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.
Maxwell students selected for 2017-18 Fulbright awards
Maxwell students awarded Critical Language Scholarships
Eric Heighberger ’93 BA (IR) appointed chief of staff at FEMA
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'05 BA (IR/PSc) / '06 MPA
Jason Yaley is assistant vice president for communications at the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)--a trade association representing aerospace and defense manufacturers and suppliers in the United States.
'12 BA (IR)
Yiwei Wu gives current Maxwell students a look at what it is like to work for an organization with a domestic and international clientele.
'04 BA (IR)
Gary Butterworth produces "Washington Forum," a 30 minute, French-language TV discussion program.
'09 BA (PSt/IR)
Clare Rutz, '09 BA (PSt/IR) is the Director of Development for the Americana Community Center in Louisville, Ky., which provides educational resources, mental health counseling, and other holistic programming to refugees and immigrants in the metro Louisville area.
'11 BA (PSc/IR)
Alejandro Laplana is founder and managing partner of Nesting Partners LLC, a patent incubator and software company builder.
'11 BA IR
Wesley Milillo is a global capital market analyst for Societe Generale, a global investment and corporate bank.
'11 BA (IR/PSt)
Katie Lewinski shares with Maxwell what it is like to work for a major corporation such as Google.