International Affairs Major (B.A.)

International affairs is the focused study of global issues drawing on approaches from political science, history, economics, anthropology, and related fields. Students acquire the substantive knowledge, practical skills, and real-world experience to address critical issues in international affairs, such as war and diplomacy, climate change and biodiversity, human rights and women’s rights, refugees and migration, and inequality and poverty. 

Students can focus their studies in one of the following thematic tracks: global development and environment; international security; global ethnic, race, and diversity studies; global health and education; regional or transnational studies in the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, or Asia.  The major in IA thus provides students theoretical approaches grounded in the empirical study of places and peoples.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement: Yes

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Major Requirements

All majors must complete 40 hours of IA core courses and departmentally approved IA electives, with a grade of C or better and a grade point average of 2.5 or better.

Core Courses
IA 401International Perspectives4
IA 501Global Issues in International Affairs4
IA 701Exploring International Challenges and Opportunities4
Select one introductory course from the following: 4
Global Perspectives on the Human Condition: An Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Educational Studies: Social Change and Education in Local and Global Contexts
World Regions: Europe and the Americas
World Regions: Asia and Africa
World History to the 16th Century
World History in the Modern Era
United States in World Affairs
Select one of the following options:8
Option A:
Two courses in a world language 1
Option B:
One course in Quantitative Reasoning and one course in Economics from the below
Quantitative Reasoning courses
Statistical Methods and Applications
Statistical Discovery for Everyone
Smart Politics
Statistics in Psychology
Economics courses
Principles of Economics (Macro)
Principles of Economics (Micro)
Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives
Select 3 courses in a specific regional or thematic track from the below elective course list.12
Select one of the following: variable
Study Abroad
Internship with International Dimension
600/700 level course from one of the thematic tracks
Elective Course List - Thematic Tracks
Select three electives in one of the following thematic tracks below:
Regional and Transnational Studies Track
Complete three courses in a COLA interdisciplinary area studies minor. These include:
African Studies
Asian Studies
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Middle Eastern Studies
Global Development and Environment Track
From Silicon Valley to Foxconn: Global Digital Capitalism
Education, Poverty, and Development
Environmental Theory
Sub-Saharan Africa: Environmental Politics and Development
Natural Hazards and Human Disasters
Political Geography
Special Topics in American Legal History
Seminar: Historical Expl
Wealth and Politics in Asia
The Politics of Markets
Comparative Government and Society
Politics in China
Politics of Poverty
Comparative Environmental Politics and Policy
International Political Economy
Global Change and Social Sustainability
Global Ethnic, Race, and Diversity Studies Track
Peoples and Cultures of the World
Ethnographic Methods
Identities and Difference in the Ancient World: Slaves and Masters
Global Media, Culture, and Power
Special Topics in Media Studies
Seminar in Media Theory
Language and Linguistic Diversity in Schools
Teaching Race
Special Topics in Education
Reading the Postcolonial Experience
Slavery and Society in Pre-Colonial Africa
History of World Religions
History of Modern Africa: 1870 to the Present
Special Studies
Honors/Global Justice
Ethnicity ,Violence, Democracy
Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality
International Security Track
Explorations of Historical Perspectives
Espionage and History
Special Topics in American Legal History
Foreign Relations of the United States
Humanities and the Law
People and Politics in Asia
Comparative Politics of the Middle East
World Politics
Strategy and National Security Policy
United States Policy in Latin America
Asian Challenge to Global Order
International Security
The Rise of China
Selected Topics in International Politics
States and Societies in the Middle East
Politics of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India
Theories of International Relations
International Organization
Seminar in International Politics
Global Health and Education Track
Gender, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa
Globalization and Global Population Health
Public Issues, Democratic Schooling & Active Citizenship in a Global Context
Education, Poverty, and Development
Teaching Race
Language and Linguistic Diversity in Schools
Educational Perspectives in Critical Times
Honors/The Mad Among Us: A Global History of Mental Disorder
Honors/Drugs and Addiction in World History
Explorations of Historical Perspectives
Drug Wars

International Affairs Language Requirement
IA majors must demonstrate functional reading, writing, and speaking ability equivalent to an intermediate II level (504). Students may take placement tests to establish proficiency. Native second language speakers are exempt from this requirement - speak to an IA advisor. Language study may be pursued at UNH; through study abroad in the summer, J-term, or academic year; or through transfer credits from other institutions with the permission of an IA advisor.

  • Apply different disciplinary approaches to the study of international affairs, including key themes and theoretical frameworks employed in these disciplines;
  • Use critical thinking skills to analyze and discuss important global issues;
  • Engage with cultural diversity and complexity through the international experience;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with different types of data and sources and their appropriate use in analyzing selected topics in international affairs;
  • Demonstrate competence in research design. Students will develop inquiry-based research questions, conduct a literature review, employ appropriate methods and data collection, and interpret their findings accurately.