The Department of International Affairs offers six degrees: A.B., M.A., A.B./M.A., MIP, A.B./MIP, and a Ph.D. degree with specializations in international relations and comparative politics.
Having grown to over 750 undergraduate students and 50 graduate students, the Department remains focused on its three-fold mission of instruction, research and service. Within the Department are 13 full-time faculty who are leading scholars in their fields of study, as well as two Centers, the Center for International Trade and Security (CITS) and the Center for the Study of Global Issues (Globis).
International Affairs is the comprehensive study of global issues of importance in the contemporary world. The focus in this field is on topics such as war and peace, globalization and economic development, as well as domestic and international politics and economics. The major is divided into two subfields: comparative politics and international relations. Comparative politics is the study of domestic politics in developed and developing countries and the different ways that countries deal with global issues. International relations studies how countries relate and interact with one another, as well as with multinational entities, as they deal with global issues.
International affairs, a liberal arts major, prepares students for a variety of careers. Most importantly, it prepares students to be both better citizens and competitive in an age of globalization. The major will give students a broad understanding of domestic and international affairs and preparation for careers in both the private and public sector. International Affairs majors move on to careers in many areas of international business and development, public and international service, and in specific fields like the foreign service, military intelligence and homeland or international security. A major in international affairs is also an excellent step on the way to advanced study in law school or graduate school in public and international affairs and/or political science. Overall, the Department of International Affairs desires to prepare its students for the widest variety of personal and professional opportunities existing in the 21st century.
The Master in International Policy (MIP) offers advanced training for students who wish to pursue non-academic careers in international, governmental and non-governmental organizations; in the diplomatic corps; in federal agencies such as the foreign service and the intelligence community; and in foreign policy making and other international policy fields. This is distinct from our existing M.A. and Ph.D. program (offered jointly with Political Science) that trains students for teaching and research careers at the university level. Click here for more program information.
The Master of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs is a two-year degree program culminating in a master's thesis. Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework: 6 graduate seminars (18 credits) , a three-course methodology sequence (9 credits), and 3 credits of master's thesis work. A master's thesis must be successfully defended to complete the degree.
Information on the Master of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs degree is hosted on the Political Science website.
The Ph.D in Political Science and International Affairs is a degree program culminating in a doctoral dissertation. Students are required to declare a major field (minimum six courses) and minor field (minimum four courses). Students also complete a four-course methodology sequence. After all required coursework has been successfully completed, students sit for comprehensive exams in both their major and minor fields. A dissertation propsectus and doctoral dissertation must be successfully defended to complete the degree.
Information on the Ph.D program is hosted on the Political Science website.