Today, employers are interested in “transferable skills”—those skills relevant to all sorts of work. These skills include written and verbal communication skills, problem-solving skills, the ability to plan and organize, leadership and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to be creative or innovative. The IR program also includes mandatory training in a language other than English and statistical methods and analysis.
Through an International Relations degree, you will have the opportunity to develop all of these skills, through group projects, individual presentations, essay assignments, blog posts, simulations, interviews, book reviews—depending on the year and course.
In addition to these career-ready transferable skills, you will develop area-specific knowledge in either security and strategy, international political economy, or international institutions and governance. IR students also specialize in one region of the world (North America, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, Africa, Asia-Pacific, or Europe). Many students take their language requirement in a language used in their regional specialization.