The international relations major is a multidisciplinary degree that equips students with the tools of political science, economics, business, and history to excel in a variety of careers domestically and abroad. Students who complete this major enjoy small class sizes, close connections with faculty, and an emphasis on learning abroad.
Why should I study international relations?Our world is increasingly globalized, and more professionals need an understanding of the broader world to stay competitive. You'll learn why some countries thrive while others fail. You'll study the history of human rights and work on the puzzles of economic development among the poorest countries on the planet. You'll also have the opportunity to intern in government, at think tanks, and in non-profit agencies in the Twin Cities and abroad.
What can I do with this degree?
A degree in international relations prepares students for a variety of careers. Our graduates have become:
- Foreign Service officers with the State Department
- Business associates at companies like Target and Cargill
- Teachers in the United States and abroad
Graduates have also found jobs at non-profit organizations, doing work as diverse as helping refugees settle in the United States to helping end human trafficking networks in India. Of course, our students also go on to attend prestigious graduate schools and laws schools like Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Minnesota.
What skills will I develop?
Because international relations is a multidisciplinary major, it equips students with a variety of skills. You'll be able to:
- Read deeply
- Write clearly and persuasively
- Communicate cogently
- Become well-versed in history and contemporary world politics
- Interpret economic data and make plans for your future
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
International relations majors participate in at least one study abroad experience. In recent years, students have studied in:
- The United Kingdom
- New Zealand
Students also have a chance to network through their experiences abroad once they return to campus. Additionally, many majors participate in BUMUN, Bethel’s Model United Nations program; Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honorary; and United Cultures of Bethel.
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