International Relations Concentration

The International Relations (IR) concentration in political science addresses a significant need in an era of globalization. Mercyhurst students who specialize in international relations enroll in courses most relevant to this field. The innovative curriculum, which emphasizes international politics and regional political systems, is enhanced by versatile study abroad opportunities and a competitive Model International Organizations program focused on diplomacy and global problem solving.

Students who select the international relations concentration are preparing for a variety of careers, including diplomacy, academia, journalism, public service, or work with the vast array of non-governmental organizations engaged in advocacy and service around the world. A large percentage of Mercyhurst political science graduates pursue graduate school, and those seeking an IR program will be well prepared upon completion of his or her degree. Alumni in graduate or professional school and those currently working for the government at home and abroad, as well as for non-profits and businesses, are testimony to the quality of preparation received.  


The marketable skills at the center of this concentration include proficiency in research and analysis, the ability to read critically, an appreciation of diverse and complex views, an enhanced understanding of world events and the conditions that influence them, plus knowledge of different cultures and societies. For successful completion of the IR concentration, students must take 15 three-credit courses (9 required and 6 electives). Students will work with their adviser to plan their specific program. 

Topics of Study:

  • American Government
  • Geopolitics
  • American Foreign Policy 
  • International Relations
  • International Organizations & Diplomacy
  • Global Issues
  • Comparative Politics: Africa
  • Comparative Politics: Asia
  • Comparative Politics: Europe
  • Comparative Politics: Latin America
  • Politics of Russia
  • Comparative Politics: Countries at Crossroads
Elective Topics:
  • The Vietnam War
  • The Politics of Migration
  • World Politics
  • Political Cinema
  • Research Methods in Social Science
  • Nationalism
  • Intelligence and National Security
  • International Relations 
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Foreign Policy Decisions
  • Politics of the Global Economy
  • Development: The Search for Prosperity
  • Political Theory

In addition, students must complete at least two foreign language courses and are encouraged to go beyond the requirement.


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