IAFS Major Requirements

Major Requirements Worksheet & Major Requirements Summary

LOWER DIVISION | UPPER DIVISION | FUNCTIONAL AREA | GEOGRAPHIC CONCENTRATION | MAJOR ELECTIVESENIOR SEMINAR | FOREIGN LANGUAGE | IAFS OVERLAP WITH CORE


GENERAL NOTES

  • A minimum course grade of C- or better is required for all courses. No Pass/Fail allowed for major courses.
  • If at all possible, you should arrange to spend a year or semester on study abroad. CU financial aid can usually be applied to CU-sponsored programs.
  • If you declared IAFS as your major prior to Summer 2004, or if you're on the pre-summer 2009 Gold curriculum plan, see your advisor for details on requirements.
  • Please refer to this semester's schedule for classes currently available.

LOWER DIVISION

  • Complete the following five courses (18 credit hours total):
IAFS 1000 Global Issues and International Affairs
   
PSCI 2223 Introduction to International Relations
   
PSCI 2012 Introduction to Comparative Politics
   
ECON 2010 Principles of Microeconomics
   
ECON 2020 Principles of Macroeconomics
   

UPPER DIVISION

Functional Area

    • Complete one class in each of the four functional areas and complete two additional classes in ANY functional area (6 classes, 18 credit hours)
    • Students cannot apply more than four functional area classes from one department (i.e., PSCI, ECON). Please check all prerequisites for courses.

    The permanent list of functional area classes can be found here: Functional Area I: Development and Culture, Functional Area II: International Economics, Business, and Political Economy, Functional Area III: Political Geography, International Security, and Foreign Policy, and Functional Area IV: Institutions, Rights, and Norms.

    Geographic Concentration

    Complete three classes in your geographic concentration (3 classes, 9 credit hours).

    IAFS majors must choose an area of geographic concentration, and a language appropriate to that area, no later than the beginning of their Junior year.  Geographic concentration is a part of or a whole region outside the United States: Africa/Middle EastAsiaEurope/Eurasia, or Latin America. Geographic concentration: should be mainly in the social sciences; must include one course in contemporary history; and can include a three hour course of contemporary literature (taught in the foreign language). Students wishing to use other geographic concentrations must receive written approval from the Director of the International Affairs Program.


    Major Elective

    Complete one additional class from any functional area OR your geographic concentration (1 class, 3 credit hours).

     

    Senior Seminar

    Complete one of the following: IAFS 4500 or IAFS 4800 (1 class, 3 credit hours). 
     

    Foreign Language

    Minimum requirement: Third-year, university-level proficiency in a foreign language appropriate to the area of concentration. This requirement may be met through:

    • Completion of two 3000-level grammar courses in the language (except Spanish see below); OR
    • Certification by the appropriate department of such competence. See your IAFS advisor for details.

      Specific Requirement by Language

      For the following languages, the third-year courses which will fulfill the language requirement are:

    ARABIC
    Both Courses
    ARAB 3010 & 3020
    CHINESE
    Both Courses
    CHIN 3110 & 3120

    FARSI
    Both Courses
    FRSI 3010 & 3020

    FRENCH
    Two of the following
    FREN 3010, 3050, 3060
    GERMAN
    Both Courses
    GRMN 3010 & 302
    HEBREW
    Both Courses
    HEBR 3010 & 3020
    HINDI
    Both Courses
    HIND 3010 & 3020
    ITALIAN
    ITAL 3015 and ONE of the following:
    ITAL 3025, 3030, 3040
    (Pre-Fall 2012, students may count two of the following: ITAL 3010, 3020, 3030)

    JAPANESE
    Both courses
    JPNS 3110 & 3120

    PORTUGUESE
    Both courses
    PORT 3003 & 3230
    RUSSIAN
    Both Courses
    RUSS 3010 & 3020
    SPANISH
    This 5 credit course only:
    SPAN 3000

    *Please check courses for number of credit hours. For languages not on this page, please see your IAFS advisor for details.  Questions about languages?  Click here for our IAFS Language Requirements: General Guidelines.

     


    IAFS Course Overlapping with Core Requirements

    All lower division IAFS courses count for Contemporary Societies. Check the College of Arts & Sciences website for a full listing of core courses. Our individual semester PDF schedules may list other classes that fulfill core requirements.

    Course IAFS Requirement Core Requirement
    COMM 3410 Functional Area I Human Diversity
    IAFS/JWST 3600 Functional Area I Human Diversity
    SOCY/WMST 3012 Functional Area I Human Diversity
    IAFS 3500/HIST 4190 Functional Area III Historical Context
    PHIL 3190 Functional Area III Ideals & Values
    PSCI 3163 Functional Area III US Context
    PHIL 3260 Functional Area IV Ideals & Values
    SOCY 4121 Functional Area IV Ideals and Values
         
    Course Geographic Concentration Core Requirement
    IAFS/JWST 3650 Africa/Middle East Historical Context
    RLST 3100 Africa/Middle East Historical Context
    GEOG 3822 Asia Human Diversity
    KREN 3441 Asia Human Diversity
    ECON 4514 Europe/Eurasia Historical Context
    IAFS 3500/HIST 4190 Europe/Eurasia Historical Context
    ITAL 4730 Europe/Eurasia Human Diversity
    RUSS 3502 Europe/Eurasia Ideals & Values
    RUSS 4221 Europe/Eurasia Ideals & Values
    RUSS 4471 Europe/Eurasia Human Diversity