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Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs

Program Description

This is a single degree leading to an AUPP Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs. The mission of the 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 Global Affairs program provides students an understanding of current challenges in the Southeast Asian and around the world. The program fosters critical thinking by using problem-centered teaching to create evidence-based solutions. 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 and design of foreign and domestic policies in development and security matters.

Career Opportunities

The Global Affairs Program offers a solid foundation for entering the work force or for graduate studies. The program prepares students for career opportunities with organizations, consulting firms or government agencies dealing with foreign affairs, international security, and the international economy. The program also provides preparation for graduate study in specialized fields such as public policy, security or international relations.

Bachelor of Arts, Global Affairs

Program Structure
Required Total Credits (124)
General Education
Global Affairs Major Core
Global Affairs Major Electives
Minor / Electives

Students select courses from the list of General Education Requirement in the Catalog. Global Affairs major students should have completed GBLA 101, LEGL 101, POLS 110 before starting courses in their major.

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Course CodeCourse NameCredit
GBLA 207Research Method and Design3
GBLA 227Introduction to Comparative Politics3
GBLA 247Principles of Sustainable Development3
GBLA 301AComparative Political Theory3
GBLA 333Globalization3
GBLA 380APeace and Conflict Studies3
GBLA 482Diplomacy and Foreign Policy3
GBLA 490Capstone Course3
INTS 400Internship3
One of the following:  
LEGL 435International (Private and Public) Law3
GBLA 485International Law3
LEGL 380Genocide3
Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ECON 306Applied Statistics3
GBLA 230International Political Economy3
GBLA 310International Organizations3
GBLA 315ASEAN & the International System of Southeast Asia3
GBLA 320Southeast Asian Comparative Politics3
GBLA 341Indochina Wars3
GBLA 350Environment and Development3
GBLA 360Comparative Social Movements3
GBLA 361Gender and Development3
GBLA 370Geography of Southeast Asia3
GBLA 400Public Policy3
GBLA 410Political Development and Democratization3
GBLA 431The Political Economy of Southeast Asia3
GBLA 481Security Studies3
GBLA 495Special Topic (Global Affairs)3
LEGL 390Negotiation and Dispute Settlement3
SEAS 495Special Topic (Southeast Asian Studies)3
Students complete a Minor or 15 units of Elective courses which may be taken in any combination.