Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs

Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs – Program Description

The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs program is to prepare students for global leadership and service and to train the next generation of policy leaders to tackle the complex issues of a globalized world. It is intended for individuals who want to be policymakers at the national, regional, and local government agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and multi-national corporations.

The Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs program provides students an understanding of current challenges in the ASEAN region and around the world. The program provides an opportunity to study crucial contemporary issues–conflict among and within nations, democratization, economic and political globalization, regional conflicts and the emerging importance of non-state actors; as well as analysis of foreign and economic policy making and security issues in the region and on a global scale.

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs Program offers a solid foundation for entering the work force or for graduate studies.  The program prepares students for career opportunities with government agencies dealing with foreign affairs, international security, and the international economy; with multinational corporations, banks, and consulting firms; and with international organizations. The program also provides preparation for programs in international law and business and for graduate study in more specialized fields.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the major in Global Affairs, graduate will be able to:

  • Identify, describe and define basic factual information and analytical concepts concerning global issues.
  • Analyze issues and phenomena using relevant social science concepts, theories, and methods
  • Use argument and evidence effectively to communicate original analysis of social, political, economic and cultural phenomena.
  • Construct well-reasoned solutions or conclusions; test and defend conclusions against relevant criteria and standards.
  • Critically analyze one’s own thinking by identifying presumptions, values and viewpoints as well as problems, inconsistencies and unanswered questions.
  • Conceive and defend alternative hypotheses and viewpoints; offer and explain reasons for provisionally rejecting or accepting them.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the meaning of ethical conduct in a variety of global contexts, and exhibit a personal adherence to ethical comportment in academic and interpersonal relationships.

Bachelor of Arts, Global Affairs

Program Structure
Required Total Credits (124)
General Education
Global Affairs Major Core
Global Affairs Major Electives
Minor / Electives
General Education Courses (Required: 61 credits)
Students select courses from the list of General Education courses under the General Education / Liberal Studies Requirement section of the Catalogue.   Global Affairs major students should have completed the following General Education courses before starting courses in their major:  LEGL 101,  GBLA 101, POLS 110.
Core  Courses – Required  (30 Credits)
Course Code Course Name
GBLA 207 Research Method and Design
GBLA 227 Introduction to Comparative Politics
GBLA 247 Principles of Sustainable Development
GBLA 301 Political Theory
GBLA 333 Globalization
GBLA 361 Gender and Development
GBLA 380 Peace and Conflict Studies
GBLA 490 Capstone
INTS 400 Internship
One of the following:
GBLA 485 International Law
LEGL 440 Human Rights Law
Major  Electives  Courses – Required  (18 Credits)
GBLA 230 International Political Economy
GBLA 310 International Organizations
GBLA 320* Southeast Asian Comparative Politics
GBLA 350 Environment and Development
GBLA 360 Comparative Social Movements
GBLA 370* Geography of Southeast Asia
GBLA 410 Political Development and Democratization
GBLA 431* The Political Economy of Southeast Asia
GBLA 481 Security Studies
GBLA 482  Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
GBLA 495 Special Topic (Global Affairs)
SEAS 495* Special Topic in Southeast Asia
Note:  *Credits earned in GBLA 320, GBLA 370, and GBLA 431 and SEAS 495 may not be double counted towards credits for the Minor in Southeast Asian Studies.
Minor / Elective Courses (Required 15 Credits)
Students must also complete 15 units from Elective courses which may be taken in any combination.
Completion of 15 credits from the following list is equivalent to the completion of a Minor in Southeast Asian Studies.
GBLA 341 Southeast Asian Literature
GBLA 320 Comparative Politics of Southeast Asia
GBLA 370 Geography of Southeast Asia
GBLA 431 The Political Economy of Southeast Asia
ECON 481 Economics of the Asian Pacific
LEGL 360 Southeast Asian Law and Legal Systems
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