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  Jul 20, 2017
 
University General Course Catalog 2012-2013 ARCHIVED CATALOG: CONTENT NO LONGER CURRENT. USE THE DROP DOWN ABOVE TO ACCESS THE CURRENT CATALOG.

International Affairs, B.A.


The major in International Affairs comprises an “expanded field of concentration” involving 33 units plus corequisites. Students who select this major may, under appropriate circumstances, use up to three courses from this major to simultaneously fulfill minor or second major requirements. Both capstones may be taken within the major if taught in different departments. The diversity of options within the major and stress placed upon study abroad experiences means that advisement should be sought prior to enrollment each semester.

Entering students should plan to take ECON 102 - Principles of Microeconomics  and ECON 103 - Principles of Macroeconomics , and foreign language courses during their first two years. In some cases, introductory courses at the 200-level may be recommended in the second semester. International students should consider the 100-level survey courses in European and American history or politics as ways of improving their performance in the Core Humanities sequence and in other courses in the major which assume some familiarity with history, society and government in Europe and North America.

The courses comprising the International Affairs major provide extensive training in analysis, synthesis, writing and speaking in a public setting. They may lead toward a broad range of careers, depending upon interests, specializations within the major, and tools acquired such as language fluency. In many cases, an additional professional degree will be required to enter attractive careers. Optional internships may provide the experiential basis for choosing or rejecting careers.

The major in International Affairs consists of an 18-unit required component and a 15-unit emphasis. The latter may include a senior thesis supervised by an appropriate faculty member, with topic and supervisor approved by the program director. Area study options require an appropriate language.

I. University Core Curriculum Requirements (36-46 units)


NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy”.

A. English (3-8 units)


Refer to the “English” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

B. Mathematics (3-6 units)


Refer to the “Mathematics” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

C. Natural Sciences (6-8 units)


Refer to the “Natural Sciences” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

D. Social Sciences (3 units)


Refer to the “Social Sciences” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

E. Fine Arts (3 units)


Refer to the “Fine Arts” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

F. Core Humanities (9 units)


Refer to the “Core Humanities” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

G. Capstone Courses (6 units)


Refer to the “Capstone” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

H. Diversity (3 units)


Refer to the “Diversity” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

II. Additional College Requirements (6-20 units)


Units may vary depending on initial course placement in foreign language coursework.

A. Foreign Language (0-14 units)


Successful completion of the foreign language requirement may be accomplished through one of five options: 1.) complete a fourth-semester college course in a foreign language; 2.) complete and transfer to UNR a fourth-semester course in American Sign Language; 3.) demonstrate proficiency through placement examination or other means through the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures; 4.) show transcript evidence of successful completion of a fourth-year high school course in foreign language; or 5.) participate in a studies abroad program preapproved by the college to meet the foreign language requirement.

B. College Breadth Requirement (6 units)


Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in the college shall be required to take, within the College of Liberal Arts, two courses that are outside the departments in which they major or minor, and that exclude courses taken to fulfill Core Curriculum requirements.

III. Major Requirements (33 units)


A. International Relations (3 units)


C. Culture, Geography and Ideas (6 units)


Contact your advisor for a list of approved courses.

D. Research Tools (3 units)


F. Emphases (15 units)


Students must take all 15 credits in one of the following areas.
NOTE: Internship and thesis may also count toward the Emphasis.

Area Studies I: Asia
Area Studies II: Europe
Area Studies III: Latin America
Area Studies IV: Africa
Area Studies V: The Middle East
Diplomacy, Law and Organization
International Environmental Studies
International Political Economy

IV. Minor Requirements (18-21 units)


Students must complete 18-21 units in a minor. The International Affairs program accepts any minor approved by the College of Liberal Arts.

V. Electives (0-27 units)


VI. Total Units (120 units)


VII. Recommended Schedule


A. First Year


Fall Semester (16 units)


Spring Semester (16 units)


B. Second Year


Fall Semester (15 units)


Spring Semester (15 units)


  • CH 202 - The Modern World (3 units)
  • Foreign Language 212 (3 units)
  • Minor (100-200 level) (3 units)
  • College Breadth Requirement (3 units)
  • Core Curriculum Diversity (100-200 level) (3 units)

C. Third Year


Fall Semester (15 units)


  • CH 203 - American Experiences and Constitutional Change (3 units)
  • IA “Culture, Geography, Ideas” Major Course (3 units)
  • IA “Culture, Geography, Ideas” Major Course (300-400 level) (3 units)
  • IA “Diplomacy” Major Course (3 units)
  • IA “Emphasis” Major Course (3 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)


D. Fourth Year


Fall Semester (15 units)


  • IA “Emphasis” Major Course (300-400 level) (3 units)
  • IA “Emphasis” Major Course (300-400 level) (3 units)
  • Core Curriculum Capstone (3 units)
  • Minor (300-400 level) (3 units)
  • Minor (3 units)

Spring Semester (13 units)


  • Core Curriculum Capstone (3 credits)
  • Minor (300-400 level) (6 credits)
  • General Electives (4 credits)


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