Global Affairs
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

Africa Concentration

The BA in global affairs concentration in Africa challenges students to understand the historic, economic, social, and political issues confronting all of Africa. Course options include African diaspora experiences. Students interested in art history, French, and government should consider this concentration.

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Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing a BA in global affairs must complete additional college requirements for the BA degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students pursuing this degree must complete 36-39 credits within the major, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.  Students completing the Smithsonian-Mason semester program will have a total of 40-43 credits. Students must have a minimum grade of 2.00 in each of the core courses and a minimum grade of 1.67 in each of the courses used to fulfill the concentration and the language requirement for global affairs majors.  Students who major in global affairs may not also earn the minor in global systems or receive credit for ECON 390.

Six core courses (18 credits)

GLOA 101 - Introduction to Global Affairs Credits: 3 or SOCI 120 - Globalization and Society Credits: 3

CONF 340 - Global Conflict Analysis and Resolution Credits: 3

CULT 320 - Globalization and Culture Credits: 3

ECON 385 - International Economic Policy Credits: 3

EVPP 337 - Environmental Policy Making in Developing Countries Credits: 3

GOVT 322 - International Relations Theory Credits: 3 (Note the prerequisite for this course: GOVT 132 or GOVT 133.)

6-9 credits of language study beyond intermediate proficiency

To fulfill this requirement, students can continue the study of one language beyond the intermediate proficiency level (required for all BA degrees in the college) or choose to study other languages. After a student has demonstrated intermediate proficiency in one language, the remainder of the requirement may be fulfilled by taking any courses taught in a foreign language, at any level. Students are required to complete:

  • 9 credits beyond the completion of 210 or the receipt of heritage language waiver
  • 6 credits beyond the completion of 202

Four courses (12 credits) in an approved concentration

Courses applied to a global affairs concentration must come from at least two different departments. Concentration courses must be unique to the concentration: they cannot be simultaneously used to fulfill any Mason Core or college requirement for the bachelor's degree. They cannot be applied to any other major, minor, concentration, or certificate.

In addition to the courses listed below, other relevant courses, including special topics courses, study abroad, and internships (maximum 3 credits), may be applied to a concentration with prior written approval from the director.

By World Region

◊ Concentration in Africa (AFR)

This concentration focuses on the societies of Africa, their history, culture, economics, and politics, including the pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial experiences. Course options include African diaspora experiences. Students interested in art history, French, economics, government, and history should consider this concentration.

Choose 12 credits from the following:

ARTH 380 - African Art (Topic Varies) Credits: 3

ECON 362 - African Economic Development Credits: 3

FREN 451 - Topics in Sub-Saharan Francophone Literature and Culture Credits: 3

GGS 325 - Geography of North Africa and the Middle East Credits: 3

GOVT 432 - Political Change and Social Development in Sub-Saharan Africa Credits: 3

HIST 261 - Survey of African History Credits: 3

HIST 262 - Survey of African History Credits: 3

HIST 335 - The African American Experience in the United States: African Background to 1885 Credits: 3

HIST 336 - The African American Experience in the United States: Reconstruction to the Present Credits: 3

HIST 360 - History of South Africa Credits: 3

or other course approved by the program director

Total: 12 credits

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in global affairs may fulfill this requirement by successfully completing EVPP 337.

Total: 36-39 credits (Students completing the Smithsonian-Mason semester program will have 40-43 credits.)


Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120.

Degree Total: Minimum 120 credits

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