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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. A minor is also available. In addition to the international relations curriculum, students may select emphases in:
Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.
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:
This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.
You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.
Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.
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