The growing international interdependence among nations makes a significant impact on the daily lives of U.S. residents, many of whom are uninformed about the cultural, political, economic and business institutions of other countries. The International Affairs (IA) major provides a multinational perspective to a liberal arts education. The program prepares students for careers in government and industry, for more informed citizenship, and for graduate studies.


A minimum of 15 courses must be taken, of which at least eight must be at the 300 level or above.

  • At least five (5) courses must be from the cultures and languages area
  • At least four (4) must be from history and politics
  • Three (3) must be from economics and business.
  • Three (3) additional courses are also required, and these may come from any of the three areas
  • All majors who are not bilingual or polylingual must take at least one (1) language-learning class at the 200 level or above (e.g., SPN 201 or JPN 201).

Requirements for the Minor

A minimum of eight courses must be taken

  • Three courses in economics and business
  • Two courses foreign cultures and languages
  • Three courses in history and politics
  • At least four (4) must be taken at the 300 level or above
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