Bachelor’s In International Relations
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Aug 19, 2024
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Understand the Dilemmas in the Modern World with a Bachelor’s in International Relations

In our world today, countries are more closely tied than ever before through technology and the interdependence of economic systems. Therefore, it is important to learn how our connections can be used for good as well as how to handle the bad. With a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, you can work to bring the world together.

Gen. Dwight Eisenhower once said, “The world must learn to work together, or finally it will not work at all.” With a degree in international relations, you can pursue a career in politics, government agencies, intelligence, or diplomacy as you study the relationships among countries, peoples, and comparative governments. This degree will allow you to acquire an understanding of the intellectual philosophies that have shaped the modern world and can help unlock doors that will give you the chance to affect it. You will study global issues from a Christian perspective and gain the ability to positively impact the world for Christ.

We offer two different international relations specializations, each with its own area of focus. Our International Politics and Policy degree focuses more on the political aspect, both in the U.S. and abroad. Our Strategic Intelligence Studies track focuses more on intelligence and studying the methodologies, uses and even ethics of intelligence.

“At Liberty, I learned to interpret reality from a biblical worldview, which helped shine a more trenchant light on my study of jurisprudence, civil government, and international relations.”

Branden Grosvalet – International Relations

Award-Winning Campus

At Liberty, you’ll find an affordable, high-quality education that equips students like you for the real world. Our commitment to excellence helped us rank among’s Top 3 college campuses in America. Earning your degree from a nonprofit university with state-of-the-art resources like ours can help set you apart from your peers.

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Why Choose Liberty’s International Relations Degree?

Our campus in scenic Lynchburg, Virginia has many great facilities and extra-curricular activities to take part in, but the real focus is our amazing programs in the Helms School of Government. Our experienced professors have real-world experience working for the White House, government organizations, and offices of elected officials.

Throughout your time with Liberty pursuing an international relations degree, you can utilize resources and take part in the following opportunities:

Advanced Intelligence Analysis Project

Award-Winning Professors

Amazing Internships

Liberty International Affairs Society

What Will You Learn in Our Bachelor’s in International Relations Degree?

Throughout this degree, you will train in a wide variety of critical international relations areas of study. You’ll gain an understanding of the implications of global issues like armed conflict, terrorism, and poverty, to name a few. Through courses like Political Geography, Terrorism and Political Theory, you will learn how to evaluate dilemmas on a geopolitical and international scale. Our undergraduate international relations major will assist you in understanding the broad interconnected world through political and cultural awareness, economic understanding, and citizenship on a global scale.

If you pursue this degree, you have the option of choosing one of two specializations, International Politics and Policy or Strategic Intelligence Studies. Both degree programs prepare you for professional levels of communication and best practices in international relations.

Degree Information
Admission Requirements

B.A. in International Relations – International Politics and Policy

Study politics on a global scale with our Bachelor of Arts in International Relations – International Politics and Policy degree. You’ll study the problems facing the world these days and work to help fix them.

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Career Opportunities

  • Diplomat
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Political Consultant
  • Political Scientist
  • Politician

B.A. in International Relations – Strategic Intelligence Studies

With our Bachelor of Arts in International Relations – Strategic Intelligence Studies degree, you will gain a deep understanding of the different types of intelligence, collection methods, and proper implementation to defend the nation.

View the Degree Completion Plan.

Career Opportunities

  • Diplomat
  • Federal Agent (CIA, FBI, DEA, etc.)
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Intelligence Analyst

Highlights of Our International Relations Degree

  • Our Strategic Intelligence students have the opportunity to participate in an intelligence simulation exercise that is observed by officials from federal intelligence agencies.
  • Many opportunities to intern in government organizations. These internships can give you valuable experience and allow you to network for career opportunities.

International Relations Degree Information

Career Opportunities for International Relations Graduates

  • Diplomat
  • Federal agent (CIA, FBI, DEA, etc.)
  • Foreign service officer
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Political consultant
  • Political scientist
  • Politician

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:

  • Admission application
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts (if applicable)
  • Results from the CLT, SAT, or ACT are not required for admission, but may be used in consideration for merit-based aid.
  • Admission essay

*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.