International Relations - B.A. Download to print
College of Arts and Sciences
Center for Comparative and Integrative Programs
105 Bowman Hall
The Bachelor of Arts in International Relations is the largest interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts and Sciences. Its curriculum provides a well-rounded education for students interested in global issues and the challenge of advanced foreign language coursework. The study of Spanish, French, German, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese or Italian is coupled with a broad exposure to the social sciences and humanities approaches to the problems facing the modern world, including human rights, economic development, ethnic conflicts and the role of supranational organizations. Students have the opportunity to study abroad and participate in internships with international organizations through Kent State’s Semester Abroad in Geneva, Switzerland.
While the best known career opportunity for students in International Relations is diplomacy, graduates find employment in many other fields. A variety of governmental organizations, such as the Departments of State, Commerce, Defense and Homeland Security and national intelligence and security agencies, seek out students with training in International Relations.
General Admissions for Freshman Students: Admission Requirements at the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy at the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends.
The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.
Minimum 120 total credit hours and 42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.000 GPA in major required for graduation.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of economics, politics, geography and history.
2. Have a minimum of fifth-semester proficiency in one modern foreign language specialization.
Study Abroad/Away Opportunities
Kent State University’s Semester Abroad in Geneva, Switzerland, Washington Program in National Issues (WPNI)
Amnesty International; Hidden Children
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Political Science (M.A.)
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