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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (IAF)
Eimad Houry, Director/Professor of Political Science
 
The Political Science Department offers a major and a minor in the student of international relations. International Affairs (IAF) is an interdisciplinary major designed to provide Mercer students with the basic tools and information required to develop an appreciation for an increasingly interdependent and complex global environment. All courses in this program have an international focus with emphasis on the interplay between domestic and international conditions. This major allows students to gain an understanding about, and appreciation for, other cultures and global issues, actors, and trends; prepare for international careers or graduate specialized training in international studies; enrich the Mercer experience and curriculum by emphasizing international issues; and fulfill the Additional Depth of Understanding requirement.
Successful completion of the interdisciplinary IAF major leads to a B.A. degree.
 
Major in International Affairs
48-59 semester credit hours minimum
Successful completion of this major fulfills the CLA Additional Depth of Understanding requirement.
Foundational courses—24-35 hours
IAF/POL 253. Introduction to International Relations
GDS 200. Introduction to Development Theory and Practice
GHS 200. Introduction to Global Health
IGS 301. Research Design
STA 126. Introductory Statistics
One Cultural systems course from:
ANT 101. Introduction to General Anthropology
GEO 111. Principles of Human Geography
One Economic systems course from:
ECN 150. Principles of Microeconomics
ECN 151. Principles of Macroeconomics
One Foreign Language sequence of CHN/FRE/GER/SPN 111-112-251-252
Part or all of the courses in the sequence may be exempted by achieving a specific score on the foreign language placement exam. A student already meeting the foreign language requirement for the major through exemption needs an additional 3 hours of ad advanced language or 1 additional course determined in consultation with the director. An IAF student wanting to study a foreign language not currently offered at Mercer should consult the program director for available options.
Human Security, Governance, and Environment—12 hours
Select 4 courses—no more than two from a single discipline.
ANT 350. Cultural Anthropology
ECN 441. International Economics
ECN 448. Seminar in Economic Growth
ECN 452. Environmental Economics
GDS 304. Development and Global Governance
GDS 305. Sustainable Development
GHS 300. Global Health Challenges
GHS 350. Global Health Policy and Diplomacy
IAF 382. Special Topics in International Economic Relations
IAF 383. Special Topics in Cross-Cultural Studies
IGS 198. Special Topics
IGS 280. Special Intermediate Topics
IGS 297. Global Ethics
IGS 380. Special Advanced Topics in Global Studies
IGS 402. Senior Project
POL 351. American Foreign Policy
POL 354. Principles of International Law
POL 355. International Conflict and Security
POL 356. The Politics of International Economic Relations
POL 365. Environmental Politics and Policy
POL 392. Special Topics in International and Comparative Issues
SOC 321. Globalization and Society
SOC 360. Environmental Sociology
WGS 314. Women in Developing Countries
Regional Studies—12 hours
Select 4 courses—no more than two from a single discipline.
ANT 250. Becoming Chinese
ART 375. Global Contemporary Art
FRE 301. French Composition and Conversation I
FRE 302. French Composition and Conversation II
FRE 315. French Civilization
FRE 320. French Literature and Culture Since 1900
FRE 385. Special Topics in French
GER 311. Conversation and Composition
GER 321. Contemporary German Society and Culture
GHS 370. Health in Africa
HIS 224. Sub-Saharan Africa to Independence
HIS 318. Wrecked and Rebuilt: Europe from 1914 to 1991
HIS 325. Revolution and Its Legacy in France
HIS 359. The United States in the Global Era, 1910s to 2001
IAF 381. Special Topics in Area Studies
IGS 380. Special Advanced Topics in Global Studies
IGS 402. Senior Project
PHI 247. Eastern Philosophy
POL 310. European Political Systems
POL 312. Politics of Developing Nations
POL 313. Politics of the Middle East
POL 392. Special Topics in International and Comparative Studies
REL 356. Eastern Religions
REL 357. Western Religions
SPN 301. Spanish Conversation and Composition I
SPN 302. Spanish Conversation and Composition II
SPN 313. Culture and Civilization of Spain
SPN 314. Culture and Civilization of Latin America
International Practicum Requirement
Complete one of the items numbered 1-5 and item 6.
1. Mercer on Mission experience pre-approved by the IGS chair
2. Traditional semester-long study abroad
3. International or internationally oriented, internship approved by the IGS chair
4. Faculty-led short-term study abroad organized by the IGS Department
5. Community service of 80 hours or more approved by the IGS chair
6. Participation in at least one simulation conference such as Model Arab League, Model United Nations, or Model World Health Organization.
 
Minor in International Affairs
18 semester credit hours minimum
IAF/POL 253. Introduction to International Relations
Two courses from the Human Security block of elective courses, one of which must be at the 300-level or above
Two courses from the Regional Studies block of elective courses, one of which must be at the 300- level or above
CHN/FRE/GER or SPN 251. Intermediate Language I. A student already meeting the foreign language requirement for the minor through exemption needs an additional 3 hours of an advanced language or 1 additional course determined in consultation with the director.
Successful participation in one of the following:
Model United Nations, Model League of Arab States, Model Word Health Organization, or a global awareness project on or off campus approved by the IAF director
 
IAF 253. Introduction to International Relations (3 hours)
(Same as POL 253)
The course surveys the diplomatic, military, economic, legal, and organizational theories and variables that shape our understanding of relations between countries. Special emphasis is placed on contemporary world problems such as the environment, human rights, conflict, population, and poverty. (Every semester)
IAF 381. Special Topics in Area Studies: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
Topics vary. May be repeated as topics change. (Occasionally)
IAF 382. Special Topics in International Economic Relations: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
Topics vary. May be repeated as topics change.
IAF 383. Special Topics in International Peace and Security: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
Topics vary. May be repeated as topics change. (Occasionally)
IAF 384. Special Topics in Cross-Cultural Studies: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
Topics vary. May be repeated as topics change. (Occasionally)
IAF 400. Senior Project in International Affairs (3 hours)
Prerequisites: POL/IAF 253 and senior status, or permission of director.
Supervised independent study, with an emphasis on the correlation of different approaches to international affairs. (Every year)