International Affairs Major

International Affairs Major

International Affairs

Major

Students majoring in international affairs study issues of conflict and cooperation in the international system by examining domestic influences on state behavior, the foreign relations of states, and characteristics of the international system. Majors can choose from one of two tracks.

Students majoring in International Affairs study issues of conflict and cooperation in the international system. This involves examination of domestic influences on state behavior, the foreign relations of states, characteristics of the international system, characteristics of states, and the role of non-state actors. Central concerns in International Affairs include power, strategy, war, international cooperation, governance, political institutions and structure, human security, civil society, trade, economic development, ideology, and culture. International Affairs majors think critically about complex political issues, they will learn how to test hypotheses using reliable methods and evidence, evaluate the moral dimension of issues in international relations and comparative politics, appreciate the problem of uncertainty and its significance, and see important events and issues from multiple perspectives. As a social science, International Affairs is organized around alternative theoretical schools of thought that seek to explain international phenomena. The ability to understand, anticipate and shape the complex dynamics of the international environment (between and within states) is of direct relevance to U.S. Army officers, whose careers will be defined by the problems and opportunities that merge within the international system. Majors can choose from one of two tracks and have the opportunity to pursue academic minors in Grand Strategy or Counterterrorism. This major offers an honors track. This major offers an honors track. 

Cadets in this track must take SS395 - International Security and SS483 – the National Security Seminar 

 

Institutions, Governance, and Development Track

Cadets in this track must take SS475 Comparative International Institutions and SS487 International Political Economy. 

 

To learn more about this area of study, visit the Department of Humanities and Social Science.

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International Affairs Major (All Tracks)

Required Courses

SS360POL SCI RESEARCH METHODS 

SS366COMPARATIVE POLITICS

SS386POLITICAL THOUGHT

 

Foreign Policy and Security Studies Track

Required Courses 

SS395 INTERNATIONAL SECURITY 3.0 

SS483 NATIONAL SECURITY SEMINAR

 

Sample Electives

CY460 CYBER POLICY, STRATEGY, & OPNS

SS372 POLITICS OF CHINA

SS374 POLITICS OF NORTHEAST ASIA

SS375 POL OF THE POST-SOVIET STATES

SS377 POLITICS OF EUROPE 

SS383 POLITICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST  

SS384 POLITICS OF LATIN AMERICA  

SS385 HISTORY OF ECONOMICS 

SS399 SOCSCI INTERNSHIP/PRACTCAL EXP 

SS457 INTRODUCTION TO GRAND STRATEGY

SS458 TOPICS IN GRAND STRATEGY 

SS464 HOMELAND SECURITY 

SS465 TERRORISM: NEW CHALLENGES

SS472 THE AM STATE & THE SOLDIER

SS473 AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY  

SS476 CONFLICT AND NEGOTIATION 

SS478 DIST PROF OF SECURITY STUD SEM  

SS479 INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION 

SS485 GOV & POLITICS SUB-SAHARAN AFR

SS486 STATE BUILDING 

SS487 INT'L POLITICAL ECONOMY

SS490B COLLOQUIUM (COMP POLITICS)  

SS490C COLLOQUIUM (INTER RELATIONS)

 

This major offers an honors track. 

 

To learn more, view the full International Affairs:  Foreign Policy and Security Studies Major Curriculum.

 

Institutions, Governance, and Development Track

Required Courses

SS475 COMP POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS

SS487 INT'L POLITICAL ECONOMY

 

Sample Electives

SS372 POLITICS OF CHINA

SS374 POLITICS OF NORTHEAST ASIA

SS375 POL OF THE POST-SOVIET STATES

SS377 POLITICS OF EUROPE 

SS381 CULTURAL/POLIT ANTHROPOLOGY 

SS383 POLITICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST  

SS384 POLITICS OF LATIN AMERICA  

SS385 HISTORY OF ECONOMICS 

SS399 SOCSCI INTERNSHIP/PRACTCAL EXP 

SS458 TOPICS IN GRAND STRATEGY 

SS462 ECON OF STABILIZATION & GROWTH  

SS473 AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY  

SS476 CONFLICT AND NEGOTIATION 

SS477 ECONOMICS OF NATIONAL SECURITY 

SS478 DIST PROF OF SECURITY STUD SEM  

SS479 INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION 

SS483 NATIONAL SECURITY SEMINAR 

SS486 STATE BUILDING 

SS490B COLLOQUIUM (COMP POLITICS)  

SS490C COLLOQUIUM (INTER RELATIONS)

 

This major offers an honors track. 

 

To learn more, view the full International Affairs:  Institutions, Governance, and Development Major Curriculum.

Majors can apply to participate in a summer Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program, USMA-run academic enrichment experience, in places focused on providing cross-cultural experiences and human security issues. Past internship locations include: Vietnam, Mongolia, Morocco, Israel, Madagascar, Greece, and Nepal. Majors will also have the opportunity to participate, travel, and compete as a member of numerous clubs within the social sciences department, including: Domestic Affairs Forum, Debate Club, International Affairs Forum, Model United Nations, and Student Conference on United States Affairs. This major offers an honors track. 

To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences or the center associated with this department/area of study.