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International Affairs (concentration in History and Development of the Global System), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #501 (ARWU) Orono, ME, United States
A degree in International Affairs benefits students as they prepare for their roles as national and global citizens, teaching them the dynamics behind a changing global society and introducing them to ways of enhancing international community. Moreover, the International Affairs Program offers a strong, interdisciplinary curriculum.
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The bachelor of arts degree in international affairs allows students to choose among several interdisciplinary thematic concentrations: international security; history and development of the global system; comparative politics and area studies; culture, conflict, and globalization; economics; language, culture, and the humanities; global women’s, gender, and sexuality issues; and Canadian studies. During the first two years, students are encouraged to complete coursework to fulfill the general education requirements of the degree and the international affairs core curriculum. Students should develop or sharpen their language training early in the program to fulfill the language requirement in the third or fourth year. The final two years should be focused on the concentration electives. All students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Study Abroad Program. Exposure to multiple academic disciplines, combined with language skills, permits graduates to pursue diverse interests and career paths that tap the employment opportunities that globalization offers. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Students are strongly encouraged to apply by Dec 1 to guarantee priority consideration for merit scholarship awards and to have their application fee waived. 

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Religion and Violence 
  • Ethnic Conflict 
  • Cultures and Societies of the Middle East 
  • Geography of Globalization 
  • Creation of the Atlantic World, 1450-1888 
  • Geography of Globalization 
  • American Military History 
  • European Military History 
  • Furs, Frontiers, and Fame: North American Exploration 
  • The Making of Modern China 
  • Early Modern North America in Atlantic Perspective 
  • Early Middle Ages 
  • Late Middle Ages 
  • Early Modern Europe: Renaissance, Reformation and the Foundation of the Modern World-System 
  • The Age of Monarchs and Revolution: Europe, 1648-1815 
  • European Society and Culture in the Age of Total War 
  • Vikings! 
  • History of Modern Ideas 
  • History of Modern Japan 
  • The United States and Vietnam: A History 
  • History of Modern Middle East, 1800-Present 
  • History of the British Empire 
  • The American Revolution 
  • History of U.S. Foreign Relations I 
  • History of U.S. Foreign Relations II 
  • Global Environmental History 
  • Amerindians of the Northeast: A History 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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General Requirements

  • a completed application (either the Mobile Friendly App or the Common Application)
  • an official high school transcript
  • SAT or ACT scores (waived for transfers with more than 12 completed credits or applicants age 20 and older)
  • official college transcripts for all attempted college coursework
  • an essay
  • a school recommendation (first-year applicants only)
  • an application fee of $40

Tuition Fee

  • International

    953 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 953 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    953 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 953 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    293 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 293 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Orono

  • 1216 - 1890 USD/month
    Living Costs

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  • International Presidential Scholarship
  • International Flagship Scholarship
  • International Dean’s Scholarship
  • Maine Global Partner Scholarship
  • IEI Bridge Scholarship
  • IEI Discovery Scholarship

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