Start Your Career in International Affairs

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in International Affairs is a 121-hour degree program that offers students the opportunity to explore diverse course options and develop a foundation to expand awareness and understanding of the complex world and promotion of responsible development, peace and justice.

B.A. in International Affairs

The International Affairs 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 program includes an intercultural experience in cooperation with the Liza and Jack Lewis III Institute of the Americas. Students are encouraged to participate in an immersive, longer-term study abroad experience.

UIW campus Bajio in Mexico

Why International Affairs?

The International Affairs program at UIW prepares students to be creative and innovative thinkers in our rapidly changing, globalized world. Students can also participate in bi-national classes at our UIW campuses in Bajio, Irapuato and Centro Universitario Incarnate Word in Mexico City through our partnership with The Institute of the Americas.

Students who complete their degree in International Affairs can explore a wide range of career options in government, public policy, journalism, law, nongovernmental organizations, international business and many more industries.


Unique concentrations available for International Affairs majors


of UIW first-time freshmen received financial assistance


the average amount of need-based scholarships and grants awarded to full-time, first-time freshmen

Your Journey. Our Mission.

Since our founding in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, we have challenged our students to think critically, explore curiously and to leverage their God-given talents to make positive impacts on their communities and the world around them.

Career Outlook and Opportunities

Students who major in International Affairs tend to pursue careers in government, journalism, law, nongovernmental organizations, international business, teaching and research.

International Affairs prepares students to be creative and innovative thinkers, thus preparing them for careers in a rapidly changing world environment. Graduates are prepared for careers in diplomacy, government, communications, nongovernmental organizations, nonprofit organizations, the travel industry and businesses relating to international affairs or academia.

The median annual salary for political scientists was $128,020 in May 2022.

In May 2022, the median annual wages for political scientists in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Annual Wages by Industry for Political Scientists
Industry Annual Wages
Federal government, excluding postal service $138,840
Professional, scientific and technical services $124,020
Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional and similar organizations $81,350
Educational services; state, local and private $78,140

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A concentration in International Affairs will enable students majoring in other areas to gain a global perspective through a range of courses focusing on the international aspects of curricula in many disciplines including political science, history, art history, literature, sociology, business, economics and other fields. Below are some examples of careers students who major in International Affairs go on to pursue:

  • Political Scientists
  • Economists
  • Historians
  • Sociologists
  • Survey Researchers
  • Urban and Regional Planners
  • Market Research Analysts

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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