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Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) Program

Director: Dr. Joshua Gellers | 904-620-2849 |


The mission of the MAIA is to educate students about the political, economic, cultural, and historical dimensions of our interconnected world; foster awareness of the complex interactions between and among countries, cultures, and individuals; and cultivate interdisciplinary problem-solving skills designed to address global challenges. 

Core Requirements: (15 credits)

The program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours, 15 of which are earned through an interdisciplinary common core of required courses. 

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 U.S. in World Affairs (3 credits)

Major requirements: (21 credits)

Students choose six (6) courses from the list below and must earn the final 3 credit hours through completion of a thesis or field experience. 


ENL 6502 Studies in Early British Literature (3 credits)

ENL 6509 Studies in Later British Literature (3 credits)

LIT 6654 Comparative & World 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."


Foreign Languages

FOL 5930 Topics in Foreign Language (3 credits)



EUH 6906 Reading in European History II (3 credits)

LAH 6906 Readings in Latin American History (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 American History (3 credits)

LAH 6936 Seminar: 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)

ECO 6705 The Global Economy (3 credits)

GEO 6506 Economic Geography and GIS (3 credits)


Philosophy and Religious Studies

PHI 5xxx Ethics, Religion, and Global Discourse (3 credits)

PHI 5xxx Philosophy of the Social Sciences (3 credits)

PHM 5xxx Contemporary Political Philosophy (3 credits)


Political Science and Public Administration

CPO 5535 Politics of South Asia (3 credits)

CPO 6206 Politics of Africa (3 credits)

INR 5549 International Law and Organization (3 credits)

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

INR 6705 International Political Economy (3 credits)

INR 6908 Directed Independent Study (3 credits)

INR 5352 International Environmental Policy (3 credits)

INR 6938 Special Topics in International Affairs (3 credits)

PAD 6173 Global Civil Society (3 credits)

PAD 6836 Comparative Public Administration (3 credits)

PUP 6006 Program Evaluation for Public and Nonprofit Management (3 credits)


Public Health

HSC 6165 Global Sexuality and Reproductive Health (3 credits)

HSC 6625 Global Health (3 credits)

HSC 6075 Global Health: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (3 credits)

HSC 6931 Special Topics (3 credits) 



Thesis or Field Experience: (3 credits)

Students will choose either to write a master's degree thesis OR undertake a field experience. The field experience may be either an internationally-oriented internship or study abroad program. For students who study abroad and earn at least 3 credits from an institution abroad, this required course may be taken for zero credits. The MAIA graduate director must approve all internships and study abroad programs as meeting this requirement. 

The student will register for one 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)

Contextual Requirements: (0 credits)

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

  1. Completing undergraduate Beginning 1, Beginning II, Intermediate I and Intermediate II (or their equivalents) in a single language while enrolled in the MAIA program.
  2. Having completed 14 or more credits of a single language at the undergraduate level prior to admission.
  3. Meeting this requirement in other ways as deemed appropriate by the graduate program director and the chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Students who choose to pursue language coursework at an institution other than UNF, whether in the US or abroad, must consult beforehand with the graduate program director to ensure that credits will transfer and to complete any necessary paperwork.

(Note: A language placement exam may not be used for this purpose.)

Admission Requirements

A baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by an acceptable institutional accreditor 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:

  • Official transcripts from all attended institutions
  • Resume
  • Letter of Intent
  • Two letters of recommendation