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2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin

Undergraduate Program in

International Affairs

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy


Director: Lee Metcalf (Social Sciences); Director of Undergraduate Studies: Whitney Bendeck (Social Sciences); Director of International Economic Education: Onsurang Norrbin (Economics); Director of Internships and Professional Development: Na’ama Nagar (Political Science)

The Departments of Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Modern Languages and Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, and Urban and Regional Planning, as well as the School of Public Administration and Policy, cooperate in the offering of an interdepartmental major and minor in international affairs at the undergraduate level. The program develops a student’s knowledge of global history, culture, and contemporary political and economic issues. The requirements for the international affairs major allow students to pursue a variety of distinct interests that align with a student’s personal and professional goals. Employment opportunities are to be found in government service, international organizations (public, private, or non-profit), business, journalism, and teaching.

Computer Skills Competency

All undergraduates at Florida State University must demonstrate basic computer skills competency prior to graduation. As necessary computer competency skills vary from discipline to discipline, each major determines the courses needed to satisfy this requirement. Undergraduate majors in international affairs satisfy this requirement by earning a grade of “C–” or higher in any course at FSU which meets the liberal studies computer competency designation, though it is strongly recommended that students take either CGS 2060 or CGS 2100 in order to satisfy this requirement.

Requirements for a Major in International Affairs

Majors in international affairs must complete a minimum of thirty-nine semester hours beyond liberal studies requirements or the A.A. degree, with a grade of “C–” or better in each course. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all coursework applied to the major must be maintained. All courses counted toward the international affairs major must come from the approved list of courses in the participating and non-participating departments provided by the International Affairs program each semester. These term course lists are available in the program office in 211 Bellamy, the advising office in 106 Bellamy, and on the International Studies Canvas site. A master list of approved courses (excluding approved Special Topics courses) in the participating departments is provided below. Coursework must be selected from at least three participating departments and must include the required core courses INS 2010 (Professional Development for International Affairs Majors) as well as INS 3003 (Introduction to International Affairs). INS 3003 meets the university requirement for upper-division writing ( A minimum of twelve semester hours and a maximum of eighteen semester hours must be in one of the participating departments for a departmental concentration. No more than eighteen credit hours may be taken in one department. At least eighteen semester hours must be above the 2999 level. A maximum combined total of twelve semester hours in internship (INR 4941 or INS 4940), directed individual study (INR 4905), or upper-division honors in the major (INR 4937) may be credited to the major. Majors must also complete the University computer skills competency requirement (see above) and language requirement (see below).

Students are advised to coordinate their coursework with foreign language study, focusing on a regional concentration (e.g., Africa, the Middle East, East or South Asia, Russia, Eastern and Central Europe, Western Europe, or Latin America). Majors are encouraged to include such courses as CPO 2002, INR 2002, ECO 2013 and 2023, GEA 1000, and WOH 1030 among the courses they take to fulfill the liberal studies requirements (if those courses are taken to fulfill the liberal studies requirements, however, they cannot also be counted toward the major requirements).

In addition to a 2.0 overall GPA all students must meet “mapping” requirements. See for more information.

Language Requirement

While Students may choose to obtain either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, in both cases they must complete modern foreign language coursework to the intermediate level (2220 or equivalent course) or demonstrate intermediate proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking a modern foreign language. Any credit hours taken to meet this requirement do not count towards the 39 credit hours required to complete the major.

Study Abroad

Students majoring in international affairs are strongly encouraged to study abroad either through FSU International Programs ( or the Center for Global Engagement ( Students are able to earn academic credit towards the international affairs major at a variety of international destinations. Students should consult with their academic advisor about any study abroad programs they wish to pursue. Coursework taken abroad must be approved in advance for credit toward the major.


The Program in International Affairs encourages students to take advantage of internships at the state, national, and international level. There are opportunities to work in the international arena through agencies and businesses in Florida’s capital, the Washington Center Program in Washington, DC., and Florida State’s International Programs in Valencia, Panama, and London. Most significantly, international affairs students can apply for one of the several prestigious internships in London, where we place our students in Parliament, the American Embassy, Amnesty International, NBC, the Associated Press, the British-American Chamber of Commerce, and other significant organizations, or in Panama where the United Nations has a regional office. Information and application materials are available on the International Studies Canvas site. Applications must be submitted and all internships must be approved the semester before the internship takes place. If approved, the student will be enrolled in INR 4941: Internship, which meets the university’s formative experience requirement ( See the International Affairs program advisor in 211 Bellamy for further information.

Honors in the Major

The Program in International Affairs offers honors in the major (INR 4937) to encourage talented students to undertake independent research. For requirements and other information, see the “University Honors Office and Honor Societies” chapter of this General Bulletin.

Second Majors

When students pursue a second major, they may count six semester hours of coursework toward both of their majors. Otherwise, all major requirements are listed above.

Requirements for a Minor in International Affairs

A minor consists of eighteen semester hours beyond the liberal studies requirements (or courses used to satisfy general education requirements for an A.A. degree) with grades of “C–” or better. Work must be taken in at least three participating departments, and all of those courses must be from the approved list of courses below or terms lists provided by the program. Modern language courses numbered above 2999 may count toward the minor. Nine of the eighteen semester hours must be numbered above 2999. A maximum combined total of six semester hours in internship or directed individual study may apply to the minor.

Approved Courses

Descriptions of individual courses can be found under the departments in which they are taught. It is the student’s responsibility to verify course pre-requisite requirements at

Note: In addition to the courses listed below, special topics courses may be approved by the program director in any particular term. These courses appear on the term course lists and are available in the program office in 211 Bellamy, the advising office in 106 Bellamy, and on the International Studies Canvas site.

Required Core Course

INS 3003 Introduction to International Affairs (3)


ANT 2138 World’s Greatest Shipwrecks (3)

ANT 2410 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)

ANT 2416 Childhood Around the World (3)

ANT 2470 The Anthropology of Globalization (3)

ANT 3141 World Prehistory (3)

ANT 3212 Peoples of the World (3)

ANT 3451 Race: Biology & Culture (3)

ANT 3610 Language and Culture (3)

ANT 4142 European Prehistory (3)

ANT 4163 Mesoamerican Archaeology (3)

ANT 4175 Archaeology Islamic World (3)

ANT 4241 Anthropology of Religion (3)

ANT 4277 Human Conflict: Theory and Resolution (3)

ANT 4302 Sex Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)

ANT 4309 Conquest of the Americas (3)

ANT 4323 Peoples and Cultures of Mexico and Central America (3)

ANT 4337 Peoples and Cultures of Amazonia (3)

ANT 4352 Peoples and Cultures of Africa (3)

ANT 4363 Japanese Society and Culture (3)

Economics (see course descriptions and/or advisor about required prerequisites)

ECO 2000 Introduction to Economics (3) Should not be taken after ECO 2013 or ECO 2023

ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (3)

ECO 3303 History of Economic Ideas (3)

ECO 4132 Economics of Compassion (3)

ECO 4704 International Trade (3)

ECO 4713 International Finance (3)

ECP 3010 Economics of Art and Culture (3)

ECP 3113 Economics of Population (3)

ECP 3302 Economics of Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment (3)

ECP 3617 Land Use, Housing, and Government Regulation (3)

ECP 4613 Urban Economics (3)

ECP 4618 Research Methods for Studying Housing, Land and Cities (3)

ECS 3003 Comparative Economic Systems (3)

ECS 3022 Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (3)

ECS 3200 Economics of Asia (3)

ECS 4013 Economics of Development (3)

ECS 4431 Economics of the Caribbean (3)


GEA 1000 World Geography (3)

GEA 2210 United States and Canada (3)

GEA 3563 The Mediterranean (3)

GEA 4405 Latin America (3)

GEA 4500 Europe (3)

GEA 4520 Britain and Ireland (3)

GEA 4554 Russia and Southern Eurasia (3)

GEA 4635 Geography of the Middle East (3)

GEO 1330 Environmental Science (3)

GEO 1400 Human Geography (3)

GEO 3502 Economic Geography (3)

GEO 4251 Geography of Climate Change and Storms (3)

GEO 4280 Geography of Water Resources (3)

GEO 4340 Living in a Hazardous Environment (3)

GEO 4344 Environmental Disasters and Apocalypse (3)

GEO 4357 Environmental Conflict and Economic Development (3)

GEO 4403 Global Change, Local Places (3)

GEO 4404 Black Geographies (3)

GEO 4412 Environment and Gender (3)

GEO 4421 Cultural Geography (3)

GEO 4450 Medical Geography (3)

GEO 4471 Political Geography (3)

GEO 4503 Globalization (3)

GEO 4602 Urban Geography (3)

GEO 4700 Transport Geography (3)


All history courses are on the list of courses approved for international affairs majors except those courses with the AMH (American History) or the HIS prefix. Only four AMH courses and three HIS courses are on the approved list for international affairs majors, namely:

AMH 3540 Military History of the United States (3)

AMH 3544 The United States and Vietnam 1941–1975 (3)

AMH 4511 Twentieth-Century United States Foreign Relations (3)

AMH 4530 U.S. Immigration History (3)

HIS 2050 The Historian’s Craft (3)

HIS 3464 History of Science (3)

HIS 4250 War and the Nation State (3)

Modern Languages

Those credit hours earned by taking courses to fulfill the modern language requirement (which must be met by all international affairs majors) cannot be counted toward the international affairs major. Students may, however, earn credit toward the major for additional courses in modern languages. For a departmental concentration in modern languages, students must have a minimum of twelve semester hours of advanced-level coursework in one language, not to include more than two courses in culture and/or literature. Courses listed below do not require prerequisite language course background.

CHT 3123 Pre-Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (3)

CHT 3391 Chinese Cinema and Culture (3)

FRT 3140 Masterworks of French Literature in Translation (3)

FRT 3520r French and Francophone Cinema (3)

FRT 3561 French Women Writers (3)

FRW 4770 Francophone Caribbean/African Cultures (3)

GET 3130 Masterpieces of German Literature in Translation: 19th and 20th Centuries (3)

GET 3524r German Cinema (3)

ITT 3114 Dante’s Inferno (3)

ITT 3430 Masterpieces of Italian Literature in Translation (3)

ITT 3500 Italian Culture and Civilization: From Origins to the Age of Romanticism (3)

ITT 3501 Modern Italian Culture: From the Unification to the Present (3)

ITT 3523r Italian Cinema (3)

JPT 3122r Modern Japanese Literature in Translation (3)

JPT 3330 Premodern Japanese Literature in Translation (3)

JPT 3391r Japanese Film and Culture (3)

LIN 3041 Introduction to Linguistics (3)

LIN 4040 Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics (3)

LIN 4664 Ethnopoetics (3)

PRT 3391r Brazilian Literature and Film in Translation (3)

RUT 3110 Russian Literature in English Translation (3)

RUT 3504 Modern Russian Life (3)

RUT 3505 Russian Culture and Civilization (3)

RUT 3514 Russian Folklore and Fairy Tales (3)

RUT 3523r Russian Cinema (3)

RUT 4213 Russian Love Prose in English Translation (3)

SLL 3500 Slavic Culture and Civilization (3)

SLL 3510 The Slavic Vampire (3)

SPT 3100 Spanish Literature in Translation (3)

SPT 3130 Latin American Literature in Translation (3)

SPT 3391r Hispanic Cinema (3)

SPT 3503 Introduction to Hispanic Cultural Analysis (3)


PHH 3400 Modern Philosophy (3)

PHH 3500 19th-Century Philosophy (3)

PHH 4600r Contemporary Philosophy (3)

PHI 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3)

PHI 2620 Environmental Ethics (3)

PHI 3220 Philosophy of Language (3)

PHI 3400 History and Philosophy of Science (3)

PHM 2300 Introduction to Political Philosophy (3)

PHM 3331r Modern Political Thought (3)

PHM 3351 Philosophy of Human Rights (3)

PHM 3400 Philosophy of Law (3)

PHM 4340r Contemporary Political Thought (3)

PHP 3510 Introduction to Marxist Philosophy (3)

Political Science (see course descriptions and/or advisor about required prerequisites)

CPO 2002 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics (3)

CPO 3034 Politics of Developing Areas (3)

CPO 3055 Authoritarian Regimes (3)

CPO 3101 European Union (3)

CPO 3103 Comparative Government and Politics: Western Europe (3)

CPO 3123 Comparative Government and Politics: Great Britain (3)

CPO 3303 Politics of Latin America (3)

CPO 3403 Comparative Government and Politics: The Middle East (3)

CPO 3520 Emerging Democracies in Northeast Asia: Korea, Taiwan, Japan (3)

CPO 3541 Politics of China (3)

CPO 3615 Post-Soviet Politics (3)

CPO 3703 Comparative Democratic Institutions (3)

CPO 3743 States and Markets (3)

CPO 3930r Special Topics in Comparative Government and Politics (1–3)

CPO 4057 Political Violence (3)

CPO 4504 Institutional Approaches to Democracies and Dictatorships (3)

INR 2002 Introduction to International Relations (3)

INR 3004 Geography, History, and International Relations (3)

INR 3084 Terror and Politics (3)

INR 3502 International Organization (3)

INR 3603 Theories of International Relations (3)

INR 3933 Special Topics in International Relations (3)

INR 4011 Political Responses to Economic Globalization (3)

INR 4075 International Human Rights (3)

INR 4078 Confronting Human Rights Violations (3)

INR 4083 International Conflict (3)

INR 4102 American Foreign Policy (3)

INR 4124 Statecraft (3)

INR 4244 Studies in International Politics: Latin America (3)

INR 4274 Studies in International Politics: The Middle East (3)

INR 4334 American Defense Policy (3)

INR 4702 Political Economy of International Relations (3)

Public Administration

PAD 3003 Public Administration in American Society (3)

PAD 3013 Futures Studies (3)

PAD 4075 Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Emergency Management (3)

PAD 4170 Nongovernmental Organization in Development (3)

PAD 4301 Disaster Management Planning for Urban Poor Communities (3)

PAD 4374 Introduction to Terrorism: Preparedness and Response (3)

PAD 4375 Advanced Topics Terrorism (3) Requires prerequisite course PAD 4374

PAD 4380 Disasters: From Shock to Recovery (3)

PAD 4391 Foundations in Emergency Management (3)

PAD 4393 Emergency Management Programs, Planning, and Policy (3)

PAD 4433 Women, Disasters and Conflict (3)

PAD 4831 International Conflicts and Terrorism (3)

PAD 4841 Intelligence Analysis and Communication (3)

PAD 4842 U.S. Intelligence Policy (3)

PAD 4843 U.S. Intelligence Community (3)

PAD 4833 International and Comparative Disaster Management (3)

PAD 4844 Public Health and Emergency Management (3)

PAD 4890 Homeland Security (3)

PAD 4897 Global Security and Fusion (3)

PAD 4891 Non-Profits, NGO’s and Disaster (3)


REL 1300 Introduction to World Religions (3)

REL 2210 Introduction to Old Testament (3)

REL 2240 Introduction to New Testament (3)

REL 2315 Religions of South Asia (3)

REL 2350 Religions of East Asia (3)

REL 3112 Religion and 20th Century Fantasy Literature (3)

REL 3142 Religion, the Self, and Society (3)

REL 3145 Gender and Religion (3)

REL 3152 Religion, Race, and Ethnicity (3)

REL 3160 Religion and Science (3)

REL 3170 Religious Ethics and Moral Problems (3)

REL 3194 The Holocaust (3)

REL 3333 Ramayana in Indian Culture and Beyond (3)

REL 3337 Goddesses, Women and Power in Hinduism (3)

REL 3340 The Buddhist Tradition (3)

REL 3345 Chan Zen Buddhism (3)

REL 3351 Japanese Religions (3)

REL 3358 Tibetan and Himalayan Religions (3)

REL 3363 Islamic Traditions (3)

REL 3367 Islamic Traditions II: Islam up to the Modern World (3)

REL 3370 Religion in Africa (3)

REL 3430 Issues and Thinkers in Western Religious Thought (3)

REL 3431 Critics of Religion (3)

REL 3505 The Christian Tradition (3)

REL 3607 The Jewish Tradition (3)

REL 4304 Undergraduate History of Religions Seminar (3)

REL 4335 Modern Hinduism (3)

REL 4359r Special Topics in Asian Religions (3)

REL 4510 Christianity After the New Testament (3)

REL 4613 Modern Judaism (3)


SYD 2740 Sociology of Law and Hispanics (3)

SYD 3020 Population and Society (3)

SYD 3600 Cities in Society (3)

SYD 4510 Environmental Sociology (3)

SYD 4700 Race and Minority Group Relations (3)

SYG 1000 Introductory Sociology (3)

SYG 2010 Social Problems (3)

SYO 3530 Social Classes and Inequality (3)

SYO 4300 Sociology of Politics (3)

SYP 3000 Social Psychology of Groups (3)

SYP 3454 The Global Justice Movement (3)

SYP 4650 Sports and Society (3)

Urban and Regional Planning (see course descriptions and/or advisor about required prerequisites)

URP 3000 Introduction to Planning and Urban Development (3)

URP 4402 Sustainable Development Planning in the Americas (3)

URP 4404 River Basin Management and Planning (3)

URP 4618 Planning for Developing Regions (3)

URS 1006 World Cities: Quality of Life (3)

Definition of Prefixes

IDS—Interdisciplinary Studies

INR—International Relations

INS—International Studies

PAX—Peace Studies

Undergraduate Courses

IDS 2060. Formative Experience: Global Engagement (1). (S/U grade only.) This course gives students the opportunity to study a different country’s unique customs, values, and traditions and compare it with their own through actively participating in cultural experiences.

IDS 2431. Thinking Beyond Ourselves: Global Perspectives (3). This course is designed to introduce the students to the basic concepts, theories, functions and behaviors associated with intercultural communication. Throughout the course, students increase in knowledge, understanding and awareness of different cultures and countries, interpret cultural values and communication strategies used across cultures/countries, and become more effective in engaging in the 21st-century globalized world.

IDS 3365. Global Conflicts: Analysis and Resolution (3). This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts, theories and frameworks of conflict analysis and resolution. Throughout the course students gain a thorough perspective of the conflict resolution field, theoretical orientations and practical applications to building peace. The course aims to engage students in inquiring persistent questions about the world dynamics, interactions and relationships that lead to conflict and peace.

INR 3931r. Special Topics (1–3). (S/U grade only.) Topics vary. May be repeated within the same term to a maximum of nine semester hours.

INR 3932r. Special Topics in International Affairs (1–12). Topics vary. May be repeated as topics change to a maximum of fifteen semester hours.

INR 4905r. Directed Individual Study (1–3). May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

INR 4937r. Honors Work (1–6). May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

INR 4941r. Internship (3–6). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisites: Fifteen classroom hours beyond liberal studies, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and instructor permission. This internship course allows students to gain real world experience through on-the job-practice in approved agencies and organizations. Students gain valuable work experience, develop professional skills, cultivate valuable contacts and investigate career options. Designed to provide practical experience in the area of international affairs. May be repeated to a maximum of eighteen semester hours within the same term.

INS 2010. Professional Development for International Affairs Majors (1). (S/U grade only.) This course introduces the International Affairs (IA) major and the ways in which student can enhance their experience at Florida State University. This course allows students to reflect upon their goals and to explore opportunities available to them in order to tailor their academic experience to help them attain their professional objectives.

INS 2912. Developing Global Citizens: Global Issues in Theory and Practice (3). Prerequisites: IDS 2431, or IDS 2930, topic “Global Perspectives”; and enrollment in the Global Citizenship Certificate program. This course is the final required class for the Global Citizenship Certificate. The course increases students’ global competencies by utilizing theories and concepts learned during the Global Perspectives course and applies those to higher-level critical thinking and research. The course explore topics relevant to today’s global society such as extreme poverty and inequality, international trade, political cooperation, climate change, race, and ethnicity and gender.

INS 3003. Introduction to International Affairs (3). This course introduces students to the core questions and concerns of international affairs. This course surveys the many distinct academic disciplines that together contribute to the development of an interdisciplinary understanding of the international system. The course examines how each of these disciplines understands the international system, the questions it raises, and its strengths and weaknesses. In addition, the course provides an introduction to many of the global issues of interest to international affairs majors, including terrorism, democracy, and globalization. At the end of this course, students have the skills and knowledge required to construct their own specialized plan of study in international affairs.

INS 3210. Europe in the Age of Total War (3). This course is designed to cover the topic of total war in the modern era as it applies to Europe (though the course occasionally discusses developments in the US as well). This course first looks at what constitutes total war. Students begin by tracing military developments since the age of industrialization and see how those developments impacted Europe and the conduct of modern warfare. The course juxtaposes these events against political developments and applies a theoretical framework to better understand these developments in the modern era. The course studies WWI, the interwar period, WWII, and the Cold War to analyze how the concept of total war applies to each of those eras.

INS 4940. Washington Center Internship (6). This internship will provide students with an excellent opportunity to explore their career interests. Moreover, internships will help students achieve a better understanding to what they still need to learn and which skills they need to improve. Finally, internships will facilitate the development of professional networks that will be paramount once students graduate and enter the job market.

PAX 3930r. Special Topics in Peace Studies (3). Topics vary. May be repeated to a maximum of fifteen semester hours.

Graduate Courses

INR 5012. Problems of Globalism (3).

INR 5906r. Directed Individual Study (1–6). (S/U grade only.)

INR 5910r. Supervised Research (1–3). (S/U grade only.)

INR 5935r. Special Topics (1–3). (S/U grade only.)

INR 5936r. Special Topics in International Affairs (1–3).

INR 5938. Joint Seminar in International Affairs (3).

INS 5935. International Dialogue Seminar (3).

INS 5942r. International Affairs Internship (3-6). (S/U grade only.)

For listings relating to graduate coursework for thesis, master’s comprehensive examination, and thesis defense, consult the Graduate Bulletin.



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