-year Foreign Language Requirement (0-8 Credits)

Students must prove first year proficiency in a modern foreign language by coursework or examination.

If you feel you are beyond the first year of a modern foreign language, but cannot demonstrate this by course work at GW, contact your Elliott School academic advisor.

Italian: ITAL 1001, 1002

Japanese: JAPN 1001, 1002

Korean: KOR 1001, 1002

Persian: PERS 1001, 1002

Russian: SLAV 1001, 1002

Spanish: SPAN 1001, 1002

Arabic: ARAB 1001, 1002
– or – ARAB 1201, 1202

Chinese: CHIN 1001, 1002

French: FREN 1001, 1002

German: GER 1001, 1002

Hebrew: HEBR 1001, 1002


Advanced Fundamentals and Regional Foundations

Anthropology or Geography (3 Credits)

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

ANTH 1002: Sociocultural Anthropology is a prerequisite to most of these ANTH courses. GEOG 1001: Human Geography is a prerequisite to many of these GEOG courses. Please consult the Bulletin for details.

Select One:

ANTH 2506 Religion, Myth, and Magic

ANTH 3501 Anthropology of Development

ANTH 3504 Illness, Healing, and Culture

ANTH 3506 Politics, Ethnicity, and Nationalism

ANTH 3513 Anthropology of Human Rights

ANTH 3601 Language, Culture, and Experience

GEOG 2125 Transportation Geography

GEOG 2120: World Regional Geography (formerly GEOG 3120)

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: Cultural Geography

GEOG 2146 Political Geography

GEOG 2147 Military Geography

GEOG 2148 Economic Geography

GEOG 3810 Planning Cities


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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 2340 U.S. Diplomatic History

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.

PSC 1001: Introduction to Comparative Politics or PSC 1003: Introduction to International Relations is a prerequisite to these courses. Please consult the Bulletin for details.

Select One:

IAFF 3190: International Law (equivalent to PSC 2444)

IAFF 4191: Research Seminar

  • 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

PSC 2446 U.S. Foreign Policy

PSC 2449 International Security Politics

PSC 2990/IAFF 0703/IAFF 2040: Ethics in International Affairs

International Economics (3 or 6 credits)

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

ECON 1011 and ECON 1012, Micro and Macroeconomics, are prerequisites to these courses.

ECON 2180 Survey of International Economics

– OR –

ECON 2181 International Trade Theory and Policy AND ECON 2182 International Macroeconomic Theory and Policy

Regional Foundations (6 Credits)

Students must take two courses from the lists below to gain an understanding of two regions of the world outside of the United States. The courses must represent two different regions.

Select Two Regions:


ANTH 3708: Anthropology of Africa

GEOG 3164: Geography of Africa

HIST 3501: Special Topics in African History *

IAFF 2093: Africa: Problems and Prospects

IAFF 2190W: Special Topics: *

  • North Africa and the World

IAFF 3189: Special Topics in African Studies:*

  • Transnational Justice in Africa

PSC 2381: Politics of Middle and Southern Africa

PSC 2482: African International Politics

* Academic Advisor Approval required for courses not listed here.

Latin America

ANTH 3702: Anthropology of Latin America
ECON 2185:  Economic History and Problems of Latin America
GEOG 3161: Geography of Latin America
HIST 3701: Special Topics in Latin American History: *

  • Latin America and the World since 1820

HIST 3711: History of Latin America (1820-Present)
IAFF 2090: Latin America: Problems and Promise
IAFF 2190W: Special Topics:*

  • Latin American Populism

IAFF 3187: Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies: *

  • Central American and Caribbean Perspectives
  • Political Economy of Latin America

PSC 2383: Comparative Politics of Latin America
PSC 2484: International Relations of Latin America

* Academic Advisor Approval required for courses not listed here.



ANTH 3705: Anthropology of East Asia

GEOG 3165: Geography of South Asia

HIST 3601: Special Topics in Asian History*

  • Modern South Asia: 1750 to present

HIST 3640: History of Southeast Asia

HIST 3840: History of Central Asia

IAFF 2091: East Asia Past and Present

IAFF 3186: Special Topics in Asian Studies: *

  • Development Issues in Southeast Asia
  • History and Politics of South Asia
  • Politics and Conflict of South Asia

IAFF 3190: Special Topics in International Affairs: *

  • Human Rights and Democracy in Southeast Asia

PSC 2369: Comparative Politics of South Asia

PSC 2373: Comparative Politics of Southeast Asia

PSC 2475: International Relations of East Asia

* Academic Advisor Approval required for courses not listed here.

Europe and Eurasia

IAFF 2092: Russia and Eastern Europe: An Introduction

IAFF 2094: Europe: International & Domestic Interactions

HIST 1121: War of Ideas in European & International History

HIST 3125: Europe in the 20th Century

HIST 3126: European Integration: A History

HIST 3168: The Two Germanys and the Cold War

HIST 3178: The Making of the Modern Balkans

HIST 3601: Special Topics in European History*

PSC 2330: Comparative Politics of Western Europe

PSC 2331: Comparative Politics of Central and Eastern Europe

* Academic Advisor Approval required for courses not listed here.

Middle East

ANTH 3707: Anthropology of the Middle East

GEOG 3154: Geography of the Middle East and North Africa

HIST 3801: Special Topics in Middle Eastern History: *

  • Gender and the Middle East

HIST 3811: Middle East in the 20th Century

IAFF 2040: Basic Topics in International Affairs: *

  • Middle East: An International Affairs Survey

IAFF 2190W: Special Topics: *

  • Arab Politics
  • Challenges and Change in the Middle East
  • Politics and Culture in the Middle East

IAFF 3188: Special Topics in Middle East Studies: *

  • Political Islam
  • U.S. Policy in the Gulf

PSC 2377: Comparative Politics of the Middle East

PSC 2478: International Relations of the Middle East

* Academic Advisor Approval required for courses not listed here.