International Affairs

 
 
 

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Our world has become more economically, socially, and politically interdependent, which has increased the demand for individuals with the skills and knowledge to cross cultural boundaries. As an International Affairs major, you will benefit from an interdisciplinary curriculum that will leave you well prepared to cross borders and work with a variety of cultures.

Degrees

International Affairs (B.A.)

Major

A Great Fit For

  • Individuals with a passion for advocacy and community.
  • Those who wish to address issues through public service and government initiatives.
  • Anyone interested in solving community or systemic problems through research.
  • People who enjoy collaborating with individuals from varying backgrounds, viewpoints, and personalities.

THE MORNINGSIDE DIFFERENCE

Internships

Our internship program is extremely successful with more internship openings than we are able to place. Students have taken positions with congressional offices, within federal government, working on political campaigns, at non-profits, national advocacy organizations, and much more.

Travel

You will have the opportunity to travel regionally, nationally, and even internationally for professional conferences, industry field trips, or May Term courses. Travel grants and special scholarship eligibility may be available.

Research & Active Learning

You are encouraged to pursue independent study and research projects. Past research has included international law, Congress and the presidency, human rights and women’s rights, and much more. You may also have the opportunity to present findings at the Morningside University Palmer Research Symposium, the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), or at regional and national events.

FEATURED COURSES

REQUIRED

An introductory lecture/discussion course that studies the roles of the US in the world and traces the political, intellectual, economic, social, and cultural development of various regions of the world since 1945.

REQUIRED

An introduction to the politics and institutions of the federal government, including its relationship to state and local government. Issues addressed include: the constitution; branches of government; federalism; mediating institutions (e.g., media, social movements, political parties, elections, interest groups); contemporary political controversies and policy areas.

ELECTIVE

This course studies the relationship between politics (both international and domestic) and economics. Topics include: trade regimes; exchange rates; macroeconomic policy; globalization of finance, production, and consumption; trade blocs, development; industrialization; North-South issues; sustainable development; economic interdependence.

ELECTIVE

This course studies contemporary international law through the study of cases and selective international treaties. The topics of the course include the evolving role of the nation-state in international law, the rise of the individual and non-governmental organizations in international law. Additionally, we will study the United Nations and a selection of intergovernmental regional organizations within the context of contemporary events. This is a Research Seminar (RS) course, which incorporates the ethics of the profession with the completion of a major research paper.

MEET THE FACULTY

Lillian Lopez

Lillian Lopez

Professor

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RELATED MAJORS & MINORS

Still looking for the right fit? Here are some additional program options that we think might interest you or are often paired with this program. You can also view the programs page to keep exploring your options.

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Gender Studies

Legal Studies

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WHY STUDY AT MORNINGSIDE?

13:1

student/faculty ratio so you’re assured a quality education focused on you

99%

employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation

65+

majors & pre-professional programs available

OUTCOMES

Alumni have been extremely successful in launching political science careers, going on to fields such as political consulting, education, government, journalism, business, international affairs, and more. Many students have also been accepted into graduate and law schools, a small sample of which include American University School of International Service, Carnegie Mellon University, Chapman University, Creighton University School of Law, Drake University Law School, the Hertie School in Berlin, St. Louis University, the University of Nebraska, the University of Michigan Law School, and University of Iowa School of Law.

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