Bachelor of Science in International Affairs and Modern Language

In partnership with the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, the School of Modern Languages offers a joint Bachelor of Science in International Affairs and Modern Language (IAML) with separate concentrations in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Students in this program take the same required core courses as for the Bachelor of Science in International Affairs, but also receive intensive foreign language training and learn the fundamentals of dealing with foreign cultures and societies. IAML students learn how to formulate the policy decisions that must be made in an increasingly multlingual and multicultural global forum. Our graduates are prepared for advanced graduate and professional study and are ready for employment in a large arena of globally oriented businesses, government agencies, as well as social service and not-for-profit organizations.


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

The degree requirements for the International Affairs and Modern Language (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish) - International Plan (IAML - IP) are basically the same as for the IAML degree, except that students are required to spend two terms abroad and then achieve Intermediate High (for Chinese, Japanese, Russian: Intermediate Low) on the standardized ACTFL testing scale during an oral interview. The costs of the test will be paid for by the School of Modern Languages for each student. The terms abroad must total a minimum of twenty-six weeks; typically these consist of one semester of study plus a significant amount of time spent with a research or work project abroad. Only one summer semester abroad will count in this total. IAML-IP majors are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Language for Business and Technology (LBAT) intensive summer programs offered by the School of Modern Languages.

In addition to gaining advanced global competence, the International Plan designation will set IAML majors apart from other applicants with recruiters from top companies and governmental agencies. Other required courses include the following, which can easily be obtained within the regular required curriculum offerings of INTA and Modern Languages (these requirements can also be met with courses taken abroad, upon consultation with IAML degree advisors):

Required Courses
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
INTA 4500INTA Pro-Seminar 43
CHIN/FREN/GRMN/JAPN/RUSS/SPAN 4500Intercultural Seminar 43
Total Credit Hours15

INTA 1110 focuses on international relations historically and theoretically, including topics such as the role of state sovereignty and nationalism and non-state actors in the international system; international conflict, peace, security, intervention, and nation-building; international organizations, law, and ethics; and transnational problems of the environment, terrorism, health, and migration; among other issues.


INTA 3301 provides a historical and theoretical understanding of the global economy, including topics such as international trade, finance, investment, and production; regional economic integration (such as the EU); economic development and modernization; and questions of natural resource sustainability.


INTA 3203 or approved INTA elective or upper-division Modern Language courses provide familiarity with an area of the world or a country that allows them 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 in International Affairs and Modern Languages/MS in International Affairs

Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher in IAC courses are eligible to apply for the program after completion of 30 semester credit hours at Georgia Tech, but before the completion of 75 semester credit hours, including transfer and advanced placement credits. Students who have more than 75 credit hours will be considered for the program on a case-by-case basis. Depending on demand, the required minimum GPA may be higher. Admissions decisions will be based on GPA and judgments of the Graduate Committee and 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 IAC courses. The program will not penalize students who opt out after the bachelor’s degree.

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