BA Requirements for Class 2019

The stand-alone major has two tracks:

  • international development
  • international security

The senior requirement for the major is participation in a policy task-force in the fall of the senior year.


Students in the Global Affairs major learn to understand global affairs through interdisciplinary academic training and experiences outside the classroom with the ultimate goal of inspiring and preparing students for global leadership and service. Additional goals for the major are described here.

The Global Affairs major offers two tracks: international development and international security. Courses from Global Affairs and other undergraduate programs are designated as electives in either track. Majors must select one of the two tracks as their focus, but all are required to take the core course for both tracks.

The international development track focuses on economic development and poverty, including global public health, in all but the world’s wealthiest countries. The international security track focuses on international relations, foreign policy, and diplomacy and includes topics relevant to national and human security.

Global Affairs majors are required to demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English by the time of graduation. This requirement is normally met by the successful completion (including “credit” in the credit/d/fail grade mode) of one course at the L5 level.

Majors complete the senior capstone in the fall of the senior year.

Advising Sessions

Prospective students: Because of scheduling constraints, prospective applicants may not schedule an appointment with the director of student affairs during Fall Shopping.

Current juniors and seniors in the major are expected to consult with the director of student affairs as they plan their schedule for the semester. To remain in good standing in the major, students should complete GLBL 225, GLBL 275, and have made reasonable progress towards the L5 language proficiency requirement.

Global Affairs juniors and seniors should contact the director of student affairs, Lily Sutton, or the DUS, Professor Sigrídur Benediktsdottir, to schedule an appointment.

Please note that Lily is the first point of contact for questions about your schedule, your plan of academic study, the requirements for the Global Affairs major, or your plans for completing the major. Professor Benediktsdóttir’s primary responsibility is to oversee the undergraduate program, though she is happy to meet with students as needed.