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International Affairs

Program Overview

Program Overview

The International Affairs major is the perfect way to maximize your semester abroad. Your 12 Global Learning credits will be applied to the major, fulfilling a core part of the coursework for this major. International Affairs integrates your language training, travels, and Lipscomb education. Further courses in political science and history will complement your experiences and broaden your knowledge base.

The world is shrinking and every career has an international facet to be explored. A semester abroad can become a value-added and efficient asset when combined with the International Affairs major. It merges an exciting experience into a scholarly pursuit.

If this sounds like the major for you, check out our Global Learning offerings here (



Travel Component:

A total of twelve credit hours from either a Lipscomb University Global Learning semester-long program or travel courses with prior department approval. 

Specific courses required:

  • PO 3033 - International Relations
  • PO 3223 - Research Methods
  • PO 4233 - International Law and International Organizations
  • PO 4243 - International Security: Problems and Solutions
  • PO 4313 - International Political Economy
  • PO 4993 - Capstone Seminar in Political Science

Twelve hours:

A total of twelve hours of credit from travel courses subject to department approval. 

Nine hours selected from the following:

  • PO 3133 - Authoritarianism and Democracy
  • PO 3153 - African Politics
  • PO 4053 - History and Politics of the Middle East
  • PO 4133 - History and Politics of Russia
  • PO 4213 - American Foreign Policy
  • PO 4813 - Washington Seminar
  • HI 3143 - Nineteenth Century Europe (1815-1914)
  • HI 3153 - Twentieth Century Europe (1914-present)
  • HI 4103 - Latin America
  • HI 4143 - Modern China and the Far East
  • LJS 3413 - International Conflict Management

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Study Abroad

See the world — whether it’s Italy, Austria, Costa Rica, England or another country. Career opportunities will open for you as you sharpen your foreign language skills. Gain the international experience and cross-cultural communication skills you’ll need in our global economy.

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Nashville, TN

A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville, Tennessee, an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.


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Our Faculty

  • Susan Haynes

    Susan Haynes

    Associate Professor

    Susan Turner Haynes joined Lipscomb University as an assistant professor in 2015. Prior to her doctorate, Haynes was selected as a Public Policy and Nuclear Threat (PPNT) fellow at the...

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  • Marc Schwerdt

    Marc Schwerdt

    Associate Professor and Chair of History, Politics and Philosophy

    Marc Schwerdt joined the Lipscomb political science faculty in 2004. His research has concentrated on perceptions of public service in children's literature and has been published in peer-reviewed journals Social...

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    Craig Bledsoe

    Special Advisor

    Bledsoe has served as the provost and chief academic officer at Lipscomb University since 1997. Under his leadership, the university has expanded to ten colleges that offer over 200 undergraduate...

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