International Relations

At RWU, our interdisciplinary International Relations major celebrates human endeavor, diversity and opportunity by drawing upon subjects like history, sociology, economics, modern language and political science. Through internships, study abroad and specialization in either globalization, culture or area studies, you’ll learn the practical diplomacy, communication and critical thinking skills needed to help make a difference in the world in careers such as government, consulting and intelligence.

Degree Requirements

Majors pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in international relations must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. In addition, majors must complete five international relations foundation courses; a two-course sequence intended to promote intercultural negotiating skills; a minimum of eight thematically-related courses in one of four tracks: Globalization Studies; Culture and Identity; Area Studies: Europe; or Area Studies: Non-Western; and one final capstone course completing the major. Majors must demonstrate minimum proficiency in a foreign language, either by successful completion of courses at the 202-level or by test; and they must complete a sufficient number of general electives to total 120 credits. Independent study and study abroad are encouraged.

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It is recommended that majors use core concentration requirements to enhance their knowledge of a single discipline or language—and to apply electives toward a related minor or second major.


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To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

Internship Opportunities

(partial list)

  • Washington, D.C. – Various sites
  • US State Department and Foreign Embassies
  • Law Firms, Corporations, and Non-Profit Organizations

Research Projects

(partial list)

  • Model United Nations
  • Model Arab League
  • Center for Macro Projects and Diplomacy
  • Economic development in Gaza
  • Foreign policy beliefs of Chinese, Russian and US political elites
  • Political culture and the Arab-Israeli conflict


(partial list)

  • Accenture
  • Sub-Saharan Africa Program at Partners Global
  • Peace Corps
  • World Wildlife Foundation
  • US House and Senate (staff)
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • US Marine Corps
  • DigitalGlobe Satellite Imagery
  • NASCAR Corporate
  • Powell Tate Consulting

Graduate Study

(partial list)

  • George Washington University
  • New York University
  • London School of Economics
  • Duke University School of Law
  • Roger Williams University School of Law
  • American University School of Law