International Relations

International relations is a study of global affairs that draws upon the connections of economics, politics and history. It applies the contributions of all these disciplines to the study of topics of historical and contemporary importance. Students will examine traditional studies that focus on the role of the nation-state. In addition, they will explore more contemporary insights into the influence of other global factors, such as transnational corporations, diasporas and international organizations whose work spans the globe.

What will I study?
In addition to introductory and upper-level courses in political science and economics, students choose to focus on a particular geographic area in their studies—Europe and Russia, Africa, Asia or Latin America—and they are required to take an additional course beyond the intermediate level in a foreign language.

Quite often the College offers Global Awareness courses that allow students to refine further their understanding of a particular area of the world, or hone their language skills (recent Global Awareness trips went to Japan, Ghana and China, for example). Students also have the opportunity to participate in semester-long and year-long study abroad programs.

The capstone of the international relations major’s work is the International Relations Senior Seminar, taken in the senior year. The topic changes yearly according to student and instructor interests.

Why should I study international relations at Agnes Scott?

  • Broaden Your Worldview
    The international relations courses at Agnes Scott encourage students not only to learn about the various aspects of the global system, but to think in new ways about how those interconnections have been systematically shaped by history, politics and economics. In courses such as The African Diaspora, Global Migration and International Finance, participants in the major learn to think critically about the world in which they live.
  • The City of Atlanta
    Atlanta provides many hands-on internship opportunities for international relations majors, including The Carter Center and The Coca-Cola Company.
  • Campus Involvement 
    Many international relations majors take an active role in the Model UN.

What can I do with this degree?
As you explore the relations among both nations and non-governmental parties, you will draw from the perspectives, theories, insights and methods of several disciplines to acquire the knowledge needed to work in several professions. As a graduate, you can:

  • Teach in both the United States and abroad
  • Work in journalism as an international analyst or news reporter
  • Pursue law school, graduate school or business school
  • Join the Peace Corps
  • Work in international government at the State Department