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International Affairs and Diplomacy

Are you interested in current events from around the world? Are you baffled by North Korea? Do you want to understand what is happening in China? Are you fascinated by Russia? Do you long to visit Europe? Are you captivated with different languages and cultures? Are you ready to become A Global Citizen? The international affairs and diplomacy major is your ticket to the world. The program draws from various disciplines such as political science, history, economics and foreign languages, to help you explore the relationships between different peoples and countries across the globe.

While you are completing the international affairs and diplomacy major requirements, you will discover how different nations and cultures have been developed, learn about the art of diplomacy, discover how globalization is changing international trade, and how foreign policy decisions are made. The interdisciplinary nature of the major allows you to customize your learning experience to fit your interests, so you can explore international relations from a variety of political, historical, and economic perspectives. 

International Affairs and Diplomacy Quick Facts  

The International Affairs and Diplomacy degree requires a total of 48 credit hours, along with the 32 credit hours required to fulfill the Integrative Core. Majors can concentrate on international relations, comparative politics or area studies, and will explore international affairs from political, historical, and economic perspectives. They will also examine the interactions between domestic and international affairs of nations, preparing them for career success in a variety of fields. Hands-on learning opportunities will also allow you to apply the skills you learned in the classroom to the real world. These experiences include: 

  • Attending both local and national conferences and seminars in the field of international affairs.
  • Opportunities to participate in travel seminars with faculty and students and study abroad which allows students to meet with international investors and business executives from around the world.
  • Internships with various government agencies, local attorneys and judges, interest groups, and The Washington Center Program (assignments in the Washington, D.C. area).
  • Participation in Mount Union’s Model United Nations, a student-lead organization that aims to promote a better understanding of and provide for an active simulation of the United Nations as well as have students actively participate in Model UN conferences and tournaments.


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.

International Relations:

  • 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.

Comparative politics:

  • 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.

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