The bachelor's degree in International Affairs presents a global viewpoint of international public policy and the governments at work around the world. In-depth and timely coursework will introduce interconnections, synergies, and conflicts between countries, political movements, multinational corporations, and non-governmental agencies. Students may study the regions of the world that most interest them along with gaining a firm foundation in comparative politics.
Having a grasp of the interdependence of the nations of the world is vital for diplomatic relations, international business, and making decisions affecting the future of the nation. If your view of the world tends to be a global one, then the degree will provide the tools to accomplish your goals.
By focusing on comparative and international issues, you will broaden your understanding of the world today. Courses in Political Science and courses in other fields, such as anthropology, economics, and, history, will provide you breadth and depth of understanding. If you have yet to acquire one, you will also learn a second language, which is crucial in pursuing employment opportunities internationally.
To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
In addition to University Requirements:
Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
|Minimum Units for Completion||120|
|Highest Mathematics Required||MAT 114|
|University Honors Program||Optional|
|AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-A||Recommended|
|Progression Plan Link||View Progression Plan|
The Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Affairs provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to understand and participate in the political systems of the world. This degree has an interdisciplinary global focus that will prepare students to take meaningful roles in our increasingly interconnected world.
This degree builds a strong foundation in the basic knowledge of the international political system, and enables them to use key concepts and analytical approaches from U.S. Government and Politics, Comparative Politics and International relations. This degree grounds students in a wide range of factors shaping the international system and international politics, including history, religion, culture, and language.
Building upon this fundamental knowledge, our curriculum ensures that students can define, design, and implement effective research projects in international political science. In addition, they will be able to make clear and effective presentations of their work in writing and in public presentations. Students will also leave this program ready to understand, and be able to meet, the expectations of professionalism and citizenship. Students will also leave with an ability speak, read, and write in a second language. They will develop a broad perspective on the experiences and realities of the entire international system.
Our goal is to train students to be active, engaged, and informed participants in the global system who cannot only understand the world around them but also shape and influence it.
Student Learning Outcomes
Take the following 51 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course:
You must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English that is equivalent to four terms of university coursework in the same language. You may satisfy this requirement by taking language courses or through credit by exam.
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)
As part of their degree program students will complete an experience of difference. This requirement can be met through 3 credits of research (POS 497 or POS 485), 3 units of internship (POS 408), or through study abroad. Students choosing study abroad will pursue POS 497 credit as part of their study abroad experience.
If you take individualized study coursework (an additional 3 units in POS 408, POS 485, or POS 497, and up to 6 units in POS 466), you must obtain prior written approval from your faculty advisor. You may only use individualized study coursework with a course prefix other than POS in exceptional circumstances, with your advisor's prior approval; any such coursework counts toward the 6-unit maximum for individualized study coursework. If you take more than 6 units of individualized study coursework, they will count in general elective credit.
Finally be aware that we won't count a grade of "D" for major credit.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
Bachelor/Juris Doctor 3+3 Program
This plan is eligible for NAU’s 3+3 program offered in conjunction with the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law. This program allows outstanding students to substitute their final year of undergraduate studies with their first year of law school and earn an undergraduate (BS or BA) and law (JD) degree in six years instead of seven years. Please refer to the Bachelor/Juris Doctor 3+3 Program for more information.