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International Relations

Understanding the Past, Discovering the Future

Have you ever considered how countries navigate global politics, form partnerships or solve global problems? In international relations you will learn about global and comparative politics. You will also learn valuable skills in critical thought, oral and written communication and quantitative reasoning—the very skills most useful to employers in all fields, like law, business and journalism, not just politics.


As an interdisciplinary program, all majors are required to complete five core courses: Introduction to American Politics or Introduction to Global Politics, one economics course, one history course, one geography course and an advanced language course. Beyond the core courses, you will choose one topical concentration in development and political economy, diplomacy and global order, societies and beliefs or U.S. foreign policy and national security, and one regional specialization in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America or the Middle East. International relations can complement your many other interests, a second major or minors and prepares you to engage an increasingly complex world.

AREAS OF STUDY

  • Development and Political Economy
  • Diplomacy and Global Order
  • Societies and Beliefs
  • U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security

CAREER OPTIONS 

  • Politics
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Government Agencies
  • Business
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Nonprofits
  • Public Policy and Administration

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

  • Political Science
  • International Business
  • Military Sciences
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Public Policy
  • Public Administration

 

What’s special about this program?

 

The department’s award-winning faculty covers a wide range of national and international specialties. You can combine a solid overall preparation in the liberal arts with the opportunity to individualize your experience by participating in study abroad programs on four continents and in Washington, D.C.; internships with government offices, law firms, non-governmental organizations and more, inside and outside of Delaware; career advisement; and add a minor in political communication or politics and social justice.

Get Involved

 

Model United Nations

College Democrats

College Republicans

Students in the Public Interest

Phi Sigma Alpha

Iota Rho

Center for Political Communication

Area Studies

Women’s Studies

Sample curriculum

POSC 240

Introduction to Global Politics 

 

ENGL 110

Seminar in Composition

 

MATH Req

MATH 113, 114, 115 or others

 

FOR LANG

Foreign Language 105 in chosen language of study 

 

ECON 101

Introduction to Microeconomics 

 

FYE Req

First Year Experience

 

POSC 150

Introduction to American Politics 

 

 

Multicultural Req

 

HIST 102 or 104

HIST 102 or 104 World History

 

GEOG 120

World Regional Geography

 

HIST 13X

HIST 13X Regional History

 

LANG 2XX

Foreign Language in chosen language of study beyond intermediate level 2xx

 

ECON 103

Introduction to Macroeconomics

 

 

Breadth Requirements

 

POSC 3XX

POSC course for chosen concentration 3xx 

 

ECON 3XX

ECON course for chosen concentration 3XX

 

 

Breadth Requirement

 

 

Breadth Requirement

 

POSC 3XX

POSC 3XX for chosen concentration

 

POSC 4XX

POSC 4XX for chosen concentration

 

DLE Req

Discoverly Learning Exp

 

 

Breadth Requirement

 

 

Breadth Requirement

 

POSC 4XX

POSC 4XX for chosen concentration

 

SWR

Second Writing Req

 

 

Elective

 

 

Elective

 

 

Elective

 

POSC 3XX

POSC 3XX for chosen regional specialization 

 

 

Breadth Requirement

 

 

Breadth Requirement

 

POSC 4XX

POSC 4XX level course for chosen regional specialization 

 

ANTH 2XX

Any level course from list for chosen regional specialization

 

POSC499

Capstone

 

Go Global at UD

This major is eligible for the following programs:

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