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International Affairs

International affairs is an interdisciplinary major that combines courses in political science, history, economics, geography and foreign languages. The curriculum is designed to allow students to acquire a variety of analytical tools with which to examine an ever-expanding array of international issues and problems. The distinguishing feature of the major is its multidisciplinary approach.


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Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s)


4 years

Admission Criteria



Main Campus
22.5 - 27.0
920 - 1140


Political Science
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


1121 Crosley Tower
PO Box 210375
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0375
Ivan Ivanov
Phone: 513-556-3318

Student Success Factors

International affairs majors typically possess (or are willing to develop) the strong analytical skills necessary for interpreting and evaluating arguments. Most like to read, enjoy studying foreign languages and cultures and have the capacity to work independently. International affairs students enjoy vigorous in-class discussion and like to apply their learning to real-world problems as well as theoretical concerns. Consequently, these students enjoy researching and debating different points of view on wide-ranging issues involving international affairs.

Career Possibilities

Graduates of this major pursue careers in fields including:

  • Non-governmental organizations  
  • Business                                                 
  • Journalism
  • Law                                                          
  • Foreign service (diplomatic)
  • Intelligence                                              
  • Military
  • Politics
  • International organizations                   
  • Public relations

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

Administered by the Department of Political Science within the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), the international affairs program is an interdisciplinary major that combines courses in political science, history, economics, geography and foreign languages. The multi-disciplinary approach allows students to acquire a variety of analytical tools while looking at international issues and problems from multiple perspectives. Study abroad is encouraged as is fluency in a second language.

Minor Details

Minors are not available in the international affairs program.


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International Affairs Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    A&S College Core Requirements
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar (if admitted freshman year), 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language Sequence, DC, 10 - 12
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Courses, NS, 6
    • HISTxxxx, HIST Course (if not already met in major), 0 - 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) Course (if not met by major), HU, 0 - 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) Course (if not met by major), 0 - 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    International Affairs Major Requirements
    • POLxxxx, Three courses from the Introductory Politics Courses grouping below, 9
    • STAT1034, Elementary Statistics I, QR, 3
    • STAT1035, Elementary Statistics II, QR, 3
    • POL3000, Political Inquiry: Approaches and Methods, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Two courses from History group below (sequence recommended), 6 - 8
    • XXXXxxxx, Two courses from the SS Requirement group below, SS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Completion of one language grouping below, 10 - 12
    • XXXXxxxx, One course from the Comparative Studies Grouping below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, One course from the International Economics Grouping below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, One course from International Politics & Political Theory grouping below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, One course from Foreign Policy, History & Diplomacy grouping below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Three courses from Additional Optional Electives grouping or any of the Area groupings below, 7 - 11
    • XXXXxxxx, Capstone Course (may be any POL 5000 or 6000 level course in an Area Grouping or Additional Optional Electives grouping, or GEOG 5000 or 5007), 0 - 3
    Free Electives
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives, 11 - 33
    • ARAB2001, Second Year Literary Arabic 1, DC, HU, 5
    • ARAB2002, Second Year Literary Arabic 2, DC, HU, 5
    • CHIN2001, Second Year Chinese 1, 5
    • CHIN2002, Second Year Chinese 2, DC, HU, 5
    • FREN2015, French Composition and Conversation, DC, HU, 3
    • FREN2016, French Composition and Conversation II, DC, HU, 3
    • FREN3001, French Grammar and Composition, DC, HU, 3
    • FREN3002, Speaking in French about France/Francophone Culture , DC, HU, 3
    • FREN3021, Business French I, DC, HU, 3
    • FREN3022, Business French II, DC, HU, 3
    • GRMN2001, Second Year German 1, DC, HU, 3
    • GRMN2002, Second Year German 2, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC2011, Second Year Hebrew 1, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC2012, Second Year Hebrew 2, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC3031, Advanced Hebrew Conversation and Composition, 3
    • JUDC3032, Advanced Hebrew Conversation and Composition, 3
    • JAPN2001, Second-year Japanese 1, DC, HU, 5
    • JAPN2002, Second-year Japanese 2, DC, HU, 5
    • SPAN2015, Spanish Composition and Conversation, DC, HU, 3
    • SPAN2016, Spanish Composition and Conversation, DC, HU, 3
    • SPAN3001, Spanish Grammar and Composition, DC, HU, 3
    • SPAN3002, Speaking in Spanish, DC, HU, 3
    • SPAN3021, Business Spanish I, DC, SE, 3
    • SPAN3022, Business Spanish II, DC, SE, 3
    Area: International Politics and Political Theory
    • GEOG4048, Political Geography: Geopolitics, 3
    • POL2040, Development of Political Thought, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2045, American Political Thought, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2080, America and the World, SS, 3
    • POL2085, Terrorism and Insurgency, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2088, International Law and Organization, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2089, International Human Rights, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2090, America and Asia, SE, SS, 3
    • POL3041, Marx and the Marxist Tradition, 3
    • POL3043, Citizenship and Terrorism, 3
    • POL3062, Global religion and politics, DC, SS, 3
    • POL3080, Approaches to International Politics, 3
    • POL3082, Alignment and Alliances in International Relations, 3
    • POL3083, China and the World, 3
    • POL3084, International Relations of East Asia, 3
    • POL3086, Security and Conflict in Asia, 3
    • POL3089, Ethics, Violence, and War, SE, SS, 3
    • POL3090, Conflict in International Relations, 3
    • POL3093, Nuclear Proliferation and Arms Control, SS, 3
    • POL4040, Individual Work: Political Theory, 1 - 4
    • POL4080, Individual Work: International Relations, 1 - 4
    • POL6064, South Asia and the world, 3 - 4
    • POL6077, Europe vs America: Challenges in Trans-Atlantic Relations, 3 - 4
    • POL6080, International Cooperation, 3 - 4
    • POL6083, China and America: Challenges and Opportunities, 3 - 4
    • POL6084, International Crisis Decisionmaking, 3 - 4
    • POL6086, Asian Security, 3 - 4
    • POL6089, The Politics of Humanitarian Intervention, 3 - 4
    • POL6093, Nuclear Proliferation, Arms Control, and International Security, 3 - 4
    Area: Foreign Policy, History, and Diplomacy
    • HIST2015, History of the Atlantic World, 1500-1850, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST2024, Global Environmental History, SE, HP, 3
    • HIST2031, History of United States Foreign Relations I, HP, 3
    • HIST2032, History of United States Foreign Relations II, HP, 3
    • HIST2034, Judaism and Christianity in Conflict, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST3001, History of Christianity I, HP, 3
    • HIST3002, History of Christianity II, HP, 3
    • HIST3004, The Crusades, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST3022, Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Relations, I, SE, HP, 3
    • HIST3023, Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Relations, II, SE, HP, 3
    • HIST3050, World War I, 3
    • HIST3051, World War II, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST3052, The Cold War, 3
    • HIST3074, The Vietnam War, 3
    • HIST3078, World War I and the World, HP, 3
    • HIST3079, Stock Exchanges and Global Capitalism, 3
    • HIST3082, Surviving Revolutions, 3
    • HIST3084, The History of Antisemitism, 3
    • HIST3085, Film and the History of World War II, 3
    • HIST3088, Global Protest Movements, 1960s-2000s, 3
    • HIST3089, Technology in World History , SE, HP, 3
    • HIST4027, U.S.-Asia Foreign Relations, 3
    • HIST4065, War and Film in History, 3
    • HIST4088, The Nuclear World: Technology and History in the Atomic Age, 3
    • HIST4090, The Cold War in Latin America, 3
    • POL2035, Cybersecurity: National and International Strategy and Policy, TI, SS, 3
    • POL2082, US Foreign Policy: Institutions, Process, and Policy, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2083, US National Security: Institutions, Process, and Policy, TI, SS, 3
    • POL2084, US Political Intelligence/Counterintelligence, SE, SS, 3
    • POL5035C, Cyberattack Red Team Collaborative Seminar, 3
    Area: International Economics
    • AIST3083, The Economy of Greater China: Transition, Development and Integration, 3
    • AIST3084, The Economies of Japan and Korea: Development, Institutions and Crisis, 3
    • ANTH2066, Anthropology of Global Problems, SE, SS, 3
    • ANTH3065, Anthropology of International Migration, 3
    • ANTH4070, Economic Anthropology, 3
    • ANTH4074, Anthropology and Development, 3
    • ECON4040, International Economics, 3
    • ECON4082, Economic Development, 3
    • GEOG2061, People and Environment I: Population and World Hunger, SE, NS, 3
    • GEOG2062, People and Environment II: Water, Energy, and Resources, SE, NS, 3
    • GEOG3033, Advanced Environmental Geography, 3
    • GEOG3041, Economic Geography, 3
    • GEOG4061, Globalization and Cities, 3
    • GEOG6041, Contemporary Issues in Economic Geography, 3
    • POL2031, Environmental Policy, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2081, Globalization and Politics, SE, SS, 3
    • POL3081, Politics of Global Economic Affairs, 3
    • WGS4041, Gender, Sexuality, and Development, 3
    • WGS4042, Gender, Sexuality, and Globalization, 3
    Area: Comparative Studies
    • GEOG2011, Geography of Latin America, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG2016, Geography of Europe, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG2023, The Geography of NAFTA Nations, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG2025, The Geography of Africa, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG2026, Geography of Asia, SS, 3
    • GEOG2031, Geography of the Middle East, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG2036, Geography of Southern Asia, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG2037, Geography of China, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG6010, Non-Western History and Philosophy of Geography, 3
    • GEOG6039, Geography of Religion and Belief Systems, 3
    • HIST2001, Twentieth Century Europe, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST2002, Medieval Europe 400-1100, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST2003, Medieval Europe 1100-1500, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST2004, History of Britain to 1740, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST2005, History of Britain 1740-present, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST2006, History of France 1450-1789, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST2007, History of France, 1789-present, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST2008, Modern Germany 1800 to present, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST2009, History of Russia, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST2010, History of China, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST2011, History of Japan, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST2012, History of South Asia, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST2013, African American History before 1861, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST2016, History of Modern Mexico, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST2038, Introduction to Medieval Jewish History, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST2060, African History I:Human Origin, African Civilizations and the Rise of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, SE, HP, 3
    • HIST2061, African History II: The Rise of Globalization and Africa, 1860 to Present, HP, 3
    • HIST2080, West African History and Civilizations, HP, 3
    • HIST3008, Women in African History, 3
    • HIST3041, The Sephardic Diaspora: 1492-2000, 3
    • HIST3043, Medieval Mediterranean Jews 4th-15th centuries, 3
    • HIST3053, Structures of Everyday Life in Europe, 1500-1800 , HP, 3
    • HIST3054, Early Modern France, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST3055, The Renaissance in Italy, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST3056, The European Renaissance, 3
    • HIST3060, Women and Gender in Modern Europe, HP, 3
    • HIST3062, History of South Africa, SE, HP, 3
    • HIST3065, Weimar Germany and the Rise of Nazism, 3
    • HIST3066, National Socialism and the Holocaust, SE, HP, 3
    • HIST3070, Rulers, Rebels, and Rights: Early Modern England, 1485-1689, 3
    • HIST3071, Plagues and Witches, 3
    • HIST3072, Saints and Sinners, 3
    • HIST3073, Cinema and Society in Britain 1930s-1960s, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST3076, Imperial China, 3
    • HIST3077, Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe, 3
    • HIST3081, The Holocaust, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST3083, Comparative Working Class History, SE, HP, 3
    • HIST3086, Modern China, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST3091, Guatemala and the Cold War, 3
    • HIST3093, Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe, HP, 3
    • HIST4050, African and European Encounters, 1440-1800, 3
    • HIST4051, History of the British Empire, 3
    • HIST4057, Gender and European Colonialism, 1500-1800, 3
    • HIST4059, Blood and Iron: Nationalism in Europe and the US, 1848-1871 , 3
    • HIST4080, Jews in Europe, 3
    • HIST4081, Spanish Jewry, 3
    • HIST4084, Modern Japan, 3
    • HIST4091, Inventing Latin America, 3
    • HIST4092, The Inquisition in Spain and the New World, 3
    • HIST6023, US and Middle East Immigration and Refugees, 3
    • POL2063, Politics of China, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2064, Politics of South Asia, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2065, Politics of Latin America, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2069, Politics of Developing Countries, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2071, Politics of the Middle East, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2072, Iran: Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2074, Politics of Russia, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2077, Politics of Europe, DC, SS, 3
    • POL3031, Sustainable Development, 3
    • POL3060, Comparative Political Analysis, 3
    • POL3061, Knowledge is power, 3
    • POL3063, Politics on film, 3
    • POL3076, Politics of the European Union, 3
    • POL3087, Regional Politics in Asia, 3
    • POL4060, Individual Work: Comparative Politics, 1 - 4
    • POL6061, Power and Democracy, 3 - 4
    • POL6065, Women and sustainable development, 3 - 4
    • POL6068, Nation, race, identity, 3 - 4
    • POL6076, The New Europe, 3 - 4
    Additional Optional Electives
    • AFST2081, Colonialism, Nationalism and Post-Colonial West African States, DC, HP, 3
    • AFST3066, Cultures of Africa, 3
    • AFST4014, Politics in Post-colonial Africa, 3
    • AFST4016, Pan-Africanism and the Politics of Unity, 3
    • AIST2081, Introduction to Chinese Culture, DC, HU, 3
    • AIST2082, Introduction to Japanese Culture, DC, HU, 3
    • AIST3050, Methods in Asian Studies, 3
    • ARAB3010, Culture of Contemporary Arab Society, DC, HU, 3
    • GEOG5000, Geography Capstone I, 2
    • GEOG5007, Geography Capstone II: Portfolio, 2
    • GRMN1081, Survey of German Cultural History 1, HP, 3
    • GRMN1082, Survey of German Cultural History 2, HP, 3
    • JUDC2046, Modern Israel, DC, HP, 3
    • JUDC3025, Jerusalem, 3
    • JUDC3026, Jewish Nationalism, 3
    • JUDC3027, Modern Jewish Politics, 3
    • JUDC3030, Jews and Islam, DC, HP, 3
    • JUDC3082, Studies in the Holocaust, 3
    • POL4090, Internship Practicum, 3
    • POL5000, Senior Thesis I, 2 - 3
    • POL5001, Senior Thesis II, 2 - 3
    • POL6015, Polls, Elections, and Public Opinion, 3 - 4
    • POL6036, Intergovernmental Relations, 3 - 4
    • SOC2076, War and Peace: A Global Cultural Approach, 3
    • SOC2087, Women in the World: A Cross-Cultural Approach, DC, SS, 3
    • WGS3037, Women and Global Issues, DC, SS, 3
    • WGS4040, International Women's Human Rights, 3
    • WGS4043, Gender & International Violence, 3
    • WGS4046, Transnational Feminist Movements, 3
    • WGS4047, Feminism and Global Justice, 3
    • POLxxxx, Various, 3
    SS Requirement
    • ECON1001, Introduction to Microeconomics, SS, 3
    • ECON1002, Introduction to Macroeconomics, SS, 3
    • GEOG1004, Introduction to Human Geography, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG1021, World Regional Geography, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2086, Economic Globalization, SE, SS, 3
    History (HP) Requirement
    • HIST1003, World History I, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST1004, World History II, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST1005, European History I, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST1006, European History II, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST1007, Middle Eastern History I, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST1008, Middle Eastern History II, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST1009, Latin American HistoryI, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST1010, Latin American History II, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST1027, History of Jewish Civilization I: Origins to 1500, DC, HP, 3 - 4
    • HIST1028, History of Jewish Civilization 2: 1500 to the Present, DC, HP, 3 - 4
    Introductory Politics Courses
    • POL1010, Introduction to American Politics, HP, SS, 3
    • POL1040, Introduction to Political Theory, SE, SS, 3
    • POL1060, Introduction to Comparative Politics, DC, SS, 3
    • POL1080, Introduction to International Relations, SE, SS, 3

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

University of Cincinnati 3 + 3 Law School Admissions

This major welcomes eligible students who would like to earn a bachelor’s degree and a UC law degree in just six years, saving a year of tuition and time over the traditional path to becoming a lawyer. Students will receive careful advising to complete their major and A&S core degree requirements in 3 years. More information is available here.

Students in UC's McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.


Special Programs

Foreign language competence plus a working knowledge of other countries and cultures make international affairs majors highly valued in the marketplace. The international affairs curriculum at UC is designed so that students can easily complement the major by completing a variety of certificate programs in foreign languages and area studies (Asian studies, European studies, Middle Eastern studies, Latin American studies, Judaic studies). Political science, the administering department for the major, offers certificates in security studies (international security and homeland security) and international human rights.

In terms of activities, international affairs majors belong to the Political Science Student Association and the undergraduate chapters of the national law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta and the national honor society in political science Pi Sigma Alpha. Students also have the option of participating in Mock Trial, Model United Nations and a variety of student conferences. Many international affairs majors take advantage of study-abroad opportunities.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has 2.0 GPA cum and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a 2.0 GPA cum and a 2.0 at most recent institution
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

Changing Majors Within UC

Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • at least a 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses (both at UC and at other institutions)
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, students must:


  • Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the college.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Application Deadlines

While midyear admission is possible, fall semester is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that semester. Applicants to the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).


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