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Flags from many different cultures hang alongside Main Street and Tappan Square. Photo credit: Walter Novak
Program Overview

International Affairs

Program Type: Integrative Concentration

The International Affairs Integrative Concentration is grounded in the social sciences and focused on contemporary issues and their recent history. This approach helps students broaden their understanding of the current dominant modes of international interactions, and the global nature and consequences of those interactions. Through a broad and multidisciplinary curriculum, students will develop the ability to analyze global issues, understand the dynamics of cross-cultural communication, and appreciate the characteristics of regions outside the United States. Students may choose from more than 100 courses across the curriculum dealing with factors shaping global affairs.

Why Study International Affairs at Oberlin?

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Internship Opportunities
Associated Faculty
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Variety of courses
Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley

Practicing International Affairs

Students interested in a career that focuses on international affairs in or out of the United States should consider the new Diplomat in Residence initiative. Retired Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley will teach an introductory course, Practicing International Affairs, that’s designed to offer insights into careers in foreign service, international media, think tanks, and more.

Sample Courses

  • POLT 120 Introduction to International Politics 4 credits
  • HIST 122 MENA History from 1800 to the Present 4 credits
  • ECON 326 International Trade 4 credits
  • AAST 357 Empire and Resistance in the Caribbean 4 credits

International Affairs Faculty

Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines through writing and research. They are committed to undergraduate education and teach everything from first-year seminars to advanced courses.

Explore Faculty within International Affairs

“One of the duties that I take so seriously [in] my work in the international affairs program is to open up opportunities of exposure for Oberlin students to know about international communities and also interact as much as possible with prominent scholars and prominent experts from other countries.”

Zeinab Abul-Magd, Professor of History
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