International Relations Major

Description: A program that focuses on the systematic study of international politics and institutions, and the conduct of diplomacy and foreign policy. Includes instruction in international relations theory, foreign policy analysis, international law and organization, the comparative study of specific countries and regions, and the theory and practice of diplomacy.

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International Relations Major

What Kinds of Students Major in International Relations?

Beyond possessing the interest in this field generally, students in international relations should be interested in a general, liberal arts education. They will have to be comfortable in learning a foreign language. They will do extensive amounts of reading and writing. They must develop their skills in research, analysis, and presentation/communication and job preparation skills. They will engage in the writing of reports, will apply statistical and computer applications, engage in public policy analysis, and will make oral presentations, supplemented with audiovisual production. Many international relations majors become involved in appropriate internships, student government, or political action groups. International relations students are strong in analyzing complex social and political situations. They are efficient at gathering and organizing information and can do so when working under tight deadlines. They frequently have to work in groups.

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What Courses Do International Relations Majors Take?

The required and elective courses you would take for International Relations majors vary considerably among institutions. Courses are listed here that are illustrative of the breadth of topics you are likely to experience were you to major in this field.

  • Asian Security Affairs
  • Current Diplomatic Issues
  • Diplomacy and Global Security
  • Espionage and Intelligence
  • Global Economy
  • Global Governance
  • International Security
  • Leadership and Diplomacy
  • Muslim and Western Worlds
  • The Third World
  • Theories of War Terrorism and Genocide