Welcome to the undergraduate program of the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, whether you are a prospective student, a Georgia Tech student considering a double-major or minor, or a parent!
The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs is one of six schools in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech. The Nunn School has a unique position within Georgia Tech because of the overlapping impact of science and technology in international affairs.
We have three undergraduate degrees in International Affairs, International Affairs and Modern Languages, and Economics and International Affairs to meet students' specific interests and post-graduate objectives and are confident our curriculum will provide the essential and technical skills to enter the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
What is International Affairs?
International affairs studies the interactions of states, international organizations, and other pertinent parties. Because these relations are complex, organizations need critical thinkers and negotiators to analyze information, work on teams, and write concisely. As a student, you will take interdisciplinary classes, incorporating subjects such as economics, history, and languages to examine these relationships. The goal for you as a student is to acquire a toolkit to tackle some of these 21st Century challenges.
Why the Sam Nunn School?
The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs offers similar curricula to other Bachelor of Arts programs but also includes 22-credit hour STEM courses. Its unique position at a technological institute means students take classes in business, computing, design, engineering, and science in addition to the empirical methods and analytical courses offered through the Nunn School to obtain a Bachelor of Science.
The emphasis on science and technology means graduates gain empirical/data analysis and essential skills such as writing, oral communication, and critical thinking. Our students graduate with unique skills leading to atypical careers as business analysts, finance rotation program associates, innovation consultants, and data operations associates or more traditional jobs in development, law, policy, and security. We ultimately want graduates to use their skills to better the world.
Georgia Tech has over 400 clubs and organizations for students who want to connect, make friends, and build skills. Activities range from cultural, religious, and political organizations to leisure and service among many others! The Nunn School also sponsors the Model United Nations team for those interested in improving their negotiation, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Students have the opportunity to study abroad in faculty-led programs year-round. In the fall and spring semesters, Nunn School students can study abroad at the Georgia Tech-Lorraine campus with peers and in classes taught by Ivan Allen College faculty. In the summer, students can spend between 7 to 10 weeks to earn 9 to 12 credits in a Nunn School faculty-led abroad program.
Small Class Size
The average undergraduate class has approximately 26 students. The introductory courses usually are bigger and decrease in size as students delve deeper into their studies. This smaller class structure allows for more individualized attention from professors.
The Nunn School offers a five-year BS/MS for International Affairs, International Affairs and Modern Languages, and Economics and International Affairs for students enrolled in our undergraduate programs. The five-year BS/MS program gives students a competitive edge in the 21st Century job market.