BA in International Affairs

James Madison University - ISC, United States

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Next enrollment cycle

May 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 24,875

Course Accredited By

AACSB

  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
  • Up to 6% scholarship

International Affairs graduates from JMU are prepared to change the world. This major provides a global perspective on the most important challenges facing the United States and the world today.

  • Students learn to understand the world from a variety of perspectives and have the opportunity to specialize in important global problems and regions. Students develop their understanding of cultural frameworks, foreign languages, international economics and political dynamics. Our vast network of alumni helps students transition to careers in public service and many other fields. These prized abilities serve as a foundation for careers in government, consulting, policy advocacy, business, communications and the non-profit sector.
  • We seek to enhance the quality of public policy and civic life at home and abroad by teaching students, conducting research and collaborating with people inside and outside of the JMU community.

Enrollment Cycles

  • May 2022
  • August 2022

Undergraduate

 International Year (3 semesters) Intensive English Program (IEP) (1 semester)

  • TOEFL (iBT) 45 overall
  • IELTS 4.5 overall
  • Pearson (PTE) Not Accepted
  • Pearson Versant 41-42
  • Duolingo 65
  • Gao Kao English 75/120: 95/150
  • GPA: Undergraduate: 2.25 for International Year
    Up to 28 credits toward degree

International Year (3 semesters)

  • TOEFL (iBT) 50 overall
  • IELTS 5.0 overall
  • Pearson (PTE) 42
  • Pearson Versant 43-47
  • Duolingo 75
  • Gao Kao English 77/120; 99/150
  • GPA: Undergraduate: 2.25 for International Year
    Up to 27 credits toward degree

International Year (2 semesters)

  • TOEFL (iBT) 60 overall
  • IELTS 5.5 overall
  • Pearson (PTE) 45
  • Pearson Versant 48-54
  • Duolingo 85
  • Gao Kao English 83/120; 105/150
  • GPA: Undergraduate: 2.25 for International Year
    Up to 27 credits toward degree

International Year (1 semester)

  • TOEFL (iBT) 80 overall OR SAT with minimum score in critical reading of 500 is accepted in place of qualifying IELTS or TOEFL score
  • IELTS 6.5 overall OR SAT with minimum score in critical reading of 500 is accepted in place of qualifying IELTS or TOEFL score
  • Pearson (PTE) 58
  • Pearson Versant 64 or higher
  • Duolingo 105
  • Gao Kao English 95/120: 115/150
  • GPA: Undergraduate: 2.25 for International Year
    Up to 27 credits toward degree

Direct Admission

  • TOEFL (iBT) 80 overall OR SAT with minimum score in critical reading of 500 is accepted in place of qualifying IELTS or TOEFL score
  • IELTS 6.5 overall OR SAT with minimum score in critical reading of 500 is accepted in place of qualifying IELTS or TOEFL score
  • Pearson (PTE) 58
  • Pearson Versant 64 or higher
  • Duolingo 105
  • Gao Kao English Not Accepted
  • GPA: Undergraduate: 2.5 for Direct Admission

Degree Requirements
Required Courses
General Education 41 Credit Hour
Foreign Language classes (intermediate level required) 0-14 Credit Hour
Philosophy course (in addition to General Education courses) 3 Credit Hour
University electives 12-26 Credit Hours
Major requirements (listed below) 50 Credit Hours
Total: 120 Credit Hours


Major Requirements
Core Courses
ECON 201. Introduction to Microeconomics 3.00hrs
ECON 270. International Economics 3.00hrs 1
ECON 200. Introduction to Macroeconomics [C4GE] 3.00hrs
INTA 295. Cross­National Research Skills 4.0
INTA 489. Senior Seminar in International Affairs 3.00-4.00 3
POSC 230. International Relations 3.00hrs
POSC 240. Comparative Politics 3.00hrs
FL 300. Grammar and Communication 3.00hrs
FL 320. Oral and Written Communication 3.00hrs
• Choose one of the following: 3 Credit Hours
HIST 330. U.S. Diplomatic History 3.00hrs
POSC 370. U.S. Foreign Policy 3.00hrs
Total: 32 Credit Hours


I. Political Dynamics of Foreign Policy and Global Governance: 3 Credit Hours
Choose one of the following:
POSC 395. International Law 3.00hrs
POSC 396. International Organizations 3.00hrs
POSC 458. International Political Analysis 3.00hrs


II. Historical Patterns: 3 Credit Hours
Choose one course from the following:

Africa
HIST 263. Africa 3.00hrs
HIST 361**. Class and Ethnicity in Africa 3.00hrs
HIST 470. Modern Africa 3.00hrs


• Asia
HIST 274. Modern East Asia 3.00hrs
HIST 371**. India 3.00hrs
HIST 377**. History of Korea 3.00hrs
HIST 378**. China in the Modern World 3.00hrs


• Europe
HIST 202. Europe Since 1815 3.00hrs
HIST 301*. European Military History 3.00hrs
HIST 309*. French History Since 1648 3.00hrs
HIST 321*. European Women's History 3.00hrs
HIST 384*. England and the Empire-Commonwealth 3.00hrs
HIST 386*. Russia and the Soviet Union from 1881 to 1991 3.00hrs
HIST 475. Modern Russia 3.00hrs
HIST 478. Eastern Europe 3.00hrs
HIST 486. Europe Since 1914 3.00hrs


• Latin America
HUM 252. Global Cultures [C2HQC] 3.00 (When topic is Latin American Cultures)
ANTH 436. Afro-Latin America 3.00hrs (C)
or
HIST 436**. Afro-Latin America 3.00hrs
HIST 444**. Revolution and Social Change in Latin America 3.00hrs
HIST 445**. A Cultural History of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States 3.00hrs
HIST 447**. South America 3.00hrs
HIST 448**. Gender in Latin America and the Iberian World 3.00hrs


• The Middle East
HIST 270. Modern Middle East 3.00hrs
HIST 373. History of the Ottoman Empire, 1453-1922  3.00hrs
HIST 473. Early Modern Islamic Empires 3.00hrs
HIST 485. Colonialism in the Middle East and South Asia 3.00hrs


III. Regional and Cross Regional Sociopolitical Dynamics: 3 Credit Hours
• Choose one course from the following:
ANTH 195. Cultural Anthropology [C4GE] 3.00 hrs(C, R)
ECON 312. Comparative Economic Systems 3.00hrs
GEOG 280. Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape 3.00hrs
GEOG 380. Cultural Geography 3.00hrs
POSC 200. Global Politics [C4GE] 3.00hrs
POSC 340. Politics of Development 3.00hrs
POSC 344. Politics of the European Union 3.00hrs
POSC 345. Politics of Western Europe 3.00hrs
POSC 346. Politics of Central and Eastern Europe 3.00hrs
POSC 350. Latin American Politics 3.00hrs
POSC 354. Politics of the Middle East 3.00hrs
POSC 355. East Asian Politics 3.00hrs
POSC 356. Politics of China 3.00hrs
POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics 3.00hrs
SOCI 348. Introduction to Developing Societies 3.00hrs
or
SOWK 348. Introduction to Developing Societies 3.00hrs


IV. Depth Component: 9 Credit Hours
Choose three courses from the following, from at least two disciplines. At least one course must be in a discipline other than history or political science.


• Economics
ECON 365. Economic Development 3.00hrs
ECON 370. International Trade and Trade Policies 3.00hrs
ECON 372. International Finance and Payments 3.00hrs
or
FIN 372. International Finance and Payments 3.00hrs


Communication
SCOM 248. Intercultural Communication 3.00hrs


• Culture
• Geography
GEOG 300. Population Geography 3.00hrs
GEOG 325. Environmental Ethics 3.00hrs
GEOG 344. Globalization and Development 3.00hrs
GEOG 345. Geography of Poverty 3.00hrs
GEOG 375. Political Geography 3.00hrs


• History
HIST 330. U.S. Diplomatic History 3.00hrs
HIST 469. A History of International Development in the Twentieth Century 3.00hrs


• Justice Studies
JUST 331. Human Rights in Theory and Practice 3.00hrs
or
POSC 331. Human Rights in Theory and Practice 3.00hrs
JUST 353. Justice and Development 3.00hrs
JUST 357. Environmental Justice 3.00hrs


JUST 372. Ethics and International Politics 3.00hrs
or
POSC 372. Ethics and International Politics 3.00hrs
JUST 373. Rebuilding Post Conflict Societies 3.00hrs
JUST 375. Genocide in the 20th Century 3.00hrs
JUST 377. Global Futures 3.00hrs
JUST 392. Peace Studies 3.00hrs
or
POSC 392. Peace Studies 3.00hrs


• Political Science
POSC 347. Comparative Public Policy 3.00hrs
POSC 361. Topics in International Relations 3.00 hrs(if applicable)
POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics 3.00 hrs(if applicable)
POSC 383. Women and Politics in Comparative Perspective 3.00hrs
or
WGSS 383. Women and Politics in Comparative Perspective 3.00hrs
POSC 393. Human Security 3.00hrs
POSC 394. International Conflict 3.00hrs
POSC 395. International Law 3.00hrs
POSC 396. International Organizations 3.00hrs
POSC 397. The Politics of International Economic Relations 3.00hrs
POSC 398. Simulations 3.00hrs
POSC 430. International Security and Conflict Management 3.00hrs
POSC 440. Post-Conflict Societies 3.00hrs
POSC 458. International Political Analysis 3.00hrs


• Religion
HUM 252. Global Cultures [C2HQC] 3.00 hrs(When topic is Gandhi, Nonviolence and Global Transformation)

  • Pricing
  • Undergraduate 
  • IEP (1 semester) International Year (3 semester) $42,385 
  • International Year (3 semester) $33,650
  •  International Year (2 semester) $24,150
  •  International Year (1 semester) $12,075 
  • Direct Admit $24,875 
  • Program Tuition Estimated Room, Board & Fees $17,048 - $17,470**
  •  Pricing is subject to change
  • .2-semester estimate.
  •  Undergraduate Pathway Scholarship 
  • Scholarship Available - Upto $8,000
  •  Undergraduate Direct Admission Scholarship
  •  Scholarship Available - Upto $6,000
  • *Direct admission scholarship is available in each year

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