UMass Boston

Global Affairs BA

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Prepare for a career in diplomacy with a comprehensive understanding of politics, economics, and cultures.

UMass Boston's online BA in Global Affairs, the first online bachelor of arts degree to be offered at UMass Boston, is an interdisciplinary program that will prepare you for advanced study and careers in governance, politics, NGO leadership, consultancy, enterprise systems and management of regional economies.

Choosing this degree means building a whole-world perspective as you are introduced to topics relevant to concerns shared among nations: cultural awareness and sensitivity, international public policy, international security, international development, economics, and environment and geography.

In this program, you will:

  • Describe the basic facts and concepts of global affairs and can relate these to contemporary global issues
  • Develop an understanding of core knowledge necessary to understand contemporary world politics
  • Effectively apply reading, writing, critical thinking, and analytical skills to address significant issues in the world based upon articulating one’s identity in a global context
  • Describe the impact of international events and systems at the regional, national, and local levels in at least one major area of the world
  • Adapt and apply a deep understanding of multiple worldviews, experiences, and power structures while initiating meaningful interaction with other cultures to address significant global problems

Career Possibilities

Represent your country's interests abroad as a diplomat or foreign service officer. Work as a global business consultant and provide expertise and guidance to multinational corporations. Or, work in humanitarian organizations or relief agencies, providing assistance and support in regions affected by conflicts as a humanitarian aid worker. These are just a few of the possibilities.

Become a(n):

  • Diplomat
  • International Development Specialist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Global Communications Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Aid Worker

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Program Declaration

At time of admission to the University or by completion of an Undergraduate Program Add/Change form.


Core Courses (9 Credits)

Major Electives (21 Credits)

Complete seven courses from the list below including at least one course from each group. At least four courses must be at the 300-level or higher.

Capstone (3 Credits)

Graduation Criteria

If this is the student’s only or primary major, the degree requirements below must be completed for graduation. See graduation requirements for more information.

Major Requirements

Complete 33 credits from 11 courses including three core courses, seven electives, and a capstone.

GPA: A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for all major courses.
Pass/fail: No more than one course taken pass/fail may be applied toward the major.
Residency: At least six courses, including GLBAFF 301, 350, and 490, must be completed at UMass Boston.

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