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2014 SU Scholar Molly Linhorst Speaks for the Students
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2014 International Relations Senior Award Winners
2014 Crown Scholar - Ellen Moore
Ellen Moore ’14 was named as one of the Renee Crown Scholars
for 2014. Ellen's research focuses on women’s perceptions of their access to rights, of their local police services, and of their overall safety.
2013 Zoo Boo Day of Service
On October 26th, 2013 a group of students majoring in International Relations joined members of the International Relations Learning Community for an afternoon of service at the Syracuse Rosamond Gifford Zoo.
2013-2014 Remembrance Scholars
Two IR majors have been named 2013-14 Remembrance Scholars. Read their reflections on having been chosen and what it means to them to be given such an honor.
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• Major Program Requirements
• Global Political Economy Minor
• Global Security Studies Minor
• SU Abroad
The international system has grown in complexity since the end of the Cold War, and international issues and events impinge increasingly on our daily lives. Modern communications bring contemporary problems instantly to our attention. No state, and no people, can be isolated from the world events or unaffected by issues involving foreign policy and conflict, international trade, or economic developments in countries far from our borders. To gain an understanding of these issues is rewarding in itself, and necessary for the informed citizen. It also opens the way to a variety of careers, in government, international organizations, law, business and non-profit institutions, and academia.
The International Relations Undergraduate Program, which is housed in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, is multi-disciplinary and includes a wide variety of fields of study, including primarily the social science disciplines of Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology, as well as recognizing that cultural studies such as language, literature, and religion are equally important for understanding other peoples and societies.
This broad approach enables you to design your major program around your individual interests and career aspirations. Working with Professor Francine D'Amico, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Terrie Northrup, Academic Advisor and minors coordinator, and Amy Kennedy, Academic Advisor, you choose from a variety of topical approaches to the subject -- political, economic, or intercultural -- and concentrate on a geographic region of particular interest -- Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, or the Middle East-North Africa (MENA).
You are urged to take advantage of the study abroad opportunities offered by SU Abroad and the Maxwell-Washington International Relations Semester, and to participate in the frequent lectures and other events which take place on campus.
International Relations and Economics major, Ethan Poskanzer '14, has capstone project published in
Cornell Economics Society academic research journal. Read more.
Brian Bodansky Class of 2008
"I went with a group of my law school classmates to investigate sustainable coffee plantations in Nicaragua, and whether such a business model would be feasible for other countries. My degree in International Relations gave me the language skills and the cultural understanding to make the most of my trip there. Also, if you look closely, you will see that I am wearing a Z89 t-shirt; I've been showing my SU love all over the world!"
Learn more about Brian
"My degree in International Relations has given me deep content knowledge and has enabled me to better instruct my students. It is easy for me to re-frame and break down concepts in a way that is accessible and engaging to the students because of my rigorous coursework at Syracuse University. My professors were excellent in the Maxwell School. I benefitted from their passion for International relations, deep content area knowledge, as well as their unique teaching methods."
Learn more about Eric
Class of 2011
"My favorite part of the International Relations program was the course "Gendered Geography of Globalization and Development." Professor Sultana piqued my interest in women's issues in developing countries, an interest which has since become my passion as a newspaper reporter in Hong Kong. I was inspired to see that, women all over the world actually share more commonalities than differences."
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Jina ChoiClass of 2008
My courses in International Relations helped to increase my awareness and move me forward into global experiences such as an internship with the Korean National Assembly, volunteering with an orphanage in Morocco and an overall passion for human rights.
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Katie LewinskiClass of 2011
"I use the skills I developed as an IR major every day as a Finance Analyst at GE Energy. Whether I’m communicating with my global team across Europe, Africa and Asia or providing insight into the economic, political and social impacts on our financials, my IR degree has enabled me to provide a unique perspective on a number of business issues."
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AmeriCorps Volunteer. The Next Step Public Charter School. 2011 Camping Trip at Echo Hill Outdoor School, Worton,
Maryland. June 14-15, 2011
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Shown here with Prince Mired Raad Al Husein of Jordan while
interning at the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention Implementation Support Unit
in Geneva Switzerland.
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Minda ConroeClass of 2011
"Gaining an interdisciplinary education in International Relations has given me the background to handle the myriad of issues I am confronted with in my position as Senate staff assistant. Working for a senior Senator who has direct impact on US foreign policy, I need to know what's happening and how Central New York will be affected."
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Nick MartinClass of 2009
"International Relations served as a catalyst to public service. The unfortunate reality of injustice and contentious international politics pushed me to committing myself to community service."
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Stephen CooperClass of 2005
Traveling through Peru following time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia.
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