Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs

The Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) at the University of the Incarnate Word is designed to provide students with a strong foundation to expand awareness and understanding of the complex world and promotion of responsible development, peace and justice. An appreciation of others values and institutions increases mutual understanding, enriches individual lives and prepares citizens and students for work in the global environment.

Why International Affairs?

The program emphasizes a broad understanding of the globalized world, including language preparation, to make the most of cross-border cultural experiences and study abroad opportunities. The International Affairs major and concentration includes an international inter-cultural experience in cooperation with the Liza and Jack Lewis III Institute of the Americas. The Institute of the Americas offers bi-national courses in collaboration between the UIW Campuses in Bajo, Irapuato, Centro Universitario Incarnate Word in Mexico City and the main campus in San Antonio. Students are encouraged to participate in an immersive, longer-term study abroad experience as well.


International Affairs Curriculum

The B.A. in International Affairs is a 121-hour degree program which offers students the opportunity to explore diverse course options and develop a strong understanding of international affairs.

International Affairs majors will work with their advisor to develop a personalized degree plan that fits the students academic and post-graduation needs.

39 semester hours, as follows:

International Affairs majors must also complete either a minor or an interdisciplinary concentration in addition to the major. Students who are majoring in International Affairs and taking the concentration in Pre-Law may not count courses toward both the major and the concentration with the exception of GOVT 1315.

Graduates of UIW’s International Affairs program tend to pursue careers in areas such as:

  • government
  • journalism
  • law
  • non-governmental organizations
  • international business
  • teaching
  • research

International Affairs prepares students to be creative and innovative thinkers, thus preparing them for careers in a rapidly changing environment.