International and Public Affairs (IAPA)

The concentration in International and Public Affairs equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be engaged global citizens.

Our undergraduate degree program, International and Public Affairs, equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be engaged global citizens.

This concentration offers three tracks: Development, Policy and Governance, and Security. The concentration is committed to engaging students in the classroom, enabling research opportunities with faculty and in the field, and supporting experiential work opportunities.


The International and Public Affairs concentration comprises 11 courses, including a common core of classes featuring a themed gateway lecture course, junior seminars, senior thesis or capstone seminars, a track foundational course plus five electives, and a qualitative and quantitative methodology course. Students can choose to pursue language instruction as an alternative to one of the two required methodology courses.


These not-for-credit study groups provide an opportunity for students to delve deeply into topics and apply theory and research to real world challenges. Enrollment in each group is limited to 25 students. 
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Anushka Srivastava, a junior concentrator in the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs' International and Public Affairs (IAPA) program, is taking a leave of absence during the spring 2023 semester to intern in the office of United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
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Salonee Singh '24 shares the impact that studying in Switzerland had on her IAPA studies as well as how it will help her navigate potential careers after graduation.
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