Global Affairs, BA Online

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

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Students choosing this degree will build a whole-world perspective as they 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. Students must complete 120 credits to earn their degree. The Global Affairs major comprises 33 credits, with the remainder selected from general education required courses and electives.

The BA in Global Affairs welcomes both new and transfer students. Students may transfer up to 90 credits from accredited colleges and universities, and from schools with which UMass Boston maintains articulation agreements. Both new and transfer students will need to complete the university’s general education requirements for graduation (including world culture, world language and diversity).