Bachelor of Science in International Affairs
The Bachelor of Science in International Affairs (BS INTA) program includes instruction in international affairs, foreign languages, ethics and philosophy, social and natural sciences, and computer science. Upper-division coursework provides training in four substantive areas:
- technology, and scientific analysis, and ethics;
- international security and diplomacy;
- comparative politics, cultures, and societies; and
- international political economy.
Graduates of the BS INTA program are prepared for advanced graduate and professional study and are ready for employment in internationally oriented firms, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
International Affairs majors are expected to enhance their education through participation in the International Plan, study abroad programs, internships, and a host of on- and off-campus programs. In addition to the numerous opportunities afforded through Georgia Tech's Office of International Education, the Sam Nunn School sponsors rigorous summer study abroad programs in the European Union (Brussels), East Asia (China, Japan, Taiwan), South Asia (Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand), Latin America (Argentina and Brazil), and Iberia (Portugal and Spain).Recognizing the importance of professional experience in enhancing a student's education, the Sam Nunn School encourages majors to pursue an internship or participate in the Cooperative Plan in their field of interest. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to get involved in a range of extracurricular activities, including Model United Nations;; AIESEC; Sigma Iota Rho (the International Affairs honor society); the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy; the International Affairs Student Organization; and student conferences. Students are actively involved in the guest lecture series and participate in the biennial Sam Nunn/Bank of America Policy Forum.
International Affairs majors with the International Plan are engaged in a combination of study, research, or internship abroad for a total of twenty-six weeks. This overseas experience must be obtained over two terms (a summer and semester, or two semesters). In addition to gaining advanced global competence, the International Plan designation will set INTA students apart from other applicants with recruiters from top companies and governmental agencies. Required coursework for the International Plan is easily satisfied by the International Affairs core curriculum as follows:
- One course that focuses on international relations historically and theoretically (satisfied by INTA 1110).
- One course that provides a historical and theoretical understanding of the global economy, including topics such as international trade, finance, investment, and production; regional economic integration, economic development and modernization; and questions of natural resource sustainability (satisfied by INTA 3301).
- One course that provides familiarity with an area of the world or a country that allows students to make systematic comparisons with their own society and culture (satisfied by INTA 3203, or approved INTA elective or upper-division Modern Language courses).
- A culminating course, occurring either at the end of or after the international experience that integrates knowledge of the discipline and the international experience in a global context (satisfied by INTA 4500 or equivalent ML 4500).
BS/MS INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs offers a BS/MS program for students enrolled in the International Affairs undergraduate program who demonstrate an interest in and ability for additional education beyond the BS degree.
Students in the BS/MS program will remain undergraduates until they meet requirements for the undergraduate degree, at which point they will receive their BS degree and be changed to graduate status. Students will be eligible to apply for the program after completion of 45 semester credit hours at Georgia Tech (i.e., at the end of their third semester), and if they show appropriate progress in their degree program thereafter. Any student in good standing in the BS INTA program is eligible to apply to the program. Admissions decisions will be based on GPA and judgments of the faculty who have served as advisors or instructors. Continuation in the program will require the student to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher in Ivan Allen College courses. The program will not penalize students who opt out after the bachelor's degree. Students participating in this program will be eligible for the six semester credit-hour Graduate Course Option, which allows students completing both the bachelor's and master's in the same discipline to use up to 6 credit hours of graduate-level coursework in the major discipline for both degrees.
THE GRADUATE-LEVEL CREDITS REQUIRED IN THE BS/MS PROGRAM ARE USUALLY AS FOLLOWS:
Electives- 21 hours
Total 36 hours
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROGRAM INCLUDE:
INTA 6202, Comp. Politics
INTA 6302, Int’l Pol Econ
INTA 6003, Empirical Methods
INTA 6102, IR Theory
INTA 6103, Int’l Security
MS Track and Free Electives
Contact the BS/MS program director for further information.