Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) Program

Director:  Dr. David Schwam-Baird  | Ph. 904-620-1929 | E-mail:



New Program: Prepare for a Career in International Affairs

The program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours, 18 of which are earned through an interdisciplinary common core of required courses. Fifteen (15) credit hours are major electives and the final 3 credit hours are earned through a thesis or field experience. 

Core Requirements:  (18 credits)

Political Science 

INR 6607    International Relations Theory (3 credits)

PAD 5700   Research Methods (3 credits)



ANG 5472   Globalization and Development (3 credits)



ECO 6009   International Economics (3 credits)



AMH 5515   US in World Affairs (3 credits)


Philosophy/Religious Studies 

PHI 6769     Ethics, Religion, and Global Discourse (3 credits)
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Major requirements: (15 credits)
Students choose five (5) courses from a minimum of three (3) of the following disciplines:


ENL 6502    Studies in Early British Literature (3 credits)

ENL 6509    Studies in Later British Literature (3 credits)

FIL 5934      Advanced Topics in Film (3 credits)

Please note: This course may be used towards the MAIA when the topic is "Asian Cinema," "International Film Survey," or "Transnational Cinema."   LIT 6654     Comparative & World Literature (3 credits)


Foreign Languages

FOL 5930   Topics in Foreign Language (3 credits)



EUH 6935    Reading in European History II (3 credits)

LAH 6935     Readings in Latin American History (3 credits)

Please note: students must have completed HIS 3051
     Craft of the Historian to enroll in History seminars.

EUH 6936    Seminar in European History (3 credits)

ASH 5935    Special Topics: Asian History (3 credits)

EUH 5934    Selected Topics: European History (3 credits)

HIS 5934     Special Topics in History (3 credits)

LAH 5934    Selected Topics: Latin American History (3 credits) 


Criminology and Criminal Justice 

CJE 5121    Homeland Security & Criminal Justice (3 credits)

   Economics and Geography    

ECO 6060    Economic Analysis (3 credits)


Philosophy and Religious Studies 

PHI 5668    Ethics East and West (3 credits)

PHI 6425    Philosophy of the Social Sciences (3 credits)

PHM 5366   Global Justice (3 credits)

PHM 6345   Contemporary Political Philosophy (3 credits)


Political Science and Public Administration

CPO 5535    Politics of South Asia (3 credits)

INR 6079      Terrorism and Public Safety (3 credits)

INR 5549      International Law and Organization (3 credits)

INR 6705      International Political Economy (3 credits)

INR 6908      Directed Independent Study (3 credits)

INR 6330      Contemporary American Foreign & Security Policy (3 credits)

PAD 6173     Global Civil Society (3 credits)

INR 5352      International Environmental Policy (3 credits)

INR 6938      Special Topics in International Affairs (3 credits)

PAD 6836     Comparative Public Administration (3 credits) 

PUP 6006     Program Evaluation for Public 

Thesis and Non-Thesis Options (3 credits)

Students may choose to write a thesis (for a total of 3 credits) OR choose to undertake a field experience (for a total of 3 credits), either an internationally-oriented internship or study abroad program.*  The MAIA graduate director must approve all internships and study abroad programs as meeting this requirement.

INR 6971     Thesis (1-3 credits)

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


* The courses are listed as having variable credit to cover cases where the thesis or field experience is spread over more than one semester. While such cases are likely to arise, they must be approved by the MAIA Director.


Contextual Requirements: Language Proficiency

To graduate with the MAIA, students must demonstrate language proficiency at the intermediate level by:

Completing undergraduate Beginning I, Beginning II, Intermediate I, and Intermediate II (or their equivalents) in a single language while enrolled in the MAIA program.

Having completed 14 or more credits of a single language at the undergraduate level prior to admission.

Successfully completing a UNF-approved language proficiency exam.


Admission Requirements

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.


Additional Program Requirements:

1. Official transcripts from all attended institutions

2. GRE scores (Institutional Code: 5490)

      - Prior to July 1, 2011: Composite score of 1000 on both verbal and quantitative
      - After July 1, 2011: 153 verbal, 145 quantitative

      - GMAT is acceptable with minimum scores of 30 verbal and 29 quantitative

3. Resume

4. Letter of Intent

5. Two letters of recommendation




The mission of the MAIA is to educate students about our world today, our country’s interactions with other countries, and individual awareness of the many ways we interact with other countries, cultures, and peoples at home or abroad.  More specifically, the program concentrates on educating our students about: the global context for US domestic and foreign policy making; contemporary global issues; the US role in the world and other countries’ reactions to that role; globalization and the global economy; and the cultures and societies of other countries. Each of these goals fits with expectations of potential employers. A recent report by the Association of American Colleges and Universities noted the following knowledge and skills were desired by employers: the ability to understand the global context of situations and decisions, knowledge of global issues and development and their implications for the future, understanding of the role of the United States in the world, understandings of cultural diversity in America and other countries, and proficiency in a foreign language. 

The Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) is an interdisciplinary offered jointly by seven departments across two colleges.  The Departments of Political Science and Public Administration; Economics and Geography; History; and Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work offer the common core courses; The Departments of Political Science and Public Administration; Economics and Geography; History; and Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work offer the common core courses; the Departments of Economics and Geography; English; History; Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Political Science; and Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work will contribute elective courses.


The MAIA program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours, 18 of which are earned through an interdisciplinary common core of required courses: International Relations Theory, Foreign and Security Policy, Research Methods, Globalization and Development, International Economics, and US in World Affairs. Fifteen (15) credit hours are major electives. The final 3 credit hours are earned through a thesis or non-thesis option, the latter of which would involve an internship or study abroad component. Students will have to demonstrate intermediate-level foreign language proficiency either upon admission or graduation.


The MAIA is meant to prepare our graduates for a variety of careers that demand knowledge of and engagement with the wider world. Examples include: the US government (Foreign Service, and other State Department positions, Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs, etc.), international governmental organizations such as the UN and international nongovernmental organizations such as Human Rights Watch or International Crisis Group; international and development consulting; international business; and education. Locally, employment opportunities exist with agencies such as the Jacksonville Port Authority, import-export companies, international moving and logistics companies, and other international businesses in the Northeast Florida region.