International Affairs (B.A.)
Our international affairs majors and minors are curious about the world around them, are deeply committed to the cause of social justice and are respectful of all peoples and cultures.
Our students work with faculty from such varied disciplines as business, communication, economics, gender studies, geography, history, languages, political science and sociology as they study the most current global issues in a unique setting: Washington, D.C., a center of global policy making and advocacy. Our students are prepared to become active global citizens and to take on important roles in an increasingly interconnected world.
Our international affairs students develop fundamental skills in written and oral communication, critical reasoning, and research methodology, which are essential in any profession.
Faculty representing diverse disciplines in the College of Arts and Sciences collaborate with and contribute to the International Affairs program.
Featured CoursesINAF 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.
General Education Curriculum: Civic Knowledge 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 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 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.
International Affairs students could pursue one of the following career paths:
- Foreign Service Officer
- Public Policy Advisor
- International Business Consultant
- Lawyer / Judge
- Foreign Correspondent
- Travel Writer
- Travel Agency Manager
- Legal Assistant
Recent Trinity graduates have been accepted to the following programs.
- School of Oriental and African Studies, MA in International Studies and Diplomacy
- Harvard University, MA in International Affairs
- University of Maryland at College Park, Certificate Program in Terrorism Studies
- George Mason University, International Commerce and Policy – MA
- George Washington University Law School
- Catholic University Masters in Social Work
- Vermont Law School Master of Environmental Law and Policy
Trinity’s International Affairs internship placement in the DC area, include:
- Offices of members of Congress
- Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security
- Institute for International Media Assistance, National Endowment for Democracy
- Embassies of Yemen and Poland
- National Consortium for Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (UMD)
- People for the American Way
- Rock the Vote
- Center for Community Change
- Learning Life
Dr. Susan Farnsworth, Professor of History