International Affairs Major: Bachelor of Arts

The BA in International Affairs degree program requires an international internship in addition to a study abroad component. Completion of the degree program will require all students to have some significant educational experience overseas. The internship enables the student to gain valuable experience in the field in which they plan to work. Students who cannot fulfill this requirement should look at an alternative major such as a BA in Political Science with a concentration in International Affairs.

Core Curriculum Requirements

60 Hours

All baccalaureate programs at North Georgia have as a requirement the satisfactory completion of at least 60 semester credit hours comprising the six areas of the core curriculum. A complete description of Areas A-E of the core curriculum can be found in Core Curriculum. Individual degree programs may specify exceptions and/or particular courses which must be taken within each Area A-E of the core curriculum. Those exceptions and/or course requirements and Area F of the core curriculum are shown below.

Area A

no exceptions

Area B

no exceptions

Area C

no exceptions

Area D

no exceptions

Area E

International Affairs majors should not take POLS 1101 or ECON 2105 in Area E. These courses must be taken in Area F.

Area F: Courses Related to The Area of Study

18 hours

POLS 1101 American Government

3 hours

POLS 2101 Introduction To Political Science

3 hours

PSYC 1002 Adaptive Leadership

3 hours

ECON 2105 Macroeconomics

3 hours

HIST 2860 Intro to World Religions or PHIL 2200 Ethics from a Global Perspective

3 hours

Foreign Language 2001 or 2002

3 hours

Courses in the Major Area

48 hours

Required courses

(18 hours)

POLS 4460 International Affairs Capstone Seminar

3 hours

POLS 4201 Comparative Government

3 hours

POLS 4202 Comparative Security Issues

3 hours

POLS 4204 International Political Economy

3 hours

POLS 3204 International Organization or POLS 3205 International Law

3 hours

POLS 4320 International Relations Theory

3 hours

Choose 6 hours from:


(6 hours)

Study Abroad

3 hours

3000-4000 FLAN

3 hours

POLS 4590 International Thesis

6 hours

Regional Emphasis

(15 hours)

(Europe, Asia, Middle East or Latin America)

Students will select courses from POLS, HIST or FLAN (no more than 6 hours of emphasis can be taken in FLAN courses) that focus on a specific region of the world. These courses are subject to the approval of the IA academic advisor.

POLS 4485C International Internship

(9 hours)


(12 hours)

(Students are encouraged to use these elective hours to further develop Foreign Language skills)

Electives to bring the total to 120 hours.

Military Science requirement (for military students)

U.S. & Georgia Constitution and History requirements

Regents' requirement