International Affairs

Requirements for the B.A. in International Affairs

Learning Outcomes for the International Affairs Major


A. The Proficiency Requirements of the University in English, Mathematics and Foreign Language. 

B. The General Distribution Requirements
 of the University in English, Mathematics and Science, Social Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts (the Social Sciences and Humanities requirements will be satisfied by completing the core curriculum courses below).

C. Additional Foreign Language Requirement

International Affairs students will need to demonstrate language proficiency in a language other than English. Language proficiency is defined as:

  • two years of U.S. college-level language instruction or,
  • level B2 or higher in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or,
  • completion of a secondary education in a language other than English.  

Students may demonstrate language proficiency by taking JCU placement tests in Italian, Spanish or French or the Dialang which covers 14 European Languages. These services are offered by JCU’s Foreign Language Resource Center. Students who wish to be evaluated for languages for which the Dialang is not available should contact the Coordinator of JCU’s Foreign Language Center, Professor Gina Siddu Pilia: [email protected]

D. Core Curriculum* *

  • PL 209 World Politics
  • PL 210 Introduction to Political Theory
  • PL 212 International Organizations
  • PL 223 Comparative Politics
  • HS 210 Nineteenth-Century Europe and the World
  • HS 211 Twentieth-Century Europe and the World
  • MA 208 Statistics I
  • EC 201 Principles of Microeconomics
  • EC 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • EC 316 International Economics
  • PL 320 Public International Law
  • PL 470 International Affairs Senior Seminar

The University requires an overall minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses taken at the University, with no more than two grades lower than C- in core courses.

D. Major Electives Six major electives are required for the major, to be chosen from the PL, LAW, EC and HS listings not included in the core curriculum. Of these courses, no more than two EC and two HS courses each may be taken as major electives. In addition, credit earned from an internship can be applied towards the Major Electives. All courses must be at the 200 level or above and at least four courses must be at the 300 level or above.

F. General Electives sufficient to give a total of 120 credits.

Please note that students cannot earn a double major in International Affairs and Political Science.

* Students who entered JCU before Fall 2014 have the option of following the International Affairs curriculum in effect at the time they entered the University or switching to the new major. Students are encouraged to follow the new major whenever possible. Students must declare which curriculum they will follow (old or new) in Fall 2014 for Spring 2015 registration.

Students who are following the pre-Fall 2014 major, can review the requirements here.

**Any student majoring in International Affairs before fall 2014 will have the following options:

Students must complete at least two modern European history courses from combinations of the old and new sequence. If a student has completed any two of the old sequence they have completed the graduation requirement. If a student had only completed one of the old sequence, s/he must take one of the new sequence as follows:

  • Has completed HS 261, then takes HS 211
  • Has completed HS 262, may choose HS 210 or HS 345***
  • Has completed HS 263, may choose HS 210 or HS 211

** * HS 345 Europe since 1945 (Prerequisite: Junior Standing) is an upper level version of the old HS 263.