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International Relations Major

What is International Relations?

International relations is an interdisciplinary study that focuses on government and foreign affairs, economics and history.

What type of career can I look forward to with an International Relations degree?

People with a solid understanding of global relations are needed today more than ever. The International Relations major prepares students for a variety of careers in an international setting, including:

  • Foreign Affairs Analyst
  • Foreign Affairs Specialist
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Immigration Specialist
  • Intelligence Specialist
  • Language Specialist

What makes Walsh's International Relations program unique?

  • Three Academic Disciplines. Our major takes a three-pronged approach and focuses on government and foreign affairs, economics and history.
  • Foreign Language Component. Students are required to take a foreign language and reach a level of fluency in the spoken form of that language.
  • Global Learning Experience. The international relations major offers students participation in a global learning experience. Students can either study at Walsh's campus near Rome, Italy or another international destination through our Office of Global Learning.

In addition, students have the option to enroll in Walsh's new 4+1 Program for non-business majors who would like to supplement their bachelor's degree with an MBA. Through the program, students simultaneously earn undergraduate and graduate credit for Walsh's MBA Prep Series courses, saving both time and money as students pursue their advanced degree. 

Generally speaking, what courses will I need to take?

In addition to a core group of liberal arts classes, International Relations majors must take a core group of classes in our three academic disciplines: history, government and foreign affairs and economics.

What experiential learning or internship opportunities are available within the International Relations degree program?

The International Relations major requires students to participate in a global learning experience. Designed in collaboration with a faculty mentor, it may include, but is not limited to, a study-abroad program, an internship in Washington D.C. at a government agency, or an internship with an international organization or an embassy. These experiences are instrumental in helping students gain a true international point of view.

Who can I contact for more information? 

Dr. Mark Rogers, Chair, Division of Humanities
(330) 490-7154


Alumni Profile

Selahaddin Ibrahimy

Job Title: Communications Rep.

Place of Employment: The Timken Company

Major: Business Management-Organizational Leadership, International Relations, Government and Foreign Affairs

Graduation Year: 2011

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