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
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
- This project has been awarded the Provost Research Initiative Grant.
- Strategic Intelligence students have the opportunity to produce open-source research for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
- One of our professors recently was awarded the Center for Research and Scholarship Mentor Award.
Research some of our internship opportunities on our Internships page. Because of our relationships with and proximity to Washington, D.C., our students have had the chance to intern at these locations:
- Department of Homeland Security
- House Committee on Homeland Security
- U.S. Department of State
- House Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Foreign policy advisor for the Office of Senator Marco Rubio
- Israeli Embassy
Liberty International Affairs Society
- Join with other students who are interested in International Affairs and preparing for a job in the government.
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.
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.
View the Degree Completion Plan.
- Foreign Service Officer
- Political Consultant
- Political Scientist
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.
- 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
- Federal agent (CIA, FBI, DEA, etc.)
- Foreign service officer
- Intelligence analyst
- Political consultant
- Political scientist
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)
- SAT, ACT, or CLT scores (Liberty University is offering test-optional admission for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 applicants)
- Admission essay
*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.