International Relations and Security Studies Major (BA) and International Relations Minor
In an increasingly global society, the ability to respect and understand a variety of cultures is essential for international business or government work. To prepare you for work in the global world, we offer a major in international relations and security studies, and a minor in international relations.
What Will I Study?
You’ll take classes in economics, history, political science, religion, and sociology. And you choose a geographic area of concentration for more in-depth study.
Foreign language study is important, with one 3-credit hour intermediate language course required (beyond the general foreign language requirement). Some international relations and security studies majors choose to minor or double major in a foreign language.
For majors, a study abroad experience or internship gives you first-hand experience of what you’ve learned about in class.
What Kind of Job Can I Get?
International relations and security studies majors often work in:
- Government: Department of Defense, CIA, NSA, congressional staff
- International business, abroad or in the United States
- International law
- Humanitarian non-profit groups
- Teaching or research
What Are Some of Our Graduates Doing?
- Special Agent, US Department of Homeland Security
- Manager, Monitoring, Analysis & Reporting, AmeriCares Foundation
- Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President, American Medical Association
- Senior Manager – US India Business Council, US Chamber of Commerce
- Intelligence Analyst, US Government
- Graduate Student, Johns Hopkins University
David Richards, PhD
Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science
Chair of the Political Science Department