skip to main content

Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs

The International Affairs Program is an interdisciplinary major for undergraduate students, as well as a venue for various community outreach projects.

The program is intense, promotes a liberal arts perspective on undergraduate education, and prepares its graduates for advanced education and professional careers in an increasingly interdependent world. The program also serves as a central contact for activities related to international relations in the Northern Nevada community.

Because of the diversity of options within the major, students should seek academic advising before enrollment each semester. An appointment can be set up by sending an email to Eric Herzik responsible for academic advising for the program. Before meeting with the advisor, students should read the Program Handbook.

Students should bring a recent copy of their academic advising report with them to each appointment.

Areas of study and the departments offering courses for International Affairs students include economics, geography, history, political science, foreign languages and cultures.

Specialized options include:

  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • North America
  • Diplomacy, law and organization
  • International environmental studies
  • International political economy

The major in International Affairs requires students to complete 33 credits. Students may use up to nine credits from this major to simultaneously fulfill minor or second major requirements. Both capstone courses may be counted towards requirements for the major.

Requirements

Students must take courses in each of the following seven groups:

GROUP 1: Global Studies (Three credits)

GROUP 2: International Relations (Three credits)

GROUP 3: International Economic Institutions (Three credits)

GROUP 4: Culture, Geography, and Ideas (Six credits)

GROUP 5: Research Tools (Three credits)

GROUP 6: Upper Division Diplomacy (Three credits)

GROUP 7: Specialized Component (15 credits)

Students may choose between the following area studies for their specialized component:

  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • North America
  • Diplomacy, law and organization
  • International environmental studies
  • International political economy

Within the selected area of specialization, students must complete 15 credits of upper division classes, which should be chosen in consultation with the international affairs advisor. In some instances a 200‐level class may be allowed in lieu of an upper division class, but students must obtain permission from the political science department chair.

Students may opt to write a senior thesis and/or sign up for an internship at a relevant organization to satisfy from three to six credits in the program's Specialized Component (Group 7). The thesis must be supervised by an appropriate faculty member in any of the areas of study, and the departments offering courses for IA students. Students wanting to write a thesis should  complete the Thesis Preparation Form and submit it to the political science department chair. Thesis topic and supervisor need approval by the political science department chair. Internships also need approval by the chair. Additionally, at the beginning of the semester students should contact the instructor of record for the internship course (IAFF 350) to obtain course requirement guidelines.

For current information on scholarships, events, and opportunities check the International Affairs announcement boards in the hallway on the second floor in the Mack Social Science building. Scholarships, lectures, job opportunities and more are posted consistently throughout the semester.

If you'd like to learn more about what the International Affairs program offers, get answers regarding financial aid or receive assistance when applying, please complete the form below to speak to one of our Admission Coordinators.



Related Degrees and Programs

Contact College of Liberal Arts

Phone (775) 784-6155
Fax (775) 784-1478
Location Ansari Business Building

Take the next step...