Bachelor of Science in International Affairs

The Bachelor of Science in International Affairs (BS INTA) program includes instruction in international affairs, foreign languages, ethics and philosophy, social and natural sciences, and computer science. Upper-division coursework provides training in four substantive areas:

  • technology, and scientific analysis, and ethics;
  • international security and diplomacy;
  • comparative politics, cultures, and societies; and
  • international political economy.

Graduates of the BS INTA program are prepared for advanced graduate and professional study and are ready for employment in internationally oriented firms, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

International Affairs majors are expected to enhance their education through participation in the International Plan, study abroad programs, internships, and a host of on- and off-campus programs. In addition to the numerous opportunities afforded through Georgia Tech's Office of International Education, the Sam Nunn School sponsors rigorous summer study abroad programs in the European Union (Brussels), East Asia (China, Japan, Taiwan), South Asia (Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand), Latin America (Argentina and Brazil), and Iberia (Portugal and Spain). Recognizing the importance of professional experience in enhancing a student's education, the Sam Nunn School encourages majors to pursue an internship or participate in the Cooperative Plan in their field of interest. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to get involved in a range of extracurricular activities, including Model United Nations; AIESEC; Sigma Iota Rho (the International Affairs honor society); the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy; the International Affairs Student Organization; and student conferences. Students are actively involved in the guest lecture series and participate in the biennial Sam Nunn/Bank of America Policy Forum.

INTA Undergraduate Information
APPH 1040Sci Foundation of Health2
or APPH 1050 Sci of Phys Act & Health
Core A - Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1712Survey of Calculus4
or MATH 1552 Integral Calculus
Core B - Institutional Options
CS 1315Intro Media Computation3
Core C - Humanities
Modern Languages 26
Core D - Science, Math, & Technology
Lab Science4
Lab Science4
MATH 1711Finite Mathematics4
or MATH 1551
MATH 1553
Differential Calculus
and Intro to Linear Algebra
Core E - Social Sciences
Select one of the following: 3
United States to 1877
United States since 1877
American Government
Government of the U.S.
US Constitutional Issues
Select one of the following:3
Economics and Policy
The Global Economy
Prin of Macroeconomics
Prin of Microeconomics
Select one of the following:3
Europe Since Renaissance
Revolutionary Europe
20th Century Europe
Hist Islamic Societies
Hist-Modern Middle East
Traditional Asia
Asia in the Modern World
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
Medieval Europe
European Labor History
Europe Intellectual Hist
Medieval England
Britain 1815-1914
Britain Since 1914
French Revolution
Modern France
Modern Spain
Modern Germany
Nazi Germany-Holocaust
Sci Pol Culture Nazi Ger
Women&Gender-Middle East
Modern China
Modern Japan
British Colonization
Hist Global Societies
Revolutionary Movement
Modern Cuba
INTA 1110Intro to Int'l Relations 23
Core F - Courses Related to Major
INTA 2010Empirical Methods 23
INTA 2040Sci,Tech & Int'l Affairs 23
Select nine hours of INTA electives: 29
INTA electivesINTA 1000/2000-level courses
Select one of the following: 43
Intro-Bioengr Stats
Geographic Info Sys
Intro to Computing
Intro Media Computation
Rep Structure & Behavior
Intro-Object Orient Prog
Data Input/Manipulation
Energy, Environ, Society
Environ Data Analysis
Digital System Design
Indust Dsgn Computing I
Graphic & Visual Design
Non-Linear Documents
Computing Techniques
Information Technology
Decision Supp&Expert Sys
Systems Analysis& Design
Major Requirements
INTA 2001Careers In Intl Affairs1
INTA 3110U.S. Foreign Policy 23
INTA 3203Comparative Politics 23
INTA 3301Int'l Political Econ 23
INTA 4500INTA Pro-Seminar 23
Additional INTA Electives
INTA Electives 3/4000 level 212
Modern Languages 16
Non-Major Cluster
Non-Major Cluster 315
Free Electives
Free Electives13
Total Credit Hours122

Students must complete twelve credit hours of the same language. Six credit hours are counted in Humanities, and six in major requirements.


 Minimum grade of C required.


15 credits required in either the same prefix or part of a coherent theme. Please consult with advisor on course selection.


Technical elective.

Research Option

The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs also participates in the Research Option plan offered by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). The Research Option offers students the opportunity for in-depth research experience working under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Requirements for participation in the Research Option include completing nine hours of undergraduate research, at least six of which are on the same topic, writing a research proposal, taking two 1-hour courses: LMC 4701 Undergraduate Research Proposal Writing (typically taken during the first or second semester of research) and LMC 4702 Undergraduate Research Thesis Writing (taken during the term in which the thesis is written), and completing the thesis. Students are also required to send a weekly update of progress of research to the faculty mentor. Along with their application, students must explain how the faculty mentor’s research experience will benefit the student’s research.

International Plan

International Affairs majors with the International Plan are engaged in a combination of study, research, or internship abroad for a total of twenty-six weeks. This overseas experience must be obtained over two terms (a summer and semester, or two semesters). In addition to gaining advanced global competence, the International Plan designation will set INTA students apart from other applicants with recruiters from top companies and governmental agencies. Required coursework for the International Plan is easily satisfied by the International Affairs core curriculum as follows:

INTA 1110Intro to Int'l Relations 13
INTA 3301Int'l Political Econ 23
Select one of the following: 33
Comparative Politics
INTA approved elective or upper-division Modern Language course
Select one of the following: 43
INTA Pro-Seminar
ML 4500
Intercultural Seminar
Total Credit Hours12

focuses on international relations historically and theoretically


provides a historical and theoretical understanding of the global economy, including topics such as international trade, finance, investment, and production; regional economic integration, economic development and modernization; and questions of natural resource sustainability


provides familiarity with an area of the world or a country that allows students to make systematic comparisons with their own society and culture


A culminating course, occurring either at the end of or after the international experience that integrates knowledge of the discipline and the international experience in a global context.

BS/MS International Affairs

The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs offers a BS/MS program for students enrolled in the International Affairs undergraduate program who demonstrate an interest in and ability for additional education beyond the BS degree.

Students in the BS/MS program will remain undergraduates until they meet requirements for the undergraduate degree, at which point they will receive their BS degree and be changed to graduate status. Students will be eligible to apply for the program after completion of 45 semester credit hours at Georgia Tech (i.e., at the end of their third semester), and if they show appropriate progress in their degree program thereafter. Any student in good standing in the BS INTA program is eligible to apply to the program. Admissions decisions will be based on GPA and judgments of the faculty who have served as advisors or instructors. Continuation in the program will require the student to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher in Ivan Allen College courses. The program will not penalize students who opt out after the bachelor's degree. Students participating in this program will be eligible for the six semester credit-hour Graduate Course Option, which allows students completing both the bachelor's and master's in the same discipline to use up to 6 credit hours of graduate-level coursework in the major discipline for both degrees.

The Graduate-level Credits Required in the BS/MS Program are usually as follows:

Core (includes 6 hours of shared courses)15
Technical Requirement3
Total Credit Hours42

Specific Requirements for the Program

INTA 6202Comparative Politics (Taken at Undergraduate Level)3
INTA 6302Intl Political Economy (Taken at Undergraduate Level)3
INTA 6003Empirical Research Meth3
INTA 6102Intl Relations Theory3
INTA 6103International Security3
MS Track and Free Electives24
Technical Requirement (or, INTA/Free elective, if waived)3
Total Credit Hours42

Contact the BS/MS program director for further information.