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Curriculum and Programs - Overview
This page offers an overview of the IAFS curriculum. We have listed the major requirements below, with the added convenience of a planning worksheet. The worksheet can be printed out, so students can see what courses they have taken and what requirements still need to be fulfilled.
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 interdisciplinary 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.
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Fall 2014 at IAFS: Check out the Registrar's Fall 2014 deadlines and the IAFS Fall 2014 semester schedule. Visit our News & Events section for upcoming activities. IAFS syllabi will be posted here with faculty office hours. There will be one IAFS Graduation ceremony for 2014-2015 IAFS graduates on Friday, May 8th, 2015. See our IAFS graduation ceremony dates and details. Like the CU Boulder IAFS Facebook page to keep up to date with IAFS!