International Relations Major
The Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations offer an interdisciplinary curriculum that allows students to explore how migration, repression, development, marginalization and resistance, among other processes, are affected by transnational forces. Those forces include capital, labor, ideologies and colonial structures. Students investigate how they can have an impact on these and other global issues.
Coursework in the major is offered from across the social sciences and humanities. The aim is to provide an interdisciplinary platform that increases flexibility and creativity while also emphasizing language training. Courses are clustered into three areas of research and offer students the chance to learn about several regions of the world, including the Caribbean, Africa, Latin America, Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and East Asia. Students are also exposed to advanced foreign language and strongly encouraged to study abroad.
The requirements for this major are in the university catalog
Study Abroad/Away Opportunities
Kent State University and our department have various Study Abroad and Study Away options. The department of Political Science, where Global Studies is housed, has faculty that lead study abroad courses to Germany and Israel/Palestine. The department's faculty also regularly participate in the college's Destination Florence Program as well as in the Florence Summer Institute. Lastly, we also encourage students in Global Studies to think about contributing to change through the renowned Washington Program as well as the Columbus Program.
A host of student organizations committed to various causes as well as research and education supplement and enrich the classroom work students do with a Global Studies major.
While the best known career opportunity for students in International Relations is diplomacy, graduates find employment in many other fields. A variety of governmental organizations, such as the State, Commerce and Defense Departments, Homeland Security and national intelligence and security agencies, seek out students with training in transnational and global processes.
International organizations, such as the United Nations and its affiliated agencies, similarly desire employees with the broad background a baccalaureate degree in International Relations provides. Non-governmental organizations with interests in refugee assistance, economic development, fair trade, human rights and immigration regularly hire students with an International Relations degree.
Private sector positions are available in financial, research and lobbying firms and in multi-national corporations with business interests around the globe.
Recent graduates with degrees in International Relations often apply to serve in the Peace Corps, an agency of the United States government which provides economic and social development assistance to developing countries and their citizens around the world. International organizations and corporations often seek out individuals who have had this worthwhile and rewarding experience abroad.
The undergraduate International Relations degree also prepares students for the rigors of graduate school in a wide range of areas including international affairs, political science, public policy, economic development, and business management. Additionally many graduates go on to pursue law degrees with a focus on international law.