International Affairs Dual Major

International Affairs Dual Major

UNH International Affairs student

What is international affairs?

The most pressing matters of our time — migration, climate change, violent conflict, human rights, economic globalization, epidemics — transcend national boundaries and require a global response. The international affairs degree program will equip you to take on these worldwide challenges through rigorous interdisciplinary coursework, language studies and a rich international experience. Combine the dual major with any other major on campus and graduate as a critically-minded and responsible global citizen ready to contribute meaningfully to the world.

Why study international affairs at UNH?

Our international affairs dual major is available to all UNH students, allowing you to combine your studies with disciplines ranging from business to civil engineering to the arts. You’ll gain international experience through your choice of a study-abroad program, directed research, an internship or a service opportunity. You’ll also participate in a capstone research project drawing on your experience abroad, typically presenting at UNH’s annual Undergraduate Research Conference. Explore additional opportunities through our Center for Study Abroad and the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research. Connect with fellow students through the UNH Model United Nations team.

Potential careers

  • Business
  • Conflict resolution
  • Development
  • Education
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Foreign affairs analysis
  • Human rights organizations
  • International aid/relief organizations
  • International trade and policy
  • Public relations
  • Translator

Contact

  • Communication and International Affairs Majors
    As a sophomore from Vassalboro, Maine, Adam Bovie started making a podcast with some friends — essentially, they recorded some sessions of a game they liked to play and, after some editing, Adam would post it online. On the surface, says Adam, this would seem to have no special relation to UNH. “I...
    Communication and International Affairs Majors
    As a sophomore from Vassalboro, Maine, Adam Bovie started making a podcast with some friends — essentially, they recorded some sessions of a game they liked to play and, after some editing, Adam would post it online. On the surface, says Adam, this would seem to have no special relation to UNH. “I...
  • Geography and International Affairs Majors | Field Tester for Apple
    I spent my first year after graduation working for Apple, Inc., in the maps department. I do field testing and travel domestically. I was recently accepted into a masters program at the Université Grenoble Alpes to study international development and sustainability in Grenoble, France and will...
    Geography and International Affairs Majors | Field Tester for Apple
    I spent my first year after graduation working for Apple, Inc., in the maps department. I do field testing and travel domestically. I was recently accepted into a masters program at the Université Grenoble Alpes to study international development and sustainability in Grenoble, France and will...
  • International Affairs and Music Education Majors | PR Officer/Event Coordinator, Municipality of Larissa
    2007 marks eleven years since I graduated from UNH, and nine years since I left the U.S. to live in Greece. The journey was, and still is, an interesting, educational and difficult one.
    International Affairs and Music Education Majors | PR Officer/Event Coordinator, Municipality of Larissa
    2007 marks eleven years since I graduated from UNH, and nine years since I left the U.S. to live in Greece. The journey was, and still is, an interesting, educational and difficult one.
  • German and International Affairs Major | Marketing Coordinator
    As a former ReVision Energy company event gate-crasher who was always made to feel welcome, Lyndsay jumped at the chance to join the ReVision team after graduating with a B.A. in German and international affairs and being unable to decide between pursuing a lucrative career as a veggie-farming,...
    German and International Affairs Major | Marketing Coordinator
    As a former ReVision Energy company event gate-crasher who was always made to feel welcome, Lyndsay jumped at the chance to join the ReVision team after graduating with a B.A. in German and international affairs and being unable to decide between pursuing a lucrative career as a veggie-farming,...
  • Spanish & International Affairs | Lawyer Referral Service Program Coordinator
    After graduating from UNH, which included studying in Granada, Spain my junior year, I au paired in Madrid, Spain for two years. I followed up this time abroad with two years in New Haven, CT working as a translator of commercial credit reports at a company which was a subsidiary of Coface. In the...
    Spanish & International Affairs | Lawyer Referral Service Program Coordinator
    After graduating from UNH, which included studying in Granada, Spain my junior year, I au paired in Madrid, Spain for two years. I followed up this time abroad with two years in New Haven, CT working as a translator of commercial credit reports at a company which was a subsidiary of Coface. In the...

Curriculum & Requirements

The international affairs (IA) dual major can complement and add a global dimension to any other major at UNH. The completion of the dual major requires no additional credits for graduation beyond the 128 required of all UNH students. All coursework required for international affairs must be completed with a grade of C or better. For information, contact the International Affairs Program Assistant.

Students who wish to declare international affairs dual major must earn a C or better in IA 401, have declared a primary major, and have a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average. Students are expected to maintain at least a 2.5 grade-point average, the minimum required for study abroad at UNH.

Note:
Participation in the international affairs dual major and minor is open to ALL students at UNH.  For instance, the Department of Civil Engineering has developed a dual-major program in civil engineering and international affairs. Students do not need to have pre-existing skills in a foreign language before coming to UNH. For more information about the civil engineering/IA program, contact Ray Cook at ray.cook@unh.edu.

Required Core Courses
IA 401International Perspectives4
IA 501Global Issues in International Affairs4
IA 701Seminar4
Select one of the following:4
Principles of Economics (Macro)
Principles of Economics (Micro)
Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives
International Affairs Language Requirement 1variable
International Experience - Study Abroad 2variable
Electives - see list below
Select one course from each category list, plus one more course from either category (3 courses total):12
Politics, Culture, & History
Science, Environment, Economy, & Health

Electives (three total)

IA Dual Majors take three electives, one course from each category list: Politics, Culture, and History and from Science, Environment, Economy and Health. IA dual majors choose their 3rd elective from either list.
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 may count for IA if these courses do not count towards your primary major requirements. Electives may be taken at UNH, on the international experience, or transferred from another university with permission of your IA advisor.

Politics, Culture, & History Electives
Global Perspectives on the Human Condition: An Introduction to Anthropology (or ANTH 411H)
Global Perspectives on the Human Condition: An Introduction to Anthropology
Peoples and Cultures of the World (area specific) 1
World Archaeological Cultures
Anthropology and Contemporary Issues
Religion, Culture, and Society
Anthropology of Islam: Muslims' Everyday Lives in Contemporary Communities
Special Topics
Islam and Gender: Gendered Lives of Muslims
Greek Art and Architecture
Roman Art and Architecture
Romanesque and Gothic Art
Northern Renaissance Art I
Iconoclasm and Collecting: The Art of Early Modern Northern Europe
Early Renaissance Art
The High Renaissance
Baroque Art
Baroque Art in Northern Europe
Art and Modernity, From Revolution to World War
Histories of Late 19th & 20th Century European Modernism
Introduction to Chinese Culture
What does it Mean to be Modern? Lenses of Modern Chinese Literature and Film
Introduction to Greek Civilization
Introduction to Roman Civilization
Major Greek Authors in English
Building Rome
Classical Society, Politics and Ethics: Greek and Roman Religion
Identities and Difference in the Ancient World: Greek and Roman Women
Golden Age of Rome
A Road Trip Through France: Baguette, Brie, Bordeaux, and Beyond
Introduction to Francophone Cultures
Cuisine, Culture, and the Creation of French Identity
Love, War, and Power in French Literature
Greatest Hits of French
Honors/Readings in French Literature
Social Issues in French Literature
Topics in Francophone Culture
France in the European Union
The Age of Versailles
Rebellion and Upheaval in 18th-Cenutry Literature and Culture
Regional Geography of the Western World
Honors/Regional Geography of the Western World
Regional Geography of the Non-Western World
Honors/Regional Geography of the Non-Western World
Geography of the United States and Canada
Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean
Geography of China
Geography of the Middle East
Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa
Political Geography
Special Topics
Major German Authors in English
German Cinema
Introduction to German Culture and Civilization
Honors/Introduction to German Culture and Civilization
Special Studies in German Language and Literature
Special Studies in German Language and Literature
World History to the 16th Century
World History in the Modern Era
Honors/World History in the Modern Era
Foreign Cultures (area specific; or HIST 425H) 1
Foreign Cultures
Origins of European Society (or HIST 435H)
Origins of European Society
Europe and the Modern World (or HIST 436H)
Europe and the Modern World
Honors/Citizens and Persons
Honors/Islam, Art, and the Past
Revolutions Across the Atlantic
World War Propaganda in Britain and the United States
Slavery and Society in Pre-Colonial Africa
Honors/Global Citizenship: In Pursuit of Liberty
HIST 483/RS 483W
History of World Religions
History of World Religions
Explorations of Historical Perspectives
Modern Latin America
Espionage and History
Modern European War and Society: The Napoleonic Wars to World War II
Modern Britain
Introduction to Russian Culture and Civilization
Russia and the Soviet Union in World War II
Women in Modern Europe
Comparative Revolutions: How to Make a Revolution in the World before Marx
Ancient Near East
History of China in Modern Times
History of Japan in Modern Times
Medieval Islam
Islam in the Modern Age, 15th Century to present
History of Africa from the Earliest Times to 1870
History of Modern Africa: 1870 to the Present
Islam in Africa
Explorations
Explorations
Explorations 1
Holocaust: The War on Europe's Jews
Special Topics in American Legal History
Foreign Relations of the United States
Foreign Relations of the United States
Latin American History: Topics 1
Medieval England 800-1300
Holy War in the Holy Land: The Medieval Crusades
Europe after the Black Death
Saints, Sinners, and Heretics: Europe in the Age of Religious Reform
19th Century European Great Powers - Diplomacy and International Law
Topics in European Intellectual History 1
Twentieth Century Europe
England in the Tudor and Stuart Periods
Russia: Modernization through Soviet Empire
Germany from 1918 to Present
Early History of Ancient Greece
Classical and Hellenistic Greek Worlds
Roman Republic
Roman Empire
Society and Culture in 20th-Century China
History of Southern Africa since 1652
Seminar: Historical Expl
Colloquium
Topics 1
Ancient World: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
Ancient World: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
Ancient World: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
Ancient World: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
Medieval World: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
Medieval World: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
Medieval World: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
Medieval World: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
Renaissance and Early Modern: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
Renaissance and Early Modern: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
Renaissance and Early Modern: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
Renaissance and Early Modern: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
Modern World: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
Modern World: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
Modern World: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
Modern World: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
20th Century, 1900-1945: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
20th Century, 1900-1945: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
20th Century, 1900-1945: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
20th Century, 1900-1945: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
20th Century, 1945-1999: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
20th Century, 1945-1999: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
20th Century, 1945-1999: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
20th Century, 1945-1999: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
Seminar
Introduction to Italian Studies
Honors/Introduction to Italian Studies
Italians Come to America: Representing Emigration and Immigration on Both Sides of the Atlantic
Mamma Mia! Italian Motherhood from the Virgin Mary to Carmela Soprano
Selected Topics in World Literature
Medieval and Renaissance Italian Culture
Modern and Contemporary Italian Culture
Italian Cinema
Introduction to Italian Culture and Civilization I: Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque
Introduction to Italian Culture and Civilization II: Age of Enlightenment, Romanticism, Modernism
Interdisciplinary Field Seminar in Italian Culture: Ancient and Medieval Italy
Interdisciplinary Field Seminar in Italian Culture: Ancient and Medieval Italy
Interdisciplinary Field Seminar in Italian Culture: Early Modern and Contemporary Italy
Interdisciplinary Field Seminar in Italian Culture: Early Modern and Contemporary Italy
Introduction to Japanese Culture and Civilization
Honors/Introduction to Japanese Culture and Civilization
Languages of the World
World of Salvador Dali
Professional Culture in the European Union - Case Study/Germany
Professional Culture in European Union - - Case Study: Germany
Professional Culture in Latin America - Case Study:Mexico and Brazil
Professional Culture in Asia -- Case Study: China and Japan
Introduction to Eastern Philosophy
20th Century European Philosophy
United States in World Affairs (or POLT 403H)
United States in World Affairs
Dissent and the Political Community
The Politics of Costa Rica
Of Dictators and Democrats
People and Politics in Asia
Wealth and Politics in Asia
Comparative Government and Society
Contemporary European Politics
Revolution and Protest in Latin America
Politics in Russia
Politics in China
Government and Politics of Canada
Comparative Politics of the Middle East
World Politics
Strategy and National Security Policy
United States Policy in Latin America
Asian Challenge to Global Order
The Rise of China
Counterterrorism: Nation states' responses to terrorist activity
Selected Topics in Comparative Politics
Selected Topics in International Politics
States and Societies in the Middle East
Food and Wine Politics
Theories of International Relations
International Organization
Seminar in International Politics
Seminar in International Politics
Introduction to Portuguese-speaking Cultures through Film
Introduction to Russia: Contemporary Society and Culture
Topics in Russian Culture and Society in Moscow
Devils, Deities, and Madness in Russian Literature
Morality, Sex and Revolution in Russian Literature
Russia: Mythology and Propaganda
Russia:Mythology and Propaganda in Moscow
Society in the Arctic
Special Topics
Terrorism
Global Social Change
Introduction to Spanish Cultures
Introduction to Latin American Cultures
Hispanic Cultural Studies
Introduction to Spanish Literature and Thought
Introduction to Spanish Literature and Thought
Introduction to Latin American Literature and Thought
Introduction to Latin American Literature and Thought
Science, Environment, Economy, & Health Electives
International Financial Management
Honors/Medicine and Culture: Science, Technology and the Body
Medical Anthropology: Illness and Healing
Urbanization in Africa
Gender, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa
Globalization and Global Population Health
Our Changing Planet
Environmental Pollution and Protection: A Global Context
Energy and Environment
Honors/Energy and Environment
Environment, Technology and Ancient Society: Sustaining Ancient Rome Ecology and Empire
Environment, Technology and Ancient Society: Roman Houses, Domestic Space and Public Life
Environment, Technology and Ancient Society: Tech, Tools and Engineering in the Ancient World
Seminar in Media Studies
EcoGastronomy Study Abroad
International Economics
Innovation in the Global Economy
Economic Development
Women and Economic Development
Topics
International Finance
Multinational Enterprises
ENGL/LING 606
Languages of the World
The New Pirates of the Caribbean
Global Environmental Change
Water - How Much is Enough?
Geography of Natural Hazards
Human Geography
Global Trade and Local Development
Global Trade and Local Development
Field Research
Statistics for Spatial Science
Climate and Society
Political Ecology
Geography of Population and Development
World Economy and Globalization
Geography of Third World Development
Special Topics
Child and Family Advocacy
International Perspectives on Children and Families
International Perspectives on Children and Families
Science in the Modern World
Topics in History of Science
Seminar in the History of Science
International Food and Culture
HMGT/MKTG 756
International Franchising
International Wine and Beverage
Honors/Global Public Health Issues
Global Public Health Issues
Environmental Health
Food Aesthetics in Italy
Food Technology in Italy
Special Topics in Italian Studies
Technology, Crime, and Society: A Forensic Exploration of High-Tech and Digital Crime
Linguistic Field Methods
International Management
MKTG/HMGT 756
International Franchising
International Marketing
Topics
Natural Resources Field Methods
Contemporary Conservation Issues and Environmental Awareness
Honors/Contemporary Conservation Issues and Environmental Awareness
Forest Ecosystems and Environmental Change
International Energy Topics
International Environmental Politics and Policies for the 21st Century
Sustainable Living - Global Perspectives
Special Topics
Special Topics
Science, Technology, and Society
Honors/Science, Technology and Society
Politics and Policy in a Warming World
Introduction to International Political Economy
The Global Information Grid's Disruptive Impact on Government, Politics, and Society
Politics of Global Resources
Introduction to Intelligence
Introduction to Intelligence
Selected Topics in International Politics
Comparative Environmental Politics and Policy
International Political Economy
International Environmental Politics, Policy, and Law
Environment and Society
Environmental Sociology
Social Welfare Policy in a Global Context
Tourism and Global Understanding

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