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International Affairs - BA

Make your mark on the world, whether you’re interested in international relations, global environmental policy, human rights or international service.

WHY STUDY INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS?

We are now a global society. It’s more important than ever for you to be culturally and globally aware so you can have a role in one of the many positions that are available, whether you’re interested in serving in the government, advocating for human rights or serving as a translator.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

You’ll get a strong foundation in political science and economics with interdisciplinary electives and foreign language study. To become inter-culturally competent, you’ll be required to either study in another country or participate in a directed research study that is international in scope. Our students have gained global and cultural awareness by studying in several different countries, including Peru, Germany and Jordan.

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WHAT CAN I DO WITH A DEGREE IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS?

You’ll be prepared for a position or graduate study in many fields, including international affairs, international relations, comparative politics, public policy, diplomacy, global environmental policy, human rights, international law and organization, international business, international political economy, international development, peace and conflict resolution, international service, and international humanitarian relief.

Job titles:

  • Intelligence analyst
  • Demographer
  • Foreign service officer
  • Global environmental policy analyst
  • Civil servant
  • Human rights advocate
  • Humanitarian relief worker
  • International marketing specialist
  • Foreign affairs correspondent
  • Regional specialist/translator

Employers:

  • Electoral campaigns
  • Political parties
  • Federal, state and local governments
  • Special-interest groups
  • Nonprofit organizations and think tanks
  • Intergovernmental organizations
  • Multinational corporations
  • Research foundations
  • Schools and universities
  • Travel and tour services

MORE TO KNOW

You will be required to gain foreign language competency to prepare for a career or graduate study. You can meet this requirement by taking one semester of language during a study-abroad program, two semesters of elementary-level language in one language, or two semesters of language studying two different languages.

You can also meet this requirement if you are bilingual and have tested at an intermediate level or if you have studied at a second-level institution outside of the United States in a non-English language.

I like that we talk about international affairs and what's going on in other states and countries. It helps us understand other countries’ norms, beliefs and political and economic systems. Anuja Sharma of Harrisburg, Pa.