Bachelor of Arts with a Major in International Affairs

Curriculum Requirements for the First Two Years

Elliott School students should attempt to address the following curriculum requirements in their freshman and sophomore years. Consult the Elliott School Undergraduate General Requirements before choosing courses to fulfill these requirements. Information on credit by examination or waiving curriculum requirements is available from academic advisors in the Elliott School.

As a basis for all bachelor of arts programs in the Elliott School, students take the following:

IAFF 1005Introduction to International Affairs: A Washington Perspective
ECON 1011Principles of Economics I *
ECON 1012Principles of Economics II *
PSC 1001Introduction to Comparative Politics *
HIST 1011World History, 1500-Present **
ANTH 1002Sociocultural Anthropology *
or GEOG 1001 Introduction to Human Geography
UW 1020University Writing *
One course in mathematics ***
One course in science (lab required) ***
Humanities/Creative Arts (9 credits of humanities or 6 credits of humanities plus 3 credits of creative arts courses) ***
Third-year proficiency in a modern foreign language ***

*These courses may satisfy parts of the University General Education Requirement.
** While HIST 1011 satisfies the University General Education Requirement in humanities, it does not meet the Elliott School's school-specific requirement for humanities/creative arts. A list of courses that fulfill the humanities and creative arts requirements can be found online.
***Additional university- and school-specific general education courses are required for all Elliott School undergraduates. A list of the courses that fulfill the quantitative reasoning, scientific reasoning, humanities and /or creative arts requirements can be found on the Elliott School Undergraduate Programs website.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Elliott School of International Affairs, Undergraduate Programs.

A list of designated courses that fulfill major requirements is at the International Affairs major webpage. With approval of the advisor or program director, pertinent special topics or other courses may be taken in place of those listed.

Requirements for the major:
ECON 2180Survey of International Economics
or ECON 2181 International Trade Theory and Policy
ECON 2182International Macroeconomic Theory and Policy
One upper-division course from designated lists for each of the following:
Research methods (from ANTH, ECON, GEOG, IAFF, PSC, PSYC, PUBH, SOC, STAT)
International and comparative politics (from PSC or IAFF)
Historical analysis: U.S. foreign policy (from HIST)
An ANTH or GEOG course
Demonstrated third-year proficiency in an appropriate modern foreign language by coursework or examination.
Two regional foundational courses covering different regions.
15 credits in additional coursework in either a functional or regional concentration:
Functional concentrations are international politics; international economics; comparative political, economic, and social systems; international development; contemporary cultures and societies; conflict resolution; security policy; global public health; international environmental studies.
Regional concentrations are Africa, Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East.