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International Relations

Major & Minor

As an international relations major, you will explore the great issues of politics in a rapidly changing, global environment. You will explore different approaches to the study of politics, employing historical, comparative, philosophical, legal, and experiential approaches to discipline. The department places heavy emphasis on student mastery of factual information, critical thinking skills, and effective writing and speaking skills, ensuring that you are prepared for careers in professional fields as law, policy research, teaching, journalism, management, and government service.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to acquire firsthand experiences by studying abroad. Almost all of our majors spend at least a semester abroad, in Spain, Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica, Chile, or Argentina.  

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Model UN

Model UN conferences are actual simulations of the workings of the United Nations, with delegates assuming the positions currently pending among the countries they represent. Over the past 20 years, Austin College students have earned ...

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Finish in Four*

with the skills to launch your career 

Working in the fast paced 

international relations field will require you to hone your communication, critical thinking, quantitative and collaboration skills. As a graduate you will be poised to take on your first job with the knowledge that you can confidently:

  • describe and illustrate international relations issues effectively in written and oral presentations.
  • evaluate the effectiveness of international institutions and organizations in various contemporary and historical contexts.
  • evaluate the impact of political cases or situations outside of the United States.

Explore our Graduate Outcomes to learn more about what our graduates are doing today. 

Meet our Faculty

Dr. Audrey Flemming

Dr. Audrey Flemming

Associate Professor of Political Science
Dr. Nathan Bigelow

Dr. Nathan Bigelow

Professor of Political Science and International Studies
Dr. Rüçhan Kaya

Dr. Rüçhan Kaya

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Ms. Mary Linder

Ms. Mary Linder

Adjunct Instructor in Political Science
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Popular Courses

  • Introduction to International Relations

  • Introduction to Global Comparative Politics

  • American Political Thought

  • International Social Movements

  • Cuban Politics