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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Affairs Major, B.A.

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Department Information

Department of Political Science, International Affairs, and Public Administration
PO Box 70651
Phone: (423) 439-4217
Web Address:

For further information about the International Affairs major, contact Dr. Michele Crumley, Coordinator, at

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.

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 credits:

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

Students with 60 or more earned credits:

Dr. Michele Crumley
(423) 439-6629

Transfer and Residency Policy

Transfer students majoring in political science should contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) 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 36 credits 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.

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

General Education 41-42 credits
Major Total Requirement 33 credits
     Major Core    (15 credits)
     Advisor Approved Electives    (18 credits)
Minor 18-24 credits
Free Electives 21-28 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: ITAF-BA  

College of Arts and Sciences : Visit link to view the complete list of B.A. degree requirements.

  • Completion of a foreign language course numbered 2020 or above with a grade of C- or better. Students may be required to take courses numbered 1010, 1020 and/or 2010 based on a placement test or equivalent.
  • Non-U.S. History (3 credits)
  • MATH 1530  or MATH 1910  

General Education Requirements  

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Total Requirements for International Affairs Major: 33 credits

Advisor Approved Electives: 18 credits

Contemporary Societies and Cultures

Choose two 3 credit courses or one 6 credit course.

Note: The following list of courses is illustrative only. These courses or others not listed should be selected in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Minor: 18-24 credits

Free Electives: 21-28 credits

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. 

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.

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