Minor in International Affairs Curriculum

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. Students must receive a C- or better in all courses taken to satisfy the minor.

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.

Arabic: ARAB 1001, 1002
OR ARAB 1201, 1202 

Chinese: CHIN 1001, 1002

French: FREN 1001, 1002

German: GER 1001, 1002

Hebrew: HEBR 1001, 1002

Italian: ITAL 1001, 1002

Japanese: JAPN 1001, 1002

Korean: KOR 1001, 1002

Persian: PERS 1001, 1002

Russian: SLAV 1001, 1002
OR SLAV 1012

Spanish: SPAN 1001, 1002
OR SPAN 1011 OR 1012

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 2501 The Anthropology of Gender: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
ANTH 2506 Religion, Myth, and Magic
ANTH 3501 Development Anthropology
ANTH 3502 Cultural Ecology 
ANTH 3503 Psychological Anthropology
ANTH 3504 Illness, Healing, and Culture
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
ANTH 3691 Language and Religion
IAFF 3183 International Development: Theory, Practice & Policy (this course is equivalent to ANTH 3501)*
IAFF 3190 Human Rights and Ethics (this course is equivalent to ANTH 3513)*
GEOG 2110 Climate and Human Ecology
GEOG 2120 World Regional Geography
GEOG 2125 Transportation Geography
GEOG 2127 Population Geography
GEOG 2133 People, Land, and Food
GEOG 2134 Energy Resources
GEOG 2136 Water Resources
GEOG 2137 Environmental Hazards
GEOG 2141 Cities in the Developing World
GEOG 2145 Cultural Geography
GEOG 2146 Political Geography
GEOG 2147 Military Geography
GEOG 2148 Economic Geography
GEOG 3132 Environmental Quality and Management
GEOG 3143 Urban Sustainability
GEOG 3810 Planning Cities

*Academic Advisor approval required for courses not listed here.

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.

Select One:

IAFF 3180W International Politics and Security Policy*
IAFF 3190 Special Topics in International Affairs*

  • Issues in Contemporary Diplomacy & National Security
  • Global Governance
  • International Law (equivalent to PSC 2444)

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*
PSC 2993 Comparative Political Economy*
PSC 2994 US Foreign Policy Traditions*

*Academic Advisor approval required for courses not listed here.

International Economics

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

Select One Option:

ECON 2180 Survey of International Economics
– or –

ECON 2181 International Trade Theory and Policy 


 ECON 2182 International Macroeconomic Theory and Policy*
– or –

ECON 3181 International Trade Theory and Policy** 


ECON 2182 International Macroeconomic Theory and Policy*

*ECON 2181 AND 2182 -OR- ECON 3181 AND 2182 are required for students completing the International Economics concentration.
**Prerequisite required: ECON 2101 or ECON 2103; MATH 1221, MATH 1231, or MATH 1252.
***ECON 2181 & ECON 3181 are considered duplicate credit.

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.

A grade of C- or better must be earned for regional foundations courses.


ANTH 3708 Anthropology of Africa
ECON 2198 Economics of Africa*
GEOG 3164 Geography of Africa
HIST 3501 Special Topics in African History *

  • African History Since 1880

HIST 3530 Women in Africa
HIST 3540 West Africa to Independence
IAFF 2093 Africa: Problems and Prospects
IAFF 2190W Special Topics *

  • North Africa and the World
  • Rising Africa and the World

IAFF 3189 Special Topics in African Studies:*

  • International Relations in Africa
  • Religion in Africa
  • Transnational Justice in Africa

IAFF 3190 Special Topics in International Affairs

  • China and Africa*
  • Women and Leadership in Africa

PSC 2381 Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
PSC 2482 African International Politics
PSC 3192W Proseminar in Political Science*

  • Comparative Politics of Africa
  • Development Challenges in Africa
  • Government and Politics of Africa

Academic Advisor Approval required for courses not listed here.


ANTH 3703 Cultures of the Pacific
ANTH 3704 Cultures of Southeast Asia
ANTH 3705 Anthropology of East Asia
ANTH 3791 Anthropology of South Asia
ECON 2198 East Asian Economies*
GEOG 3165 Geography of South Asia
HIST 3640 History of Southeast Asia
HIST 3650 Modern South Asia, 1750-Present
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
  • Indo-Pacific Security Challenges
  • Memory & Reconciliation: 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 South & Southeast Asia
PSC 2475 International Relations of East Asia
PSC 3192W Politics and Protest in East Asia*

* Academic Advisor Approval required for courses not listed here.

Europe and Eurasia

ECON 2133 Economies of the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe
HIST 1121 Europe's War of Ideas 1750-Today
HIST 2125 Twentieth Century Europe
HIST 3126 European Integration: A History
HIST 3168 The Two Germanys and the Cold War
HIST 3178 The Making of the Modern Balkans
IAFF 2092 Russia and Eastern Europe: An Introduction
IAFF 2094 Europe: International & Domestic Interactions
IAFF 3185 Special Topics in Europe & Eurasia *

  • Nationalism in Russia and Eurasia
  • The European Union
  • The EU and Russia

IAFF 4191W Research Seminar: Europe*
PSC 2330 Comparative Politics of Western Europe
PSC 2331 Comparative Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
PSC 2332 European Integration

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
  • Economic and Social Development of Latin America
  • 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.

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 *

  • Militaries and Politics in the Middle East
  • Political Islam
  • Security Issues in the Greater Middle East
  • US Policy in the Gulf

IAFF 4191 Research Seminar: Political Islam*
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.