International Affairs (IA)

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IA 210.     Theories of International Relations. 3 Units


Examines the theoretical literature of international relations and the various methodologies or approaches employed in the study of international relations. It also introduces the student to the scope of the field by identifying the major areas of study occupying the attention of scholars.

Cross Listed: GOVT 230; only one may be counted for credit.

IA 212.     United States Foreign Policy 1945-Present. 3 Units


Chronological examination and analysis of the major issues in the conduct of U.S. foreign policy from 1945 to the present. After a brief introduction to U.S. foreign policy prior to 1945, will focus upon those issues since WW II that have been central to the evolution of U.S. relations with the rest of the world.

IA 214.     Research Methods in International Studies. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): STAT 1 or a statistics background.


Evaluation of research strategies and methodologies oriented toward familiarizing students with the basic concepts of research, hypothesis formulation, specification of causal relationships, and methods of analysis and evaluation. Students will be expected to formalize a research project or problem and to prepare a research design and bibliography pertaining to their project or thesis.

IA 216.     Foundations of International Economic Affairs. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ECON 1A, ECON 1B or ECON 204.


Interdisciplinary approach to understanding the functioning of the international economic system with particular reference to current trends, problems and policy options.

IA 220.     International Organizations. 3 Units


Examines the purpose, structure, administration and role of international organizations in the global system. The interaction of the United Nations, its affiliates, regional organizations, non-governmental international organizations and their impact on security, economic, social and environmental issues will be addressed.

IA 221.     Seminar in International Political Economy. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): An upper division course in the field and/or instructor permission.


This seminar is a graduate-level introduction to the theory and substance of international political economy (IPE). It examines the various theoretical approaches to IPE; considers the role of trade, money, and finance in the international political economy; analyzes the pattern and structure of global production, with an emphasis on multinational corporations; surveys international development issues, including Third World economic development strategies, the debt crises, structural adjustment, and economies in transition; and investigates the politics of globalization.

Cross Listed: GOVT 236; only one may be counted for credit.

IA 222.     Seminar in Comparative Politics. 3 Units


This seminar focuses on the works of major theorists and methodologists in the field of comparative politics, sample representative literature of area specialists and apply an appropriate methodology to a brief original work.

Cross Listed: GOVT 240; only one may be counted for credit.

IA 230.     Globalization and International Relations. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): An upper division course in international relations or instructor permission.


Introduction to the theories and substance of globalization. It examines alternative theories of globalization; considers globalization's political impact on the territorial state, regionalism, the welfare state, the military, immigration, and the environment; investigates the politics of the anti-globalization backlash; and concludes with an assessment of the future political trends of globalization.

Cross Listed: GOVT 239; only one may be counted for credit.

IA 295.     Internship in International Affairs. 1 - 6 Units

Prerequisite(s): Permission of Graduate Coordinator.


Planned program of work with an approved agency such as the United Nations, governmental embassy, international business or local/state government operation.

Credit/No Credit

IA 299.     Special Problems. 1 - 3 Units


Independent research.

Note: Open only to International Affairs graduate students.

Credit/No Credit

IA 500.     Culminating Experience. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Instructor approval; Advanced to Candidacy.


Taken after completion of all other requirements for the degree. Students may choose from the following options, which they must declare when they advance to candidacy: Thesis, Project, or Comprehensive Examination. Failure to pass the exam on first attempt automatically preludes the option of changing to either a Thesis or an Internship Project.

Note: Thesis and Internship may be repeated multiple times; may only be repeated twice for Comprehensive Exam.