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International Affairs Major



The major in International Affairs requires a minimum of 45 semester hours and leads to a bachelor of arts degree. 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. 

Advisor: Dr. Roger Murphy

Location: Grise Hall, Room 300

Phone: 270-745-4558

Fax: 270-745-2945

E-mail Contact:Roger.Murphy@wku.edu







The major in international affairs (reference number 702) requires a minimum of 45 semester hours and leads to a bachelor of arts degree. At least 23 hours must be at the 300-level or above. A minor or second major is required. The requirements for a major include the following: 21 hours of core courses:

A. PS 250 (International Politics)

B. PS 260 (Introduction to Comparative Politics)

C. PS 357 (U.S. Foreign Policy)

D. PS 497 (Senior Seminar in International Affairs)

E. HIST 120 (Western Civilization Since 1648)

F. ECON 202 (Principles of Economics-Micro) or ECON 203 (Principles of Economics-Macro)

G. GEOG 110 (World Regional Geography)

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

In addition to the 21 core hours, students are required to select 9 additional hours in political science from PS 200, 267, 299, 300, 303, 350, 355, 360, 361, 362, 363, 365, 366, 367, 368, 449, 450, 457, and 460. Students may also enroll in PS 403, 405, or 407 for a total of three hours. (Note: PS 200 is cross-listed as HIST 200, GEOG 200, and SPAN 200 and can be taken only once.)

The remaining 15 hours of electives should be chosen from the following courses with no more than 6 semester hours from one academic discipline. Students should consult the appropriate department and course catalog for prerequisites. COMM 463; ECON 380, 385, 386, 496; FIN 433, 436; FLK 340, 350; FREN 323, 427; GERM 202, 335; GEOG 101, 278, 425, 455, 464, 465, 466, 467, 485; HIST 299, 324, 335, 360, 365, 370, 425, 438, 439, 461, 462, 465, 471, 472, 494; JOUR 354; MGT 316, 403; MKT 324; RELS 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 308, 324; SPAN 372, 373.


Additional baccalaureate degree requirements for students pursuing a major in international affairs:

A. Students are required to take a modern language through the intermediate level (201 and 202). For modern languages not taught at Western Kentucky University, students should consult with the Department of Modern Languages for transfer and testing information.

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




Examples of Careers in International Affairs


Activist, Advocate/Organizer

Administration, Corporate, Government, Non-Profit

Archivist, Online Political Data

Budget Examiner or Analyst


Banking Analyst or Executive

CIA Analyst or Agent

Corporate Analyst

Corporate Public Affairs Advisor

Corporate Economist

Corporate Manager

Corporate Information Analyst

Customs Officer

Financial Consultant

Foreign Service Officer

Immigration Officer

Information Manager

Intelligence Officer

International Agency Officer

International Research Specialist


Management Analyst


Plans and Review Officer, USIA

Policy Analyst

Political Commentator

Public Affairs Research Analyst

Public Opinion Analyst


Research Analyst

Survey Analyst

Systems Analyst

University Administrator

University Professor



The Model Assembly course involves participation in the American Model United Nations Conference, to be held in Chicago (November 19-22, 2016).  Last year this simulation attracted over 1,200 students from 87 Colleges and Universities representing 137 UN member states.  Students will work in pairs representing a particular UN member and a particular UN committee.

Participation in this course involves the writing of position papers, the drafting of resolutions and research into each student’s particular country and committee topics prior to the conference in November.  At the conference students will be expected to represent their country in an authentic and professional simulation.






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