Navigate global, economic, political, and social challenges
Through this cross-disciplinary major, you’ll take courses in political science, economics, national security, legal studies, and history, studying conflict, development, and diplomacy. You will examine the resolutions of international conflicts; you will address the role of inequality as a cause of conflict – and a critical component of its resolution – and you will explore post-conflict peace-making. You’ll do all this while learning from professors who have extensive international experience.
As an International Affairs major, you will also:
- Explore post-conflict reconstruction, foreign policy, and the international political economy
- Focus your studies on regions of rapid social change and economic development
- Study the necessity of sustainable socio-political systems
- Develop communication, leadership, and organization skills and resiliency
- Pass the federal government’s benchmark foreign language competency exam (ACTFL)
- Participate in extracurricular activities such as the University’s award-winning Model United Nations team
You will have the chance apply what you learn by completing at least two internships, and you will have the opportunity to study abroad. As a result of your classroom learning, capstone project, and internship experiences in the U.S. or abroad, you will be positioned to work with national governments and international governmental organizations, or to engage in further graduate study in top-tier programs worldwide.
One of the goals of this program is to help students develop a comfort level with international travel and participating in cross-cultural experiences. Students with international experiences are twice as likely to be employed within six months of graduating because employers are seeking employees who are comfortable traveling and working abroad.
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Preferred preparation in American Government or International Relations. Traditional and modern approaches to international law and organization; major emphasis on the contribution of law and organization to the establishment of a world of law and world peace. The League of Nations system and the United Nations system are analyzed.
The course is an introduction to the politics of state-to-state economic relations. Political economy, as the name suggests, is a marriage between politics and economics, and as such is a multi-faceted discipline incorporating the study of economics, political science, sociology, law and geography. In this course, however, we will focus on the broad-scale trade between states, the politics of major economic unions like the European Union, large-scale regional trade agreements like NAFTA and the TPP, and key institutions of global system like the World Bank and IMF. In doing so we will focus on the role these systems play in the global political economy and analyze its future in the context of historical and current debates about optimal economic policies for different political constituencies.
Students in this course will examine the root causes, patterns, and outcomes of political conflict, approaches to conflict resolution, the role of international organizations and major powers in conflict resolution, enforcement and prevention methods, as well as negotiation and peace building techniques. The following questions will be addressed: Why can some conflicts be managed in a peaceful way, while others end in violence?
What are origins, stages, and causes of conflict? What role does the cultural context, the state, the military, the economy, the gender order and ethnicity and nationalism play in conflicts? How can we bring adversaries to the negotiating table? What mediation tactics are used in resolving a conflict? And how in the aftermath of a conflict, can peace be made sustainable?
A study of the formation of the United Nations system, the drafting of the United Nations Charter, function of it principal organs, evolution of the role and structure of the organization from 1945 to present day, and its impact on international relations and conflict resolution.
The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs, check out the Academic Catalog:
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University of New Haven’s Model United Nations Team Takes Home Ten Awards
At a recent National Model United Nations conference in New York, the University of New Haven took home the top team award, as well as a team record seven best position paper awards. Douglas Gordon ’21, an international development and diplomacy major, reflects on the experience.
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