College of Arts and Humanities

International Relations (BA)

International Relations (BA)

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If you are looking for intellectual challenges today and a stimulating and rewarding career tomorrow, the International Relations major could be right for you!

Bachelor of Arts (BA) offered in On-campus formats.

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 Requirements

He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

The international relations degree program has a minimum of 36 credit hours. You will complete 24 core hours, increasing your knowledge of foreign policy, international organizations, and other material critical to understanding global geopolitics. In your remaining 12 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.