Maj

International Relations

About

If you want to be globally aware, debate pressing issues such as war, disease, diplomacy, poverty, human rights and trade, and prepare yourself for a career overseas or with any number of government or international organizations, then international relations may be the major for you. Majoring in international relations will position you competitively for work in the foreign service, non-governmental and international advocacy organizations, and environmental and humanitarian agencies.  Our program will teach you to grapple successfully with complex global issues and international challenges in an increasingly interdependent world, training you for responsible global citizenship and international engagement.

Sample 4 Year Plan

Fall

PO 120 Introduction to American National Politics
First Year Seminar
Foreign Language I
Liberal Studies course

Spring

PO 200 Political Science Research Methods
Breadth Area I course
Foreign Language II
Liberal Studies course

Fall

PO 285 Introduction to Comparative Politics
Breadth Area II course PO 261
Foreign Language III
Liberal Studies course
Junior

Spring

PO 245 Introduction to International Relations
European Political Thought
Foreign Language IV
Liberal Studies course

Fall

PO 348 American Foreign Policy
Breadth Area I course
Junior Seminar
Elective

 

Spring

PO 355 Politics of the World Economy
Breadth Area II course
Liberal Studies course
Elective

Fall

PO 410 Senior Seminar in Political Science
Electives

 

Spring

IR-themed Political Science elective
Electives

In-Depth

The international relations major at Saint Michael’s is built on small classes, extensive student-faculty interaction, and close mentoring and guidance by faculty who are leading scholars in their field. The program includes learning and co-curricular opportunities specifically designed to enhance the international content of your education, including semester and short-term study abroad, international internships, service learning and civic engagement projects, and leadership in student clubs and service organizations devoted to international citizenship.

The international relations major has six components:

  • Three core courses – Introduction to International Relations, Introduction to Comparative Politics, and either Introduction to American Government or European Political Thought
  • Four international relations electives in political science, including American Foreign Policy or Politics of the World Economy
  • Four breadth or area courses drawn from anthropology, business, economics, geography, history, humanities, religious studies, or sociology
  • Two research or integrative courses – Research Methods and Senior Seminar
  • Four semesters of a foreign language
  • An international relations experiential learning practicum

International Relations Learning Outcomes

Special Opportunities

International relations majors must complete an international-themed practicum: a semester abroad or faculty-led study away experience, an internship at an agency such as the Vermont Council on World Affairs or Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, or an alternative experiential learning activity such as a MOVE international service trip.

Study Abroad

International relations majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad either for a full semester or a short term study trip.  Recent short-term study trips led by political science faculty have included the annual Parliamentary field trips to Ottawa, Canada; a summer academic study tour to Navdanya’s Farm, an organic training center in the city of Dehradun, India; and multiple service trips to the Ilula Orphan Center in Tanzania.

Internships

Academic internships allow students to earn academic credit and gain essential vocational and career experiences each semester in non-profit organizations and government agencies.  Local organizations supporting international relations internships include the Vermont Council on World Affairs and Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program.

Student-Faculty Research

Saint Michael’s encourages students to pursue independent research and there are many opportunities for close student-faculty research collaboration and mentoring.

Careers

You will find Saint Michael’s alumni working at the State Department as a foreign service officer (Michelle Kayser, ’08), the Peace Corps in Guatemala (Alyssa Malone, ’12), international fair trade advocacy (Andrew Driscoll, ’09), as well as in the U.S. Senate (Senator Patrick Leahy, ’61).

Careers for international relations graduates include:

U.S. State Department Foreign Service
International aid agencies
Non-governmental organizations
United Nations
Research and think tanks
International business, education and journalism

In-Depth

The international relations major at Saint Michael’s is built on small classes, extensive student-faculty interaction, and close mentoring and guidance by faculty who are leading scholars in their field. The program includes learning and co-curricular opportunities specifically designed to enhance the international content of your education, including semester and short-term study abroad, international internships, service learning and civic engagement projects, and leadership in student clubs and service organizations devoted to international citizenship.

The international relations major has six components:

  • Three core courses – Introduction to International Relations, Introduction to Comparative Politics, and either Introduction to American Government or European Political Thought
  • Four international relations electives in political science, including American Foreign Policy or Politics of the World Economy
  • Four breadth or area courses drawn from anthropology, business, economics, geography, history, humanities, religious studies, or sociology
  • Two research or integrative courses – Research Methods and Senior Seminar
  • Four semesters of a foreign language
  • An international relations experiential learning practicum

International Relations Learning Outcomes

Special Opportunities

International relations majors must complete an international-themed practicum: a semester abroad or faculty-led study away experience, an internship at an agency such as the Vermont Council on World Affairs or Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, or an alternative experiential learning activity such as a MOVE international service trip.

Study Abroad

International relations majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad either for a full semester or a short term study trip.  Recent short-term study trips led by political science faculty have included the annual Parliamentary field trips to Ottawa, Canada; a summer academic study tour to Navdanya’s Farm, an organic training center in the city of Dehradun, India; and multiple service trips to the Ilula Orphan Center in Tanzania.

Internships

Academic internships allow students to earn academic credit and gain essential vocational and career experiences each semester in non-profit organizations and government agencies.  Local organizations supporting international relations internships include the Vermont Council on World Affairs and Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program.

Student-Faculty Research

Saint Michael’s encourages students to pursue independent research and there are many opportunities for close student-faculty research collaboration and mentoring.

Careers

You will find Saint Michael’s alumni working at the State Department as a foreign service officer (Michelle Kayser, ’08), the Peace Corps in Guatemala (Alyssa Malone, ’12), international fair trade advocacy (Andrew Driscoll, ’09), as well as in the U.S. Senate (Senator Patrick Leahy, ’61).

Careers for international relations graduates include:

U.S. State Department Foreign Service
International aid agencies
Non-governmental organizations
United Nations
Research and think tanks
International business, education and journalism