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Press Release for Wednesday, April 8, 2015

University of North Florida Offers New International Affairs Master’s Degree

Jessica Scott, Public Relations Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192


The College of Arts and Sciences and the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida are collaborating to offer a Master of Arts in International Affairs degree in the fall semester, which begins Monday, Aug. 25. The priority application deadline for this program is Thursday, May 7.


This international degree will offer an interdisciplinary curriculum that provides students a solid foundation of knowledge with which to view issues and solve problems from a multi-faceted perspective.


“This new master’s degree program is important because there is an increasing need for international education in order to prepare our students for careers in today’s world,” said Dr. David Schwam-Baird, UNF associate professor of political science.


With this degree, students will be prepared for careers with a wide variety of employers like the U.S. Government (foreign service, homeland security, immigrations and customs) or international organizations, such as the United Nations, and jobs in international and development consulting, international business, government liaison offices and education.


Common core classes will be provided by the departments of Political Science and Public Administration, Economics and Geography, History, as well as Sociology and Anthropology, while elective courses will also be provided by the same departments but will also include the departments of English, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Languages, Literature and Cultures.


Students will be able to choose between a thesis option and a non-thesis option, which would include an internship or study-abroad component.


For more information, visit or contact Dr. David Schwam-Baird, UNF associate professor of political science, at or at (904) 620-1929.


            UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.