Skip to Main Content
2023-2024 University Catalog
catalog program twoColumn twoLeft

major: International Affairs

Degree: Master of Arts (MA) 2023-2024

Core Requirements (18 credits)

The program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours, 12 of which are earned through an interdisciplinary common core of 4 required courses. 3 of which are earned by completing 1 course from a section of methods-related courses, and 3 of which are earned by completing a master's degree thesis or field experience.

INR6607 International Relations Theory (3 Credits)
ANG5472 Globalization and Development (3 Credits)
ECO6009 International Economics (3 Credits)
AMH5515 U.S. in World Affairs (3 Credits)

CCJ 6705 Advanced Methods of Criminological Research (3 credits)
CCJ 6709 Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits)
MMC 6426 Qualitative Research Methods in Mass Communication (3 credits)
PAD 5700 Public Admin Research Methods (3 credits)
Any 3-credit 6000 level GIS-related course with a GEO prefix (requires approval by MAIA Program Director.)

Student will choose to either write a master's thesis OR undertake a field experience. The field experience may be an internationally oriented internship, study abroad program, or other international activity (as determined on a case-by- case basis by the MAIA graduate director.) For students who study abroad and earn at least 3 credits from a foreign institution, INR 6946 may be taken for zero credits. All activities used to earn credits for this requirement must be approved in advance by the MAIA graduate director. The student will register for 1 of the following courses to complete the Thesis/Non-Thesis option.

INR 6971 Thesis (1-3 credits)
INR 6946 Field Experience in International Affairs (0-3 credits)

Major Electives (18 credits)

Students choose 6 courses from below:

I. Economics and Geography
ECO 6060 Economic Analysis (3 Credits)
ECO 6705 The Global Economy (3 credits)
GEO 6506 Economic Geography and GIS (3 credits)
Or any Internationally-focused, 3-credit 5000/6000 level course with ECO or GEO prefix (requires approval by MAIA Program Director

II. Criminology and Criminal Justic
CJE 5121 Homeland Security and Criminal Justice (3 credits)

III. English/Literature
ENL 6502 Studies in Early British Literature (3 credits)
ENL 6509 Studies in Later British Literature (3 credits)
LIT 6934 Special Topics in Literature (3 credits)
Only when topic is Internationally-focused. Requires approval by MAIA Program Director.

IV. Film
FIL 5934 Advanced Topics in Film (3 credits)
Only to be used when the topic is Movements in International Film, French Cinema, East Asian Cinema Anime, or World Cinema and the Cross-Cultural Encounter) and World Literature (3 credits)

V. Foreign Languages
FOL 5930 Topics in Foreign Languages (3 credits)

VI. History
EUH 6906 Readings in European History II (3 credits)
LAH 6906 Readings in Latin American History II (3 credits)

Please note: Students must have completed HIS 3051 Craft of the Historian or obtained permission from the instructor to enroll in History courses and seminars listed below:
ASH 5935 Special Topics: Asian History (3 credits)
EUH 5934 Selected Topics: European History (3 credits)
EUH 6936 Seminar in European History (3 credits)
HIS 5934 Special Topics in History (3 credits)
LAH 5934 Selected Topics: Latin America History
LAH 6936 Seminar: Latin American History (3 credits)

VII. Philosophy & Religious Studies
PHI 5769 Ethics, Religion and Global Discourse (3 credits)
PHI 5425 Philosophy of the Social Sciences (3 credits)
PHM 5345 Contemporary Political Philosophy (3 credits)

VIII. Political Science & Public Administration
CPO 5535 Politics of South Asia (3 credits)
CPO 6206 Politics of Africa (3 credits)
INR 5449 International Law and Organization (3 credits)
INR 6330 Contemporary American Foreign and Security Policy (3 credits)
INR 6705 International Public Economy (3 credits)
INR 6908 Directed Independent Study (1-3 credits)
INR 6938 Special Topics in International Affairs (3 credits)
PAD 6173 Global Civil Society (3 credits)
PAD 6836 Comparative Public Administration Security Policy (3 credits)
PUP 6006 Program Evaluation for Public and Nonprofit Management (3 credits)

IX. Public Health
HSC 6165 Global Sexuality and Reproductive Health (3 credits)
HSC 6625 Global Health (3 credits)
HSC 6675 Global Health: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (3 credits)
HSC 6931 Special Topics(3 credits)

Contextual Courses (0 credits)

Students must demonstrate competency at the intermediate level or above in a spoken language other than English. This requirement is usually met by completing the intermediate-level course sequence (Intermediate I and II) or one 3000- or 4000-level course in Chinese, French, or Spanish. For more information, see the full policy on this requirement on the website of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.