International Affairs


Why study International Affairs?

International affairs is an interdisciplinary major that combines courses in political science, history, economics, women’s, gender and sexuality studies, journalism, environmental studies, geography, foreign languages and other areas. Students to acquire a variety of transferrable skills that allow them to examine a broad range of  international and global issues and problems using methods and conceptual frameworks from different disciplines.

Admission Requirements

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

International affairs majors develop interdisciplinary analytical skills to interpret and evaluate theoretical and policy arguments. Most acquire proficiency in one or several foreign languages and cultures which allow them to gain employment in the governmental organizations, private companies in the United States and overseas, and the non-profit sector because of their adaptability and capacity to work in various settings. International affairs students engage in in-class discussion and apply their skills to solve real-world problems with international and global implications. For further information and other opportunities visit the Undergraduate program’s webpage.

Graduates of this major pursue careers in fields including:

  • Foreign service and diplomacy)
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Private Businesses
  • Journalism and Public Affairs
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Intelligence and Military Affairs
  • Foreign languages, education and translation
  • Politics
  • International organizations
  • Public relations

Minors are not available in the international affairs program. However, students can choose to pursue a minor in Political Science, Journalism, History, Geography, Economics or other disciplines. Similarly, they can pursue a parallel degree (major, minor) in one or several foreign languages, Liberal Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Environmental Studies and others.

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.

The International Affiars Program has and advanced foreign language requirement. This competence, combined with a working knowledge of other countries and cultures, make international affairs majors preferred candidates for employment opportunities in the public and private sector in the United States and around the globe. The international affairs curriculum at UC enables students to 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.

To graduate from the UC 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.

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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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

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.

Contact Information

Pamela Latham
1109 Crosley Tower
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0375
(513) 556-3300

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Program Code: 15BAC-INTA-BA