Bachelor of Arts in International Relations

General

Program Description

Take the inside track to a career that prepares you for an interconnected global economy. You'll gain cross-cultural leadership skills in negotiation, analysis, and advocacy with an international relations degree.

Overview

At Widener, you'll master the skills to analyze and assess political and economic relations on a global level. In the classroom, you'll find yourself culturally immersed through simulations and training in a foreign language.

You'll gain additional skills and experience through:

  • Study abroad
  • Co-curricular trips to Widener's international partners 
  • Simulations
  • Internships

Our focus on leadership development means you'll gain qualities and skills that will set you apart from others in the international relations field. You can tailor your degree to personal interests to prepare yourself for long-term success. Building confidence and leadership skills are just the beginning of what this degree will do for you.

International relations lead to careers or graduate studies in government, law, international business and finance, communications, and diplomacy. Graduates can also seek employment with nonprofit international institutions, such as the United Nations or the World Bank. Working with their academic advisor, students fashion a concentration in such areas as diplomacy, international business, national security, and the history and culture of a geographic region. Students must also study a foreign language.

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Program Highlights

We believe experiential learning should be at the core of any degree. That's why you'll take a hands-on approach to international relations by applying what you learn inside the classroom to unique and innovative activities outside of formal classes.

Applied Leadership

With a variety of clubs and organizations on-campus you'll have multiple opportunities to lead and participate in politics and community engagement.

You'll take your knowledge of foreign governments and current events to participate in EuroSim. This European Union simulation is held in alternative years in Europe and the United States.

Faculty Mentorship

Small, interactive classes deepen your learning and create a community of faculty, staff, and students. You'll have opportunities to work on unique research, get one-on-one advice, and regularly meet with a faculty mentor. Before long, your professors and classmates will feel like a second family. 

High Impact Practices and Research

You'll participate in high impact practice research to gain real-world experience exploring political affairs to set you apart from others in the international relations field.

Your Inside Track to Success

Upon graduation, you'll have a resume distinguished by career-specific learning experiences and be ready for long-term success.

Recent Employers and Industry Connections 

  • Global Philadelphia Association
  • Agilent Technologies
  • World Health Organization
  • US Army
  • Ernst & Young Accounting Firm
  • KPMG U.S. Accounting Firm

Outlook and Outcomes 

Potential Careers

  • Intelligence Specialist
  • Grants Coordinator
  • Policy Analyst
  • Military 
  • Global Human Resources

Pride Perspectives

Hear from our students about their experience in the international relations program.

"I am very fortunate to have come to this country and received one of the best educations. My mindset now is ‘how can I give that type of opportunity to others back home in Guinea?" - Mamadou Keita; Class of 2013 and 2018

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university with a Main Campus in Chester, PA, and law schools in Harrisburg, PA, and Wilmington DE.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university with a Main Campus in Chester, PA, and law schools in Harrisburg, PA, and Wilmington DE. Read less