Florida State University

International Affairs

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Undergraduate Programs

Major Requirements

The requirements for the International Affairs major are flexible and designed to allow students to pursue a variety of subjects. Courses may be combined in a variety of ways to provide the focus appropriate to a student’s interest and career goals. The following must be satisfied to complete an International Affairs major:

Total hours: IA Majors must complete minimum of thirty-nine (39) credits, chosen from the approved course list, with a “C-” or better in each course. Classes used to fulfill liberal studies (general education) requirements may not be applied towards the major.

Required Core Course: INS 3003 Introduction to International Affairs (3)

Minimum cumulative GPA: a minimum of 2.0 in all coursework applied to the major must be maintained.

Approved Course List: All courses counted towards the major must come from the approved list of courses. A list is compiled each semester by the advisor – which reflect actual course offerings in each term. You can see the master list of approved courses on the General Bulletin, although these will not include new classes, special topics or interdisciplinary courses. For the approved course list, please contact the IA undergraduate advisor.

Departmental Concentration: Within the thirty-nine (39) required credits, students must take a minimum of twelve (12) credits in one department. No more than eighteen (18) credits will be allowed in one department. Students can have more than one concentration.

Students can select from the participating departments:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Modern Languages
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Coursework requirements: Within the thirty-nine (39) required credits, students must select coursework from at least three participating departments, and take the required core course, INS 3003.

Bachelor of Art or Bachelor of Science: Students can choose to obtain either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. There is no difference in the requirements for BA or BS degree, it is a personal preference and the department does not recommend one type of degree over the other.

Foreign Language requirement: Students must demonstrate proficient to the intermediate college level in a modern foreign language. This may be accomplished by completing one of these:

  • Completing intermediate level (2220 or equivalent)
  • Above intermediate level on the FSU Placement exam
  • 12 semester hours in a foreign language with an average grade of at least 3.0 “B”
  • Passing intermediate level language CLEP exam

Although proficiency requirements pertain to all majors, the hours earned to satisfy will not be applied towards the thirty-nine (39) required credits.

3000/4000 level requirement: Within the thirty-nine (39) required credits, at least eighteen (18) credits must be above the 2999 level.

Internship credit limitations: A maximum combined total of twelve (12) credits in internship, directed individual study or upper-division hours in the major may be counted towards the major.

Second majors: Students who pursue a second major, they may count six (6) credits towards both majors.

Mapping requirements: All students must meet “mapping” requirements. See here.

Minor Requirements

Minimum of eighteen (18) credit hours, beyond the liberal studies requirements, with grades of “C-” or better.

Course work must be taken in at least three participating departments.

Modern language courses numbered above 2999 may count towards the minor.

Nine (9) out of the eighteen (18) must be above 2999.

A maximum of combined total six (6) credits in internship and directed individual study may apply towards the minor.

All courses must be from approved course list. For the approved course list, please contact the IA undergraduate advisor.

Students can select from the participating departments:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Modern Languages
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Urban and Regional Planning