B.A. (Hons.) Global Affairs

Start Date
01 August 2021

End Date
31 July 2024

3 Years

Program Fee (Yearly)

Rs. 3.5 Lacs

Course Structure

Study Plan

Year 1

During the first year of coursework, emphasis is on making sure that students acquire strong foundations in the social sciences. They will read the classic texts in Philosophy, focus on key concepts in Economics, and review the main outlines of global politics in History. Most importantly, they will rigorously practice expressing themselves both in writing and in speech to learn how to effectively communicate their ideas.

Year 2

In the second year, JSIA’s faculty will begin pushing students to develop solid research and analytical skills so that they can begin to take control over their own learning. The faculty would like them to find something that they are passionate about and become a specialist on it.

Students’ increasingly advanced coursework will help as they start examining how politics plays out in specific regions of the world. They will also be moving from the general to the more specific as they enter into new sub-disciplines like Foreign Policy Analysis, Conflict Studies, and Development Studies.

Year 3

By the third year, students will be deeply immersed in the intricacies of contemporary global politics. How do individual international organizations work? How do diplomats operate on a day-to-day basis? Are changes in military technology fundamentally reshaping the global balance of power? Under what circumstances is international trade a benefit to societies? What is the role of media in today’s networked world?

The coursework at JSIA can be supplemented with an international exchange in a different part of the world, which will give students a firsthand experience of the world’s diversity.

Academic Programme

1st Year

Semester 1 (Fall) 7 courses

  • Introduction to Political Science

  • International History I

  • Introduction to Microeconomics

  • Critical Reading and Academic Writing

  • Introduction to Philosophy I

  • Politics of Developing Nations

  • Language

  • Total Credits: 27

Semester 2 (Spring) 7 courses

  • Sociology – I

  • International History II

  • International Economics II (Macroeconomics)

  • Introduction to Diplomatic Practice

  • Political Philosophy II

  • Quantitative & Qualitative Analysis

  • Language

  • Total Credits = 27

2nd Year

Semester 3 (Fall) 7 courses

  • Comparative Politics

  • International Security

  • Sociology of Development Studies

  • Introduction to the UN System

  • IR Theory & Concepts

  • Foreign Policy Analysis

  • Language

  • Total Credits: 27

Semester 4 (Spring) 8 courses

  • Conflict Management & Peace Negotiations

  • International Organizations

  • World News from Multiple Perspectives

  • Indian Foreign Policy

  • Electives (1)

  • Research Methods

  • Language

  • Total Credits= 27

3rd Year

Semester 5 (Fall)

  • Electives (4) 

  • + Language

  • Or Semester Exchange/Study Abroad (21

  • Mandatory Internship Report I (Reporting for semesters A & B) of 2 credits

  • Total Credits = 21

Semester 6

  • Electives (5)

  • Or Semester Exchange/Study Abroad (21

  • Mandatory Internship Report II (Reporting for
    semesters C, D & E) of 3 credits

  • Total Credits = 21

Total credits earned by the end of 3 years = 150

Summary of the BAGA Credit Structure


Total Credits

Semester A

27 credits

Semester B

27 credits

Semester C

27 credits

Semester D

27 credits

Semester E

21 credits

Semester F

21 credits

Total Credits for Graduation

150 credits

General Guidelines

  • BAGA students should complete five mandatory industry internships, to be completed in semester A, B, C, D & E. And they must submit two internship reports of 5 credits in their semester E (2 credits) & F (3 credits).

  • In semester F*: Students can opt for a combination of 3 electives + one IRS of 9 credits.

JSIA Elective Policy

  • BAGA Students are offered elective courses from their fourth semester of study. These courses are often interdisciplinary, involving elements of law as well as other disciplines in social science and management.

  • Beside the list of JSIA elective courses that are offered every semester to JSIA students, other JGU schools are also offer a number of cross elective courses that are available for bidding to JSIA students.

A. Elective Specialization (Clusters)

JSIA is offering elective courses that are categorized into four main clusters:

  • Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Economics and Foreign Policy

  • Defence andNational Security Studies

  • Human Rights and International Development

  • Global South Studies

  • BAGA Students can select three electives worth 12 credits from one track (cluster) to specialize in a given concentration and get awarded with a certificate of specialization after graduation in that cluster.

  • The three cluster elective courses can be taken in one semester or may be spread over two or more semesters (upon student choice).

B. Guidelines and Rules for Electives

  • Students can take a maximum of 36 credits outside JSIA electives (i.e. other JGU schools’ cross electives) which represent a 25% of BAGA program’s minimum credit requirements (150 credits).

  • Students should opt for at least one JSIA elective/cross elective course at every elective bidding.

  • External JSIA Credits exceeding 25% will imply the approval of the Dean of the School and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs for Undergraduate programmes.

  • The removal of an elective with an (F) is possible only after the final semester if the student has successfully substituted the ‘Fail’ elective with a ‘Pass’ elective and fulfilled all credit requirements.