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International Affairs Dual Major - Bachelor of Arts
Overall Structure of the IA Dual Major
The International Affairs (IA) Dual Major can complement and add a global dimension to any other major at UNH. Students take IA 401, the first core course, to provide a broad, interdisciplinary overview of international affairs and then progress to IA 501, where they further explore global issues and begin designing an international research project. Prior to the international experience, students take their foreign area elective — one of the three IA electives — focused on the country or region where they will conduct their international experience. The foreign area elective is meant to help prepare students both for their international experience in that country/region and to give depth to their capstone research focused on that country.
The international experience must be a minimum of eight weeks and ideally immerse students in a different culture, develop their second language skills and strengthen their knowledge and skills relevant to their intellectual and/or career interests. (See details and other requirements below.) Students are encouraged to conduct some of the research for their capstone projects while abroad, though this may not be feasible in all cases. Research projects can focus on a range of topics, as long as the chosen topic relates to or draws on the international experience in some way, either by focusing on that country/region or by examining more transnational or international themes students are exposed to during the time abroad.
Upon their return from the international experience, students take IA 701 during their senior year, where they write their IA capstone papers and present at UNH’s Undergraduate Research Conference or another suitable forum, if necessary. These and other requirements are identified below.
Recommended during the first year or sophomore year; must be completed before the international experience
Taken after IA 401 during the sophomore or junior year; must be completed before the international experience
Senior Capstone Seminar in International Affairs
Taken senior year after IA 501 and the international experience
|ECON 401/402/EREC 411*||Macro- or Microeconomics or Environmental and Resource Economics||4|
Foreign Area (FA) Elective***
Science, Technology and Private-Sector Elective
|Second Language Competency||
Second Language Study Through the 632 Level
Second semester, third year
|International Experience||Eight-Week Minimum Study, Directed Research, Internship or Service/Volunteer Experience Abroad||variable|
|Capstone Research Project||
Final Paper for IA 701
Developed over the course of the IA program and presented at the Undergraduate Research Conference or other suitable forum, as necessary
*Economics requirement fulfills Discovery social sciences requirement.
**IA electives are offered across the university and may be used to fulfill Discovery, Honors Program and/or other minor requirements. Up to 8 credits may be double counted between your primary major and IA. Additional courses taken in the primary major count for IA if these courses do not count towards your primary major requirements. Electives can be taken at UNH, while abroad, or transferred from another university.
***The FA elective is taken prior to the international experience and must be approved by an IA advisor as relevant to the country or region where the student will study.
Notes and Policies
- All IA course requirements must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
- Coursework for the IA Dual Major may not be taken pass/fail.
- IA students are expected to maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA, which is the minimum required for study abroad at UNH.
- Students are expected to declare IA as their second major before completing their international experience.
- Students should meet one-on-one with their IA advisor to update their plan of study at least once a semester.
Second Language Competency
IA majors must demonstrate functional reading, writing, speaking and listening ability in a second language at the advanced college level, completing the second semester of the third year of second language study (generally the 632 course level). Most IA dual majors, therefore, also graduate with a minor in their second language. Students who are taking a language at UNH that is not offered at the third-year level should take the introductory and intermediate level courses at UNH prior to their international experience and speak with the education abroad program manager about suitable approved programs in order to satisfy the 600-level IA language requirement by studying the language at another accredited institution or on an approved study abroad program.
If you already speak another language at this advanced level, e.g., if you grew up in a country other than the U.S., speak a language other than English at home or attended a secondary school where another language was the language of instruction, the second language requirement can be met by providing one of the following to your IA advisor:
- A transcript and/or letter from your secondary school indicating that you attended the school and that instruction was in the designated language
- A signed letter from a university professor, preferably from UNH, or another professional who speaks and writes in the language in question attesting to your oral and written proficiency in that language based on initial written communication and a conversation with you
- Documentation of a "C" equivalent or above on a test assessing advanced (632-level) written
and oral proficiency in the designated language
Please discuss these options with your IA advisor, as they can provide you with more information about exactly what is required.
A minimum of eight weeks of study, directed research, internship or service/volunteer experience abroad must be:
- Conducted after a student has completed IA 501 and declared IA as a dual major
- Completed before enrollment in IA 701
- Planned for at least one full year before term abroad
The IA international experience seeks to provide students with a significant experience abroad that strengthens their analytical, linguistic and cultural competencies. Ideally, the international experience should provide IA students with:
- Immersion in a different culture and ability to see the world from diverse perspectives
- Development and deepening of second language skills
- Strengthening of knowledge and skills relevant to intellectual interests (such as the IA capstone project) and future career paths
IA strongly encourages students to plan the international experience in a country or region that speaks the second language they have studied to the advanced level.
Should IA students wish to study in a country not tied to their advanced language study, they should meet with their IA advisor to discuss alternatives and submit a petition, including a 1-2 page proposal that provides a compelling case for where they will study. Petitions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis depending on the strength of the proposal.
Students interested in study abroad should explore the range of programs available via the study abroad program search function.
Students interested in directed research may wish to consider an IROP or SURF Abroad research grant available through the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research.
Students who wish to complete the international experience requirement through an internship or service/volunteer experience abroad should first check the approved programs list for opportunities. If there is no suitable program available, then students should meet with their IA advisor to discuss the next steps which may entail a detailed petition and proposal process. All materials should be submitted by the middle of the semester prior to the term in which the internship or experience is to occur.
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