As nations become increasingly interconnected, our need to understand other countries and their governments takes on greater importance. As an International Studies—Political Science major, you’ll study American and world politics as you prepare for employment in government positions related to international affairs.
Students in this major take five core courses: World Politics, American Politics, Contemporary Political Ideas, Research Methods, and International Relations.
Building on this base, you'll choose a specialization: International Political Economy, International Political Systems, or International Security Studies. Each includes a large variety of relevant courses from other disciplines, as well as political science, letting you tailor your studies specifically to your particular interest.
Students are strongly encouraged to explore foreign educational options. IUP has made arrangements for international exchange programs and study abroad opportunities at universities around the world.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies—Political Science prepares you for employment opportunities in the federal government and with private civic groups, interest groups, and political groups. You may also pursue jobs in business and industry. Some follow the attainment of a bachelor’s degree with graduate school or law school.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be increased employment growth in federal jobs related to border and transportation security, emergency preparedness, public health, and information analysis. Other federal government sectors may not experience growth, according to the report. The global business environment may offer additional opportunities for those with this degree.
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