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International Relations


Global Challenges: Justice and Power

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Engage the world.

International Relations majors learn to embrace diverse perspectives, explain and analyze problems, to cultivate empathy and cross-cultural understanding, and to design policies to address complex problems.

IR alums put their skills to work in careers such as journalism, humanitarian aid, global health, education, human rights, international business, and environmental activism.

Learn how the world works.

What causes war? What fosters peace? What drives economic development? How can we promote human rights and protect the environment?

Our IR curriculum prepares you to grapple with the causes and consequences of some of the world’s most pressing questions.

Cross boundaries – both disciplinary and geographic.

The international relations degree is grounded in the core disciplines of political science and language supplemented with courses from other relevant fields, including economics, anthropology, history, and religious studies.

Many IR students take advantage of off-campus opportunities, spending a semester or a year studying off-campus, or complete an international focused internship. Analyze foreign policy in Washington, D.C., research water scarcity in Botswana, study the EU in Brussels, work with refugees in France or migrants in Mexico, intern with a community health organization in Senegal or a children’s rights organization in Jordan, or hone your language skills at a night market in China. Plus many majors are international students themselves!

International Relations News

Weissberg Chair In Human Rights And Social Justice

The Weissberg Chair in Human Rights and Social Justice was established in 1999, and each year a distinguished individual who has made important contributions to understanding and defending human rights and social justice on the international stage is invited to campus for a week-long residency.
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   Martu Collie’23, Shruthi Chandrasekar’23, Veeka Malanchuk’24, Autumn Green’24, and Magali Gray’24 take a break from their lobbying conference to take a photo outside the Capitol.

“It starts with young people”

Five Beloiters recently traveled to the nation’s capital to learn more about lobbying for immigration rights. Funded through the Weissberg Program in Human Rights and Social Justice, the trip showed the students how young people can advocate for lasting change.

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Maria Elvira Lopez’21 standing in front of potted plants

Leaving Home to Grow and Develop a Career Path

Maria Elvira Lopez’21 chose Beloit College in order to grow and prepare for a career focused on environmental sustainability. Opportunities at Beloit College to apply learning in real-life settings helped land her a post-graduation job in the sector that means most to her.

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