International Affairs

An Interdisciplinary Approach to an Interdependent World

Program Overview
Program Coordinator

Program Overview

Model UNThe International Affairs minor is open to students throughout the University regardless of major.

The program has a core component of Political Science, History, and Geography courses. In addition students are asked to specialize in a specific areas of emphasis. Choices include:

Area Studies (African, Asian, European, Latin American, and Middle Eastern studies);

International Security, Law, and Organization;

International Development;

Foreign Policy Analysis and Comparative Politics; and

International Peace and Justice, Cultural Studies.

The minor offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of international affairs, providing students with exposure to various disciplines including Africana Studies, Agriculture, Anthropology, Business, Communications, History, Geography, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Political Science, and Sociology. By taking a menu of courses, students develop an understanding of cultural, economic, historical, geographical, and political aspects of the international system.


The International Affairs minor comprises 21 hours, including 12 from the minor core and 9 from an elective area of emphasis.

Core (12 hours)

POLI 2200 Introduction to International Politics (3 hours)
POLI 3690 Theoretical Approaches to International Relations (3 hours)

History Core Course (3 hours)
• HIST 4520 Latin American History II
• HIST 4820 Asian Civilizations II
• HIST 4860 History of Africa II
• HIST 4890 Modern Africa, 1960-Present
• HIST 3030 Europe, 1871-1945
• HIST 3040 Europe, 1945-Present

Geography Core Course (3 hours)
• GEOG 4700 Political Geography
• GEOG 4750 Economic Geography
• GEOG 4640 Environmental Geography
• GEOG 4440 Cultural Geography
• GEOG 4300 Social Geography

Emphasis Area (9 hours)

Africa Area Studies
• AFAS 3850 Caribbean Societies and Modernization
• AFAS 3920 Post Independent Africa
• AFAS 4120 Classical African Civilizations
• AFAS 4200 African Roots
• HIST 4850 History of Africa I
• HIST 4860 History of Africa II
• HIST 4890 Modern Africa, 1960-Present

Latin American Area Studies
• GEOG 3720 Geography of Mexico and the Caribbean
• GEOG 3730 Geography of South America
• GEOG 4000 Geography of Latin America
• HIST 4510 Latin American History I
• HIST 4520 Latin American History II
• SPAN 3130 Latin America

Asia Area Studies
• HIST 4810 Asian Civilizations I
• HIST 4820 Asian Civilizations II
• GEOG 4110 Geography of Asia

Middle East Area Studies
(Courses to be Developed)

Europe Area Studies
• GEOG 3810 Geography of Europe
• HIST 3010 Europe, 1648-1789
• HIST 3020 Europe, 1789-1871
• HIST 3030 Europe, 1871-1945
• HIST 3040 Europe, 1945-Present

International Security, Law and Organizations
• POLI 3630 International Organizations
• POLI 3700 International Security Studies
• POLI 4350 International Law
• POLI 4050E Special Topics: Terrorism and Political Violence

International Development
• AFAS 4000 Political Economy of African Nations
• AFAS 4450C Business Opportunities in Africa
• AGSC 4040 World Agriculture
• AGSC 4090 Community Development
• ECON 4100 International Economics
• ECON 4150 Economic Development
• POLI 3930 International Political Economy

Foreign Policy Analysis/Comparative Politics
• HIST 4210 Diplomatic History of the United States I
• HIST 4220 Diplomatic History of the United States II
• POLI 3600 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics
• POLI 3650 International Relations
• POLI 3680 Third World Politics
• POLI 3670 American Foreign Policy

International Peace and Justice, Cultural Studies
• AFAS 4120 Classical African Civilizations
• ANTH 2300 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
• ANTH 3100 Comparative Social Structures
• PHIL 4100 Philosophy of Religion
• RELS 4100 Contemporary Religious Thought
• RELS 4200 African Roots in Christianity
• COMM 4320 Intercultural Communications
• SOCI 3550 Social Movements

A single course cannot apply to both core and elective areas of the minor, but courses can be substituted under different areas of emphasis with permission of the Coordinator of the International Affairs Program.

Program Coordinator

Dr. John Miglietta
Crouch Hall 211
(615) 963-5515

NOTE: Dr. John Miglietta is on leave for the 2021-22 academic year. Please contact Dr. Andrew Patrick for International Affairs advisement (, 615-963-5742).

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