International Affairs

What is International Affairs?

International affairs is an interdisciplinary major that combines courses in political science, history, economics, geography and foreign languages. The curriculum is designed to allow students to acquire a variety of analytical tools with which to examine an ever-expanding array of international issues and problems. The distinguishing feature of the major is its multidisciplinary approach.

International affairs majors typically possess (or are willing to develop) the strong analytical skills necessary for interpreting and evaluating arguments. Most like to read, enjoy studying foreign languages and cultures and have the capacity to work independently. International affairs students enjoy vigorous in-class discussion and like to apply their learning to real-world problems as well as theoretical concerns. Consequently, these students enjoy researching and debating different points of view on wide-ranging issues involving international affairs.

Career Possibilities

Graduates of this major pursue careers in fields including:

  • Non-governmental organizations  
  • Business                                                 
  • Journalism
  • Law                                                          
  • Foreign service (diplomatic)
  • Intelligence                                              
  • Military
  • Politics
  • International organizations                   
  • Public relations

Minoring in International Affairs

Minors are not available in the international affairs program. We sould recommend them to pursue a minor in Political Science instead.


UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

University of Cincinnati 3 + 3 Law School Admissions

This major welcomes eligible students who would like to earn a bachelor’s degree and a UC law degree in just six years, saving a year of tuition and time over the traditional path to becoming a lawyer. Students will receive careful advising to complete their major and A&S core degree requirements in 3 years. More information is available here.

Students in UC's College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Special Programs

Foreign language competence plus a working knowledge of other countries and cultures make international affairs majors highly valued in the marketplace. The international affairs curriculum at UC is designed so that students can easily complement the major by completing a variety of certificate programs in foreign languages and area studies (Asian studies, European studies, Middle Eastern studies, Latin American studies, Judaic studies). Political science, the administering department for the major, offers certificates in security studies (international security and homeland security) and international human rights.

In terms of activities, international affairs majors belong to the Political Science Student Association and the undergraduate chapters of the national law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta and the national honor society in political science Pi Sigma Alpha. Students also have the option of participating in Mock Trial, Model United Nations and a variety of student conferences. Many international affairs majors take advantage of study-abroad opportunities.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 at most recent institution

Transfer students should apply using our transfer student online application

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

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Changing Majors within UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for any on-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has a cumulative 2.0 GPA.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences, students must:

  • Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the university.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Application Deadlines

While midyear admission is possible, fall semester is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that semester. Applicants to the UC College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Affairs

Full-Time Program Duration

4 Years


Uptown Campus West


1121 Crosley Tower
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0375
Phone: (513) 556-3318
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