2019-2020 Catalogue

International Affairs Major

A major in International Affairs (IA) offers students the opportunity to gain knowledge, perspectives and analytical skills needed to navigate an increasingly globalized world. The curriculum draws on Bentley’s business strengths while providing the multidisciplinary perspectives of politics, international relations, geography and culture that are necessary to understand complex international interactions.

The International Affairs major emphasizes “hands-on” learning programs, such as internationally-focused internships, Model United Nations and service-learning. All IA majors complete an approved international experience (semester or summer study abroad programs or faculty-led international courses) and develop proficiency in a foreign language.

With the advice of their IA advisor, students design a program that matches their academic interests, career goals or plans for future graduate or professional studies.

Combined with a minor or major in Business Studies, the International Affairs major prepares students for dynamic careers in the private, public or nonprofit sectors.

In addition to the specific major requirements described below, students must also complete the General Education Curriculum, and additional degree requirements for Arts and Sciences majors, including focused-course requirements, additional electives, modern language requirements and a Minor in Business Studies or Business Studies Major.

Course Title Credits
Major Requirements
GLS 116International Relations (Major Requirements)3
GLS 101Globalization3
or GLS 102 Comparative Government and Politics
GLS 110Global Regions3
or GLS 114 Cross-Cultural Understanding
GLS 403Model United Nations3
One GLS course at the 300 level or higher 13
Three GLS 200-level or above courses9
A Global Experience