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International affairs major

As the countries of the world have become more economically, socially and politically interdependent, governments and businesses have increased the demand for people with the skills and knowledge to cross cultural boundaries.

Add muscle to your major.

With a double major or minor in a foreign language, you can increase your marketability, whether it's for employment or graduate school.

An all-in-one major.

Marquette's interdisciplinary major in international affairs combines the strengths of the university's departments of Political Science and Economics, along with course work in history, philosophy, theology and anthropology to give you the knowledge and skills required to cross borders and work with diverse cultures.

Broaden your expertise.

The international affairs major allows you to choose among many subfield specializations: area studies (Asian, European, Latin American or Third World); cross-cultural studies (foreign language courses in civilization and culture); international communication; international economic relations; international political-military relations or peace studies.

Stay ahead of the curve.

Learn not only from our distinguished faculty, but also from visiting international scholars who will keep you on top of international affairs as they share their own research, experiences and insights with you in the classroom.

Get the world view.

Spend a semester or a summer studying in another country.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Comparative Politics
  • International Politics
  • Growth of Western Civilization I or II
  • Latin American, African or East Asian History
  • Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • Science and Nature Elective
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Foreign Language I & II
  • Natural Science Elective



  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Statistics
  • Literature Elective
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Foreign Language III & IV
  • Literature Elective
  • Math, Logic or Computer Science Elective


  • International Economic Issues
  • International Law
  • International Organization
  • Politics of the World Economy
  • Diverse Cultures Elective
  • Theory of Ethics
  • Philosophy Elective
  • Two Theology Electives


  • World Conflict and Security
  • Four Subfield Electives
  • Senior Capstone Seminar in International Affairs
  • Senior Experience
  • Electives


You might like the International affairs major if you

✓ Like history and current events

✓ Have strong language skills

What can you do with a major in International affairs?

International affairs majorThe international affairs major is excellent preparation for law and graduate school, and you'll graduate with a knowledge base and research, communication and multicultural skills that will make you attractive to employers in numerous fields.

Learn more about what you can do with a major in international affairs.

Visit the department that offers the major in international affairs.

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