Major in International Affairs 2013-2014

The International Affairs department reserves the right to change major requirements at any time. Please check with the International Affairs department or the CU Boulder catalog for the most current listing of requirements. You are subject to the requirements in effect at the time you declare your major as an Arts & Sciences degree seeking student.

Students must complete the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and the required courses in the three categories listed below.

Courses required for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Affairs at CU-Boulder and Colorado Community College applicable courses.

Students must complete the general requirements of the College of Arts and sciences in addition to 47 credit-hours with a grade of C- or better (none may be taken pass/fail), distributed as follows:

CU-Boulder Required Courses Colorado Community College Applicable Courses

Lower Division courses: (18 credit-hours)

  • ECON 2010 (4) Principles of Microeconomics and
  • ECON 2020 (4) Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECO 202 (3) Principles of Microeconomics and
  • ECO 201 (3) Principles of Macroeconomics
  • IAFS 1000 (4) Global Issues and International Affairs
  • PSCI 2012 (3) Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PSCI 2223 (3) Introduction to International Relations
  • POS 205 (3) International Relations

Upper Division courses:

Complete the requirements listed below for functional area, geographic concentration, major elective, foreign language and senior seminar. IAFS 3000 can be repeated up to 9 credits for different topics.

FUNCTIONAL AREA (18 hours)

Students must complete one class in each of the four functional areas and complete two additional classes in any functional area. Students cannot apply more than four functional area classes from any one department.

Development and Culture (Functional Area I)

  • ANTH 4020 (3-6) Explorations in Anthropology (approved sections only)
  • ANTH 4500 (3) Cross-Cultural Aspects of Socioeconomic Development
  • COMM 3410 (3) Intercultural Communication
  • ECON 3784 (3) Economic Development
  • ECON/GEOG 4292 (3) Migration, Urbanization, and Development
  • ECON 4774 (3) Economic Reform in Developing Countries
  • ECON 4784 (3) Economic Development
  • ECON 4794 (3) Economic Growth
  • GEOG 3682 (3) Geography of International Development
  • GEOG 4632 (3) Development Geography
  • GEOG 4852 (3) Medical Geography
  • IAFS/JWST 3600 (3) Global Secular Jewish Studies
  • JOUR 4201 (3) Media, Cutlure, and Globalization (IMC students only)
  • LING 3545 (3) World Language Policies
  • PSCI 4012 (3) Global Development
  • PSCI 4732 (3) Critical Thinking in Development
  • SOCY 3002 (3) Population and Society
  • SOCY/WMST 3012 (3) Women and Development
  • SOCY 4007 (3) Global Human Ecology
  • SOCY 4052 (3) Social Inequalities of Health
  • WMST 3500 (3) Global Gender Issues
  • WMST 4300 (3) Sex, Power, and Politics: International Perspectives

International Economics, Business, Political Economy (Functional Area II)

  • ECON 3403 (3) International Economics and Policy
  • ECON 3545 Environmental Economics
  • ECON 4413 (3) International Trade
  • ECON 4423 (3) International Finance
  • ECON 4504 (3) New Institutional Economics
  • ECON 4545 Environmental Economics
  • FNCE 4060 London Summer in International Finance
  • IAFS 3300 (3) Society in the Middle East (Global Seminar)
  • INBU 3300 (3) International Business & Management
  • INBU 3450 (3) International Business & Marketing
  • INBU 4200 (3) International Financial Management
  • PSCI 4193 International Political Economy
  • ECO 235 (3) International Economics

Political Geography, International Security, Foreign Policy (Function Area III)

  • ANTH/JWST 4580 (3) The Holocaust
  • GEOG 3742 (3) Place, Power, and Contemporary Culture
  • GEOG 4712 (3) Political Geography
  • GEOG 4742 (3) Peoples and Environments (approved topics only)
  • HIST 4050 (3) The World War II Era
  • HIST 4126 (3) Diplomatic History of the U.S. since 1940
  • HIST 4146 (3) Military History
  • HIST 4166 (3) The War in Vietnam and Its Legacy
  • IAFS 3500/HIST 4190 (3) French Connections (Global Seminar)
  • IAFS/JWST 3650 (3) History of Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • PHIL 3190 (3) War and Morality
  • PSCI 3123 (3) War, Peace and Strategic Defense
  • PSCI 3143 (3) Problems in International Relations
  • PSCI 3163 American Foreign Policy
  • PSCI 3193 (3) International Behavior

International Institutions, Rights, and Norms (Functional Area IV)

  • HIST 4820 Human Rights: Historical Perspectives
  • JOUR 4341 (3) Global Media (IMC students only)
  • PHIL 3260 (3) International Human Rights
  • PRLC 3810 Global Issues in Leadership
  • PSCI 3062 (3) Revolution and Political Violence
  • PSCI 4173 (3) International Organization
  • PSCI 4183 (3) International Law
  • PSCI 4252 (3) Politics of Ethnicity and Nationalism
  • PSCI 4783 (3) Global Issues
  • SOCY/ENVS 4027 (3) Inequality, Democracy, Environment
  • SOCY4111/INVS 4402 (3) Nonviolent Social Movements
  • SOCY 4121 (3) Sociology of Religion
  • WMST 3220 (3) Women in Islam
  • WMST 3700 (3) Women/Gender/Sexuality Studies (approved topics only)
  • WMST 4010/SOCY 4000 (3) Gender, Genocide, and Mass Trauma

Geographic Concentration (9 hours):

International affairs majors should choose a geographic concentration, no later than the beginning of their junior year.

International affairs majors are required to complete 3 courses concentrating on one of the four following global regions: Africa/Middle East, Asia, Europe/Eurasia, or Latin America.

Geographic concentration course work should be mainly in the social sciences, must include one course in contemporary history, and can include a maximum of 3 credits of contemporary literature (taught in the foreign language).

Major Elective (3 hours)

Students must complete one additional class from any functional area or the student’s geographic concentration.

Senior Seminar:

  • IAFS 4500 (3) Post-Cold War World or
  • IAFS 4800 (3) Honors Seminar

Language Requirement:

A third year university-level proficiency in a foreign language appropriate to the geographic concentration. This requirement may be met by completion of one or two semester-long, third-year, university-level grammar courses (depending on the language) with a grade of C- or better, or by certification from the appropriate department of such competence.