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Skidmore College
International Affairs

BA in International Affairs

33 credits in International Affairs

  • The requirements for the IA major consist of at least thirteen International Affairs-designated course requirements, for a minimum of 33 credits. (Note: IA majors must also complete an approved second major, minor, or regional concentration, for a minimum of 18 credits.)
  • The twelve international affairs courses taken must include one course from at least four different disciplines outside the approved minor, major, or regional concentration (in addition to the core IA 101 course).
  • For complete details on requirements for the major, please go here.

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About International Affairs

International affairs students examine the relations between and among nation-states, regions, and other international actors as influenced by culture, politics, economy, human rights, and the environment. Inherently interdisciplinary, the program draws upon 70 faculty from 22 academic departments/programs. As a major, in addition to required courses, you will propose a course of study, which provides breadth from different disciplines and depth through a specific area of study. You will also study abroad to experience how different political, economic, and social systems operate in different environments, and to enhance your communication and interpersonal skills with people from other cultures. IA prepares students for responsible global citizenship, leadership roles, and international careers in today's increasingly complex world.

Interesting Classes I Might Take

  • Foundational Courses (four clusters): Political World, Economic World, Cultural World, and Physical World
  • Global Financial Institutions
  • International Diplomatic Negotiations
  • Sub-Saharan Africa from a Cultural Perspective
  • Sustainable Development
  • Global Media
  • Senior Seminar

Full course list here

Beyond the Classroom

Recent faculty-student research projects: Innovation, Intellectual Property and Maker Spaces: An Empirical Study of Constrained Creativity in the DIY; and Open Hardware Movements; Branding Costa Rica as an Ecotourist Destination: Challenges and Opportunities

Recent internships: Brave Collection, a Cambodian jewelry collection that funds programs to empower girls and women across the globe; Commercial Services at the U.S. Consulate in Munich, Germany; English Language Department of Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers in Paris, France; National Democratic Institute in Kabul, Afghanistan; Sihan-Fushi, Chinese-owned clothing manufacturer/retailer in Kunming, Yunnan Province; Garden of the Righteous Around the World in Milan, Italy; and Permanent Mission of El Salvador to the United Nations, NYC

Study abroad programs: International affairs students can choose from approved programs in more than 30 countries across six continents. Examples include:

  • API in Buenos Aires, Argentina: Universidad de Belgrano, Argentine & Latin American Studies, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • API in Florence, Italy: Lorenzo de'Medici, Florence, Italy
  • Arcadia University Ireland - National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
  • CIEE Central European Studies Program in Warsaw, Poland
  • College Year in Athens - Semester and Academic Year Program, Athens, Greece
  • Washington Semester (Washington, D.C.)
  • IHP Cities in the 21st Century (multiple cities & countries)
  • SIT Study Abroad Netherlands: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • SIT Study Abroad Bolivia: Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change, Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • Skidmore in London: University College London, England
  • Skidmore in Paris: Liberal Arts, Language & Business, France
  • Skidmore in Spain, Alcalá and Madrid
  • University of Minnesota: MSID India, Bangalore, India

To see all the study abroad offerings.

To see student stories from their study abroad experiences.

Success After Skidmore

Careers: A sampler of what our alumni do

  • VP, Credit Suisse
  • Research associate, Boston Consulting Group
  • Trust accountant/investments, Fidelity Investments
  • Research recruiter, Euromonitor International
  • Reports analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • VP of global wealth management, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Fund
  • Accountant, PricewaterhouseCoopers Fund
  • Project manager, Chemonics International
  • Sixth grade teacher, Teach for America
  • Admissions coordinator, Johns Hopskins School of International Studies
  • Assistant executive director, Massachusettes Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus
  • Legislative analyst, Virginia General Assembly
  • International correspondent, CNN
  • Business analyst/benchmarking manager, Docklands Light Railway
  • Business analyst/biotech, Biogen Idec
  • COO, Klipmart Corp.
  • Development associate, NARAL Pro-Choice NY
  • Director, branded entertainment, NBC Universal
  • Director, community affairs/land use, New York City Council
  • Fellow, Monterey Institute of Nuclear Nonproliferation
  • Operations manager, Ascent Biomedical Ventures
  • VP, HSBC North America

Graduate Schools:A sampler of where our alumni go

  • Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy


Meet the International Affairs faculty members.