With the increasing importance of world issues to the United States, employment opportunities in government, international organizations, and business continue to expand. Today there is an urgent need for college graduates with a strong background in international affairs. To meet this need, the University of Colorado offers a comprehensive and flexible interdisciplinary program in international affairs leading to the BA degree.
The undergraduate degree in international affairs emphasizes knowledge and awareness of:
In addition, students completing the degree in international affairs are expected to acquire the ability and skills to:
Course code for this program is IAFS.
Students must complete the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and a minimum of 51 hours of specified courses with a grade of C- or better (none may be taken pass/fail), distributed as follows
Required Courses and Semester Credit Hours
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.
Development and Culture (Functional Area I)
ANTH 4020 Explorations in Anthropology (approved sections only); ANTH 4500 Cross-cultural Aspects of Socioeconomic Development; ANTH 4510 Applied Cultural Anthropology; ECON 3784 Economic Development; ECON 4774 Economic Reform in the Developing Countries; ECON 4784 Economic Development; ECON 4794 Economic Growth; GEOG 3682 Geography of International Development; GEOG/ECON 4292 Migration, Urbanization, & Development; JOUR 4201 International Mass Communication (International Media Certificate students only); LING 3545 World Language Policies; PSCI 4012 Global Development; PSCI 4732 Critical Thinking in Development; SOCY 3002 Population and Society; SOCY 3012 Women & Development; SOCY 4007 Global Human Ecology; SOCY 4052 Social Inequalities of Health; WMST 3500 Global Gender Issues; WMST 4300 Sex, Power, and Politics: International Perspectives
International Economics, Business, and Political Economy (Functional Area II)
ECON 3403 International Economics and Policy; ECON 3545 Environmental Economics; ECON 4413 International Trade; ECON 4423 International Finance; ECON 4504 The New Institutional Economics: Institutions, Contracts and Economic Outcomes; ECON 4545 Environmental Economics; ECON 4999 Economics in Action (approved sections only); FNCE 4060 London Summer in International Finance; INBU 4200 International Financial Management; INBU 4300 International Business and Management; MKTG 3450 International Business and Marketing; PSCI 4193 International Political Economy; PSCI 4272 The Political Economy of Advanced Industrial Democracies
Political Geography, International Security, Foreign Policy (Functional Area III)
ANTH 4580 The Holocaust; GEOG 4712 Political Geography; GEOG 4742 Environments and Peoples (approved sections only); HIST 4050 The World War II Era; HIST 4126 US Diplomatic History since 1940; HIST 4146 Military History; HIST 4166 The War in Vietnam and its Legacy; PHIL 3190 War & Morality; PSCI 3123 War, Peace and Strategic Defense; PSCI 3143 Problems in International Relations; PSCI 3163 American Foreign Policy; PSCI 3191 National Security Organization and Policy Making; PSCI 3193 International Behavior
International Institutions, Rights, and Norms (Functional Area IV)
HIST 4820 Human Rights: Historical Perspectives; JOUR 4341 Global Media (International Media Certificate students only); PHIL 3260 Philosophy and International Order; PRLC 3810 Global Issues in Leadership; PSCI 3062 Revolution and Political Violence; PSCI 4173 International Organization; PSCI 4183 International Law; PSCI 4783 Global Issues; SOCY/ENVS 4027 Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment; SOCY 4111/INVS 4402 Nonviolent Social Movements; SOCY 4121 Sociology of Religion; WMST 3700 Contemporary Topics in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (approved sections only)
Geographic concentration course work should be mainly in the social sciences, must include one course in contemporary history, and can include a maximum of three credits of contemporary literature (taught in the foreign language). See iafs.colorado.edu for geographic concentration courses.
The specific courses that may be counted to meet the requirements in this program are determined by the committee on international affairs and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Consult the Four-Year Guarantee Requirements for information on eligibility. The concept of “adequate progress” as it is used here only refers to maintaining eligibility for the four-year guarantee; it is not a requirement for the major. To maintain adequate progress in international affairs, students should meet the following requirements:
An International Media Certificate is available to students of international affairs or journalism. This certificate allows students majoring in international affairs to explore careers in international reporting, advertising, and entertainment, while journalism majors will acquire the context and perspective necessary to work in global and international jobs.
The certificate requires 24–25 credit hours (depending on the lower-division courses chosen). Fifteen of the credit hours must be upper-division courses. Students majoring in international affairs are eligible to apply for admission to the certificate program if they have completed 30 credit hours and 6 credits of courses in their major with a GPA of 2.750 or better. For more information consult iafs.colorado.edu.