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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Affairs Major, B.A.

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College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Political Science, International Affairs, and Public Administration

International Affairs Major

Major Program Information

Dr. Michele Crumley, Director

The International Affairs major is a study of the behavior of states, international organizations, and domestic political actors within the international community. The International Affairs curriculum is designed to provide a basis for analyzing international issues such as international cooperation and conflict, the global political economy, U.S. foreign policy, world cultures, global health and environmental concerns, and international law and organization. The International Affairs major provides excellent preparation for law school and/or graduate school, and majoring in International Affairs can lead to employment in many sectors of the economy. Potential positions of employment include policy analyst, social science teacher, foreign correspondent, consultant, legislative aide, intelligence officer, Foreign Service Officer, non-governmental organization researcher or manager, Peace Corps Officer, and United Nations staff member.

The total number of credits required for graduation in the International Affairs major is 120. A minor field of study, of 18-27 credit hours, is required. The International Affairs major requires the university-wide standard of a minimum of 2.0 GPA. Double counting of credits for the International Affairs major and for another major or minor is limited and must have the approval of the Coordinator of the International Affairs major or the Chair of the Political Science Department.


Students with 0-59 earned credit hours:

Contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) to schedule an appointment with your advisor. Visit the CASE website ( or call (423) 439-5602.

Students with 60 or more earned credit hours:

Contact Dr. Michelle Crumley [; (423) 439-6629] for advising.

Transfer Students

Transfer students majoring in political science should contact the chair of the department for advising as soon as possible. This will ensure that the student’s previous work will be coordinated efficiently with ETSU requirements.

Transfer students should note that the Political Science major requires that at least 15 of the 33 credit hours required must be completed at East Tennessee State University.

For further information about the International Affairs major, contact Dr. Michele Crumley, Coordinator, at or 423-439-6629. The main office of the Department of Political Science, International Affairs, and Public Administration may be reached at 423-439-4217.

General Program Information

To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements established by ETSU, by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), by each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels outlined in the following list:

University-level Degree and Graduation Requirements

Total Credit Hours for Degree: 120

College of Arts and Sciences B.A. Degree Requirements

Students majoring in the College of Arts and Sciences must meet the following requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. Some requirements must be taken in addition to the General Education Core, whereas others specify which courses from the General Education Core must be taken.

Foreign Languages Completion of a foreign language course numbered 2020 or above with a grade of C- or better * **
Mathematics Specified General Education Core: MATH 1530  or MATH 1910 
Non-U.S. History 3 credit hours


* International Students whose native language is not English, and whose admission to ETSU requires them to take a standardized test of English as a foreign language (e.g., TOEFL), may substitute scores that meet the admission requirements for the foreign language requirement.
** Consult the Literature and Language Department’s placement policy listed at and in the listing for Foreign Languages in this catalog.


TBR General Education Requirements: 41 - 42 Credit Hours

Listed below are the categories and courses specified under TBR General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a TBR General Education requirement AND a requirement of this major. (Other majors may require different General Education courses.) Where specific courses are required for this major,  only those courses are listed under the category. If there are no specific major requirements for a category, all course options appear.


9 credits, consisting of 6 credits of written composition and 3 credits of oral communication.

Written Composition

Complete both of the following: 

Oral Communication

Complete one of the following:

Humanities and Fine Arts

9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.

Humanities Electives


6 credits, consisting of both of the following:

Natural Sciences

8 credits, consisting of two of the following (some require labs which are listed directly after the lecture):

(Note: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in the College of Arts and Sciences must select 8 credit hours in a SINGLE laboratory science. Please see listing in College of Arts and Sciences B.S. Degree Requirements for options.)


Students will enroll in the appropriate general education math course during their first calendar year of enrollment at ETSU. Students required to complete learning support in mathematics must enroll in a learning support-designated section (L01-L99) of MATH 1530  during their first 15 hours at ETSU (not including summer) unless they are also required to complete learning support in reading or writing. Students needing learning support in reading or writing in addition to learning support in math should enroll in MATH 1530-Lxx immediately upon completing their other learning support requirements. Additional information may be found on the University Advisement Center website

Complete one of the following:

Major Field Core: 15 Credit Hours

All majors are required to take fifteen credits in the major field core.

Major Field Electives: 18 Credit Hours

Political Science: 12 Credit Hours

Issues in International Affairs: 6 Credit Hours

 Students must choose two courses (6 credits) from the following:

Guided Electives: 6 Credit Hours

Contemporary Societies and Cultures: 6 Credit Hours

Students must complete two 3-credit hour courses or one 6-credit hour course. The following list of courses is illustrative only. These courses or others not listed should be selected in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Minor Requirements: 18-24 Credit Hours

General electives: 10-22 Credit Hours

B.A. Foreign Language Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of at least one foreign language course with a number of 2020 or higher with a grade of at least C-. Students may need prerequisites that could include courses numbered 1010, 1020, and/or 2010 to prepare for success in 2020.

Additional Information

Please click here to view the International Affairs Major, B.A. Suggested Course Sequence .

For more information regarding the International Affairs major, please contact Dr. Michele Crumley at (423) 439-6629 or

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