Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

International Affairs, Bachelor of Arts (702)

Department website: http://www.wku.edu/political-science

Program Coordinator

Soleiman Kiasatpour, soleiman.kiasatpour@wku.edu

The International Affairs major is designed to prepare students for success in a global society. It integrates the information, techniques and skills of several disciplines including political science, economics, history, geography, religion, and modern languages to study and understand the complexity of the international environment. Students graduating in international affairs pursue careers in international and public affairs, international business, diplomacy, public service, journalism and international humanitarian work.

Program Requirements (42 hours) 

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

Core Courses
PS 250International Politics3
PS 260Introduction to Comparative Politics3
PS 357U S Foreign Policy3
PS 497Senior Seminar in International Affairs 13
HIST 102World History II3
ECON 202Principles of Economics (Micro)3
or ECON 203 Principles of Economics (Macro)
GEOG 110World Regional Geography3
Additional Courses
Select 12 additional hours in Political Science: 212
Contemporary Topics in Political Science
Model Assembly (Seminar)
Using Statistics in Political Science
Politics and Film
Political Terrorism
International Relations of the Middle East
International Organization and Law
Government and Politics of Britain and Canada
Government and Politics of Western Europe
Latin American Government and Politics
Politics of Developing Nations
Government and Politics of the Middle East
Government and Politics in East Asia
Government and Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe
African Government and Politics
Central European Politics
Field Studies in Politics
Washington Internship and Academic Seminars
Directed Studies in Government
International Political Economy
Selected Topics in International Relations
Theories of War and Peace in International Relations
Selected Topics in Comparative Politics
Select 9 hours from the following, with no more than 6 hours from one academic discipline:9
Communities of Struggle
Peoples and Cultures of Africa
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean
Peoples and Cultures of Africa
Applied Anthropology – Understanding and Addressing Contemporary Human Problems
Intermediate Arabic II
Experiencing Arabic Abroad
Arabic Civilization II
Advanced Media Arabic
Topics in Arabic Media
Intermediate Chinese II
Experiencing Chinese Abroad
Chinese Culture and Civilization
Intensive Intermediate Chinese II
Media Chinese
Chinese Culture
Intercultural Communication
International Economics
Economic Development
International Monetary Economics
Financial Markets and Institutions
International Financial Management
Community Traditions & Global Corporate Culture
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean
Peoples and Cultures of Africa
Intermediate French II
Experiencing French Abroad
French Civilization and Culture
Francophone Culture
Intermediate German II
Experiencing German Abroad
Contemporary Culture and Civilization
Introduction to Cultural Geography
Economic Geography
Geography of Europe
Climate, Resources, & Society
Political Geography
Global Climate Change
Geography of East Asia
GEOG 466
GEOG 467
Latin American Society: Past and Present
Introduction to Military History
Modern Britain Since 1688
History of Africa Since 1500
History of Genocide
Twentieth Century Europe
Modern Latin America, 1800-Present
Modern South Asia: from Empires to Nations
Human Rights in History
Modern Germany
Twentieth Century Russia
Rise and Decline of Communism
Modern East Asia
History of the Middle East
Latin America and the United States
The Mexican Republic
Modern China
Modern Japan
U S Military History
International Business
International Management
International Marketing
Comparative Legal Systems
International Public Relations
Christianity in Africa
Global Social Problems
Sociology of Gender
Population, Society, and Development
Sociology of Globalization
Intermediate Spanish II
Experiencing Spanish Abroad
Latin American Civilization and Culture
Spanish Civilization and Culture
Total Hours42

Students are advised to take all core courses before enrolling in PS 497.


Students may also enroll in PS 403, PS 405, or PS 407 for a total of three hours.

Additional baccalaureate degree requirements for students pursuing a major in International Affairs:

  • A second major or minor is required.

Students pursuing a degree in international affairs are strongly encouraged to participate in a study abroad program or an international internship experience.

Finish in Four Plan

First Year
PS 250 or PS 2603PS 250 or PS 2603
ENG 1003COMM 1453
HIST 1023MATH 109 (or higher)3
GEOG 1103World Language 1013
Colonnade: Arts & Humanities32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
 15 15
Second Year
Approved PS Elective for IA3Approved PS Elective for IA3
ECON 202 or ECON 2033Approved Non-PS Elective for IA3
ENG 200 (or other approved Literary Studies course)3Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences 13
World Language 1023World Language 2013
2nd Major/Minor/Elective Course32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
 15 15
Third Year
Approved PS Elective for IA3PS 3573
Approved Non-PS Elective for IA3Approved PS Elective for IA3
ENG 3003Approved Non-PS Elective for IA23
World Language 2023Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences33
2nd Major/Minor/Elective Course32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
PS 4973Colonnade: Connections (Systems)3
Approved Non-PS Elective for IA32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
Colonnade: Connections (Social & Cultural)32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
2nd Major/Minor/Elective Course32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
2nd Major/Minor/Elective Course32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
 15 15
Total Hours 120