​International Relations

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Be challenged by a multidisciplinary program that encompasses the full range of social sciences, languages, and study abroad. 

Our encompassing approach enables you to tailor your major to your interests and aspirations, paving the way for a variety of careers in government, international organizations, law, business and non-profit institutions, and academia.

Major in international relations


Major Components

  • Required introductory coursework
  • Coursework in a regional concentration
  • Coursework in a topic concentration
  • Research methodology
  • Foreign language competency
  • Senior seminar and capstone research project

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Practical Experience

  • Apply your studies to the world through studying abroad or with the Maxwell-in-Washington Program.
  • Gain hands-on experience in professional writing and public speaking by participating in national conferences, Model United Nations, and through IR senior seminars.
  • Engage in an enhanced research and mentoring experience through the International Relations Distinction Program.
  • Network with other students interested in international affairs as part of the International Relations Club, through co-curricular activities, or through the IR Learning Community.
  • Benefit from accessible and specialized academic advising and professional development workshops.

Study Abroad

Listed among the top international education providers in the U.S., SU Abroad is a signature part of the Syracuse experience. Most International Relations majors study abroad during their time at Syracuse. They participate in summer and semester programs at Syracuse Centers and World Partner Programs around the world, while maintaining close contacts with the Syracuse IR advisors.

Life After Syracuse University

A degree in international relations unlocks careers in such areas as:

  • International business consultancy
  • Diplomacy
  • Government service
  • Journalism and communications
  • Law and advocacy

Or earn a graduate degree in international affairs, law, education, business, or political science.