International Relations, BA

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  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general
  • Initial Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics

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Do you want to change the world for the better? Learn about security, intelligence, diplomacy and international trade, law and institutions from faculty experts and policy practitioners. Develop the analytic and communication skills and awareness of global systems to enact meaningful change in the public, nonprofit and private sectors.

Program Description

In a globalized world with increasing political, economic, demographic and climatic challenges, studies in international relations are all the more prized by the public and private sectors.

Students in the BA program in international relations develop analytic skill sets and mastery of forward-thinking content areas through rigorous curriculum, unique internships and research opportunities. Students learn about national security, cybersecurity, AI-intelligence strategies, conflict processes, diplomacy, international trade, and both international organizations and countries across the globe, gaining valuable practical knowledge about these subjects that will be beneficial in their future careers.

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Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

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Career Outlook

Graduates have cross-sector analytic skills useful for successful careers in many areas. They are prepared for a variety of employment opportunities in the fields of:

  • foreign service
  • journalism
  • judicial administration
  • law
  • political analysis
  • political consulting
  • politics
  • public relations

Program graduates are prepared for positions in the following types of establishments:

  • the courts
  • foreign service organizations
  • international agencies and organizations
  • legislative staff organizations
  • lobbying and advocacy groups
  • local, national and global nonprofit organizations
  • local and national media organizations
  • multinational corporations
  • national, state and local government agencies
  • research institutions

International relations graduates can leverage their critical thinking and communication skills and cross-cultural competencies to pursue careers as foreign service officers, security and policy analysts, and other data-driven positions.

In addition, graduates are well positioned to attend top-tier graduate, law and professional schools in public policy, diplomacy and leadership, political science, data analytics, and global trade.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Business Intelligence Analysts

  • Growth: 35.2%
  • Median Salary*: 103500
  Bright Outlook

Climate Change Policy Analysts

  • Growth: 6.1%
  • Median Salary*: 76480
  Bright Outlook

Intelligence Analysts

  • Growth: 1.5%
  • Median Salary*: 86280


  • Growth: 7.5%
  • Median Salary*: 135740
  Bright Outlook

Military Officer Special and Tactical Operations Leaders, All Other

  • Growth: %
  • Median Salary*: 0

Operations Research Analysts

  • Growth: 22.5%
  • Median Salary*: 85720
  Bright Outlook

Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: 83770

Public Relations Managers

  • Growth: 5.9%
  • Median Salary*: 129430
  Bright Outlook

Regulatory Affairs Managers

  • Growth: 3.3%
  • Median Salary*: 128620


  • Growth: 31.6%
  • Median Salary*: 98920
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

Faculty expertise and international networks of public, private and nonprofit partnerships provide international relations students with unique and impactful internships and research opportunities at home, in Washington, D.C. and abroad. With more than 300 Global Education program opportunities available, international relations students are able to tailor their experience to their unique interests and skill sets. Whether in a foreign country, in the U.S. or online, students build communication skills, learn to adapt and persevere, and are exposed to research and internships across the world, increasing their professional network.

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