About International Relations
The International Relations major is essentially a double major in political science and economics, with a minor in a foreign language. As such, the major combines three important skills that all employers and graduate programs value: excellent writing (political science emphasizes this), quantitative analysis and working with data (economics emphasizes this), and knowledge of the culture and language of another country. Students who are interested in acquiring these three skills and who would like to acquire these skills while learning about other countries and the relationships between countries should consider the IR major. It is not necessary, however, to major in IR to simply study other countries of the world. The study of things international also includes other social science majors with a strong international component (such as political science, history, geography, or economics), area studies majors, language majors, or other combinations of majors and minors.
Professor of Political Science