Experience the World

Explore the economic, political and social relationships among nations during a semester abroad

International Relations

This interdisciplinary major is supported by our excellent global studies program, offering more than 60 options for your required semester or year abroad.

What will I learn?

You will gain an understanding of the workings of other countries, analyze world affairs and political economy and examine international conflict. Consider pairing the international relations bachelor of arts with a second major in political science, economics, foreign languages, psychology, business administration, history, nonprofit leadership or Applied Critical Thought & Inquiry.

The international relations major will prepare you for careers or graduate study in areas such as international governmental affairs, international business, law, Foreign Service, conflict resolution and nongovernmental organizations.

The Department also sponsors Pi Sigma Alpha (Alpha Kappa Rho chapter), the national student honor society of the American Political Science Association. Pi Sigma Alpha is active in planning educational and social events to help political science and international relations students develop connections outside the classroom.


Jameson O'Connor, senior

Pursuing U.S. Marine Corps Office Candidate School

Jameson says participating in The Fund for American Studies D.C. program and interning at Aviation Week's Intelligence Network was life-changing. The Cardinal football player and Pryor Leadership Fellow aspires for a career in national security.

Allison Lach '14

Israel Democracy Institute internship at Jewell

Allie is a research associate for the Institute for Science and International Security, with projects including satellite imagery analysis of nuclear programs in North Korea, Iran and Pakistan. She also works with the State Department on improving counter-proliferation efforts.

Beyond Jewell

Jewell’s recent international relations and political science majors are working and studying throughout the world.

  • Graduate School

    Recent graduate school acceptances:

    Edinburgh University – philosophy
    Notre Dame Law School
    Oklahoma City University – MBA
    Trinity International University – Theological Studies
    University of Iowa College of Law
    University of Kansas – Chinese Studies
    University of Kansas School of Law
    University of Missouri School of Law
    University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

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  • Job Placements

    Recent alumni are pursuing these careers:

    Capitol Hill – legislative assistant
    Cerner Corporation – consultant
    Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – analyst
    Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools – state assessment manager
    Kansas City Mayor’s Office – public affairs
    Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence – trainer, special projects
    National World War I Museum and Memorial – educational programming
    Superior Management Group – sales/marketing
    English teacher – Thailand and South Korea
    Teach for America – urban middle school
    U.S. Army – officer

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