The International Affairs program focuses on economic and political affairs, combined with extensive language preparation, international field experience, and a seriously interdisciplinary senior seminar in international political economy.
Our International Affairs major is administered collaboratively between the Economics & Business and Political Science departments. The program aims to prepare students for a variety of international career and graduate study options. The program emphasizes:
Like the other majors offered by its sponsoring departments, international affairs has a strong liberal arts character, sharpening students' powers of analysis, writing and speaking. The program provides students with the tools to engage questions of international policy and development, as well as questions of global justice and Christian stewardship.
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International Development Concentration
For students with a particular interest in development, the International Affairs program offers a concentration in International Development. Students who concentrate in International Development select courses (in addition to the IA major requirements) that focus on the history of development, which range from economic to political to social to agricultural. This provides students with the necessary training in international economics and international politics, as well as the domestic, global and historical contexts that affect development.
International Field Experience
A key component of the International Affairs major is time to study abroad. Students study in places as varied as Uganda, Egypt, and China, and spend time exploring questions of development, regional and international relations and cultural understanding on the ground.
Committed Faculty, Small Classes
With class sizes on average under 25 students, there is plenty of opportunity to work closely with faculty members. Students are encouraged to pursue particular research questions with faculty in their area of interest. Many international affairs courses are run seminar style, giving students the maximum opportunity to engage with professors, their peers and course material. Courses develop both writing and public speaking skills.
WHERE GRADS GO
For more information, please contact Codirector Ruth Melkonian-Hoover: