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International Relations

Understanding international relations requires an analysis of the domestic politics, histories, cultures and economic systems of countries, but also how states interact as they pursue their economic and security interests.

Majors in international relations examine the historical patterns of world affairs, how change occurs in inter-state dynamics, the interplay of economic and strategic pressures and the impact of international organizations. In addition to an introductory course, the major includes specific courses on American foreign policy, the formation of states and nations, the structure of empires and theories of international relations. Also offered are courses on the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.

Because an adequate knowledge of world politics demands an intimate understanding of cultures, language proficiency represents a crucial component of international relations. The major therefore counts language study toward the major requirements.

Graduates in the major pursue varied careers in public service, international business and global organizations. Many undertake graduate study in such disciplines as political science, international development, law and business. Most important, graduates in international relations are well-informed citizens, prepared to involve themselves in political action.

Mills College’s innovative Bachelor’s-to-Master’s Accelerated Degree Programs allow you to earn a master’s degree in one additional year of study. Combining a master’s degree with a liberal arts undergraduate education prepares you for career success and increased options upon graduation. Mills students in this major should consider one of these options:
Business Management (MBA)
Teacher Education
Interdisciplinary Computer Science
Public Policy

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P: 510.430.2338
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Last Updated: 11/9/15