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2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Relations

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Bret L. Billet, Daniel J. Walther, coordinators

The international relations program exposes students to essential questions regarding the processes by which the complexities of interdependence meet with deeply held individual values. Broadly speaking, this involves answering the fundamental question of who gets what, where, when, how, and why in international relations. International relations is an interdisciplinary program that equips students with the breadth (i.e., perspectives) and depth of coverage to contemplate and effectively respond to these questions. More detailed inquiry into a specific geographical region is also possible within the program.

Students pursuing this major are strongly encouraged to incorporate more foreign language and international travel into their academic program. A variety of May Term and semester-long opportunities exist. Moreover, we encourage students to double major in a related field, such as economics, foreign language, history, international business, political science, religion, or sociology to further enhance their understanding and preparation.

Intended Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. utilize numerous interdisciplinary perspectives in the study of international relations.
  2. recognize the existence of complex interdependence within and among cultures.
  3. gain a greater understanding of international affairs and statecraft.
  4. increase their ability to think critically about international affairs.
  5. demonstrate competent research skills in a professional manner.
  6. effectively communicate in both oral and written forms.
  7. be prepared for entry into government service, intergovernmental service, non-governmental service, international business, and/or graduate school.


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