About the International Affairs degree

globe with studentsThe University of Colorado offers a comprehensive and flexible interdisciplinary program in international affairs leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. Our major requirements include courses from the Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History and Political Science departments, as well as other departments across the college and campus. Through your geographic concentration, you will deepen your knowledge about a selected region of the world and attain proficiency in a language of that region, as well as familiarity with its cultural and political activities. Regions of geographic concentration include: Africa/Middle East, Asia, Europe/Eurasia, and Latin America. The program offers an honors program and an internship class, as well as certificates in International MediaGlobal Environmental Affairs, Global Public Health, EU Studies, Arctic Studies, and Peace and Conflict Studies.

 IAFS majors begin their studies with a survey of the most compelling global issues of the day and then go on to perform a detailed analysis of international relations and economics. Courses also focus on issues of international development, the environment, political economy, political geography, international institutions, global gender issues, the problems of war and peace, and human rights, and United States foreign policy. Students analyze the effects of international trade, investment, world population, and the use of resources.

 The undergraduate degree in international affairs emphasizes knowledge and awareness of:
  • major political, economic, social and ­cultural problems facing the international community, including international economic relations, world population and ­resource utilization
  • the international political system in the broadest global context, international organizations and alliances and foreign political systems and processes
  • ethical issues involved in international relations
  • patterns of conflict and ­cooperation among nations and peoples
  • chief historical factors that give rise to existing international institutions and processes
  • problems and issues in United States foreign policy

In addition, students completing the degree in international affairs are expected to acquire the ability and skills to:

  • analyze an international problem from a political, economic, historical and cultural perspective
  • read, critically evaluate and synthesize information obtained from international affairs literature
  • analyze international phenomena critically
  • communicate, orally and in writing, findings to other students of international affairs and to a broader audience
  • communicate in other cultural contexts through advanced foreign language study