If you are looking for intellectual challenges today and a stimulating and rewarding career tomorrow, the International Relations major could be right for you!
Why International Relations?
“Your time is limited. Don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
~ Steve Jobs
There is no straightforward, single path to success in your career. However, a multifaceted education will equip you with the tools that you will use every day while moving forward in your career. If you seek intellectual challenges today and a stimulating and rewarding career tomorrow, a Lindenwood International Relations (IR) degree may be right for you.
Studying International Relations allows you to attain the general knowledge that is highly valued in today’s globalized business environment, while also specializing in the areas that most fascinate you. International Relations graduates pursue a broad variety of careers in fields ranging from international business to the non-profit sector to government and law. Regardless of the field you pursue, the skills you will acquire by studying International Relations are highly transferable and sought after in the modern workplace. Even more importantly, they will be vital in empowering you to lead a life of intellectual adventure, enjoying the richness of experience that comes with curiosity about and insight regarding the world and its cultures.
Academic Opportunities in International Relations
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
~ Sun Tzu
Multiply your opportunities by pursuing a double or even triple major. We have designed the Lindenwood International Relations program to allow students to construct a personally customized learning program while still graduating within four years. Stand out to employers and graduate programs by combining IR with Economics, Political Science, History, or another major.
You also have the opportunity to develop your international knowledge and résumé by participating in one or more optional Lindenwood study abroad programs. You can even choose to study overseas for a semester in the United Kingdom!
It is recommended, but not required, that Lindenwood International Relations majors attain some degree of proficiency in a foreign language. Lindenwood’s language options include Mandarin Chinese. Skill in Mandarin is in high demand for both government and the private sector employers, and offers you an opportunity to gain a critical edge in today’s highly competitive job market. Minors in Chinese Studies and Mandarin Chinese are available, allowing you to further develop expertise and skills desired by a wide variety of employers.
International Relations Degree Options
He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.
~ Lao Tzu
Lindenwood offers three International Relations degree options, allowing you to tailor your studies to your academic interests:
- BA in International Relations
- BA in International Relations with an emphasis in Security Studies
- BA in International Relations with an emphasis in Asian Studies
All of these degree programs have a minimum of 39 credit hours. You will complete 21 core hours, increasing your knowledge of foreign policy, international organizations, and other material critical to understanding global geopolitics. In your remaining 18 credit hours, you will have an option to choose from a great variety of courses in many fields. Your academic advisor will be an IR faculty member, and they will assist you in crafting an academic experience that fits your career plans and passions. See a list of International Relations Course Descriptions to see the range of possible courses you might be taking.
Security Studies Emphasis
If you have a strong interest in diplomatic affairs, military affairs, and related areas, the Security Studies emphasis will allow you to highlight your knowledge in these areas to future employers. This option of particular potential value if you wish to enter the military and/or work in fields including intelligence, counter-terrorism and Homeland Security, diplomacy, defense policy-making, and corporate risk analysis.
Asian Studies Emphasis
The Asian Studies emphasis allows you to focus on some of the most economically dynamic, culturally rich, and politically vital countries in the world. As the global economic influence of China and other Asian countries continuously increases, the demand in both government and the private sector for individuals with a deep knowledge of Asia has exploded. When combined with the study of Mandarin, this emphasis will help you acquire knowledge and build skills allowing you to work in a wide variety of areas.
Job Opportunity Resources
For those wondering what types of careers are available for students in international relations, please reference the following links.
- Care International
- Center for Citizen Initiatives
- Degrees for the Greater Good
- Fintrac Incorporated
- Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA)
- GVI Internships
- GVI Service Learning Projects
- Habitat for Humanity International
- Inter-American Foundation
- International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES)
- International Labour Organization (ILO)
- Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC)
- Project Harmony
- Relief International
- United Nations Employment Opportunities
- United Nations Volunteers
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- World Vision United States