At Wesleyan, we think globally. The international relations major brings together the disciplines of political science, history, economics, and foreign language, combining an exciting curriculum with many opportunities for study abroad, internships, experiential learning, and undergraduate research. An international relations major prepares students for a broad range of careers in government, international and non-profit organizations, law, journalism, business, and many other fields. Our students develop important transferable skills, such as the ability to express concepts concisely and forcefully, through both written and oral communication. A majority of international relations majors pursue graduate study, but many have gone directly into successful careers in their field, for example, working on the staff of a U.S. Senator and managing an international non-profit organization.
Major: International relations
Related Majors and Minors: History, Political Science
At Wesleyan, international relations majors experience a global community on a daily basis. Wesleyan ranks among US News and World Report’s Most International National Liberal Arts Colleges and our classrooms are filled with students from all over the world. Our Global Scholars program brings domestic students to campus who are passionate about international affairs. The Center for Global Initiatives hosts speaker and film series devoted to international affairs. The international relations program also offers students a broad range of global experiences off campus, including international study and internships. The College has an award-winning Model United Nations chapter and teams of our students regularly participate in the annual Southern Regional Model UN and the Harvard Model UN.
International relations majors apply what they learn in the classroom to new settings and complex real world problems outside the classroom. In doing so, they acquire skills and experiences employers and graduate programs to desire. All students have an internship or a professional development experience. Students have interned in Washington, D.C., with human rights organizations, and at the CATO Institute, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Georgia General Assembly. Some choose to do graduate-level research as part of their professional experience. Study abroad is also an integral part of the international relations major. Students in recent years have studied in France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, and Guatemala, to name just a few destinations. Others have held internships in Nepal and Vietnam. Finally, co-curricular activities such as Model UN, student debate clubs, and student organizations help our students develop critical skills in research, public speaking, group collaboration, and leadership.
Harvard University, Georgia Tech, Villanova University, Emory University, University of Denver, American University, London School of Economics, Institute for Graduate Studies in Geneva, Institut d'études politiques de Paris
A agent is employed by national governments to gather and analyze information relating to the capabilities, intentions, or activities of foreign governments, organizations, or persons and investigates international terrorist activities.
Purpose is to maintain international peace and security, promote human rights, foster social and economic development, protect the environment, and provide humanitarian aid in cases of famine, natural disaster, and armed conflict.
Faculty work within departments … Faculty teach large lecture courses and smaller seminar style class. Academia also takes faculty into the field to do research and often involves international travel.
The Peace Corps is an agency of the U.S. government that sends Americans abroad to promote world peace and friendship. Volunteers work with local leaders to tackle challenges inhabiting economic and social development.
Most international lawyers are concerned with private international law, how individuals and corporations can carry on transactions within different and sometimes conflicting legal systems.
Diplomats are appointed by national governments to conduct official negotiations and maintain political, economic, and social relations with another country or countries.
Conducts sensitive and high profile inquiries into possible violations of laws, rules, and regulations; mismanagement; gross waste of funds; abuse of authority; or substantial and specific danger to the public health and safety within the CIA.
Journalists are employed by media outlets and collect, analyze, and present information through newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and the Internet in Investigates.
International organizations mediate between countries & work on issues related to peace, security, development, & human rights. Many provide relief in times of natural or humanitarian crisis; others are advocates.
Global business is expanding and creating a need for managers who are well-versed in international business.
More than 75% of Wesleyan IR majors go to graduate school.
More than 90% of Wesleyan IR majors are in careers related to their major field.
of international relations majors study abroad or complete at least one internship.
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