What is an International Relations Major?
The international relations major offers a unique course of study in that it combines classes from economics, history and political science. A degree in international relations from Saint Joseph's University creates a coherent curriculum that allows students to develop their understanding of different areas of the world and the nature of interactions between people, groups, nation-states and international organizations.
As an international relations major, you will acquire valuable skills in communication and analysis, independent judgment, appreciation of different societies and cultures and knowledge of world affairs and trends. You will learn how various regional civilizations have evolved and how those characteristics continue to affect the world today.
Ways to Study International Relations at Saint Joseph's University
You can pursue a major in international relations or an international relations minor if you are majoring in another discipline. International relations majors frequently enhance the interdisciplinary nature of their studies by pursuing a minor or double-major in a foreign language, history, economics, political science or Latin American, Asian or European studies.
What Can You do with a Degree in International Relations?
Students graduating with a degree in international relations have gone on to succeed in a wide range of industries, including education, government service, the non-profit sector, the corporate world or graduate school.
Each year, several international relations majors also opt for law school or international public affairs master's programs, where they specialize in a certain region of the world or political issue with the goal of becoming an expert in that field and working for the U.S. government, an international organization or a non-governmental organization. Possible career paths that international relations majors go on to pursue include jobs as:
- Corporate executives
- Political scientists
- Government employees
- Urban and regional planners
- Policy specialists
- Advocates in non-profits
How will Saint Joseph’s University Prepare You for a Career in International Relations?
To help students develop their interests and enhance their chances of finding a rewarding career, Saint Joseph's University’s International Relations Department encourages students to become involved in internships in the greater Philadelphia region or through the Washington Center Internship Program. We also promote experiential learning, where students study abroad or participate in the Model European Union program.
Saint Joseph's University's Washington Center Internship Program offers opportunities for international relations students to spend a semester or summer in Washington D.C. Students can choose from seven professional tracks that cater to their career aspirations:
- International Affairs
- Business and Global Trade
- Advocacy, Service and Arts
- Law and Criminal Justice
- Media and Communications
- Politics and Public Policy
- Science, Technology and Society