Students pursuing an the International Relations degree enjoy a multi-disciplinary program that encompasses a wide variety of fields of study, including Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology. This broad approach enables students to design their own major around individual interests and career aspirations, paving the way for a variety of careers, in government, international organizations, law, business and non-profit institutions, and academia.

Sample Courses

Core coursework focuses on economics, global community, and geography. Sample courses include:

  • Global Issues
  • Global Governance: The United Nations System
  • Human Rights in the Americas
  • Dictatorships, Human Rights, and Historical Memory in the Southern Cone
  • Environment and Development in China
  • Contemporary Issues in Turkey

Practical Experience

Experiential learning experiences and real-world learning opportunities are critical to the International Relations major.

  • Join Sigma Iota Rho — the national honor society for students of international affairs.
  • Engage in an enhanced research and mentoring experience as a member of the International Relations Distinction Program.
  • Enhance your academic experience as a Renée Crowne University Honors student.
  • Network with other students interested in international affairs as part of the International Relations Club.

Study Abroad

Well-known among the top international education providers in the U.S., SU Abroad is a notable part of the SU experience. With over 100 programs in 60 countries, almost half of all students go abroad during their time at Syracuse. International Relations students have gone abroad in Beijing, Florence, and Santiago.

Life after Syracuse University

With a degree in International Relations you can explore such careers as:

  • Diplomat
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Government Executive
  • News Analyst
  • Special Correspondent
  • Public Interest Advocate

Or, earn a graduate degree in the areas of law, education, business, or political science.

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