International Affairs, B.A.
Undergraduate Degree
International Affairs, B.A.
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Program Overview

International Affairs is an interdisciplinary major drawing from courses in political science, economics, history, geography and foreign languages. At Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, our students study the sources of conflict and cooperation in the global system, including war, trade, terrorism, migration, development, diplomacy, energy, democratization and international governance. A degree in International Affairs prepares you for a variety of careers in a contemporary, globalized world.

Globalization is making the world more connected politically, economically and culturally. News and events on one side of the world can radically affect the daily lives of people thousands of miles away. The next generation of leaders in both the public and private sectors need a solid understanding of these forces at work to navigate successfully in this rapidly-changing environment, regardless of their ultimate career field.

Alyssa Parks - International Affairs Graduate
Featured Courses
PSC 209 - Fundamentals of International Relations
Survey of major concepts and approaches in the study of international relations and analysis of processes, institutions, strategies, and trends in world politics.
PSC 412 - International Political Econ
This course will examine the evolution and structure of the global economic system with emphasis on the development of the Liberal International Economic Order.
INT 499 - Senior Seminar
A capstone experience for International Affairs majors, intended to provide an integrated perspective on the field through the application of interdisciplinary theories, methods, and practices to global issues.
Program Highlights
Hands-On Training on Global Issues

Thanks to the interdisciplinary nature of the International Affairs program at Marshall University, our students gain a broad understanding of global issues through a variety of disciplinary lenses and have the freedom to concentrate in depth in a particular area of interest.

Upon graduation, many of our students continue their education in law school or by entering a master’s degree or Ph.D. program. We also offer a minor in International Affairs.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

We provide you a number of hands-on learning opportunities, including, but not limited to:

  • Annual and affordable summer study abroad opportunities led by our expert faculty, utilizing a place-as-text pedagogy; and
  • Week or semester-long internshipswith the West Virginia State Legislature focusing on topics of international importance.
Student Organizations

International Affairs majors are encouraged to become members and leaders in student organizations, such as the national political science honorary fraternity Pi Sigma Alpha, which offers leadership opportunities, sponsorship of visiting speakers, the Department of Political Science’s Paul D. Stewart Distinguished Lectureship Series and a potential pay upgrade for members who go on to work for the U.S. Government.

Another student organization, Phi Alpha Delta, is a national, pre-law, co-ed fraternity aimed at helping you form strong bonds that unite students and teachers of the law.

Career Opportunities
A bachelor’s degree in International Affairs at Marshall University prepares you for a wide range of careers in both the public and private sectors.
  • Foreign Service or U.S. Federal Gov Agency
  • State Government - International Commerce
  • United Nations or Word Bank
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • International Business
  • Translation
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