International Affairs Program


Summer and Fall 2014 schedules are now online -- tentative and please check back for updates before registering.

Calling all IAFS Alums
If you are an International Affairs alum, be sure to join our LinkedIn group to stay in the loop for IAFS Alumni events. Click on the LinkedIn icon on the left of our website.

Attention IAFS Class of 2014 Seniors!
For the graduating class of May and August 2014, we would like to ask you: What is your legacy? Take action in supporting a scholarship for future International Affairs majors as a way of leaving your mark. Click here to donate to the Legacy 2014 Fund for the IAFS Global Grant scholarship! 

The International Affairs Program (IAFS) at the University of Colorado Boulder is an interdisciplinary major within the College of Arts & Sciences. IAFS has grown to become one of the largest majors at CU-Boulder. Based in the University Club, IAFS is an academically challenging undergraduate program with an energetic community, offering our students small school opportunities within the broader campus. In keeping with CU-Boulder's Flagship 2030 strategic plan, we recognize the importance of globalization to our ideas and our lives. We value citizenship, from CU to the world.

Due to the growing interdependence of global society, the United States has seen an expansion of employment opportunities in government and international organizations, agencies, and businesses. Today there is a need for college graduates with a strong background in international affairs. The University of Colorado offers a comprehensive and flexible multidisciplinary program in international affairs leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. Our major requirements include courses from the Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History and Political Science departments, as well as other departments across the college and campus. In addition, through your geographic concentration, you will become well acquainted with at least one selected region of the world outside of the United States and attain proficiency in the language of that region, as well as familiarity with its cultural and political activities. Regions of concentration include: Africa/Middle East, Asia, Europe/Eurasia, and Latin America. The program also offers an internship class and an honors program, as well as an International Media Certificate with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

IAFS majors begin their studies with a survey of the most compelling global issues of the day and then go on to detailed analysis of international relations and economics. Courses also focus on problems of international development, the environment, international economic relations, political geography, international institutions, and United States foreign policy. As the curriculum progresses, students analyze the effects of international trade, investment, world population, and the use of resources. In addition, students may choose elective courses that apply the theories of conflict behavior and social organization to the problems of war and peace. Because geographic boundaries have an important influence on the political activities of a country, the program includes a systematic study of power and strategic concepts.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our program!