International Relations

Learn the skills you need to lead in an increasingly globalized world. International relations at Wilkes opens a world of career opportunities in areas including international affairs, international business and education, as well as work with non-governmental organizations or non-profits.

Program Snapshot

Program Type Format Credit Hours
Major, Minor On Campus 120 (18 for minor)

Why Study International Relations at Wilkes?

International relations at Wilkes covers a broad spectrum of global issues including international relations, economics, history, modern languages and anthropology.

Enhance your perspective to show employers you have the skills to tackle growing challenges in an ever-shrinking world.

What Will You Learn as an International Relations Student?

  • Focus on political science, history and Spanish to explore the forces and ideas that continue to shape our global community.
  • Examine international law as it relates to the evolution of regional and global organizations and alliances including non-governmental organizations and other non-state factors.
  • Learn about the various ways in which government and politics is structured around the world.
  • Gain an understanding of research methods and quantitative reasoning as they apply to the social sciences.

Program Highlights

Worldwide Classroom

Study abroad for a summer, a semester or a year. We participate in exchange programs with universities in Spain, Colombia, the U.K. and the Dominican Republic. We also feature faculty-led excursions to cities in Europe, Malaysia, Peru and Costa Rica among many others. You have a world of possibilities.

Coffee in Costa Rica

Combine a course on the political economy of coffee with an alternative spring break trip to a coffee farm in Costa Rica. This interdisciplinary excursion combines political science and biology with community service for a robust learning adventure.

International Networking

Wilkes has a number of programs to assist students in getting to know the world around them. Each Spring, Wilkes sends a team to New York City to participate in National Model United Nations. In addition, the United Nations Speaker鈥檚 Series brings UN Ambassadors and other high ranking officials to campus.

My United Nations internship at the Mission of Rwanda was an amazing opportunity to work with diplomats on real U.N. resolutions.

Corinne Bonnerwith '19

I met (political science professor) Andrew Miller and took his comparative politics class and that was where I recognized that my interest was international affairs.

Neishmy Rodriguez '19

The International Relations major allowed me to study abroad, actively engage in research projects with professors and take part in classes such as Model United Nations.

Juan Astegiano '21

Careers & Outcomes

Popular Careers

  • Business Analyst
  • Journalist
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Foreign Affairs Analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • Political Staffer
  • Disaster Relief Support Technician
  • Teacher


  • Charities Aid Foundation
  • Cross Valley Federal Credit Union

Graduate Schools

  • Georgetown University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Binghamton University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • James Madison University - Florence
  • American University School of International Service