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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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Deepakshi Bhardwaj’22 during a theater department visit in Madison, WI

Becoming Myself at Beloit College

Deepakshi Bhardwaj’22 came to Beloit College with political science in mind. She graduated with both majors in international relations and business economics and a strong sense of self.

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Elena Patilliet Posla explores Israeli food while studying in Jerusalem

Elena Patilliet Posla awarded State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship

CLS Spark is a highly competitive program sponsored and overseen by the U.S. Department of State to expand the number of U.S. students studying and mastering modern languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity.

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