David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences
International Relations

B.A. International Relations

Program Overview

Students study international relations at High Point University because they want to acquire the skills and knowledge to professionally navigate and impact our increasingly interconnected world. The major prepares individuals for careers or graduate coursework that will require a deep and nuanced understanding of the cultural, economic, and political forces driving contemporary global issues and relations among societies. Students in the program work closely with a faculty comprised of regional, foreign language and international issue experts who collectively offer a remarkably broad variety of course and instructor choices. HPU students whose coursework has focused on international political and economic issues have gone onto successful careers in many different fields, including international business, law, economic analysis, secondary and higher education, political consulting, policy analysis, and in various other professions that require strong analytical, writing, and intercultural skills.

A Challenging, Multidisciplinary Curriculum

The international relations curriculum combines the resources and unique perspectives of four separate disciplines: economics, foreign languages, history and political science. The major begins with a set of core courses that provides majors with a foundational knowledge base covering international history, foreign politics, and macroeconomics. The program requires majors to acquire at least intermediate-level competency in a foreign language as well as a course focusing on the research methods that social scientists use to understand and predict human behavior. Two of the required classes in the major are offered by the political science faculty, which coordinates academic advising, internship support, and career planning for international relations students. The remainder of the program’s curriculum is purposefully flexible, permitting majors to choose among specialized electives in the regions or international topics most relevant to their individual career aspirations. International relations students finish their majors with a capstone experience that involves studying abroad, interning with an international organization, or completing and publicly presenting a senior research thesis seminar.

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.


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