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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 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 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. Transfer students should note that the International Affairs 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. To find and contact an academic advisor in the International Affairs major, go to

International Affairs Major

General Program Information

To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements put forth 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. Please follow the format below:

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
Natural Sciences General Education Core
Social and Behavioral Sciences General Education Core


* 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

Below you will see 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, we only list those courses 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.


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 eligible to enroll in this math course must do so during their first calendar year of enrollment or prior to accumulating 33 semester credits at ETSU.

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

Comparative Political Systems: 6 Credit Hours

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

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: 18-28 Credit Hours

Additional university general electives: 10-22 Credit Hours

Additional Information

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

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