In addition to the International Affairs major requirements, all Northeastern students must complete coursework required as part of the general education curriculum known as the NU Core.
The NU Core requirements are:
First-Year Learning Community: A linked set of two or more courses in the same semester in which students are cohort-registered; provides integration of subject matter and an opportunity for students and faculty with similar interests to become acquainted.
Knowledge Domains (4 courses): An approved introductory-level course in each of three knowledge domains - arts/humanities, social science, and science/technology - and an intermediate or advanced course outside the major department. The social science knowledge domain is fulfilled by coursework required for the International Affairs major.
Writing Intensive Instruction (4 courses): A first-year writing course and an advanced writing course provided by the English Department and two approved writing-intensive courses in the majors. For International Affairs majors, INTL3400 and INTL4700 serve as the two major-specific writing courses.
Mathematical/Analytical Thinking (2 courses): An approved introductory-level course in mathematical thinking and its application to posing and solving problems and an approved intermediate-level course in modes of thought that allow abstraction, application, and synthesis of information.
Comparative Study of Cultures (1 course): One course approved for this requirement or another approved approach, including study abroad. Completion of a study abroad program or Dialogue of Civilizations program fulfills this NU Core requirement.
Integrated Experiential Learning: One approved experience with a reflective component for each student and opportunities disbursed throughout each student's undergraduate education to encourage the development of seeing connections between course work and experiential learning.
Capstone Experience (1 course): An approved course in the final semesters that acts as a final integrator of the major, general education, and experiential aspects of the student's education. Generally, this course also includes writing-intensive work and research or creative activity. Senior Capstone in International Affairs (INTL4700) is required for the major and counts as the Capstone Experience for the NU Core.