Trinity’s international affairs majors and minors are curious about the world around them, are deeply committed to the cause of social justice, and are respectful of all peoples and cultures.

In this program, you’ll work with faculty from such varied disciplines as business, communication, economics, gender studies, geography, history, languages, political science, and sociology as you study the most current global issues in a unique setting: Washington, D.C., a center of global policymaking and advocacy. Prepare yourself to become an active global citizen and to take on important roles in an increasingly interconnected world.

The fundamental skills you will develop in written and oral communication, critical reasoning, and research methodology are essential in any profession.

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Degree Level: Undergraduate
Degree Type: B.A.
School: College of Arts and Sciences
Offered as a Major: Yes
Offered as a Minor: Yes
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Trinity’s international affairs majors and minors are curious about the world around them, are deeply committed to the cause of social justice, and are respectful of all peoples and cultures.

In this program, you’ll work with faculty from such varied disciplines as business, communication, economics, gender studies, geography, history, languages, political science, and sociology as you study the most current global issues in a unique setting: Washington, D.C., a center of global policymaking and advocacy. Prepare yourself to become an active global citizen and to take on important roles in an increasingly interconnected world.

The fundamental skills you will develop in written and oral communication, critical reasoning, and research methodology are essential in any profession.

Turn your curiosity about the world and commitment to the cause of social justice into a lifetime career

Learn In Demand Skills

  • An understanding of the nature of international affairs, fostering, where possible, an emphasis on the relationship between international issues and issues of gender;
  • Critical assessment of global events, processes, trends and issues;
  • Intermediate written and oral competency in a second language;
  • Collect, compile, analyze, and corroborate factual data through effective independent research and organization of research findings;
  • Exercise leadership and collaborative skills in and beyond the classroom;

Gain Experience: Recent Internships

Trinity’s International Affairs internship placement in the DC area, include:

  • Offices of members of Congress
  • Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security
  • Institute for International Media Assistance, National Endowment for Democracy
  • Embassies of Yemen and Poland
  • National Consortium for Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (UMD)
  • People for the American Way
  • Rock the Vote
  • Center for Community Change
  • Learning Life

Prepare for Success: Potential Careers

International Affairs students could pursue one of the following career paths:

  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Public Policy Advisor
  • Lobbyist
  • International Business Consultant
  • Lawyer / Judge
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Travel Writer
  • Translator

Recent Trinity graduates have been accepted to the following programs.

  • School of Oriental and African Studies, MA in International Studies and Diplomacy
  • Harvard University, MA in International Affairs
  • The University of Maryland at College Park, Certificate Program in Terrorism Studies
  • George Mason University, International Commerce and Policy – MA
  • George Washington University Law School
  • Catholic University Masters in Social Work
  • Vermont Law School Master of Environmental Law and Policy

Featured International Affairs Courses

INAF 201 Introduction to International Affairs
INAF 251 Geography of the Americas and Europe
INAF 252 Geography of Africa and Asia
INAF 321 Contemporary Issues in Africa
INAF 363 U.S. Intelligence and World Affairs
INAF 383 Poverty & Humanitarianism

Trinity is an amazing university that gives great support and is very diverse…everyone has their own opinions. I was very involved at Trinity which helped me get a different and positive experience.
Yessenia Torres ’19 International Affairs

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