Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs

The Bachelor of Arts in international affairs is offered through the Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts. It is an interdisciplinary major for students at the University of Nevada, Reno that allows them to explore topics ranging from international environmental studies to international political economy and more.

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.

Areas of emphasis

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


The Department of Political Science at the University of Nevada, Reno also offers a minor in Asian Studies as well as in Latin American Studies. Both minors incorporate language coursework and instruct on historical and political complexities of those regions.

Why study international affairs at the University of Nevada, Reno?

There are a lot of opportunities for students to gain relevant hands-on experience in international relations. Students in the major have the opportunity to participate in the Model U.N. Club and can take the Model United Nations course. Students in the Model U.N. course have the option of participating in the regional Model U.N. Conference each year.

In addition, the Department of Political Science has a number of faculty members engaged in individual and collaborative research efforts, which are widely published by academic presses and in political science journals. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty members in areas of research including in international relations.

Internships/career opportunities

The department connects students in the major with a number of different organizations for internships. Students are able to broaden their exploration of political life by augmenting coursework with real-life experience. Political science and international affairs internships offer students the opportunity to explore potential careers in the field, network, apply coursework, build their résumé and receive academic credit. Internship opportunities are available at the local, state, national and international levels in various public, non-profit and private organizations. The department often helps place students for internships in Congress, the U.S. Department of State, Nevada legislation and more.

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