FAQs

General

1. What is Global Affairs?

At the heart of the Global Affairs major, we strive to understand the underlying causes and consequences of transnational socio-economic, political, and development challenges. For more, see Why Global Affairs?

2. What Global Affairs courses are being offered in AY 2017-18?

Semester 1 Semester 2
Required Courses

  • Introduction to Global Affairs
  • Methods in the Social Sciences

Core Courses

  • International Relations
  • International Development
  • International Political Economy

Elective Courses

  • Political Concepts
  • International Migration
  • Conflict and Cooperation in East Asia
  • Contemporary European Politics
  • Law, War, and Peace in the Middle East

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Required Courses

  • Introduction to Global Affairs
  • Methods in the Social Sciences

Core Courses

  • International Relations
  • Globalisation on the Ground
  • International Security

Elective Courses

  • Migration Policy
  • Ethics and Global Affairs
  • Conquest, Territorial Expansion, and International Law
  • Politics of Identity in Developing Countries
  • Chinese Foreign Policy
  • India as a Rising Power
  • U.S. Foreign Policy

Cross-Listed Courses with GA

  • International Trade
  • International Finance
  • The Anthropology of Human Rights
  • Religion and the Media Turn
  • Medical Anthropology: The Canon
  • Ethnography
  • Chinese Politics
  • Populism and Democracy
  • Global Cities
  • Cities of the Global South

Global Affairs Majors

1. Will you offer the required courses for students who major in Global Affairs, like Introduction to Global Affairs and Methods in the Social Sciences, every semester?

For AY 2017-2018, both of these courses are offered each semester. Equivalent courses taken while on a summer or semester study abroad programme can count towards the requirements of the Global Affairs major, contingent on the approval of the Head of Studies.

2. How often will you offer the six core courses?

For AY 2017-2018, Global Affairs is offering three core courses each semester, covering five of the six core courses across the two semesters. They are offered on a regular and rotating basis. Students must take at least two of these six core courses, but we encourage students to take additional core courses according to their interests. Equivalent courses taken while on a summer or semester study abroad programme can count towards the requirements of the Global Affairs major, contingent on the approval of the Head of Studies.

3. Must the required courses or Global Affairs core courses be taken before elective courses?

No. We strongly recommend students take the appropriate core courses (any of the two out of six core courses) before they take advanced 3000 or 4000 elective courses, or take them simultaneously with the appropriate elective courses. Note that some of the upper-level electives have pre-requisites and/or require instructor approval. As a reference, the Global Affiars core courses are: ‘International Relations,’ ‘Globalisation on the Ground,’ ‘International Political Economy,’ ‘International Development,’ ‘International Security,’ and ‘Global Governance.’

4. What if I am interested in taking elective courses offered by another major at Yale-NUS College? Can I count this towards the requirements of the Global Affairs major?

Yes you can, provided that the elective course is a cross-listed course. Cross-listed courses are operated by another major within Yale-NUS College. Based on their content, these cross-listed modules have been pre-approved to count towards the requirements of the major. For more details on the number of cross-listed courses that you can count towards your major, please consult the Global Affairs programme description.

5. What if I am interested in taking elective courses offered by a faculty outside of Yale-NUS College? Can I count this towards the requirements of the Global Affairs major?

Yes you can, provided that the elective course is a cross-registered course. Cross-registered courses are operated by a faculty outside of Yale-NUS College, such as at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at NUS or the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. For more details on the number of cross-registered courses that you can count towards your major, please consult the Global Affairs programme description.

6. What if I am interested in taking elective courses while on a study abroad programme? Can I count this towards the requirements of the Global Affairs major?

Selected courses taken while on a summer or semester study abroad programme can count towards the requirements of the Global Affairs major. However, this is contingent on the approval of the Head of Studies. 

 

7. How do I track my progress towards completing my Global Affairs major requirements?

You should keep in regular contact with your Vice Rector or Global Affairs advisor to plan your courses in order to ensure that you complete the requirements for a major before the end of your fourth year at Yale-NUS College. Remember, it is incumbent upon you to reach out and work with your Vice Rector or advisor.

8. What if I do not know who is my Global Affairs advisor?

If you do not know who is your Global Affairs advisor, then you should email the Head of Studies to find out. Moreover, you should set up a meeting to get to know your advisor. Remember, we are here to help you.

9. What are my options for completing my Global Affairs Capstone?

Global Affairs majors can choose between two distinct options to fulfil the capstone requirement. The first option is for students to carry out an original and theory-driven research project that explores a transboundary challenge as addressed from an interdisciplinary perspective. The second option is for students to complete an experiential and policy-oriented project as part of an internship. For further details regarding your options for completing a Global Affairs Capstone, please check the Capstone Details.

10. Where do I get an idea for my Global Affairs Capstone?

What puzzles you the most about Global Affairs? Do you have a passion for a particular topic or global issue? If you do, then this is the best place to start to develop an idea for your capstone. The Global Affairs faculty is here to guide and to shape your puzzle or passion into a question that can serve as the basis for a successful Capstone project regardless of which option you choose.

Global Affairs Minor

1. I am interested in Global Affairs, but I think I want to major in another subject. Can I also minor in Global Affairs?

Absolutely! We have designed a minor specifically for students who are interested in Global Affairs but are committed to another major.

2. What are the requirements to earn a Global Affairs minor?

In order to earn a Global Affairs minor, you must complete 5 courses (25 MC) within or related to the major. At least half of these courses (12.5 MC) must be taken at Yale-NUS College. The Head of Study must approve these courses, and these courses must be taken for a letter grade unless there exists an eligible exception. For more details, please consult the Global Affairs programme description.

3. As a Global Affairs minor, do I also have to take the required courses for Global Affairs majors, Introduction to Global Affairs and Methods in the Social Sciences?

As a Global Affairs minor, you will be required to take the course ‘Introduction to Global Affairs.’ Students who minor in Global Affairs are encouraged, but not required, to take the module ‘Methods in the Social Sciences.’

4. What if I am interested in taking elective courses offered by another major at Yale-NUS College? Can I count this towards the requirements of the Global Affairs minor?

Yes you can, provided that the elective course is a cross-listed course. Cross-listed courses are are operated by another major within Yale-NUS College. Based on their content, these cross-listed modules have been pre-approved to count towards the requirements of the minor. For more details on the number of cross-listed courses that you can count towards your minor, please consult the Global Affairs programme description.

5. What if I am interested in taking elective courses offered by a faculty outside of Yale-NUS College? Can I count this towards the requirements of the Global Affairs minor?

Yes you can, provided that the elective course is a cross-registered course. Cross-registered courses are operated by a faculty outside of Yale-NUS College, such as the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at NUS or the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. For more details on the number of cross-registered courses that you can count towards your minor, please consult the Global Affairs programme description.

6. What if I am interested in taking elective courses while on a study abroad programme? Can I count this towards the requirements of the Global Affairs minor?

Selected courses taken while on a summer or semester study abroad programme can count towards the requirements of the minor. This is contingent on the approval of the Head of Studies.

7. How do I track my progress towards fulfilling my Global Affairs minor requirements?

You should keep in regular contact with your Vice Rector or Global Affairs advisor to plan your courses in order to ensure that you complete the requirements for a minor before the end of your fourth year at Yale-NUS College. Remember, it is incumbent upon you to reach out and work with your Vice Rector or advisor.

8. What if I do not know who is my Global Affairs advisor?

A Global Affairs advisor has been assigned to every student taking modules in Global Affairs. If you do not know who your advisor is, please contact the Head of Studies. After which, you should set up a meeting to get to know your advisor. Remember, we are here to help you.

Internship

1. Where can I find information on internships?

The Centre for International & Professional Experience (CIPE) at Yale-NUS offers internship opportunities for a wide range of prominent places, including: intergovernmental organisations (IGOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), public sector, consulting firms, etc. You can find details on all these opportunities here.

Study Abroad

1. What about spending a year abroad? How do I apply? Where should I go?

We strongly encourage Global Affairs majors to take the opportunity to study abroad. Contact the Centre for International & Professional Experience (CIPE) for great information about study abroad opportunities.  They can also help you through the application process.

2. When should I go abroad?

There are many excellent study abroad opportunities around the world that will doubtlessly enrich your experience as a student at Yale-NUS College. The timing of your Study Abroad programme is largely dependent on your personal schedule. We think Semester 2 of Year 2 or Year 3would be a good time. This enables you to get a flavour of our Global Affairs modules on offer at Yale-NUS at the start of your second year here. In general, we can be flexible. However, students are typically not permitted to go on study abroad programmes during their capstone year. Beyond that, it is up to you when works best for your schedule. We in Global Affairs actively encourage you to take advantage of the various Study Abroad opportunities.

3. Can I count courses taken abroad toward my major?

Yes, courses taken while abroad can count towards your Global Affairs major requirements, provided these courses have been approved by the Head of Studies. Plan ahead with the Head of Studies and also contact CIPE for more details.

Career Information

1. What careers follow a Global Affairs degree?

Our recent graduates from the Global Affairs major have secured successful job placements in the public and private sectors in Singapore and globally. We have Global Affairs graduates working in the Ministry of Defence, think-tanks and foreign policy research institutes, consulting firms, mass media and communications, medical industry, and fellowships and graduate school programs in prestigious universities, to name a few.

The strength and versatility of Global Affairs draw from its unique, interdisciplinary nature. Our students strive to understand the underlying causes and consequences of transnational socio-economic, political, and development challenges. And, we study these pressing, global issues from a theoretical, empirical, and/or practical level. As a result, Global Affairs students are well prepared to go on to a wide range of related careers, including but not limited to: policy, diplomacy, international business and finance, development, journalism, or humanitarian work, and work at intergovernmental organisations (IGOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), public sector organisations, or multinational firms. The Global Affairs major is designed to allow you to pursue your specific interests and help you to follow a related career path.

2. What are good job search resources?

The best place to look for good job search resources is at the Centre for International & Professional Experience (CIPE). CIPE can help you to identify and apply for internship opportunities for prominent and wide-ranging places: intergovernmental organisations (IGOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), public sector, consulting firms, etc. You can find details on all these opportunities here.