College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

BA in International Relations


The B.A. in International Relations combines intensive study of international relations with area and interdisciplinary study. Maximum latitude is allowed in selecting courses offered in political science and related departments. In addition to gaining a broad liberal arts education, students receive excellent preparation for advanced graduate study, the foreign service, or careers in international affairs, business, or non-profit institutions..


The mission of the International Relations program is to develop and enhance in students an understanding and appreciation of the emerging problems, diversity and interdependence of the global arena.

Goals & Objectives

  • Graduates who have developed a world view centered on an awareness of the diversity of perspectives and life experiences that structure the global political, social, and economic environment.
  • Graduates who recognize how the diverse universe of opinions and experiences relates to and impacts the American experience.
  • Graduates who can obtain or enhance professional careers in which advanced descriptive and analytic skills and a high level of knowledge of global concepts, theories, institutions, methods, and processes.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students can understand and apply the basic concepts and theories of international relations and comparative politics.
  • Students demonstrate an awareness and understanding of other countries and cultures, as well as current events in international relations.
  • Students can use the appropriate analytical and research skills to address topics and issues in international relations and comparative politics.
  • Students write and speak with sufficient clarity to convey their ideas and arguments.
  • Students can read, speak and write a foreign language at least through the intermediate level.