International Affairs


Students interested in International Affairs are thinking of entering and/or improving their positions in such key fields of work as government, civil service, politics, private business, international organizations, international communication, international information, journalism, research, education, and academics. International Affairs students need to have character, intelligence, ethics, motivation and to be achievers and leaders.
To succeed in contemporary, fast-changing, transitional society, students must be familiar with the way common and specialized problems such as equality, justice, economic growth, financial impact, democracy, freedom, responsibility, human rights, immigration, social welfare, environmental regulation, conflict, poverty, social injustices and population are dealt with around the globe. Students need to understand the historical, cultural, social, religious, and political foundations for dealing with these areas differently, and they need to assess their own societies within a more international, human and social context.

Recipients of an International Affairs degree should
· Be able to trace the roots of foreign policy actions to the geographic, geologic, inherited, linguistic, philosophic, dogmatic, psychological, sociological, institutional, technological, and esthetic influences on the actor’s personality and national character;
· Know the history of political formulation and implementation of foreign policy by the principal nation-states in at least two geopolitical/cultural areas.
· Be familiar with major theories of international relations and the specialized terminology of I.R. disciplines, analytic and prediction instruments of macro-and micro-economics, the development and current rules of international law, the practices of diplomacy, the capabilities and limitations of international organizations, international communication, international information, sustained and appropriate development, and the salient I.R. issues of our time.
· Have produced competent scholarly papers with minimal supervision.

Graduates have had the opportunity to study strategy and tactics, law, culture, theory of international business, finance and banking, geopolitics, cultural development, warfare, conflict, arms control/disarmament, ethnicity, racism, nationalism, international communication, and international information.

Recipients of the MA degree:
· Research, analyze, write and orally defend a graduate thesis.

Recipients of the Ph.D. degree:
· Take a comprehensive pre-dissertation oral examination; prepare a dissertation research proposal.
· Research, analyze, write, and orally defend a substantial, original, publishable dissertation

Degree Requirements

A Program
Candidates for the International Affairs degree of Master of Arts in International Relations & Diplomacy must have successfully completed 12 International Affairs courses: 7 required courses, 3 elective courses and 2 area courses, and have written and successfully defended an MA thesis. MA students normally begin their thesis in their second semester. The MA thesis is 100 pages minimum in length. An advisor will guide the student in the research, writing and oral defense of the thesis.

Transfer credits
MA candidates who have already taken an International Affairs course at a satisfactory level at another school may apply for a transfer credit. The limit is two transfer credits. Only graduate course work may be applied to a graduate degree. Transfer credits are not used in the International Affairs overall grade point required for good standing and graduation. The decision to award transfer credits is based on the quality of the work, the time interval since their completion and their relationship to the International Affairs program.
Students must complete all the requirements for the master’s degree within three years of the date of their initial registration in International Affairs. Students may petition for an extension of time in order to complete the master’s degree requirements. If granted, the student’s deadline is automatically extended for one year.

Ph.D. Program
Graduates of International Affairs’ MA program and other leading MA programs may seek the Ph.D. degree at International Affairs. Ph.D. candidates must complete the following steps:
· Successfully complete seven required courses, three elective courses, and two area courses.
· Be enrolled for at least two semesters at International Affairs.
· Pass a pre-dissertation comprehensive oral examination.
· Prepare and present, a written research plan of their proposed dissertation. This research plan has to be approved by the Ph.D. dissertation advisor before he will advise the candidate in the research, analysis, writing, and oral defense of his/her dissertation.

All requirements for the Ph.D. degree must be met within five years of admission to candidacy, with a minimum of two years for the research and writing of the dissertation. The student may petition for an extension of the five-year deadline. If approved the deadline is automatically extended for two years.

Ph.D. candidates are required to present a dissertation of at least 300 pages of research, analysis and corroborating data. The student must submit 5 typed, bound copies and one high- density disk of the dissertation to International Affairs for its library and/or commercial use.

Combined MA – Ph.D. Program
The C.I.A. at I.A.U. also offers a combined MA-Ph.D. degree program per the American model. The combined M.A./Ph.D. program allows the student to take the seven required courses for both degrees simultaneously.
Passage from the MA to the Ph.D. is not automatic. On completion of the MA degree, the C.I.A. Academic Committee will review the student’s academic file and decide whether the student can continue into the Ph.D. program. Students who are accepted as Ph.D. candidates will then go on to satisfy the Ph.D. requirements as given above.

Academic Programs


International Affairs is an interdisciplinary major This major helps students prepare for living and working in our increasingly global society–the interdependent world in which they will be competing and cooperating.
Students who major in international affairs focus on topics that are historical and in the news today and gain perspective on the forces that shape the events around us. Students will complete nine required courses and eight elective courses to be selected from among those in the International Affairs program’s dual categories of Regional Analysis (four courses) and Global Dynamics and Development (four courses).
In addition to required and elective course work, foreign language proficiency (through intermediate level II) is required, as well as an international experience. Students may fulfill the international experience requirement by taking advantage of I.A.U.’s Study Abroad Program, or programs sponsored by other universities. In addition, the requirement might be satisfied by participating in an internship abroad, which may be developed by the student, an academic department, the Study Abroad Office, or international co-op, which would be arranged through the Division of Cooperative Education.
Students are encouraged to apply to the program by their sophomore year to begin planning early for their International Experience. Acceptance into the major will be based on students meeting the program’s criteria for admission and availability of space in the programs. A 3.0 minimum grade point average is required for transferring into the major.

Academic Mission and Program
The College of International Affairs offers students a variety of courses dealing with the political environment of the 21st Century. The College’s primary focus is to provide analytical, reasoning and problem solving skills through the study of international, comparative, and domestic governmental institutions and processes. The Master of Political Science and International Affairs aims to provide students with the knowledge and perspectives needed to function effectively in public service, the private sector and as responsible citizens. The breadth and flexibility of the curriculum enables students to better understand the interplay between international and regional politics as well as the socioeconomic issues that influence the transformations taking place in Armenia and its government. The School’s approach is multi-disciplinary with strong emphasis placed upon providing students with a comprehensive understanding of democratic governance at the local, national, regional and international levels.

Admission requirements
In addition to the General University admission requirements explained in the Admission Section of this catalog, students wishing to enroll in the Master of Political Science program must have a four/five-year undergraduate degree with competitive grades, a competitive score on the GRE examination, and strong letters of recommendation. The School reserves the right to conduct interviews with applicants.

Graduation requirements
To graduate with a Master of Political Science, students must complete 80 credit hours of coursework, including either a Master’s Essay or a Policy Internship Project in the final quarter of study. Both the Essay and Internship Project carry 8 units of academic credit. All course units in the School, unless otherwise indicated, represent either four or two hours of class attendance per week by the student.
Full-time students must carry at least 12 credit units per quarter. While the majority of students complete all school requirements in two years, the maximum period for completion is three academic years. Degree candidacy will automatically lapse after this period. A course load of more than 16 credit units or less than 10 credit units requires prior approval from the Dean of the School. All required courses, except the Master’s Essay and Policy Internship Project, must be taken on a letter grade basis. A cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher is required for the granting of the degree.


The Program
The Master of Arts in Political Science was established in 1996. The faculty of the department is drawn from outstanding universities from all regions of the United States and abroad and it offers expertise in all major fields of political science. In recent years, M.A. students in political science have enrolled from a wide variety of American colleges and universities. Students have also entered our M.A. program from a number of other nations, lending an international flavor to the educational environment.
The Department of Political Science offers a program of graduate study designed to provide students with a broadly based firm grounding in the full scope of the discipline and a strong foundation in research methods. It covers all sub-fields of the discipline, and prepares students for careers in academic life and government service. It is especially well suited for students who want to acquire sophisticated theoretical and analytical skills before either pursuing a doctoral degree in political science or entering a career in a public or private research organization.

Past Placement
Recent graduates of our program have entered doctoral studies in Ph.D. programs at a number of schools Other graduates have taken positions in government agencies, political organizations, and research institutes. To find out more about what our graduates are currently doing, you can view a recent survey.

Computer Facilities
The Political Science Research Lab is open to graduate students 24 hours a day. It contains several microcomputers linked to the Internet, state-wide, and campus networks. A variety of research and word processing software is available for these machines. Knowledge of these resources combined with our emphasis on quantitative methods is a valuable asset to students who anticipate working in a public or private agency or at an educational institution. The Computing Center at the University is one of the finest in the United States, and it is one of the few to operate its own supercomputer. InterAmerican University was recently ranked first in the nation in student access to computers, and all entering undergraduate students are required to have PCs.

Applicants must submit:
· official transcripts of prior academic work
· three letters of recommendation (forms provided by the graduate school)
· the application form
· scores on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Records Exam
· Residents of non-English-speaking countries also must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language.
Applicants are encouraged to complete all application procedures early in order to be considered for admission in the following semester.

The Comparative and International Affairs Concentration of the MPA program in the College of International Affairs opens two distinctive perspectives for the master’s student.

First, the comparative dimension of the concentration will allow you to put your own system and experiences into a greater context. Through the process of comparing, we are better able to see the underlying principles and historical process, and thus, may have a clearer idea of what we can learn from others and how to go about usefully sharing our experiences with them.

The international dimension of the concentration emphasizes the fact that we do not operate in a vacuum, and the public sector is increasingly subject to forces that do not originate in the United States. Certainly, decisions you will make as a professional in the public sector related to trade or emissions, for example, will have an impact far beyond our country’s borders.

The world into which you are going will likely be almost unrecognizable by the time you are at the height of your career. The Comparative and International Affairs Concentration in the Master of Public Affairs program can help assure that you are ready to meet that world.


Required Courses:

Cultural Pre-dispositions, Geopolitics, Political-Economic-Juridical-Social-Educational Institutions, International Relations Theories, Prediction and Risk.

This Course Focuses on Qualitative and Quantitative Research Approaches, Including Procedures and Issues Related to Research Design, Data Collection, Hypothesis Testing, Interpretation of Results, Professionalism, and Ethical Conduct. Guidelines are Presented for Conducting a Thorough Review of Literature and for Preparing Top Quality Written and Oral Research Reports, Papers and Work.

Governmental and Private Sector Interests and Influences, Historical Perspectives. Ethics, Professionalism, Material and Human Resources, Protocol, Analyzing, Reporting, Predicting, Negotiations.

Origins, Principles, Acceptance, Treaties, Global Jurisprudence, Tribunals, Enforcement.
CIA 564.

Micro-liberalism and Macro-engineering Techniques. Engineering through Tariff-Mechanism. Engineering through Quota-Mechanism. Non-tariff Barriers and Protectionism in the Light of Strategic Trade Theories. Mechanics of Block-Buildings with View to Optimization. Resource-Movement and Sustained Development. International Liquidity and Balance of Payments. Engineering under Flexible and Fixed Exchange Rates. International Macro-Coordination. Statistics and Sectors, Growth, Competition, Inflation, Employment, Social Welfare, Structural Adjustment, Commodities, International Trade and Finance, Monetary Issues.

Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations. The UN System; EU; OECD; NATO; OSCE; APEC; OPEC; ASEAN; WTO; NAFTA; Multinational Corporations; Regional Organizations; Others. Their Historical and Contemporary Development, Organization, Operations, Opportunities, Responsibilities, Contemporary Roles, Influence and Proximate Futures.

The Various Realities and Issues that Complicate Peoples’, States’, Regions’ and the World’s search for Peace, Security, Stability, Prosperity, Hope and Justice in Today’s Rapidly Changing/Interdependent/Global World.

Elective Courses:

Early Theories, Schools of Thought, Concepts, Contemporary Use and Application.

Objectives, Strategy and Tactics, Conflict and Cooperation, Planning, Military History and Types of Warfare, Alliances, Peace Strategies, Arms Control and Disarmament, Strategies for Economics, International Law and Social Agendas, Simulations.

Race, Religion, Ethnicity, Nationalism, Language, Citizenship, Minorities, History, Geography, Insights from the Human, Social and Physical Sciences.

International Communication, Sender / Message / Flow / Means-Technology, Print / Gate Keepers / Receivers and Their Influences. It examines Local, National and Global Print Media, Broadcasting, Film, News Agencies, and It Compares Different National and Regional Communication Systems.

Economic Theory and International Trade; Smithian, Ricardian and HIO Models; Models Built on Economies of Scale, Technological Gap, Productive Cycle, Strategic Trade Theories, International Monetary System, Institutions and Mechanisms, Modern Capital Markets and Banded Flexible Rates, Mechanisms of Monetary Adjustment.

This Course Examines the Root Cause of War in General and Then Focuses on Specific Wars – Classic and Modern, for Example the Pelopponesian Wars, the Punic Wars, Followed by Selected Wars: the Seven Years War, French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, World War I, World War II, and the Cold War, Ethnic and Nationalistic Civil Wars.

Computers, Telephones, Modems, Internet, Information Highway, World Wide Web, Satellites; the Technical / Economic / Political Environments; the Actors; the Legal Framework; Freedom of Information.

The Course is Designed to Provide Necessary Understanding of Modern Political Institutions, Such as Democracy, Human Rights, Free Market Economies, Rule of Law and Order, Universal Suffrage, Within the Framework of the West, From the French Revolution to Bosnia, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo and Zaire.

This Course Will Analyze the Influence of Culture and Religion Upon Western Political Institutions. The Course Will Center on Various Concepts of State, Justice and Political Violence, Within the Framework of Political Organizations, Polytheism-Monotheism-Atheism. The Course Will Include Rome, Medieval Europe, the United States, Revolutionary France, Nazi Germany, Communist Russia and China, etc.

The Course Will Center on Various Sociopolitical and Economic Developments in the World Since the End of World War II. Particular Attention Will be Paid to Concepts of Modernism and Postmodernism and Their Relations to Politics, Culture, Ideology, Religion, Communication, Knowledge, Justice, Political Action. Discussion Topics Will Include the French Revolution and the Project of Modernity; Political and Ideological Implications of Modernity; the End of History and Post Modernity; the Rise of Communication and Information, Visual Culture; Decentralization / Withering away of Nation-States, and the Rise of MNCs; the Importance of the Individual; Demographic Explosion; and the Rise of Global Organized Crime.

Geopolitical & Cultural Area Courses:

I: CIA – Central and South America
II: CIA – Eastern and Western Europe
III: CIA – The Middle East and North Africa
IV: CIA – Sub-Saharan Africa
V: CIA: – South and Central Asia
VI: CIA – East and Southeast Asia

Note 1 – Two Area courses required of all MA candidates.
Note 2 – Two Area courses required of all Ph.D. candidates.
Note 3 – Students will be acquainted in the area courses with a sampling of the most esteemed works of literature, music, theater and of the other arts produced in the area studied, along with the main doctrinal elements of dominant religions, the characteristics of principal languages, and the traditional ethnic cultures.
XXXI MA Thesis – six credits
XXX Internship – carries three elective credits per internship, two internships permitted per degree, one internship permitted per semester