An exciting and in-demand career field, international affairs prepares you for success in an increasingly complex global job market where an understanding of culture and communication is crucial.
Gain the knowledge, skills and sensitivity to prepare for a career in diplomacy, international business, education, media, law, banking, international governmental and nongovernmental organizations, or tourism.
The international affairs track combines broad-based interdisciplinary analysis with courses in sociology, geology, political science, history, economics and religion. It is offered as a major or minor. In addition, it incorporates a foreign language component in Spanish, French, German, Chinese or Arabic. Students who minor in international affairs select a reduced number of courses that allows them to develop a more global perspective in areas related to their major. As you plan your coursework, consider a model program with suggestions for Enhancing Your BW Experience in International Affairs.
Because of the breadth of the subject matter included in the international affairs, the curriculum is flexible to accommodate a student's particular interests.
All students take INT 200 (Introduction to International Studies). INT 200 develops knowledge of the world and how it works through the use of elementary interdisciplinary thinking with emphasis on integrating historical, cultural, political, economic and technological factors in the analysis of global issues and the factors influencing countries' foreign policies. Students learn about alternative perspectives on global issues through research on a selected country. They apply critical thinking to current problems by using qualitative and quantitative sources to research and then advise current leaders on how to deal with issues facing the country.
Intermediate-level coursework builds on the knowledge and skills developed in INT 200 to deepen knowledge of interdisciplinary factors at work. Students take basic courses and upper-division electives in history, economics, geology, political science, sociology, religion, art, English and other areas.
Students also achieve competency in a foreign language and are encouraged to study abroad or do a related field experience.
The capstone seminar is an interdisciplinary usually team-taught course organized around current global issues. It requires in-depth interdisciplinary research at the advanced level on current issues (students often use their foreign language knowledge for research) and helps students integrate what they have learned in other courses and explore the implications for global society.