Worldwide poverty, global warming, and terrorism are among the many daunting challenges facing the world today, but there are also many signs of positive change and progress. The dramatically-increased capacity for communication, understanding, and cooperation have affected relations not only between nation-states, but also among citizens of those states, leading to a global civil society. International relations, in the most basic sense, is the study of these challenges, relationships, and institutions from the international level (e.g. the United Nations or the World Trade Organization) to lower levels such as states, societies, organizations and individuals. It considers the impact not only of political relations, but also of economic practices and institutions, technological developments, and matters of identity.
In addition to the interdisciplinary core requirement of 60 credit hours for the B.A. degree, BHS students who choose a focus area concentration in International Relations will complete an additional concentration of 36 credit hours, including these required courses:
• BS 421 (Current Topics in International Business)
• EC 431 (International Economics)
• PL 311 (World Political Systems)
• SC 311 (Population and Human Ecology)
• 2 elective 300-400 level courses in History, Political Science, or Sociology
• 12 credit hours (one year) of a foreign language
Careers in International Relations
A Bachelor’s degree in BHS with a minor field concentration in IR, like other liberal arts degrees, does not give you immediate entry into a specific field. However, it does provide you with a broad knowledge base that you can use to excel in a variety of occupations. These occupations include, but are not limited to the following:
Foreign Affairs Analyst
Foreign Service Officer
Market Research Specialist
Further Education in International Relations
In addition, the interdisciplinary scope of the International Relations focus area gives students the kind of wide-ranging background which many graduate and professional degree programs find attractive in applicants. In particular, students wishing to continue their education may go on to graduate programs in Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Business, or Law.