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International Relations



students presenting postersWhy Study International Relations?


Post-graduate Career and Educational Tracks


Sample Courses


Course Requirements





Why Study International Relations?


A Bachelor of Science in International Relations (IR) is a rigorous interdisciplinary major that prepares students for careers in government, public relations, the non-profit sector, and at international organizations such as the United Nations or Amnesty International. Other IR students go on to law or graduate school, join the Peace Corps, or become Foreign Service Officers. IR is among the most versatile and marketable degrees at Edgewood College, providing fundamental insight into both the theoretical and practical dimensions of politics and economics. IR students debate and analyze the most critical and timely topics facing the global community, including war, human rights, poverty, public health, terrorism, globalization and the environment. 

Throughout the program, students learn and apply quantitative and qualitative research methods that are quickly becoming essential skills in the 21st century workforce. Students also have the opportunity to conduct original research, attend academic conferences, study abroad, join or form students clubs, and obtain local, national or international internships. The IR program maintains a low student to faculty ratio, a commitment to student success, and a high rate of retention and graduation. Coursework in the program consists of small seminars, allowing for intensive study of concepts and research, close interaction with faculty, and individual attention to student progress. 




Post-graduate Career and Educational Tracks


  • Wisconsin State Assembly
  • Wisconsin Governor's Office
  • EPIC Systems Corporation
  • U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • United States Peace Corps
  • Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
  • Democratic National Committee


Our graduates have also attended graduate school at:


  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School
  • Pennsylvania State University Law School
  • John Marshall Law School 
  • U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School
  • George Washington University
  • University of California-Fullerton



Model UN Class in Chicago, 2017Sample Courses


Political Science 210: 
Introduction to International Relations

PS 210 introduces students to the concepts and theories used by political scientists to explain how states cooperate, compete and conflict over topics such as trade, conflict and terrorism, the environment, immigration and many other areas. 

Political Science 365: 
Model United Nations 

Model United Nations is an interactive simulation that allows students to experience the promise and frustrations of international diplomacy. The first half of the course focuses on the history, organization and contemporary challenges facing the United Nations. The second half prepares students for a four-day competition in Chicago in late November. 

Political Science 381: 
The Politics of Europe 

PS 381 examines major social issues that continue to plague the region, including European integration, nationalism, immigration, religion, and globalization.

Political Science 387: 
Peace and Conflict Studies

PS 387 is the study of inter-state conflict and peace studies and approaches the study of war scientifically using empirical evidence. This course incorporates a multi-disciplinary approach that includes mathematics, philosophy, psychology, geography, religion, economics and biology. 



Course Requirements

All students pursuing the International Relations major must take the following course work:


Social Science Interdisciplinary Sequence (12 credits):

SS 368  Social Science Research Methods

SS 369  Social Science Statistics*

SS 484  3  Senior Social Scinece Seminar*

*course has prerequisites


International Relations core: (17-20 credits)

PS 210 GJ  Introduction to International RElations

PS 262 J  Introduction to the American Poiltical Process

PS 275 GJ  Introduction to Comparative Politics

PS 301  Political Ideas

SS 372 Field Experience (1-4 credits)


12 credits chosen from the following courses:

PS 380 GJ  Politics of Latin America

PS 381 GJ  Poiltics of Europe

PS 384 GJ  Politics of the Middle East

PS 387 J  Peace and Conflict Studies

PS 388 G  Democracy and Authoritarianism

PS 365 2J  Model United Nations

PS 481  Seminar in International Relations

Students will also take four additional credits of political science coursework.


Economics Requirement

Students are required to take one of the following courses. The other can be applied to the 12 credit elective category above.

Econ 290  The Global Economy

Econ 291  Challenges of Poor Countries




Students majoring in the Social Science Department must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in courses in their
respective major.

If a student receives more than one grade below a “CD” in major courses, he/she must repeat one of these courses or an approved
equivalent and receive a grade of “CD” or above in order to successfully complete the major.

Courses required for the majors may not be taken Pass/Fail.

Twelve credits of the major must be earned at Edgewood College: at least four of those credits must be in the major discipline.

Majors should consult with their advisor about appropriate courses to fulfill their Math (M) and Information and Technological Literacy
(I) requirements.



For more information contact:

Nicholas Spina, Ph.D. at