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International Affairs Major

The International Affairs major prepares students for success in an interconnected global society. Undergraduate study of International Affairs includes comparative politics, international relations, and US foreign policy, along with additional regional and thematic political science courses. These courses introduce the concepts, events, issues and institutions that shape international affairs, while providing analytical and communication skills that readily apply to occupations in the private and public sectors. This major integrates the information, techniques and skills of political science with economics, history, geography, religion and modern languages to study and understand the complexity of the international environment. 


Advisor: Dr. Soleiman Kiasatpour
soleiman.kiasatpour@wku.edu  |  Cherry Hall, Room 311  |  (270)745-4558


Group of Students


International Affairs Student

The major in International Affairs requires a minimum of 42 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.

Core Required Courses - 21hrs:

  • PS 250: International Politics
  • PS 260: Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PS 357: U.S. Foreign Policy
  • PS 497: Senior Seminar in International Affairs (students are advised to take all core courses before enrolling in PS 497)
  • HIST 102: World History II
  • ECON 202: Principles of Economics-Micro or ECON 203: Principles of Economics-Macro
  • GEOG 110: World Regional Geography


Elective Courses - 21hrs:

  • 12hrs of Political Science electives
  • 9hrs of electives academic disciplines outside of Political Science with no more than 6 hours from one academic discipline

For a full listing of available courses, please visit the WKU Undergraduate Course Catalog.


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International affairs offers a broad spectrum of careers and occupations in the private and public sectors. Students graduating in international affairs pursue careers in international and public affairs, international business, diplomacy, public service, journalism and international humanitarian work.

  • Activist, Advocate/Organizer
  • Administration, Corporate, Government, Non-Profit
  • Archivist, Online Political Data
  • Budget Examiner or Analyst
  • Attorney
  • 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
  • Lobbyist
  • Management Analyst
  • Mediator
  • Plans and Review Officer, USIA
  • Policy Analyst
  • Political Commentator
  • Public Affairs Research Analyst
  • Public Opinion Analyst
  • Publisher
  • Research Analyst
  • Survey Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • University Administrator
  • University Professor



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

Study Abroad

International Afffairs complements many majors. Here are some of the most popular second Majors our students choose to pair with International Affairs:

  • Political Science
  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Communication Studies
  • Asian Religion & Culture
  • English
  • Broadcasting
  • Economics
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Photojournalism
  • Sociology
  • Public Relations
  • Anthropology



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 Last Modified 12/13/22