University General Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    Mar 23, 2023  
University General Course Catalog 2022-2023

International Affairs, B.A.

International Affairs is an interdisciplinary degree program for undergraduate students interested in deepening their understanding of global politics. Through coursework in political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, environmental science, journalism, literature, and other fields, students can build their own approach to the major that reflects their own regional and topical interests. Students can additionally participate in internships, undertake research projects, and use study abroad experience to develop and apply their knowledge. Students will graduate from the program with understandings of international organizations, security issues, cultural diversity, global political economy, and have research tools that build political, cultural and economic knowledge and understanding. The flexibility built into the interdisciplinary International Affairs Program assists students in preparing themselves for advanced educational opportunities and professional careers in an increasingly interdependent world.

The major in International Affairs requires students to complete 33 credits. The coursework consists of an 18-unit required component and a 15-unit Emphasis. Students may use up to nine credits from a minor or second major towards their International Affairs course requirements. The diversity of options within the major and opportunities to study abroad means that students should seek academic advisement prior to enrollment each semester.

Students should plan to take PSC 211 or PSC 231 and foreign language courses during their first year. In some cases, introductory courses at the 200-level may be recommended in the second semester. Students wanting to take upper-division economics courses as part of the International Affairs degree program should plan to take ECON 102 and/or ECON 103 as prerequisite courses. Students may opt to write a senior thesis and/or complete an internship to satisfy three to six credits of the program’s Emphasis requirement. Students should contact the International Affairs adviser for more information. Internships require approval and must be completed in accordance with program and University guidelines.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • demonstrate critical thinking, writing and communication skills.
  • demonstrate knowledge of international systems, and issues.

Contact Information

Department of Political Science
Thompson Building 221
(775) 784-4601

College of Liberal Arts Advising:

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement   if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements

  • Total Units | 120
  • Cumulative GPA | 2.0
  • University GPA | 2.0
  • Major GPA | 2.0
  • Residency Requirement |  30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
  • Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 42 Upper-Division Units
  • Half Program Units/4 Year Institution | 60 Units

I. Core General Education Requirements (24-27 units)

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

Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Quantitative Reasoning (3 units minimum) - CO2

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO2 courses .

C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (6 units minimum) - CO4, CO4L

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO4/CO4L courses .

D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses .

F. History & Culture (3 units) - CO5

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO5  courses.

G. Constitution (3 units) - CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO8  courses. PSC 101  is recommended.

II. Additional Core Requirements (18 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV).  Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO9 courses .

B. Diversity & Equity - CO10

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO10  courses.

C. Global Context - CO11

Choose one course:

D. Ethics - CO12

Choose one course; the following courses are recommended:

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13

Choose one course; the following courses are recommended:

F. Application - CO14

Choose one course; the following recommended courses can be used in the Major Requirement:

III. Additional College Requirements (6-20 units)

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

A. Foreign Language (0-14 units)

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equal to a fourth semester course level through one of the following options:

  1. complete a fourth semester college course in a foreign language or in American Sign Language;
  2. demonstrate proficiency through a means determined by the Department of World Languages and Literatures including but not limited to minimum standardized test scores (CBAPE, SAT II, or IB), attaining a minimum aptitude on an accredited foreign language assessment test, or providing transcript evidence of a high school or equivalent diploma in which English was not the language of instruction; or,
  3. participate in a studies abroad language program pre-approved by the Department of World Languages and Literatures to meet the foreign language requirement. 

Note: Four years of high school foreign language instruction does not automatically satisfy this 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, 6 units that are outside the departments in which they major or minor, and that exclude courses taken to fulfill the Core General Education requirements (Core Objectives 1 through 8).

IV. Major Requirements (30-33 units)

A. International Relations (0-3 units)

C. Culture, Geography and Ideas (6 units)

Refer to your Academic Advising Report on MyNevada or contact your advisor for a list of approved courses.

F. Emphases (15 units)

Students must complete 15 units in courses numbered 300-499 in one of the following areas.

NOTE: Internship and thesis may also count toward the Emphasis.

  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • The Middle East
  • Diplomacy, Law and Organization
  • International Environmental Studies
  • International Political Economy

V. Minor Requirements (18-21 units)

The International Affairs program accepts any minor approved by the College of Liberal Arts.

VI. Electives (1-24 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

NOTE: Students wishing to take upper-division Economics coursework to satisfy any International Affairs major requirements should consider taking ECON 102 and ECON 103 during the first or second year.

A. First Year

Fall Semester (16 units)

  • Prerequisite Core English (3 units) *
  • Quantitative Reasoning (3 units) CO2*
  • Foreign Language 111 (4 units)
  • Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) CO7

Spring Semester (16 units)

  • (3 units) CO1, CO3 *
  • Physical & Natural Phenomena (3 units) CO4L
  • Foreign Language 112 (4 units)
  • Minor (100-200 level) (3 units)
  • IAFF “Culture, Geography and Ideas” Major (3 units)

  • * English and Math course placement is based on test scores. Please consult the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

B. Second Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

C. Third Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

  • Science, Technology & Society (3 units) CO9
  • IAFF “Emphasis” Major (300-400 level) (3 units)
  • IAFF “Emphasis” Major (300-400 level) (3 units)
  • IAFF “International Economic Institutions” Major (3 units)
  • Minor (300-400 level) (3 units)

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

  • IAFF “Emphasis” Major (300-400 level) (3 units)
  • IAFF “Emphasis” Major (300-400 level) (3 units)
  • Capstone Integration & Synthesis (3 units) CO13
  • Ethics (3 units) CO12
  • Minor (300-400 level) (3 units) 

Spring Semester (13 units)

  • Application (3 units) CO14
  • Minor (300-400 level) (6 units)
  • General Elective (4 units)