International Affairs

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    What is International Affairs?

    The program of study in International Affairs leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. The degree plays an integral role in the School of Government and International Affairs and draws upon disciplines such as political science, economics, history, foreign language, geography and anthropology. In this interdisciplinary major, the student must complete five required upper division major courses including the senior seminar followed by five courses in one of the four major concentrations.

    Firsthand international experiences can be acquired through a coop/internship option or study abroad programs. This degree prepares graduates for careers in business, nonprofit organizations, law or government service.

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    Admission Requirements


    This program does not have specific admission requirements and only admission to Kennesaw State University is required.

    Foreign Language Requirement

    All International Affairs majors must demonstrate competence in a foreign language up through the level of FL 2002.

    Foreign Language options include: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish. Students can also choose American Sign Language, Arabic, or Hebrew under the FL prefix.

    Related Minors or Certificates Available

    • Intelligence and Homeland Security Certificate
    • Chinese Studies Minor
    • Crisis Preparedness Minor
    • European Studies Minor
    • French and Francophone Studies Minor
    • German Studies Minor
    • International Affairs Minor
    • Italian Studies Minor
    • Japanese Minor
    • Korean Minor
    • Legal Studies Minor
    • Lusophone Studies Minor
    • Political Science Minor
    • Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Minor
    • Spanish Minor

    Sample Classes

    • This course focuses on academic and career planning and development issues for International Affairs majors.

    • This course examines the system of law governing relations between nation-states, and the roles and functions of international organizations. It explores the conventional international law in the areas of diplomacy, territorial questions and armed conflicts, as well as the developing regimes in trade and human rights. In addition, the course examines the structures and functions of some contemporary organizations in the security and economic areas and evaluates their performance and contribution.

    • This course examines the process of democratization from a cross-national comparative perspective, with significant emphasis placed on the relationship between economic and political development. It begins with an examination of Western conceptions of democracy and the paths to democratic governance that Western states have taken. It then examines the concept of democracy through the lenses of non-Western cultures and values, and compares the distinct paths that states in each region of the world have taken toward democratization. In so doing, students critically analyze the merits of many controversial arguments put forth by political development scholars.

    • An examination of the basic elements of environmental policy making in the international arena. The course highlights current issues such as tropical rain forests, the “Global Commons” concept, biodiversity and endangered species. Policy approaches will draw upon examples from specific countries as well as policy developed within international organizations such as the United Nations.