BA in Global Affairs

Mason’s global affairs degree is designed for students who are interested in international issues and the global dynamics that affect all societies.  You'll look at these subjects through many different lenses, including the political, the economic and the cultural. Our graduates pursue careers in international security and intelligence, global health and international development, law, business, media, and management.

Over the course of your education, you will gain a sophisticated understanding of complex issues such as terrorism, refugee crises, global inequality, and health and environmental challenges. Core courses in the major provide the foundation for this understanding. Your choice of a thematic or regional concentration helps you tailor your degree to your particular interests and career goals.

We encourage you to take your education beyond the classroom. Our program has one of the highest study abroad rates in the university. You tell us where you want to go in the world, and we’ll show you how it can fit into your major—without delaying time to graduation.   Global affairs students find incredible internships by taking advantage of the political and cultural resources of Washington, DC, for example working on Capitol Hill, at the US Department of State, the FBI, Human Rights Watch, and in embassies here and abroad.

As a global affairs graduate, you will:

  • Gain a deep understanding of political, social, economic, and cultural globalization
  • Understand the use of different kinds of data and theories to analyze current global issues
  • Be trained in writing effectively for policy and other audiences
  • Be prepared to work in cross-cultural environments
  • Have advanced language skills
  • Have expertise in your concentration, be it a world region or issues such as global governance, the global economy, international development, or environment


All students have opportunities for research, global engagement, public service, and career preparation.


Globalization World Cultures Global Views International Development