Today’s world is increasingly interdependent. The interdisciplinary co-major in international relations at Albright College provides students with the tools they need to understand, evaluate, and meet the challenges of the 21st century, including conflict, globalization, disease, and climate change. This co-concentration is vital to developing a foundation for success in a range of fields, including public service, business, the nonprofit sector, education and law.
This program is designed to promote an understanding of international relations through a multidisciplinary approach. Program courses include those from political science, economics, anthropology, sociology and history. In addition, students gain valuable, hands-on experience through study abroad and internship opportunities.
For more information, please contact Professor Irene Langran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are required to take each of the following courses:
- POL 202: International Relations (Foundations Social Science)
- POL 205: Comparative Politics (Foundations Social Science)
- International Institutions—select one of the following:
- POL 242: Human Rights (Connections Global)
- POL 352: International Law and Organizations
- Approved Political Science Study Abroad program. Please see the IR Study Abroad Information Sheet for additional information and substitutions, including approved substitute internships and courses.
- Conflict and Transnational Challenges—select one of the following:
- ANT 270: People of the World
- POL 273: Globalization
- HIS 315: World War II Era
- SOC 305: Terrorism
- SOC 470: Immigration and Transnational Families
- Global Economy–select one of the following:
- ECO 233: Comparative Economics
- ECO 234: Economic Development
- ECO 301: International Economics and Finance
Prerequisite: ECO 105
- POL403: Seminar on US Foreign Policy, POL 420: Seminar on Global Poverty, or approved International Relations seminar
For IR/POL Combined Majors Only:
- In place if POL 202, take one of the following courses:
- HIS 215: US/Latin American Relations
- HIS 237: Gender, Women and Power in the Global South
- HIS 315: World War II Era
- POL 242: Human Rights
- POL 273: Globalization
- SOC 305: Terrorism
- In place of POL 205, take one of the following:
- HIS 211: African History
- HIS 220: Pirates, Plantations and Sugar: History of the Caribbean
- HIS 228: Dictators and Revolutionaries in Latin America
- HIS 232: Russia and the Soviet Union
- HIS 242: East Asia from 1800 to the Present
- HIS 256: Introduction to the Modern Middle East
- HIS 267: Twentieth-century Europe
- POL 260: The Politics of Russia and Neighboring States
- POL 345: Latin American Politics
What Can I do With a Major in International Relations?
Careers and International Relations
There are many careers that benefit from a background in international relations. Indeed, with the increased pace of globalization, it is difficult to find a career that does not have an international element! This co-concentration is vital to developing a foundation for success in a range of fields, including public service, business, the non-profit sector, education and law.
|Community Relations Director||Diplomatic Officer||United Nations Worker|
|Security Adviser||Foreign Services Officer||Teacher/Instructor/Professor|
|Legislative Aide||Customs Inspector||FBI/CIA Agent|
|International Lawyer||Legislative Correspondent||Foreign Travel Escort|
|Interpreter/Translator||International Relations Officer||Intelligence Research Specialist|
|International Account Executive||International Media Planner||International Restaurant Manager|
|International Bank Manager||International Stock Broker||International Job Analyst|
|International Consultant||International Purchasing Agent||International Travel Agent|
|International Real Estate Agent/Broker||International Financial Analyst||International Quality Control Auditor|
|International Commodities Trader||International Bookkeeper||International Economist|
|International Finance Writer||International CEO||International Appraiser|
|International Loan Officer||International Sales Analyst||Foreign Exchange Trader|
|International Account Representative||International Advertising Executive||International Marketing Specialist|
|International Correspondent||Import/Export Coordinator||Foreign Affairs Analyst|
|International Financial Planner||International Buyer||International Product Manager|
How should I prepare for these careers?
- Serve internships with government agencies or officials.
- Join student or local political organizations.
- Become familiar with current events in the world.
- Earn leadership positions on campus.
- Combine concentration in education and teaching certification if your goal is work in educational field.
- Practice language skills by conversing with native speakers.
- Consider co-concentration in communications and gain experience working with radio or print media within local media industries.
- Pursue graduate degree.
- Learn about current trends and hot topics in international relations.
- Demonstrate intercultural competency, sensitivity and tolerance.
- Gain experience in communications with people from other countries. Get to know international students on your campus.
- Live and/or work abroad while in school.
- Commit to a continuous study of host country’s language
- Develop a good understanding of etiquette and business practices in target country.
- Obtain daily papers in target city to determine international and national news, business features, real estate markets, and community calendars.
- Enhance traits, such as creativity, initiative, tenacity, a willingness to take risks, an adventurous spirit and a sense of humor.
Related Major Skills:
|Oral & written communication||Organizational numerical analysis|
|Interpretation problem-solving teamwork||Marketing|
|Computer literacy||Creative thinking|
|Critical thinking||Planning and budgeting|
|Decision making||Analytical skills|
|Time management||Management (people and activities)|
|Reading/writing another language||Work independently and on a team|
|Understanding cultural diversity||Public speaking|
|Communicating between cultures||Problem-solving ability|
|Active listening skills||Strong work ethic|
For specific job outlook information, see www.bls.gov/ooh.
Resources Available at Albright College Career Development Center’s Resource Library
- Careers for Born Leaders and Other Decisive Types, by Blythe Camenson
- Careers for Courageous People and Other Adventurous Types, by Jan Goldberg
- Careers for Foreign Language Aficionados and Other Multilingual Types, by H. Ned Seelye and J. Laurence Day
- Careers for Good Samaritans and Other Humanitarian Types, by Marjorie Eberts and Margaret Gisler
- Careers for Patriotic Types and Others Who Want to Serve Their Country, by Jan Goldberg
- Careers for Talkative Types and Others with the Gift of Gab, by Marjorie Eberts and Margaret Gisler
- Careers for Travel Buffs and Other Restless Types, by Paul Plawin
- Opportunities in Federal Government Careers, by Neale Baxter
- Opportunities in Foreign Language Careers, by Wilma M. Rivers
- Opportunities in International Business Careers, by Jeffrey S. Arpan
- Opportunities in Overseas Careers, by Blythe Camenson
- Opportunities in State and Local Government Careers, by Neale Baxter
- Opportunities in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, by Blythe Camenson
- Opportunities in Travel Careers, by Robert Scott Milne and Marguerite Backhausen
Links to Internet sites are provided for your convenience and do not constitute an endorsement by Albright College or the Career Development Center.
Links found at http://www.uncwil.edu/stuaff/career/Majors/index.htm
Job and Internship Search Links
- OverseasJobs.com http://www.overseasjobs.com
- Top Language Jobs http://www.toplanguagejobs.co.uk/
- Escape Artist: Overseas Jobs Index http://www.escapeartist.com/jobs/overseas1.htm
- CDS International (international exchange and professional development programs in Argentina, Germany, Russia, Spain) http://www.cdsintl.org
- Job search website targeted to Africa http://www.kazinow.com
- Bloomberg: International Sites, Careers and Find a Job http://about.bloomberg.com/careers/index.html
- JobPilot (Europe), http://www.jobpilot.net
- Overseas Recruitment, http://www.overseas-recruitment.com
- International Jobs Center, http://www.internationaljobs.org
Career Planning Links
- Going Global http://www.goinglobal.com/
- Living Abroad http://www.livingabroad.com
- International Job Resources https://guides.library.duke.edu/c.php?g=289310&p=1929404
Professional Associations Links
- American Marketing Association http://www.marketingpower.com
- American Political Science Association http://www.apsanet.org
- International Advertising Association http://www.iaaglobal.org
- International Association of Business Communicators http://www.iabc.com
- International Association for Business and Society http://www.iabs.net/
- The Federation of International Trade Associations http://fita.org/
- Foreign Policy Association http://www.fpa.org
- World Trade Organization http://www.wto.org
- World Economic Forum http://www.weforum.org
- World Bank Group http://www.worldbank.org
- Idealist: International Nonprofit Information http://www.idealist.org
- United States International Trade Commission http://www.usitc.gov
- International Bureau of Chambers of Commerce http://www.iccwbo.org/
- The International Trade Administration http://www.ita.doc.gov
- Major International Newspapers http://www.inkpot.com/news/majint.html
- Journal of Commerce Online: major international newspaper (searchable) http://www.joc.com
- CBS Market Watch: worldwide financial news http://cbs.marketwatch.com/news/newsroom.htx
- Academy of International Business http://www.aibworld.net
- Europages: The European Business Directory http://www.europages.com
- United Nations International Computing Center http://www.unicc.org
- IMEX Exchange – Internet International Business Exchange http://www.imex.com
- Languages of the World http://www.nvtc.gov/lotw/index.html
- The Electronic Embassy http://www.embassy.org/
- United Nations http://www.un.org
- National Capital Language Resource Center http://www.cal.org
- Global Service Corps, http://www.globalservicecorps.org
- International Affairs Resources, http://www2.etown.edu/vl/
- NGO Global Network, http://www.ngo.org/index2.htm
- Rotary International, http://www.rotary.org/foundation
- The Peace Corps, http://www.peacecorps.gov
- Union of International Associations, http://www.uia.org