Program Description

The study of Global Affairs offers both broad perspectives and specialized knowledge on complex issues such as terrorism, refugee crises, global inequality, and health and environmental challenges. Core courses in the major provide the foundation for this understanding. Your choice of a thematic or regional concentration helps you tailor your degree to your particular interests and career goals.

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Program: Global Affairs

Degree: Undergraduate

College/School: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Credits: 120 total

Who should apply?

Students interested in developing specialized knowledge of the global political, economic, cultural, and environmental processes with the goal of working in governmental or nongovernmental organizations, international law or security, business, health, or humanitarian efforts and many more fields should choose the Global Affairs major. The choice of a thematic or regional concentration helps students tailor the degree to particular interests and career goals. Concentrations include world regions as well as the Environment, Global Economy and Management, Global Inequalities and Responses, Global Governance, Human Security, and International Development.

Why choose George Mason?

All students have opportunities for research, global engagement, and career preparation.

Requirements: 120 credits total

There are 36 credits Global Affairs core and specialization courses plus 6 credits of foreign language study beyond intermediate proficiency required. See the catalog for additional College course requirements.

A minimum of 24 credits must be upper-level courses (300-level or above). Students seeking a bachelor’s degree must apply at least 45 credits of upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above) toward graduation requirements.

For a sample four year plan of study and degree planning worksheet for the BA in Global Affairs, look here

For detailed information on the degree requirements for the BA in Global Affairs, visit Mason’s Global Affairs website .

Various course and lab fees may be assessed depending on the course(s) in which the student is enrolled. Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees.

For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Additionally, your current employer may provide tuition reimbursement opportunities for graduate studies.

Global Affairs graduates have found successful job placements in the public and private sector. Here is a small sample of placements:

·       Embassies across the world

·       US Department of State

·       Chemonics International

·       USAID

·       Partners in Health

·       Deloitte

·       The World Bank

·       BAE Systems

·       AmeriCorps

·       Randstad

·       US Department of the Interior

·       US Department of Transportation

·       US Department of Justice

·       Department of Homeland Security

·       FAA

·       TSA

·       Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance

·       HSBC

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