The B.A. in international development and diplomacy is designed to provide a graduate-style program in the applied study of international relations at the undergraduate level. Students will develop mastery of content areas in the fields of political and economic development, conflict resolution, and diplomacy as they apply to the development of the nation-state over time. In addition, the program places a particular emphasis on the role of women in economic and political development and the necessity for sustainable economic and environmental socio-politico systems. The program requires tested language competency using American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) exams. (These exams are the standard used to grade U.S. Federal employees on language proficiency.)
Graduates will be well-positioned for work with national governments, international governmental organizations like the United Nations or World Bank, or further graduate study at top-tier programs.
Students in the B.A. international development and diplomacy program must complete 121 credits, 45 of which are required to complete the major. The program consists of courses within political science, communication, and journalism. Additionally, students must complete 40 credits of University Core Curriculum requirements. Also, in consultation with an advisor, students must attain an ILR level 2 foreign language proficiency through external exam certification. Finally, students must participate in at least 2 approved semester long experiential learning experiences and obtain proof of participation from the political science coordinator or faculty advisor.