Conflict and security, alliances and rivalry, war and peace: analyze power dynamics in world affairs, develop innovative strategies for responding to international problems, and deepen your understanding of our global society.
About the Program
Majoring in international relations will give you the analytical tools to be an informed citizen and thoughtful leader in such fields as journalism, diplomatic service, international development, and global business. At Mills, you’ll acquire these tools in small classes taught by professors who are inspiring teachers as well as highly regarded researchers and policy analysts. They’ll embolden you to think independently and cultivate your own perspectives on world politics. You’ll investigate critical issues like economic development, income distribution, the formation of nations, and global justice with a special focus on non-Western nations. You’ll examine efforts in marginalized regions, like sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, to initiate political change. And you’ll propose strategic solutions to complex global challenges. Because language proficiency and an understanding of other cultures are crucial components of international relations, your professors will encourage you to take course work in a language other than English and to participate in a study abroad program.
For your senior thesis, you’ll select a subject you are passionate about and conduct original research under faculty guidance. When you graduate, you’ll be equipped with the confidence and critical analysis skills to inspire action in your chosen career. View our program details for in-depth information on the major.
Courses You Could Take
States & Nations
Comparative Politics of Social Policy
Empires & Imperialism
American Foreign Policy
Middle East Politics