About the Department

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Greetings from Department Head
Richard J. Harknett

Welcome to the International Affairs Web site — we appreciate your interest in our interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree.

Administered by the Department of Political Science, the International Affairs major is one of the most popular and rigorous undergraduate programs in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. As its foundation, the program requires several introductory and methodological courses in political science. From this base, students proceed to take a wide variety of courses in history, economics, geography and foreign languages.

The International Affairs program attracts many undergraduate students who complete double majors, minors, and certificate programs in related fields, including foreign languages and area studies programs such as Asian Studies, European Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. In fact, the multidisciplinary requirements of the International Affairs program enable students to pursue additional majors, minors, and certificates without lengthening their time to degree. For example, the Department of Political Science offers certificate programs in Security Studies and International Human Rights that students can earn by taking courses that also count toward the International Affairs degree. With proper planning, students can integrate their various fields of study in highly efficient and rewarding ways.

My faculty colleagues are excellent instructors, and the curriculum reflects their active research agendas. Indeed, our faculty have carefully constructed an International Affairs curriculum that, enhanced by opportunities for study abroad, internships, and extracurricular activities such as our award-winning Model UN team, provides students with the intellectual tools and practical experience to thrive personally and professionally in today's increasingly global environment. While some students use their degree in International Affairs as preparation for immediate entrance to graduate school or law school, other students pursue career-oriented positions in public service, business, education, journalism, and non-profit organizations.

We look forward to your participation in our vibrant International Affairs program.

Richard J. Harknett

Professor and Head, Department of Political Science