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International Affairs Pathway

The International Affairs Pathway prepares students to be knowledgeable and engaged global citizens.


If you want to learn more about our increasingly interdependent world, in which problems require global approaches and international cooperation, or if you want to delve into issues such as climate change, poverty, human rights, and pandemics, the International Affairs Pathway is for you.

If you follow the International Affairs Pathway, you will take courses from across the curriculum that shed light on global issues and challenges and that add to your knowledge about key international institutions, events and processes. As you undertake theoretical work on international affairs, you also will develop policy-oriented skills such as writing and communication.

You’ll be able to complement your overarching global learning with courses that allow you to explore your interest in particular regions of the world or in particular global issues, such as the international dimensions of climate change and the environment; development; human rights; conflict resolution; global health; international and national security; and global governance. The pathway supports students interested in careers in international organizations, governmental positions, nonprofit organizations and think tanks, as well as activism and research positions that focus on global affairs.

How does a DePauw education relate?

When you follow the International Affairs Pathway, you will take an interdisciplinary array of courses in political science, peace and conflict studies, economics, history and more. These courses will expose you to the origins, developments and contours of the international sphere and equip you with conceptual and historical knowledge and skills to shape global events in your future career in policy-making, research or activism.

What DePauw courses could I explore?

  1. POLS 150 - Comparative Politics

  2. POLS 240 - Contemporary Political Ideologies

  3. POLS 290 - International Security

  4. POLS 390 - Ethics and International Relations

  5. POLS 390 - Gender and Security

  6. POLS 265 - Intro to Environmental Policy

  7. PACS 100- Intro to Peace and Conflict Studies

  8. HIST - Modern Middle East

  9. HIST- European Union

  10. AFST - History of the Black Atlantic

  11. PHIL - War and Terrorism

Pathways and Applied Experiences

  • Internship opportunities through The Washington Center partnership
  • Study-abroad experiences across the globe

What other offices and programs might I connect to?

  • Political Science Department
  • Peace and Conflict Studies Program
  • Model United Nations

Who else can tell me more and answer my questions?

  • Deepa Prakash
    associate professor
    political science
  • Rachel Goldberg
    associate professor and director
    peace and conflict studies
  • Sunil Sahu
    Leonard E. and Mary B. Howell professor
    political science

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