International relations students examine interactions among states and peoples in an interdependent world. We study how governments, non-government organizations, and corporations resolve conflicts and foster cooperation. IR majors become well-informed citizens who are able to make meaningful contributions in a globalized environment.
International relations graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. In addition to the general international relations curriculum, students may select emphases in:
The curriculum is designed to give students a broad base of knowledge. Some of the subjects included are:
Students may work in fields such as:
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