Political Science/International Relations Human Rights Programs

Last updated November 16, 2016

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Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, CA)claremont-mckenna-college_416x416
Type of program: B.A. in International Relations

The International Relations program is a multi-disciplinary program designed for students preparing for graduate work or careers with an international focus, whether in government, business, or professions such as law, teaching, or journalism, or in other areas such as private foundations or international organizations. All majors take a group of courses in government and economics in common. In addition to these courses, students in the international relations major take elective courses with a particular thematic or geographic focus. Study abroad and advanced language study are requirements for all majors. Click to learn more.

CSU Dominguez Hills (Carson, CA)california-state-university-dominguez-hills-10
Type of program: B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Concentration in Global Studies

Within IDS/PACE, the concentration in Global Studies focuses on critical knowledge and awareness of world political, economic, social, cultural, and ecological systems. The concentration familiarizes students with leading debates in the field, including those around poverty, militarization, cultural independence, development, and global justice. Global Studies provides students with analytical tools for understanding and articulating world contemporary issues. Click to learn more. 

300x300CSU East Bay (Hayward,CA)
Type of program: B.A. or Minor in International Studies

The International Studies major consists of an integrated group of courses reflecting international aspects of various disciplines. It is designed to provide the student with a broad base of understanding of the interrelationship of the world community, while at the same time providing the opportunity to specialize in an area of interest. A minor in International Studies is also offered. Click to learn more.

photo.jpgCSU Long Beach (Long Beach, CA)
Type of program: B.A. or Minor in International Studies

International Studies students are curious global citizens who want to make their mark on the world. The major program provides them with the tools and guidance to focus their interests and accomplish their goals. We prepare CSULB graduates for good jobs in fields like non-profit work, international development, international affairs, international trade and business, education, and law. International Studies helps students develop strong analytical abilities while teaching them how to integrate a wide variety of disciplinary methods, language competencies, and cross-cultural understandings into the study of global issues. Click to learn more.

CSU_Monterey_BayCalifornia State University, Monterey Bay (Seaside, CA)
Type of program: B.A. or Minor in Global Studies

The Global Studies curriculum stresses a critical analysis of complex and controversial global issues, social research, oral and written communication, intercultural relations, community service and social action. You will start by learning core theory in globalization, culture, history, political economy and global politics. Then, you will specialize in a thematic area such as: Global Culture and Ideology, Global Politics/Peace and Conflict, Global Political Economy, and International Development/Humanitarian Action or construct a faculty-approved focus relevant to your future. You will also develop global competency through service learning and international experience. Click to learn more.

csunorthridgeCalifornia State University, Northridge (Northridge, CA)
Type of program: B.A. or Minor in Political Science

We offer a rich curriculum in which most aspects of the discipline and areas of the globe are covered. Given the depth of our faculty’s expertise and the range of the courses we offer, our strengths lie in the areas of American politics, international relations, comparative politics, political theory, and public law. The Department offers three areas of concentration: an option in Government and Politics, an option in Public Policy and Management, and an option in Law and Society. Each of these are designed to better prepare students for specific career goals in mind. Click to learn more.

9D8E7892-65CF-CDB0-BF7E-20B0D8B1FBE4-csusb-logo-5-csusb-vert-rgb-600-504California State University, San Bernardino (San Bernardino, CA)
Type of program: B.A. or Minor in Political Science

The major in political science is designed for students who desire a liberal arts program with an emphasis on politics, government and public policy; plan a career in government service or public administration; seek training for positions in foreign service agencies of the United States government, international organizations or corporations; intend to study law; wish to prepare for teaching in the public schools; or intend to work for advanced degrees in political science in preparation for college or university teaching or for government service. Click to learn more.

csusm_logoCalifornia State University, San Marcos (San Marcos, CA)
Type of program: B.A. or Minor in Global Studies

The Global Studies Program provides students with the opportunity to study international affairs from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Whether pursuing the Major or the Minor, students can choose from an approved list of courses from Economics, History, Liberal Studies, Literature and Writing, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Modern Language Studies, and Women Studies. The program allows students to specialize in one of five geographic regions: the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, or Sub-Saharan Africa, and two of five global issue areas: Foreign Policy, Global Conflict and Cooperation, International Law and Human Rights, Global Political Economy and Development, and Gender in Global Perspective. Click to learn more.

618c88fda2240f1696ece9b86a35c74d_400x400Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA)
Type of program: B.A. in Diplomacy and World Affairs

Diplomacy and World Affairs (DWA) is Occidental College’s nationally recognized international relations major.  In addition to providing students with a firm foundation on various IR theories and issues, students are encouraged to draw in an interdisciplinary manner from a related major (among them politics, economics, film/documentary-making, critical theory, history, and religious studies).  Students are required to engage in substantial foreign language study. DWA hosts the William and Elizabeth Kahane United Nations Program, which is unique in allowing undergraduate students to intern at agencies and arms of the United Nations. Click to learn more.

pitzer_logo_sans_colleges_orangePitzer College (Claremont, CA)
Type of program: B.A. in International and Intercultural Studies

The International and Intercultural Studies major is an interdisciplinary course of study designed to deepen and broaden a student’s understanding of global and local commonalities, differences, and power relations. Through course work at Pitzer, language acquisition, and an intensive experience away from the campus, the major seeks to make students aware of what binds them to, and separates them from, other peoples and other places. Click to learn more.

pomona-collegePomona College (Claremont, CA)
Type of program: B.A. in International Relations

This multidisciplinary major is one of the strongest international relations programs in any American liberal arts institution. Students must integrate the study of politics, economics, history and foreign languages; learn quantitative and qualitative research methods; and spend at least one semester abroad for first-hand exposure to a foreign society. The breadth of the curriculum equips our majors to undertake research on contemporary problems in global security, economic and social development, international law and institutions, foreign policy and aid, global health, environmental issues, and human rights. Our program increasingly builds on our faculty expertise on Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, and East Asia, in addition to their research on international organizations, social movements, development, democracy promotion, revolutions, and security. Click to learn more.

Screen Shot 2016-07-28 at 1.47.50 PMSan Jose State University (San Jose, CA)
Type of program: B.A. or Minor in Global Studies

Global Studies at San Jose State University is an interdisciplinary program that looks at the world holistically. The tremendous international migration of people, movement of goods, technology transfers, and mixing of cultures makes it important to study the world as a human community in ways we haven’t considered in the past. SJSU’s Global Studies program brings together faculty that share an interest in these processes and problems. Click to learn more.

santa-clara-university_416x416Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA)
Type of program: B.A. or Minor in Political Science

In completing the Political Science major, students choose among a wide selection of courses in five fields—U.S. politics, comparative politics, international relations, political philosophy, and quantitative methods. The department also offers its majors the option of Emphases in Pre-Law, Public Sector Studies, and International Relations. Political Science is an excellent companion major or minor for Economics, History, Philosophy, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies and other disciplines. Students can earn credit for the major through hands-on experience in local experiential learning internships in Washington, D.C., and study abroad around the globe. Click to learn more.

sonomaSonoma State University (Rohnert Park, CA)
Type of program: B.A. or Minor in Political Science

The Political Science program at Sonoma State University offers excellent opportunities for the study of government and politics. Over 40 courses cover all major aspects of the discipline. Students develop an understanding of human behavior as this relates to politics. They learn to discuss and analyze critically the many current public policy issues facing the United States and the world. They are taught how to analyze and understand world affairs and comparative politics. They are trained in the appropriate research techniques for the study of political processes. Click to learn more.

Type of program: B.A. or Minor in Global Studies

Global Studies is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for international or intercultural service through the study of other cultures, world history, political and economic systems, world geography and environment, cross-cultural communication and a modern language. Recognizing the increasing interdependence of the world and the global nature of contemporary issues, the major is designed to increase awareness and understanding of other cultures. Students develop the skills needed to work effectively in a global or multicultural context. Click to learn more.

uc-berkeley-squarelogoUniversity of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
Type of program: International and Area Studies Program

IAS provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of international and global issues. Comprised of six undergraduate majors and three graduate degree programs, IAS is a unique intellectual domain. At a historical moment of unprecedented inter-connectedness, IAS trains students in the knowledge and skills that are fundamental components of global citizenship and practice. IAS has strategically adopted an interdisciplinary approach to such training, with the belief that no single discipline can prepare students in the depth and breadth necessary for a complex and reflexive understanding of world history and contemporary globalization. Accordingly, IAS offers interdisciplinary core courses in fields such as political economy, development studies, and peace & conflict studies, and then incorporates courses offered through many other departments, offering students a rigorous, but flexible, curriculum which recognizes that learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom. Click to learn more.

Type of program: B.A. in Political Science

The political science department has taken a number of steps recently to improve the undergraduate education experience. Our curriculum reform has updated and improved the structure of the major, insuring that students will be exposed to the five main subfields in the discipline. This core distribution requirement means that all students in the major receive a common substantive and analytical foundation. At the same time, students are able to pursue diverse interests at the upper-division level, most notably through the newly created specialization requirement. Click to learn more.

5XfuJnG6University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
Type of program: B.A. or Minor in Global Studies

The Global Studies Interdepartmental Program (IDP) provides UCLA undergraduates with a rigorous interdisciplinary education in the principal issues confronting today’s globalized world. The curriculum focuses on three thematic pillars of globalization: Culture & Society, Governance & Conflict, and Markets. These three pillars of globalization capture the principal dimensions of the multifaceted interconnections increasingly defining the world we live in—among nation-states, international institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and ethnic, cultural, and religious groups. Global Studies examines the ways in which people across the globe are affected every day by an unprecedented array of linkages that defy geographic and political boundaries. Click to learn more.

university-of-california-riverside_416x416University of California, Riverside (Riverside, CA)
Type of program: B.A. or Minor in Political Science

Political Science aims to provide an understanding of basic political processes and institutions as these operate in different national and cultural contexts. It encompasses the study of politics, political systems and political ideas as well as the analysis of such phenomena as political behavior, political values, political change and stability, justice, national security, and international affairs. Students may major in Political Science as a general program of study or combine and/or tailor their program in four additional areas of study: Political Science, Public Service/Political Science, Political Science/Administrative Studies, Political Science/Law and Society Major, and International Affairs. Click to learn more.

M1vYe5fj_400x400University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
Type of program: B.A. in Global & International Studies

The Global & International Studies Program oversees four separate and unrelated undergraduate interdisciplinary programs: Global Studies major, Middle East Studies major, Global Peace & Conflict minor and Women, Culture & Development minor. The largest of these is the Global Studies major with around 900 majors. Most of the courses in the catalogue are part of this major as are the links to Registration Information. The numbers of Global Studies majors has grown to over 900 per year—60% focusing on the socioeconomic and political aspects of globalization, and 40% emphasizing the cultural and ideological side. Click to learn more.

twitterlogo-usf-hex-1University or San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
Type of program: B.A. in International Studies

A degree in international studies opens the door to professional opportunities around the globe in government service, education, business, media and communications, environmental sustainability, law, consulting, and development. Where will it take you?A selection of interdisciplinary courses from the humanities, social sciences, arts, and sciences provide students with a broad understanding of the processes of globalization, the role of international institutions, the complex nature of conflicts, and global economic issues. The result is dedicated professionals with diverse skills and an in-depth knowledge of global dynamics working to make the world a more humane and just place for all. Click to learn more.

Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 5.41.45 PMUniversity of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
Type of program: Minor in Political Science

POSC offers several minors that provide a political science perspective on key issues and help prepare students for careers in law, public service, business, and teaching. The minor programs are open to all students and have no prerequisites. Political science minors are designed to enrich students’ program of study at USC and complement many majors in Dornsife College including Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Environmental Studies, as well as majors in other colleges such as the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Marshall School of Business. The Political Science minors are Political Science, Human Rights, Law and Society, and Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. Click to learn more.

University-of-the-Pacific-SqUniversity of the Pacific (Stockton, CA)
Type of program: B.A. in International Studies

The majors in the School of International Studies are designed to prepare students for careers in government, business, public service, law, journalism, education and other international professions. There are four majors: B.A. in International Relations, a B.A. in Global Studies, a B.A. in Development and Cultural Change, and a B.A. in International Affairs and Commerce. The core courses in the majors, which are co-taught by faculty from economics, politics, history, geography and anthropology, includes a four-course introductory sequence which explores issues of economic and cultural globalization, war and peace, the problems of the global environment and other factors that shape the world. Click to learn more.

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Screen Shot 2016-07-28 at 2.27.08 PMBrown University (Providence, RI)
Type of program: B.A. in International Relations

Our academic mission is to foster creative thinking about complex global problems and to equip students with the analytic tools, language expertise, and cross-cultural understanding to guide them in that process. The concentration draws on over 25 departments and programs including political science, history, economics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, religious studies, environmental studies, as well as area studies, and requires advanced competency in at least two languages. The IR concentration is organized around a multidisciplinary core that provides students with solid grounding in five different ways of the thinking about the world, and the following two sub-themes that combine macro and micro ethnographic perspectives and methods into the study of international relations: security and society and political economy and society. Click to learn more.

bryn-mawr-college_416x416Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA)
Type of program: B.A. or Minor in International Studies

At Bryn Mawr, International Studies combines applied and theoretical approaches by drawing from disciplines in both the Social Sciences and Humanities. This broad conception of International Studies distinguishes our program from many others. It builds from a core of courses from politics, economics, and ethics, a branch of philosophy, and then incorporates electives from specified tracks that reflect areas of strength in faculty research and teaching. It allows students to explore the descriptive and normative aspects of living in a world characterized by the deep interconnections of a globalized world. It thus draws on Bryn Mawr’s longstanding interest in promoting justice with its already established coursework at the undergraduate level and at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and on its well established programs in languages and cultures. Click to learn more.

DePauw_Facebook_logoDePauw University (Greencastle, IN)
Type of program: B.A. or Minor in Political Science

Topics of interest to political scientists include how governments function and should function; differences and similarities among the approximately 200 national political systems in the world; relations between and among the nations of the world as well as the role of nongovernmental actors in these relations; and ways of better understanding such phenomena as authority, conflict, legitimacy, political parties, elections, interest groups, international organizations, coup d’etats, and executive, legislative and judicial decision-making. The department offers both a major and a minor in Political Science. In the political science department at DePauw, as in virtually every political science department in the United States, a disproportionate number of courses treat the American political system. But there are also courses on political systems in other countries and regions (Europe,the Middle East,China, India, and the Third World more generally), on relations among and between nations, and on issues and questions that transcend the politics of any particular place. Click to learn more.

og-drexel-logoDrexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
Type of program: B.A. in Global Studies

The BA in Global Studies is an interdisciplinary, intercultural and interactive major that links language study with other academic disciplines such as politics, history, economics, sociology, anthropology, literature and philosophy. Students develop intercultural awareness and the critical knowledge and skills necessary to understand current global political, social and economic trends. The major prepares students to become responsible citizens who are aware of larger world issues and local concerns, and who are able to draw on their knowledge of the humanities, social sciences and sciences when considering these issues. The interdisciplinary nature of Global Studies in particular is a key strength: rather than focusing on a single field (e.g., politics or anthropology), students can create a cohesive course of study while sampling classes from around the University. Click to learn more.

300x300-1George Washington University (Washington, D.C.)
Type of program: B.A. in International Affairs 

The Elliott School offers bachelor of arts degrees in international affairs, Asian studies, Latin American and hemispheric studies, and Middle East studies. All students complete a core curriculum of courses in the liberal arts — humanities, social sciences, math, science, and foreign languages — during the first two years. During the third and fourth years, students take coursework focusing on international issues within their chosen field. Emphasizing a core curriculum of advanced fundamentals and regional foundations, our International Affairs major allows students to study global issues from the disciplines of political science, history, economics, anthropology, and geography, before focusing their studies through a functional or regional concentration. Our regional majors — Asian studies, Latin American and hemispheric studies, and Middle East studies — emphasize the history, politics, cultures, economics, and current events that shape each of these regions. Click to learn more.

300x300-3Indiana University (Indianapolis, IN)
Type of program: B.Ain International Studies

If you are interested in the broad study of social, political, cultural and economic global issues, want to develop language skills, and experience other cultures, the International Studies B.A. may be a good choice for you. The Department of International Studies is an integral part of the School of Global and International Studies, with faculty drawn from a wide range of disciplines. Click to learn more.

300x300-4Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
Type of program: B.A. in Political Science

The programs of the political science department are designed to help students attain a deeper understanding of politics in its various dimensions. The department encourages students to become sophisticated theoretically and to study politics in global and comparative perspectives. Students can focus on American politics, law and politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory, but we hope all students will acquire fluency in several of these areas. Click to learn more.

Type of program: B.A. or B.A./M.A. in International Studies

The Program in International Studies offers students a variety of perspectives through which to analyze international events. By learning new languages, studying the history and cultural diversity of various societies across the globe, and understanding the politics and theories of international relations or the dynamics of the world’s economy, students gain the tools required to be competitive in a complex global setting. The program also offers specific “tracks” (double majors) and “focus areas” (IS major with a minor) in conjunction with other departments. The program offers a variety of options that extend beyond the major, including a five-year BA/MA program with the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C., a five-year BA/MA program with Sciences Po in France, and a wide range of study abroad opportunities around the world. Click to learn more.

300x300-5Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
Type of program: B.A. in International Affairs

The International Affairs major is an academically rigorous program that thoroughly prepares students for careers in all aspects of the international field. The mission of the program is to provide students with an understanding of topics that are both historical and current in order to gain perspective on the forces that shape the world around us. The International Affairs Program offers a B.A. in international affairs with regional analysis in: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, or Russia. We also offer minors in international affairs and in Middle East studies. Students who graduate with their B.A. in international affairs go on to work in a variety of fields — non-profit organizations, NGOs, positions in the government, banks, media and communications, research, public relations, education, corporate companies, and many others. Click to learn more.

300x300-2Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
Type of program: B.A. or Minor in International Studies

The International Studies program is the gateway to the study of global affairs in the Weinberg College at Northwestern. Our mission is to encourage and support student education and scholarship in international affairs. We are open to all Weinberg students and to students from across the university. We offer a comprehensive, interdisciplinary curriculum as well as weekly seminars, research support for students, career counseling, public events, and more. Click here to learn more.

Syracuse_University_logoSyracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
Type of program: B.A. in Policy Studies

Our undergraduate program is offered by The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences. The major is completed through coursework from throughout the university. You will acquire skills in report writing, problem-solving, information gathering, computer applications, quantitative analysis, and working in teams as you study major public policy issues. Not only is the program both hands-on and interdisciplinary, but it also offers a wide variety of electives to choose from. Click to learn more.

Type of program: B.A. in International Relations

The International Relations Undergraduate Program, which is housed in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, is multi-disciplinary and includes a wide variety of fields of study, including primarily the social science disciplines of Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology, as well as recognizing that cultural studies such as language, literature, and religion are equally important for understanding other peoples and societies. This broad approach enables you to design your major program around your individual interests and career aspirations. Click to learn more.

Screen Shot 2016-07-28 at 5.03.57 PMTufts University (Medford, MA)
Type of program: B.A. in International Relations

The International Relations Program at Tufts University offers a course of study for undergraduate students with a primary interest in international and regional studies. The field of international relations includes the study of the history, politics, economics, and cultures of regional systems around the world; international economics; global health, nutrition, and the environment as they relate to international relations; the causes and consequences of war and the conditions for peace; the role of the United States in world affairs; the role played by personal and group affinities in shaping the identities that bear upon international conflict and cooperation. Click to learn more.

1DF4AGPw_400x400University of Dayton (Dayton, OH)
Type of program: B.A. in International Studies 

International Studies is a multidisciplinary major designed to provide you with the international perspective and skills you will need to solve these problems throughout a successful career in education, government, international business, law, national and homeland security, humanitarian relief, or social entrepreneurship. The intense and demanding International Studies curriculum will provide you with the multitude of disciplinary perspectives needed to become successful problem solver in today’s complex world. The curriculum includes a core of required courses, a concentration, a foreign language requirement, a research methods course, and a senior capstone seminar. Click to learn more.

utauslogoUniversity of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)
Type of program: B.A. in International Relations/Global Studies

Welcome to International Relations and Global Studies, an interdisciplinary major launched in 2009 that offers undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts a wide-ranging introduction to the most important challenges facing the modern world. The IRG major reflects the understanding that many of today’s most pressing concerns-security risks, climate change, human rights-are truly global in nature, rather than merely national or regional problems. This major also recognizes that students benefit from addressing these subjects through a variety of scholarly perspectives. As a result, IRG draws from numerous departments and specializations at UT-Austin, such as Government, History, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, as well as area studies and languages, in order to fashion a broad, thematic-based course of study for undergraduate majors. Click to learn more.

washington-university-in-st-louis_416x416Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
Type of program: B.A. in International and Area Studies

International and Area Studies offers an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to understanding global issues. Our undergraduate major encourages a broad understanding of the world while exploring the diversity and richness of other cultures. Our program places particular emphasis on study abroad, independent research, and foreign language coursework. The IAS major has five concentrations: Development, Eurasian Studies, European Studies, Global Cultural Studies, and International Affairs. Click to learn more.

International Schools


Formal_Seal_of_Franklin_University,_Switzerland.svgFranklin College (Lugano, Switzerland)
Type of program: B.A. in International Relations

The major in International Relations is designed for students who wish to deepen and broaden their knowledge and understanding of this multi-disciplinary field. At the same time, students receive solid preparation for a variety of careers: diplomatic service, international business, government service, mass media, international banking, law, international organizations, and teaching. Graduate study is also possible for International Relations majors.In this major students undertake in-depth inter-disciplinary work in the areas of political science, economics, history, international law and organizations and modern languages. The major is organized to provide students with the instruments and techniques to analyze and comprehend the complex phenomena of today’s international world. Click to learn more.

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