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 (BA) or minor in international relations and security studies.
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
On April 4, 2019, the International Relations and Security Studies Program hosted a lecture by Clay Edwards on “Understanding the Terrorist Planning Cycle.” Mr Edwards, a retired Federal Marshal and currently employed by DSA Detection LLC, spoke on the 6 main segments of the typical terrorism planning cycle and how law enforcement seeks to disrupt this cycle at certain points. Student’s attending the lecture had an opportunity at the end of the lecture to ask questions and speak with Mr. Edwards about how the job application process works in the Federal Government.
This March 2019, the University of Lynchburg’s National Model UN team, representing the Republic of Estonia, went to New York City for the annual Model UN simulation.
Dr. Sabita Manian led this year’s delegation to win two Position Paper Awards and an Honorable Mention Delegation Award! One of the University’s head delegates, Dylan McLaurin, presented a half-minute speech at the UN General Assembly itself to great applause from his peers attending from all over the world.
The student delegate’s speech this year at the floor of the UN on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to be archived in the United Nations, and our university’s name is mentioned in Dylan’s speech. The President of the actual UN General Assembly (H.E. Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces) said that she and others will be paying close attention to what the students have proposed to see how those ideas may be put into action. Dylan McLaurin’s speech and idea for the SDGs (a product of our team) may well bear positive consequences for the world.
Dr. Manian notes “I have witnessed our Model UN students’ hard work, diligence and splendid performance (recordings of their 1-minute long terrific speeches are on our Estonia-University of Lynchburg Facebook page). These are indeed some of our very best students and eight of the eighteen students are from Westover Honors. I feel grateful for the opportunity to teach these stellar students!”
Dr. Manian would like to thank the University for supporting this high impact experiential learning program that also allows our students to gain leadership skills in a very diverse setting. Our students would not be gaining this invaluable experience if it were not for the support of the University of Lynchburg faculty.
Students can take part in the Model UN simulation through a for-credit course each spring at the University of Lynchburg.