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International Relations is a subfield of political science and concerns itself with the relationship between nations in the areas of politics, economics, cultural exchange and more. Individuals in this field are responsible for analyzing trends and data, as well as having a comprehensive understand of a given culture or society, including how their government operates on the international stage.
Education and Schools
Individuals will typically specialize in international relations during their graduate studies. Programs in this field will provide general principles in a variety of topics and disciplines in order to create a framework of understanding as to how countries may interact. Differences in types of government, economies, laws and other factors, and understanding the interplay of such factors is the cornerstone of this field. As such case studies and current affair review are common in this field of study.
A curriculum may include:
- Political Science
- International Law
- Macroeconomic Principles
Schools that can provide internships, research projects, and have notable graduates are often considered the most desirable when determining which school to attend. Internships and research projects allow students to obtain practical experience, while notable graduates and even published and experience professors can be crucial in establishing early contact with potential employers and persons of interest, which greatly assist in career advancement.
Individuals specializing in international relations will be able to find work in the foreign affair department, in research agencies, non profit organizations , and in the private sector as consultants and liaisons. Job growth is expected to increase greatly over the next decade, due primarily to the increased necessity for educated individuals working to establish understanding and relations with other governments in an increasingly interconnected globe. International relations is also a solid background for individuals wishing to consider a career in international business or international law.