Study political systems and interactions across the globe while developing a range of related skills.
As you pursue an international relations degree, you'll explore the theory and practice of global politics. You'll gain the skills and knowledge to advocate for human rights and resolve conflicts from a Christian perspective. Whether at home or abroad, you'll be well prepared for a career in fields ranging from diplomacy, international law, and international business, to non-profit humanitarian work.
Political science majors, particularly those who do not anticipate pursuing either law school or some graduate program shortly after graduation, are encouraged to enroll in internship programs. Interested students can find more information about on the Internship page.
IR Major Cognate Requirement
Students wishing to complete an International Relations major must complete a cognate set of courses that complement the major. Students have three options to complete the cognate requirement.
Take any three of the following courses (note that some of these courses have prerequisites):
- BUS-364 – Global Supply Chain Management
- BUS-371 – Financial Instruments and Markets
- ECON-222 – Principles of Macroeconomics
- ECON-236 – Emerging Economics
- ECON-237 – Regional Economics
- ECON-331 – Money and Financial Markets
- ECON-337 – World Poverty and Economic Development
- ECON-338 – International Trade and Finance
- GEOG-230 – The Geography of the Global Economy
- GEOG-240 – The Geography of Latin America
- GEOG-242 – The Geography of Africa
- GEOG-261 – Geographic Information Systems and Cartography
- GEOG-361 – Advanced Geographic Information Systems
- HIST-233 – Modern Middle East
- HIST-235 – India and Its World
- HIST-238 – Latin American History
- HIST-242 – Africa and the World
- HIST-258 – US Military History
- HIST-267 – Modern Europe
- HIST-271 – War and Society
- HIST-331 – Studies in Middle Eastern History
- HIST-346 – Modern China
- HIST-372 – Modern Empires
- IDS-201 – Intro to International Development Studies
- IDS-351 – Theories of International Development
- PHIL-225 – Chinese Thought and Culture
- PHIL-226 – African Thought and Culture
- REL-255 – World Religions
- REL-352 – Judaism
- REL-353 – Islam
- REL-354 – Hinduism
- REL-355 – Buddhism
- REL-356 – Confucianism
- SOC/CAS-253 – Intercultural Communication
- SOWK-260 – Global Issues and Perspectives
- SOC-303 – Anthropology of Religion
Complete an approved off-campus semester program (with a maximum of three credits from the program counting towards the regular, non-cognate requirements of the International Relations major).
Complete nine credits of foreign language beyond the 202-level.
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