International Affairs Major

The International Affairs major offers students an interdisciplinary approach to studying global issues such as pandemics, climate change, racial justice, economic inequality, religious conflict, and war. Courses in history, politics, and economics help you understand the roots of these challenges from multiple angles. Courses in language and culture help you understand differences in how people view these challenges. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of global issues, our students leave Marquette qualified for internationally oriented careers.

Focus on the issues you care about.

The International Affairs major allows students to focus on the types of issues that most interest theme. Students can choose among five concentrations: Area Studies, Cross-Cultural Studies, International Political Economy, International Political-Military Relations and Peace Studies. Students may also create their own concentration.

Live abroad.

We make it easy for students to study abroad by counting most international coursework toward the major. We also advertise unique study-abroad opportunities through off-campus/non-Marquette programs on our website and in our newsletters. For students who need help figuring out the logistics and finances of an international experience, we help you connect with the study-abroad staff at Marquette.

Make it a primary or a secondary major.

Double majors are common for International Affairs students, because of the strong overlap with course requirements for most disciplinary majors. What’s more, courses that are background requirements for the major are allowed to be counted as unique credits toward a different major.

Great preparation for international careers.

We offer internationally focused internship experience during a semester in Washington D.C. through the Les Aspin Center. When it comes time to graduate, our extensive alumni network helps students get jobs in internationally oriented government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and international business and media organizations.

Some of the classes you'll take:

  • Comparative Politics
  • International Politics
  • Growth of Western Civilization I or II
  • Latin American, African or East Asian History
  • World Conflict and Security
  • International Economic Issues
  • International Law

For a complete listing of required courses for the program in international affairs, please visit the Marquette University Online Bulletin at this link.