Curriculum and Programs - Overview

This page offers an overview of the IAFS curriculum. A link for the major requirements can be found below, along with a planning worksheet. Feel free to print out the worksheet to help with course planning, and to stay on track to fulfill major requirements.

Students may also wish to explore related academic departments and programs, student groups, study abroad programs, and professional development possibilities.

IAFS Major Requirements | Major Requirements Planning Worksheet | Major Requirements Summary

Functional Area

Geographic Concentration

IAFS Honors Program

IAFS Internship Program (for credit)

International Media Certificate (IMC)

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 EastAsiaEurope/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 perform a detailed analysis of international relations and economics. Courses also focus on issues 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.