International Relations and Security Studies Degree (BA)
- International Relations (Minor)*
*You may not combine the international relations and security studies major with this minor.
If you’re someone who enjoys learning about different cultures and has an interest in national security, you might want to consider studying international relations and security studies at the University of Lynchburg. Many of our past students have gone on to exciting jobs at places like the U.S. State Department, U.S. Naval Intelligence, and even the CIA.
The classes you’ll take will cover a wide range of topics like global politics, how international organizations work, and the importance of understanding different languages. You’ll also dive into subjects like human development, economics, history, political science, religion, and sociology.
One cool feature of our program is that it lets you specialize in one of four areas: the global north, the developing world, security studies, or non-profit/non-governmental organizations. This means you can tailor your education to what you’re most interested
Because we live in such a globally connected world, the ability to respect and understand people of different cultures is essential for success in international business or government work abroad. Our program prepares you to work in this global context by teaching you how to respect and understand cultures and recognize national security implications.
And it’s not all in the classroom — you’ll also have opportunities to take part in simulations of the European Union or United Nations, study abroad, and even do an internship for credit. It’s a chance to put what you learn into action and gain some real-world experience.
As an international relations and security studies student, you’ll:
- Learn how to approach international issues with empathy.
- Develop skills and knowledge to work globally.
- Understand a broad range of international issues.
- Be prepared for success in a global society.
- Be situated to thrive in a career in international relations and national security.
David Richards, PhD
Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science
Chair of the International Relations and Political Science Department