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These courses are prerequisites required for required INIA core courses or potential Helen Way Klingler Arts and Sciences college curriculum courses that contribute to a better grasp of international affairs. Many can be used simultaneously to satisfy Arts and Sciences college curriculum requirements and University Core of Common Studies requirements.

While these courses are required of all INIA majors, they do not count as part of the 30 credit hours required for the major. Since these are background courses, the minimum requirements for grades for courses required for majors do not apply.

If you are completing a double major or minor, you should be aware that some departments require you to complete a minimum number of courses that you only count toward that major or minor. For example, no more than six hours of the credits counted to fulfill an INIA major or minor may be counted toward any other major or minor. The background courses do not count against this six hour rule.

Since many of these courses are prerequisites for other required courses, you should complete these courses as soon as possible.

The required background courses are:

1. Growth of Western Civilization (HIST 1001 or HIST 1002) and one of the following courses: Latin America (HIST 1301), Africa (1401), East Asia (HIST 1501)

2. Principles of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics (ECON 1103 and 1104)

3. Comparative Politics (POSC 2401) and International Politics (POSC 2601)

4. Statistics (one of the following: MANA 2028, SOCI 2060, MATH 1700, or PSYC 2001)

5. Foreign Language (through the intermediate level, i.e., 2002 level)

INIA students are encouraged to take at least two language courses beyond the intermediate level, and, preferably, to minor or major in a foreign language.


Interdisciplinary Major in
International Affairs

If you have questions or are interested in declaring an Interdisciplinary Major in International Affairs, please contact Dr. Barrett McCormick at (414) 288-3421 or by emailing barrett.mccormick@marquette.edu.