David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences
International Relations
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B.A. International Relations

The interdisciplinary major in International Relations prepares students for professional careers and programs of graduate study that require a deep and nuanced understanding of the cultural, economic and political forces that shape relations among different social systems, nations and regions. The program combines the resources and unique perspectives of four distinct disciplines–economics, foreign languages, history and political science.

The curriculum is designed to be flexible, but rigorous, so that majors build strong analytical, quantitative reasoning and communication skills as well as a specialization in the foreign language, global regions and issues most relevant to their individual career paths. Required coursework provides a foundation in one or more of several foreign languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian or Spanish) and the diverse methodologies and perspectives used across the social sciences to understand interactions among different societies. Majors have the opporutnity to choose from a broad range of electives to develop one or more areas of substantive or regional expertise that reflect their primary areas of interest.

Ideally, every international relations major will study or intern for a semester in a foreign country, and thus most students in the program complete at least some of their coursework through one of the many exchange programs administered by the University’s Office of Study Abroad. Majors are encouraged strongly to complement their coursework with practical, hands-on learning experiences; thus, a portion of their requirements may be fulfilled by conducting original research or completing internships with international organizations, institutions or agencies.


Do you have questions about the International Relations Program?


Please feel free to contact us by phone, in person or by e-mail if you would like additional information about our program or any of the departments that support it:

Dr. Mark Setzler, Director of International Relations and Chair of Political Science

Dr. Michael McCully, Director of Economics

Dr. Carole Head, Chair of Modern Foreign Languages

Dr. Larry Simpson, Professor of History


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