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), 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).