International Relations

Changing the world should start first with understanding it

While many of us want to make a difference in the world, we may not even know where to start. The Indiana Wesleyan University International Relations (IR) major is a great place to begin comprehending the complexity of global politics, diversity in the domestic politics of foreign countries, and issues of concern for the world community. IR also aids you in confronting the prospects for exercising Christian influence and promoting change. Complete your journey understanding the world, prepared to make an impact at home or abroad.

Students who complete this program develop a theoretical and practical understanding of global politics and contemporary international affairs. Graduates are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills for professional careers in government agencies, international organizations, domestic and international non-governmental organizations, and diplomacy. Students completing this program will also be prepared to pursue teaching, research and graduate studies in international relations, and global public policy.

Students may also choose to minor in International Relations as a supplement to another IWU major as they globalize their studies.

Those majoring in International Relations may consider complementing their preparation with another major or minor in:

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One of the best ways to discover a degree program is to check out the course listings. By simply clicking on the course titles below, you can get a preview of the classes you will attend as a student at Indiana Wesleyan University.

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FOUNDATIONS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Students should complete all of the following:

POL-230,POL-232,POL-322,INR-432,HST-301,MAT-305

Choose two of the following capstone courses:

POL-350,POL-371,INR-470

WORLD POLITICS ELECTIVES

Choose at least three courses from the following:

POL-332,POL-375,HST-442,CRJ-322

REGIONAL HISTORY AND POLITICS ELECTIVES

Choose at least two courses from the following:

GEO-202,POL-354,HST-230,HST-231,HST-355,HST-361,HST-380,HST-381

GLOBAL ECONOMICS AND DEVELOPMENT ELECTIVES

Choose at least one course from the following:

INT-210,ECO-213,ECO-340,ECO-454

CONCENTRATION OR COGNATE

Students should complete a concentration or cognate in a field consistent with their vocational goals. The student's advisor will provide counsel and support for the approved courses of study.


INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS MINOR

REQUIRED COURSES

POL-230,POL-232,HST-301,INR-432

Choose two of the following:

ECO-340,POL-354,POL-332,POL-375,POL-371

Faculty

The IWU faculty members who facilitate courses in the International Relations major take seriously their students' understanding of global political processes, problems, and possibilities. They do so to prepare you to be knowledgeable and engaged citizens, committed to being doers of justice and seekers of peace.

The faculty has a record of empowering students to be engaged in the field, researching problems and potential solutions, presenting scholarly papers at national conferences, rolling up their sleeves to work toward the mitigation of global issues, or serving overseas for the U.S. government.

Click on a faculty member's name below to learn more about that individual.

David Burden; MA, PhD Assoc Prof; History david.burden@indwes.edu View Profile
Tom Lehman; MA, PhD Professor; Economics tom.lehman@indwes.edu View Profile
Mark Smith; MAR, MA, PhD Assoc Prof; History mark.a.smith@indwes.edu View Profile