Why do states, nations and societies cooperate, compromise, and fight? Breathtaking changes in political, economic and social relations have taken place over the past several centuries. Living and working in this rapidly changing global environment presents great opportunities to advance the human condition, create political liberties, recast bargains between governments and their societies, transform social welfare, and advance the boundaries of knowledge and scientific exploration. Yet, the same environment presents great risks as people fear loss of identity, worry about economic subordination and loss to those beyond their borders, encounter the export of environmental degradation, and confront potential decline in personal and social autonomy. Our heightened economic, political, social, cultural and environmental interdependence generate serious challenges, which create the possibility of conflict, but also for cooperation and compromise.
Concentration objectives: The IAS concentration in International Affairs offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding relations between societies. It provides opportunities to examine complex global issues and processes from multiple perspectives, to help understand the fundamental processes of cooperation, compromise, and conflict in the global arena. The program provides you with knowledge and skills for understanding and working with difficult international and cross-cultural problems that states, societies and communities face.
This concentration requires 36 units of coursework:
- 3 units of Research Methods coursework (any level)
- 6 units of introductory coursework (100-200 level) from two different disciplines
- 9 units of advanced coursework from the Core Courses list (300-400 level)
- 15 units of advanced elective International Affairs coursework (300-400 level)
- 3 units (any level)
NB At least six units of advanced coursework must be at the 400 level.
- Students must satisfy the foreign language requirement: the successful completion of four semesters of 1 (one) language appropriate to their concentration.
- We strongly encourage students to study abroad. For those students who do not study abroad, an additional 3 unit course at the 300 or 400 level is required.
- We strongly prefer students to select their study abroad locations and their regional specializations consistent with their chosen language of study (e.g., students who wish to study in Latin America must satisfy their language requirement with either Spanish or Portuguese).
- Throughout the course of completing the Development concentration, students must show depth in at least one world area by taking a minimum two courses focused on the same area, and breadth by taking a third course focused on a different area. We consider world areas to be Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America and South Asia.
- All advanced credits counting for the IAS major must be unique to the IAS major.
NB A single course may satisfy more than one of the distribution requirements (i.e. disciplinary or world area). Some of these requirements may be completed while abroad.
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Click here to view International Affairs course offerings. If a student believes that a course is relevant to their IAS concentration, but the course does not appear on the master course list for the concentration, then the student may
petition to add the course by following the instructions on this FORM. Students should consult with their IAS major advisor prior to petitioning for the course.