International Affairs

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Kristin Edquist, Director
233D Patterson Hall



Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Undergraduate Program

The International Affairs (IA) Program, housed in the Political Science & International Studies Department, is designed for students interested in international politics and global languages and cultures. It offers a carefully integrated and relatively flexible interdisciplinary set of courses in the social sciences leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs. The goal of this major is to provide students with a solid foundation in the liberal arts for employment and/or advanced study in an international field.

The program of study provides a choice of three concentrations: Global Security Processes, Global Socio-Economic Processes or Global Public Policy. These concentrations give students the opportunity to acquire a theoretically and historically grounded understanding of one significant process in which people and countries are currently engaged. IA students learn to consider issues broadly, to see interconnections among geographic regions, and to engage in critical and creative thinking about them. The IA major prepares students for employment, lifelong learning and life enrichment, and fits Eastern Washington University’s larger purpose of providing quality liberal arts education with meaningful career preparation.

All IA majors are strongly encouraged to pursue study abroad as part of their undergraduate education. The IA major culminates in a Senior Capstone seminar, in which students demonstrate their ability to master analytical approaches to the complex process of globalization and to apply those approaches to a specific issue or process related to globalization. This course thus brings to bear their acquired knowledge of world events and their critical thinking skills on an issue, process or region of significance to the particular student.

Students majoring in International Affairs will gain competency in current global relations scholarship and skills in research, writing and oral communication. Students will be prepared to go on to graduate study in a wide array of disciplines such as international studies, development, education, political science or law. They will also be well equipped for career opportunities in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

The International Affairs program, in conjunction with EWU’s chapter of the political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha, sponsors lectures, forums and debates on campus which encourage students to consider the integrated character of global and regional political, economic and social issues. IA students regularly participate in these clubs.

Required courses in the following programs of study may have prerequisites. Reference the course description section for clarification.

International Affairs Courses

INST 200. GLOBAL ISSUES. 4 Credits.

Satisfies: university graduation requirement
international studies . A survey of important large-scale issues and conditions which are active in the contemporary world. Includes global perspectives of ecological and social/economic issues. .

INST 296. EXPERIMENTAL. 1-5 Credits.

INST 299. DIRECTED STUDY. 1-5 Credits.

INST 380. JAPAN TODAY. 4 Credits.

Cross listed: JAPN 380.
Pre-requisites: ENGL 201 or instructor permission.
Satisfies: international studies university graduation requirement.
A broad survey of contemporary Japan including society, culture, geography, government and economy. No knowledge of Japanese language required.

INST 395. CO-OP FIELDWORK. 1-5 Credits.


INST 398. SEMINAR. 1-5 Credits.

INST 399. DIRECTED STUDY. 1-5 Credits.


Cross listed: POLI 490.
Pre-requisites: POLI 203 or POLI 204 and senior standing or permission of instructor.
Satisfies: senior capstone university graduation requirement.
This course is a senior-level seminar designed to integrate and further refine the analytical, writing, and presentation skills acquired as a Government or International Affairs major. Its premise is that any student of politics or international affairs should graduate a bachelor's degree program with a refined sensibility of the concept (and varying realities) of globalization. The course covers case studies and theoretical analyses of the global dynamics of economic, cultural, religious, media and/or political relations, as well as the role of technological change in global processes. Students prepare and present an original, extensive case study and analysis of globalization processes, if possible relating to the student's work as an IA or Government major.



INST 498. IS SEMINAR. 1-5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: advanced class standing and permission of the instructor.
An advanced-level seminar dealing with issues relating to the formation, implementation, and evaluation of policy in international undertakings.

INST 499. DIRECTED STUDY. 1-12 Credits.

Directed Study