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Politics and International Affairs, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #380 (QS) Winston-Salem, NC, United States
The major in Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University entails taking classes in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. No more than one class in each of the four subfields is required.
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Key Features

First and Second-Year Students: If you are interested in majoring in politics and international affairs, we encourage you to enroll in two of the introductory classes in the fields listed above during your first and second year in College. In addition, majors need to to take STA 111 (previously MTH 109) as partial fulfillment of the methodology requirement Thus, in choosing your Division V requirements, you should be sure to take this class during your first two years in College.

The major in Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University consists of thirty-one hours, of which, in all but exceptional cases, at least twenty-one hours must be completed at Wake Forest. When students take political science courses abroad, they have to be in Wake Forest approved programs and/or must have been certified by the department chair.

No more than six credit hours may be taken toward the major from introductory courses (100-level courses). Majors may not enroll in introductory courses during their senior year. Highly motivated students who would like to further expand or apply their study beyond the normal course of offerings can undertake internships, individual studies, or directed readings if they fulfill the minimum GPA requirements of 3.0. No more than three hours for any one or any combination of the following courses may be counted toward the major: Political Science 287, 288, or 289. Up to 3 credit hours may be counted toward the major by taking POL 286: Topics in Political Science.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • American Gov. & Politics
  • Political Theory
  • International Politics
  • Modern Political Thought
  • International Law
  • Individual Study
  • The Politics of Public Education

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • International student applicants are required to submit a $65 application fee.
  • Certified transcripts are required from each secondary school, college or university attended. A record of at least four years of schooling is needed in order to evaluate the application. 
  • All international students whose first language is not English are required to submit either a TOEFL or an IELTS score. The official score reports should be sent directly to Wake Forest from the testing institutions.
  • Wake Forest does not require applicants to submit an SAT or ACT score in the admissions application. If submitting scores, score reports must be sent directly from the testing organizations.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    57760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57760 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    57760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57760 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Winston-Salem

  • 864 - 1410 USD/month
    Living Costs

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