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.


What's more, we offer internationally focused internship experiences during a semester in Washington D.C. through the Les Aspin Center or through the Kleczka Program in Milwaukee. We also make it easy for students to study abroad by counting most international coursework toward the major. When it comes time to graduate, our extensive alumni network helps students get jobs in internationally oriented government agencies, non-governmental organizations, international business, and media organizations.  The International Affairs major allows students to choose from six concentrations, focusing on the issues that most interest them.  



  • Area Studies
  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • International Political Economy
  • International Political-Military Relations
  • Peace Studies
  • Individualized Concentration



Eleven courses total (33 credits):

  • six common courses (18 cr. hrs.)
  • four concentration courses (12 cr. hrs.)
  • one capstone course completed in the student's final spring term (3 cr. hrs.). 



The major requires students to demonstrate intermediate-level competency in statistical literacy or a second language.  Completing both requirements is strongly encouraged since literacy in statistics and a second language will serve graduates very well.  At minimum, students must:

    • Complete one of the following statistics courses: BUAD 1560, MATH 1700, SOCI 2060
    • Demonstrate a second-language competency through the 2002 or 2003 level

Because these language courses and stats courses are not counted among the six common courses, they can be used towards a separate major or minor (e.g., international business, economics, or a foreign language). 

For students studying abroad, courses completed overseas may be used to fulfill
concentration requirements with the approval of the INIA Program Director.


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