Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Diplomacy Degree
Discover how you can be involved in fostering global relationships through Mount Union’s international affairs and diplomacy program. Our interdisciplinary major is customized to your career goals and explores international relations through political, historical, and economic perspectives.
Our expert faculty lead dynamic travel seminars across the world, giving you premier opportunities to develop skills and build a professional network. Cultivate your passion for different languages and cultures into a successful career with our international affairs and diplomacy major.
About the Program
Mount Union’s established international affairs and diplomacy degree program offers a comprehensive look at how foreign policy and globalization impact our world. You will be immersed in the studies of comparative politics and international relations, priming you to make an impact on the world upon graduating.
From attending national conferences to securing internship opportunities with leading organizations, you will put your classroom knowledge to use in real-world settings. Our program will hone the unique strengths that suit your career goals by ensuring you minor in a foreign language and offering flexibility to double major.
International Affairs Quick Facts
- 48 credit hours within the international affairs degree program
- 32 credit hours in the well-rounded Integrative Core
- Travel to conferences and seminars or through Study Abroad
- Intern with local or regional foreign affairs offices and government organizations
- Minor in a foreign language or computer and network security
Learn more about the Degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy
Influence the global community through the Bachelor of Arts degree in international affairs and diplomacy at Mount Union. Offering personal advising from faculty and practical experiences across the world, our program is customized to your professional ambitions. Launch your rewarding career today with a degree from Mount Union.
Upon declaring a major in international affairs and diplomacy, students will choose one of two tracks: international relations or comparative politics/area studies. Students will then be asked to develop a coherent plan of study in consultation with their academic advisor within one semester of declaring the major. As part of the major requirements at Mount Union, students pursuing a degree in the field of international studies must minor in a foreign language or demonstrate competence in one modern foreign language that is not their native language. Competence is defined as equivalent to two courses in the target language at the two-hundred level or above.
Students pursuing multiple majors should be aware that only four courses taken to satisfy another major will be counted toward the international affairs and diplomacy major. Similarly, only two of the courses taken toward the major will be counted toward the international studies minor.
International affairs and diplomacy majors are also required to participate in either a study abroad program or in a foreign policy related internship. Students should take into consideration that a minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for participation in most of Mount Union’s study abroad programs and internships. Certain programs require a minimum of 3.0 or higher.
Combining a variety of courses in political science, history, economics and foreign languages, as an international affairs and diplomacy major you will explore the principles of international relations and politics as well as other areas of study within the field of international studies.
- Students will appropriately apply the methodology used in the respective fields.
- Students will accurately identify the major theories and dominant paradigms used in the study of international relations and foreign policy analysis including realism/neo-realism, liberalism/neo-liberalism, globalist/Marxist, and postmodernism/post-structuralism.
- Students will identify the major actors in the international system on the macro, mezzo, and micro levels of analysis and their function and interaction in interstate relations.
- Students will identify and describe the major processes in the international system including globalization, integration, and the causes of conflict.
- Students will accurately identify the major theories and dominant paradigms used in the study of comparative politics including theories on democratization, transition, and political development.
- Students will identify and describe different political systems and distinguish between the various forms of democracies and authoritarian systems that exist.
- Students will describe and explain how different types of political systems in other nations function both theoretically and in application.
Students who choose to major in international affairs and diplomacy at the University of Mount Union have ample opportunities to get “real-world” experience outside of the classroom. By getting involved in extracurricular opportunities, you can strengthen your skills and knowledge of international languages, cultures, affairs and policies, all of which are critical to career success in the field of international studies.
Internships provide you with the opportunity to gain practical experience in the real world. University of Mount Union international affairs and diplomacy major students have interned at all levels of the government as well as with organizations and companies that deal directly or indirectly with the government. These organizations include:
- Government agencies
- Local attorneys and judges
- Interest groups
- The Washington Center Program (assignments in the Washington, D.C. area)
Pre-Law Society is a student-led organization on Mount Union’s campus.
Model United Nations (MUN) is a student-led organization on Mount Union’s campus which aims to promote a better understanding of the United Nations and provide the grounds for an active simulation of the United Nations. A primary goal of the organization is have students actively participate in Model United Nations conferences and tournaments.
Sigma Iota Rho is the International Studies Honor Society. It founded in 1984 with the mission “to promote and reward scholarship and service among students and practitioners of international studies, international affairs, and global studies and to foster integrity and creative performance in the conduct of world affairs". Mount Union is the Gamma Eta chapter (the 79th chapter in the nation) and was founded in 2006.
Pi Sigma Alpha is the Political Science Honor Society. It was founded in 1920 at the University of Texas at Austin. Its mission is to promote high academic achievement in Political Science. Mount Union’s chapter was founded in 2005.
College Republicans is a student-led organization on Mount Union’s campus.
College Democrats is a student-led organization on Mount Union’s campus.
There is no doubt that we live in an inter-connected world, and that today’s youth are members of the first truly global generation. Technological advances, foreign policy and a reliance on the goods and services of others have connected our world in ways we could have never imagined just a few decades ago. That’s why it is absolutely imperative that we develop the knowledge and understanding to live in this increasingly interdependent reality.
With a solid foundation in political science, history, economics and foreign languages, our international affairs and diplomacy major will prepare you to be a leader in today’s global world. As part of the major requirements you will explore the concepts of international relations as well as comparative politics and area studies. From international affairs and the interactions between domestic and international affairs of nations to the political, historical and economic perspectives and the interactions between domestic and international affairs of nations, you’ll develop the skills and understanding that is critical to career success in a number of fields in international studies.
Japanese Mission to United Nations
The Association of Old Crows
Department of Homeland Security
US Air Force
Department of Justice
International public service
Travel and tourism
Business and law