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Areas of Emphasis

Regional Tracks

Regional tracks focus on the history, culture, politics and economics of a particular region. Students concentrating in one of these area pursue an advanced world language relevant to the regional area and often study abroad in that region.

Africa and the Middle East

This area of emphasis offers courses focused on Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Middle East. Students select from analytical courses in international and comparative economics, international politics, U.S. foreign policy and advanced language courses in French, German, Arabic, Swahili, or Turkish. Additional courses focus on the region’s political systems, development, geography, culture, religions and history. A study abroad experience is highly recommended, and WVU students have recently enrolled in study abroad programs in Turkey and Morocco.

The Americas

This area of emphasis offers courses focused on the Western Hemisphere. Students select from analytical courses in international and comparative economics, development, political geography, international politics, U.S. foreign policy and advanced Spanish language. Additional courses involve the

region’s political systems, cultures and history. A study abroad experience is highly recommended, and WVU is affiliated with several study abroad programs in Latin America, including trips to Cuba and the Caribbean.

East Asia

This area of emphasis offers courses focused mainly on East Asia and, in particular, Japan and China. Students select from analytical courses in international and comparative economics, development, political geography, international politics, U.S. foreign policy and advanced language courses in Japanese and Chinese. Additional courses involve the region’s politics, geography, philosophies, religions and history. Students in this area of emphasis often study abroad in Japan, and WVU has affiliations in both Japan and China.

Europe

This area of emphasis offers general courses on European affairs and specific countries within the region. Students typically focus on a particular country such as France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain or the United Kingdom. Students complete courses in international and comparative economics, political geography, international politics, U.S. foreign policy and advanced language courses in French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish. Additional courses examine the politics, geography and history of the region and specific countries. A study abroad experience is highly recommended.

Global Affairs Tracks

Global affairs tracks focus on the general nature of international and transnational relations with respect to issues in global affairs. Each of these tracks requires students to take courses related to professions associated with the particular area of international affairs.

International Business

This area of emphasis is designed for students with an interest in working for companies involved in international trade and finance. Courses involve accounting, economic statistics and international and comparative economics. Students also select from analytical courses in development, geography, U.S. foreign policy and international politics and business as well as cross-cultural courses focused on Europe, East Asia, the Americas or Africa/Middle East. Students with strong language skills are encouraged to take commercial language courses, and a study abroad experience is strongly recommended. WVU has several study abroad programs the focused on international business and economics (e.g. Cuba, China, and Italy).

Diplomacy and International Security

This area of emphasis is designed for students with broad interests in international politics, including career aspirations ranging from diplomacy (e.g. the foreign service or international organizations), the analysis of contemporary conflicts within the policy community or academia with a specialization in international relations. Courses involve policy analysis, research design, statistics and political geography. Students also select from courses in international politics, international and comparative economics, U.S. diplomatic history, foreign policy analysis and terrorism as well as cross-cultural courses focused on Europe, East Asia, the Americas or Africa/Middle East.

International Development

This area of emphasis is designed for students with interests in economic, social and cultural, and political change in Third World regions of the world. Because development issues often involve extensive government and international organization planning, this concentration includes courses in

policy analysis, public administration, research design, statistics and political geography. Students also take courses on development in economics, sociology, anthropology, women’s studies and political science as well as cross-cultural courses focused on Europe, East Asia, the Americas or Africa/Middle East.

Intelligence and National Security

This area of emphasis is designed for students interested in intelligence analysis with national security agencies (e.g. military or the CIA) or elsewhere in the policy community. Courses in intelligence and national security consider how intelligence analysts approach national security problems as well as the methodologies they use to gather and analyze intelligence on international situations. Foreign policy analysis courses apply foreign policy theories to policy questions in national security analysis. These courses encompass topics on both decision making within the U.S. government and the assessment of the goals and motives of states that the U.S. encounters in international conflicts. Because of the value of world language skills to careers in the intelligence community, this area of emphasis also includes a year of advanced foreign language. Professional internships within the intelligence community are encouraged.

International Environment

This area of emphasis is designed for students with an interest in environmental issues that are global in scope and how they shape international affairs. Courses in environmental biology, environmental geoscience and political science introduce students to the complexity of environmental problems and their international implications. Students also take analytical courses in environmental issues, international and comparative economics, development and politics as well as cross-cultural courses focused on Europe, East Asia, the Americas, or Africa/Middle East.