The interdisciplinary major in international relations gives you the tools to understand and tackle critical international problems like terrorism, ethnic strife and global warming. Faculty challenge you to explore global issues and articulate your thoughts through written and oral presentations. You study international politics, foreign policy, comparative politics, international economics, history and a foreign language. Within the major, you focus on a specific area, such as foreign policy analysis, international political economy, the politics of development, environmental politics, security studies, human rights, regional politics or ethnic conflict.

International opportunities and study abroad

Most international relations majors study abroad for a semester. Some take advantage of a semester-long Study Away Teach Away (SATA) program, in which a small group of students and one or two Connecticut College professors go abroad together. (The photo at the top of this page is from a SATA to Vietnam in 2013.) Other opportunities include a College-funded summer internship abroad or a one- to three-week trip for a specific course.

Special opportunities

Many international relations majors choose to double major, often in economics, history or a foreign language. Others pursue a certificate from one of the College's interdisciplinary academic centers, which allow you to enhance your major with one of four concentrations – international studies, environmental studies, art and technology or public policy and community action. You have endless possibilities for connecting international relations with another field: Students have explored renewable energy in Spain and Italy, pollution in Martinique and issues of race and ethnicity across many borders.

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