International Relations

Students at an International Relations event

Interested in global issues, diplomacy and foreign policy? Want a career in international law or human rights? As an international relations major at St. Kate's, you will gain strong critical-thinking skills and a deep understanding of political and economic structures in various cultures, as well as different historic periods.

This major prepares you for careers in government or international service, law school (especially the study of international law) and graduate study in international relations. It also helps with a career in international business when combined with business-related courses.

Model UN course

St. Kate's rigorous "Model UN" course covers the structure and functions of the United Nations and its agencies, and includes a trip to the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City — the largest UN simulation in the United States.

St. Kate's students have participated in local and regional mock UN gatherings since the 1960s. "This class exceeded my expectations," says student Elizabeth Natwick. "It was a fun way to take classroom learning and put it into action."

Master a foreign language

International relations majors must complete two courses beyond the intermediate level in a foreign language. (If you plan to work in foreign service, we encourage two additional courses in the same language for a total of four.)

Study abroad requirement

You are required to complete at least one semester of study abroad during your junior year. St. Kate's Global Studies office offers access to 150 programs —with semester-long, year-long, January term or summer options — in more than 50 countries.

Pre-law and Mock Trial

St. Kate's offers pre-law advising and a Mock Trial program led by practicing lawyers, which includes participation in regional and national competitions. In mock trial, you assume the role of attorney or witness and learn firsthand about the American judicial system. You also build skills in teamwork, debate, oral communication, investigative research and reporting.

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