International Affairs (Minor)

International Affairs (Minor)

UNH International Affairs students in classroom

What is international affairs?

The most pressing matters of our time —migration, climate change, violent conflict, human rights, economic globalization, health pandemics—transcend national boundaries and require a global response. The international affairs minor introduces you to these worldwide challenges through rigorous interdisciplinary coursework, language studies and a rich international experience. Combine this minor with any other major at UNH and graduate as a critically minded global citizen and responsible global citizen ready to meaningfully contribute to the world.

Why study international affairs at UNH?

Our international affairs minor is available to all UNH students, allowing you to combine your studies with disciplines ranging from business and natural resources to political science and the arts. You’ll gain international experience through your choice of a study abroad program or directed international research. You can explore additional opportunities in the college’s study abroad programs and the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research.You’ll also be able to connect with fellow students through the UNH Model United Nations team.

Potential career areas

  • Education
  • Foreign service
  • Global development and aid
  • Global health
  • Global intelligence
  • Human rights
  • International business
  • International environmental policy
  • International trade and policy
  • Journalism
  • Peace Corps
  • Public relations


Heather Austin

POLT/IA Advisor and Academic Department Coordinator
Phone: (603) 862-1767
Office: Political Science, Horton Social Science Center Rm 312C, Durham, NH 03824

Curriculum & Requirements

The international affairs (IA) minor adds a recognized distinction and global context to any primary major in any college at UNH. 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 who wish to declare the international affairs minor must earn a C or better in all IA course requirements and have a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average. The minor is declared when the fifth course is being taken. The student should obtain the minor completion form from the IA senior program assistant.

Required Core Courses
IA 401International Perspectives4
Select one of the following:4
ECON 401
Principles of Economics (Macro)
ECON 402
Principles of Economics (Micro)
EREC 411
Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives
International Affairs Language Requirement 14
International Experience - Study Abroad 2
Choose one course from each category list (2 courses total): 38
Politics, Culture, & History
Science, Environment, Economy, & Health
Total Credits20

International Affairs Language Requirement
Functional reading, writing, and speaking ability equivalent to a first-year, second-semester college level (402). Students may take placement tests to establish equivalency, include language study during the international experience, or transfer credits from other institutions.


International Experience - Study Abroad
Minimum of three weeks (or 4 credits). The international experience may include study, directed research, internship or service/volunteer experience abroad. Students should plan with the study abroad advisors to plan for their international experience well in advance.


See elective category lists under the IA dual major heading. Elective courses may count toward Discovery, Honors, Writing Intensive and major requirements.

Explore Program Details

To file for completion of the minor, please download this form, fill it out, and bring it to an IA advisor.


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