- Major Requirements
- Areas of Concentration
- Minor Requirements
- Program Policies
- Course Descriptions
Susan Farnsworth, Professor of History (Program Chair)
Members of the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Professional Studies collaborate in the International Affairs Program.
Trinity’s program in International Affairs offers an interdisciplinary major and minor to undergraduate students. Students enrolled in the International Affairs program gain knowledge and analytical skills that will enable them to respond to urgent, worldwide needs for informed citizen awareness and active citizen engagement in contemporary global issues.
The program in International Affairs involves faculty from such disciplines as business, communication, economics, geography, history, political science, and sociology, all of whom have strong interest and involvement in international issues. The major and minor combine work in the classroom with opportunities to move beyond the traditional curriculum and make optimal use of the University’s location in one of the world’s leading international cities.
Concrete knowledge of international topics, with particular emphasis on their economic, geographic, historical, political, and sociological components, is essential to fostering students’ effective global awareness and involvement. In this regard, Trinity’s undergraduate program in International Affairs seeks to instill within each student the following learning outcomes:
- An understanding of the nature of international affairs, fostering, where possible, an emphasis on the relationship between international issues and issues of gender;
- Acquisition of knowledge and familiarity with the disciplinary methods required for critical assessment of global events, processes, trends and issues;
- An understanding of the interrelationship of disciplines and the interdisciplinary approach;
- Acquisition of competency in one of five areas of concentration within the major;
- Advancement to the level of intermediate written and oral competency in a second language;
- An ability to collect, compile, analyze, and corroborate factual data through effective independent research and organization of research findings;
- An ability to communicate effectively in written and oral presentations;
- An opportunity to exercise leadership and collaborative skills in and beyond the classroom;
- The orientation of student learning toward career options and/or the pursuit of graduate or professional study upon completion of the program.
Students seeking an undergraduate degree in International Affairs are required to complete 27 core credits along with 18 credits in one of five interdisciplinary areas of concentration. The areas of concentration are: Area and Cultural Studies, International Relations, The Global Economy, Conflict Management and Diplomacy, and Global Migration – Immigrant Communities. International Affairs majors are also required to attain the equivalent of a minimum proficiency level of three college semesters in a second language, along with at least one other course that advances multi-cultural understanding.
Students are strongly encouraged to elect internationally oriented courses offered as part of the general education curriculum and to take advantage of courses scheduled on a cyclical basis by academic programs participating in the major. All international affairs majors are strongly encouraged to elect a three-credit internship and to consider study abroad opportunities.
The major in International Affairs is offered to students in the College of Arts and Sciences. An 18 credit minor in International Affairs is also offered.
Required Courses (27 credits)
ONE introductory course in international affairs:
TWO political science courses:
ONE economics course selected from:
TWO contemporary history courses selected from:
ONE sociology course selected from:
ONE geography course selected from:
ONE Senior Seminar:
Students who plan to major in international affairs are strongly recommended to take INAF 201 as early as possible in their undergraduate careers.
Second Language Requirement
Trinity’s International Affairs major recognizes the importance of the ability to communicate effectively in more than one language. All majors must demonstrate a competency in a second language equivalent to at least the third semester in a second language. Ideally, students will be able to continue their language studies and progress through the fourth semester of intermediate study. The completion of four semesters in a second language is one option for meeting the second language requirement. Alternatively, students may follow the third semester of second language study with the completion of another course that deepens their knowledge of the importance of language and culture. For example, after completing the 201 course in a second language, students then could take a course such as COM 225, Intercultural Communication, or another literature, cultural studies, or history course dealing with the regions in which this language is prominent. Students should plan their approach to the satisfaction of this requirement in close consultation with the program chair and program faculty. In short, the second language requirement represents 12 credits of study, completed through one of two possible pathways. This proficiency may be demonstrated through course work, approved language tests, or other means approved by the program chair.
Students planning to major in international affairs should take ECON 100 as a part of their general education requirements; it is a prerequisite for any economics course chosen to fulfill the INAF major economics requirement.
Area of Concentration (18 credits)
Majors must complete one of the areas of concentration listed below. Courses counted toward an area of concentration must constitute 18 credits in addition to those counted toward the required courses for the major; no course may be counted toward the fulfillment of both required major courses and an area of concentration.
In the Area Studies concentration, students select a combination of courses within which they can develop their knowledge of a specific global region. These courses may be directly focused on a global region or provide the opportunity through course assignments for a student to focus her attention on her region of interest. International Affairs majors have pursued Area and Cultural Studies concentrations that explore the contemporary experiences of Latin America and the Caribbean, The Spanish or French Speaking Worlds, The Middle East, Europe, The Developing World. The exact composition of the Area Studies concentration can be shaped to each major’s particular emphases. Courses in support of the designated Area Studies concentration can be drawn from all areas of the curriculum.
Students interested in designing an Area Studies concentration work closely with the program chair and faculty to choose a balanced and diverse range of courses.
II. International Relations
The International Relations concentration combines the complementary methodological and interpretative perspectives of the social sciences in the analysis of current international issues. Students in the area of concentration distribute their courses to include at least one approved course in economics, one approved course in political science and four other courses drawn from across the social science disciplines. Students are strongly encouraged to include INAF 491 as part of this concentration. Students should work closely with the program chair and faculty in developing a balanced and diverse range of courses in the completion of this concentration.
III. The Global Economy
The Global Economy concentration develops a basic understanding of current issues and trends in the globalizing world economy, drawing from principles of economics as well as fundamental business concepts that govern international commercial and financial transactions. Students should choose at least one course in Business Administration and at least one course in Economics from the list below, with the remaining concentration courses chosen to reflect particular student interests and goals. All ECON courses require completion of ECON 100 as a pre-requisite.
Approved courses in BADM
Approved courses in ECON
Additional economics and business courses may be approved for the concentration in consultation with the INAF, BADM and ECON program chairs.
IV. Conflict Management and Diplomacy
The Conflict Management and Diplomacy concentration examines the theories and techniques that have been developed to understand international conflicts and to promote their resolution. All students in this area of concentration are strongly urged to take POLS 443. The remaining 15 credits can be distributed in various patterns and should be drawn from at least three of the core INAF disciplines. Students selecting this concentration should work closely with the program chair and faculty. INAF 491 is strongly recommended. Majors in this concentration are also encouraged to participate in the activities of the Capital Area association of Peace Studies.
Students electing this concentration may choose to enroll in regionally-oriented courses offered by the Economics, History, International Affairs, and Political Science programs; they also are encouraged to participate in the activities of the Capital Area Association of Peace Studies.
The Global Migration and Immigrant Communities concentration examines global migration and immigrant communities with particular emphasis on current trends related to women and children; human smuggling and trafficking; immigrant identity; transnational relationships between emigrant and immigrant communities. Students selecting this concentration area are required to take SOCY 231.
Required Courses (18 credits)
ONE introductory course in international affairs:
TWO political science courses:
ONE economics course selected from:
ONE history course selected from:
ONE geography course selected from:
Students choosing to minor in international affairs are urged to plan their program with the advice of the Program Chair.
Advanced Placement Policy:
As an interdisciplinary program, the International Affairs Program follows the policies of its disciplinary components on issues applicable to this major. Please refer to the statements of the appropriate program for policies on credits earned through advanced placement examinations.
The International Affairs Program follows the program policies of its component disciplines for credits earned through CLEP examinations.
Grades in Major Courses:
Students are required to have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in the courses required in the major for graduation.
Courses fulfilling the major requirement may not be taken pass/no pass.
All majors in their senior year must complete an independent research paper examining an issue in contemporary international affairs under the direction of the Program Chair. Seniors present and assess their research findings in an oral discussion with the Program Chair and a second member of the international affairs faculty.
The International Affairs Program follows the program policies of its component disciplines for TELL credits applicable towards the major.
Because it is an interdisciplinary program, the International Affairs Program follows the transfer policies of the contributing disciplines in determining the applicability of transfer credit to the requirements of the major. At least 12 credits in the major must be taken at Trinity, including INAF 499.
Course DescriptionsINAF 201 Introduction to International AffairsIntroduces students to the interdisciplinary field of international affairs through a format that both imparts knowledge on compelling contemporary issues, and assists students to acquire and improve research, writing, and presentation skills that contribute to successful, upper-level coursework. Formerly INS 201 Introduction to International Affairs.
INAF 251 Geography of the Americas and EuropeIntroduces the physical and human geography of the world's regions with emphasis on the Western Hemisphere, Europe and Russia. Particular attention is given to geographical interdependencies and a region's economic, political, and cultural development. Formerly INS 386 World Geography I.
INAF 252 Geography of Africa and AsiaIntroduces the physical and human geography of the world's regions with an emphasis on Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Pacific realm. Particular attention is given to geographical interdependencies and a region's economic, political, and cultural development. Formerly INS 388 World Geography II.
INAF 300 Feminization of International MigrationExplores the significant effect of globalization on the migration phenomenon since the end of the Cold War, with particular emphasis on trends as they affect women. Topics include trafficking of women vs. migrant smuggling, the impact of migrant remittances on family structure, the vulnerability of refugee women and children, and government responses to these shifts in migration trends. 3 CREDITS
INAF 311 Current Issues in the AmericasExamines contemporary political, economic, environmental and social issues that concern governments and citizens in North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. Focuses on strengthening and promotion of democracy, human rights, gender equality, combating illegal drugs, the environment and sustainable development, international trade, and hemispheric security. This course is a prerequisite for students planning to participate in INAF 411 Model Assembly of the Organization of American States. Formerly INS 301 The Western Hemisphere: Contemporary Multilateral Issues.
INAF 321 Contemporary Issues in AfricaExamines contemporary political, economic, environmental and social issues that concern governments and citizens in the African continent. Focuses on issues of democracy, governance and human rights, international cooperation, economic development, and so
INAF 363 U.S. Intelligence and World AffairsExplores the structure and function of diverse intelligence agencies of the United States government, including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and the National Security Agency (NSA), in respect to current world affairs.
INAF 371 International TerrorismExamines international terrorism in the context of the larger international system. Students study the roots of terrorism and its contemporary organization and expression in order to answer the questions, 'what is terrorism, who are the terrorists, and wh
INAF 372 International Migration and Hum TraffIdentifies regions and countries that are key source areas for migration and human trafficking. Examines demographic characteristics as well as conditions that stimulate migration. Emphasis is placed on geographic, historic, economic and cultural characteristics as they influence migration trends and decisions, and the scale of emigration, using case studies from Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Americas. 3 CREDITS
INAF 373 Transnational Immigrant CommunitiesExamines the historical rise, current conditions and future prospects of cross-border, or transnational, communities, especially in North and Central America and the Caribbean. Devoting attention to public policies and challenges governments confront in managing transnational communities, the course surveys economic relationships that fuel international migration, examines social experiences of the migrants and explores interactions between newcomers and long-settled, domestic minority groups. 3 credits
INAF 381 Contemporary Topics in International AffairsExamines special topics in international affairs. Topics change each semester. Formerly INS 385 Contemporary Topics in International Studies.
INAF 382 Oil and International AffairsExamines diverse issues related to oil and international affairs, including historical, geographical, and geopolitical trends. Explores US policy developments and US demands for fossil fuel as linked to global supplies. Case studies illustrate evolving demand/supply issues. Surveys options and alternatives to meeting energy needs.
INAF 383 Poverty & HumanitarianismThis course examines contemporary issues of poverty and humanitarianism worldwide, with particular emphasis on the UN Millennium Development Goals, and on humanitarian actors and their actions to alleviate poverty and human suffering. Linkages between poverty and humanitarian intervention are explored as students engage in critical and proactive thinking, particularly in regards to sustained problem solving.
INAF 471 Intl Criminal Networks & Human TraffickExamines criminal networks involved in transnational trafficking in persons and analyzes frameworks and issues in implementation of counter-trafficking strategies. Emphasis is placed on understanding criminal network operations. Through scenarios and case studies, practical skills in counter-trafficking strategic planning are developed. Case studies examine tranasnational networks active in the United States, including the Washington, DC region. 3 CREDITS
INAF 481 U.S. Human Trafficking LawExamines trends in international trafficking as they relate to the United States. Emphasis is placed on recent legislation passed by the U.S. Congress and challenges confronting national and local government entities mandated to implement prevention, protection, and prosecution components of the legislation. Attention is also given to the role played by non-governmental organizations in combating the effects of trafficking in the U.S.
INAF 491 InternshipProvides students with the opportunity to pursue an internship in the field of international affairs under the direction of a faculty member. Formerly INS 384 Internship in International Studies.
INAF 497 Directed Reading International AffairsAllows students to construct an individualized course of study on a topic of special interest, under the direction of a faculty member.
Prerequisite: Permissio of Instructor
INAF 498 Independent StudyAllows students to construct an individualized course of study under the direction of a faculty member, Formerly INS 399 Independent Study.
INAF 499 Senior Seminar in International AffairsExplores contemporary global issues through a wide range of sources and disciplinary perspectives. Topics include changing patterns in international relations, trends in the international economy, Explores contemporary global issues through a wide range of sources and disciplinary perspectives. Topics include changing patterns in international relations, trends in the international economy, environmental and social justice concerns, and regional prospects. Formerly INS 481 Senior Seminar: International Studies.
Prereq INAF 201 and senior status
INAF 500 The Feminization of International MigrationExamines trends since the end of the Cold War, focusing on the significant effect of globalization on the migration phenomenon. Among topics investigated are trafficking of women vs. migrant smuggling, the impact of migrant remittances on family structure the vulnerability of refugee women and children, and government response to these shifts in migration trends. Students will better understand how migration affects their everyday life. Formerly INS 500.
INAF 501 Trafficking into the US: Prevention, Protection & ProsecutnExamines trends in international trafficking as they relate to the United States. Emphasis is placed on recent legislation passed by the U.S. Congress and challenges confronting national and local government entities mandated to implement prevention, protection, and prosecution components of the legislation. Attention is also given to the role played by non-governmental organizations in combating the effects of trafficking in the U.S. Formerly INS 501 Trafficking into the US: Prevention, Protection, Prosecution.
INAF 503 Transnational Immigrant CommunitiesExamines the historical rise, current conditions and future prospects of cross-border, or transnational, communities, especially in North and Central America and the Caribbean. Devoting attention to public policies and challenges governments confront in m
INAF 591 InternshipAllows students to be placed with an international, intra-governmental, governmental, non-governmental organization, or private sector firm under the direction of an on-site supervisor and a Trinity faculty member. During the 96-hour internship, students are expected to apply acquired knowledge, skills, and abilities to make a positive contribution to the work of the host organization. This course is required for advanced, full-time undergraduate students. By arrangement only.
INAF 598 Independent StudyThis course allows graduate students to construct an individualized course of study under the direction of the International Affairs Program Chair and Director.
INAF 599 Certificate CapstoneUnder the supervision of program staff, the student develops a case study designed to draw upon the full range of acquired knowledge, skills, and abilities. The end product is a monograph-length study covering a relevant and current topic of interest to both the student and a broader audience of policy-makers, analysts, or program managers.
INAF 313 Current Issues in HaitiThs course surveys current issues in Haiti using a multidisciplinary approach that includes history, geography, international relations, culture and anthropology, and social and economic development. An emphasis placed on how Haiti and its international partners are addressing issues of poverty alleviation and economic development that are common in developing countries worldwide. Special attention is also placed on development challenges in the aftermath of a severe natural disaster.
Prerequisites: Sophomore level or higher