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International Affairs Minor
Overall Structure of the IA Minor
The International Affairs (IA) Minor adds a recognized distinction and global context to any academic major. It was developed for those students who, due to the demands of their primary majors, are unable to complete the more rigorous requirements of the IA Dual Major.
Students take IA 401, the core course, which provides a broad, interdisciplinary overview of international affairs, work toward intermediate proficiency in a second language, participate in an international experience of at least three weeks or four credits, fulfill the one-course economics requirement and take two globally relevant electives.
|ECON 401/402/EREC 411*||
Macro- or Microeconomics or Environmental and Resource Economics
Foreign Area (FA) Elective***
Science, Technology and Private-Sector Elective OR Policy/Theory Elective
|Second Language Competency||
Second Language Study Through the 504 Level
Second semester, second year
Study, Directed Research, Internship or Service/Volunteer Experience Abroad
Three-week or four-credit minimum
*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. Electives should be from disciplines outside a student’s primary major, with the exception of students pursuing two disciplinary majors in addition to IA or an especially demanding primary major (14 or more required courses; 56 or more required credit hours); in such cases, students may choose IA electives that fulfill primary major requirements.
See elective lists here:
***The FA elective is taken prior to the international experience and must be approved by an International Affairs 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 minor 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 should check-in with an IA advisor at least once a year.
- At least three courses must be taken in residence, including IA 401.
- The minor is declared when the fifth course is being taken. The student should obtain the declaration form from the IA program assistant or an IA advisor.
Second Language Competency
IA minors must demonstrate functional reading, writing, speaking and listening ability in a second language at the intermediate college level, completing the second semester of the second year of second language study (generally the 504 course level). Students who pursue less commonly taught languages such as Arabic, Chinese or Japanese should speak with the coordinator of student programs about suitable approved programs.
If you already speak another language, 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 instead 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 at 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 intermediate (504-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.
The IA minor requires a minimum of four credits or three weeks of study, directed research, internship or service/volunteer experience abroad. Students should meet with the education abroad program manager to plan for their international experience at least a year before going abroad. See the Education Abroad Getting Started webpage for more information.
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 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 intermediate level.
Should IA students wish to study in a country not tied to their 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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