School of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences
International Relations

B.A. International Relations

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.

Why should I major in international relations at HPU?

  • Attend a school with a very strong track-record in placing HPU students in local offices for many different federal legislators in the area and in Washington
  • Gain the knowledge and experiences necessary to make a difference in the world
  • Study abroad for a term, learning about other societies while completing coursework in your major
  • Develop the critical research, writing and analytical skills to enter and thrive in international affairs graduate programs and professional settings
  • Form lifetime bonds with caring teacher-scholars who are committed to mentoring students throughout their undergraduate education and beyond
  • Build the skills and versatility to excel in private or public sector settings in the U.S. and abroad

Top graduate tracks

  • Law
  • International Affairs
  • Economics
  • International Marketing
  • International Business
  • Political Science
  • International Security
  • Public Policy
  • International Development

What can I do with this major?

Students with degrees in international relations can enter careers as:

  • Advertising Executive
  • Analyst
  • Archivist
  • Campaign Worker
  • Congressional Aide
  • Educators
  • History Teacher
  • International Security Analysts
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer and Consultant
  • Lobbyist
  • Managers in Various Firms
  • Officers in the Armed Forces
  • Peace Corps Volunteers
  • Professional Writers
  • Public Relations Staffer
  • Risk Analysts for Wall Street and International Firms
  • White House Aide

Holistic learning

High Point University has a unique opportunity for students to gain hands-on survey research experience during their undergraduate career. The Survey Research Center (SRC) conducts high quality public affairs and social science research using a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods. Student work and ideas are at the core of the SRC’s approach to pursuing interdisciplinary research projects and communicating its findings to the public. The SRC’s High Point University Poll surveys people in North Carolina and beyond about crucial public affairs issues and reports the results as a public service. The Center also supports faculty and student professional development by managing and consulting on collaborative student-faculty research projects. The center has been featured on many main news channels such as ABC News, FoxNews, MSNBC, USA Today, New York Times and many more.


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