Kirsten Strom, Ph.D.

Kirsten Strom, Ph.D.

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Jackson Community College

Program Guide: International Relations

First Year

First Semester
ENG 131 3
MAT 141 5
Foreign language 131 4
PLS 262 3
Second Semester
ENG 132 3
Elective 3
Foreign language 132 4
Science Lab elective 4
Elective 3

Second Year

First Semester
ECN 231 3
Foreign language 231 4
Humanities elective 3
Science elective 4
Elective 3
Second Semester
ECN 232 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
U.S. Diversity elective 3
Foreign Language 232 4


  • Degree offered: B.A.
  • This guide fulfills the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA).  Science electives must be selected from different disciplines.  Humanities elective must be a non-foreign language course.    Please check with your community college advisor for additional associate degree requirements.  GVSU will still honor the MACRAO agreement.
  • U.S. Diversity electives: ENG 249, HST 125, SOC 235, SOC 246


Career opportunities in the field of international relations have expanded as interaction among nations has increased. Many international relations majors will pursue careers with multinational corporations in the fields of international marketing, finance, and business. International careers in the public sector include opportunities in the Department of State, Department of Defense, the Department of Commerce, and the Central Intelligence Agency, among others. Some graduates of the international relations program will pursue careers with international civic and nonprofit organizations. In addition, there is an increasing demand for professionals with international relations backgrounds in the fields of journalism, teaching, information technology, and research.


Students in the international relations program are strongly encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad. GVSU has institutional agreements with: East China University of Science and Technology, China; Eastern Institute of Technology, Hawke¿s Bay, New Zealand; ESSCA Business School, Angers, France; Groupe ESC Grenoble, France; Kingston University, England; International Christian University, Japan; the Japan Center for Michigan Universities, Japan; St. Petersburg State University, Russia; Universidad de Las Americas, Mexico; University of Economics, Poland; University of Finance and Economics, Russia; University of Sarajevo, Bosnia; University of Stuttgart, Germany; and the Uppsala University, Sweden. Opportunities are available with all institutions.

In addition, students may enroll in many other universities worldwide, for academic credit. Appropriate course taken abroad can be credited toward requirements for the major or minor. Students are encouraged to study the language and culture of a select geographic area as a component of their degree program.

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