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Bachelor in International Relations

What International Relations is All About

The world has become more interdependent than ever before.

Put simply International Relations is all about thinking critically and understanding complexity and change.

What International Relations is All About

International Relations is a multidisciplinary field. Within an analytical framework students study. Politics as a global discipline The role of multinational companies (MNCs) as promoters of globalization & international trade The agenda-setting role of MNCs & their impact on international markets & world politics Interactions between States, MNCs, international organizations, NGOs, and supranational organizations Issues about war and peace Dilemmas and the politics of global poverty and climate change The UN, NATO, and other international organizations Dynamics between governments and society

It is also about understanding how The external world influences individuals lives Individuals decisions impact other countries and people

Why study a Bachelor in International Relations?

Professional opportunities are increasingly linked to a more complex world.
Ever since 9/11, we have witnessed: Profound changes in traditional institutions and international organizations The weakening of the sovereign state system The rise of the information age The emergence of non-state actors Traditional dimensions of IR: central to international peace & prosperity; international diplomacy; arms control; alliance politics; institutionalism; development studies; etc. Newer components integral in IR: agenda-setting role of MNCs as key promoters of globalization; international political economy; environmental politics; refugee and migration problems; human rights; human security; technology; etc.

The IR Student
Qualities and interests which IR students need to possess
A desire for an international vocation Business interests Motivated & enthusiastic about current affairs Commitment to global challenges & becoming an international actor Leadership & effective decision-making in complex environments Creative & entrepreneurial mindset: design & implement projects to help improve world around them Eager to engage in global politics as an effective way of transforming society and its problems Tolerant & broad-minded Flexible & self-motivated: unafraid to think outside the box & challenge common beliefs

Career Outlook
IR students develop highly sought-after skills by both the private and public sectors Training:
Confrence de mthode (IR Seminars): handson, practical, integrated approach to IR (case studies, policy-drafting, strategy-making, risk analysis, crisis simulations & negotiation) Strong language & communication skills: required language courses in every semester Global vision Solid cultural background International exposure: required term abroad

Comprehensive knowledge Understand interconnectedness of challenges & issues Strong critical thinking, analytical & research skills Influence & persuasion skills Effective problem-solving & conflict resolution Ability to present and discuss opinions and conclusions in presentations, research papers, debates & seminars. Ability to understand complexity of political, economic, and social issues in a highly volatile, and culturally diverse, international environment.

Career Outlook
Students who are global citizens with a global vision, open to change, willing to relocate & able to adapt to different scenarios,

will gain key skills sought for by companies across the world looking to employ professionals who demonstrate knowledge of international politics, economics & business,

in order to succeed in the global market place.

Career Outlook
A gateway to a Masters in IR & many other renowned graduate programs:
Master in International Affairs Master in Business Administration Master in International Communication Master in Communication Management Master in Economic Policy Management Master in International Marketing Master in International Development Studies Master in International Political Economy Master in International Peace & Conflict Resolution Master in International Public Policy Master in Environmental Science Master in Public Administration Master in Security Studies Masters degree focusing on regional affairs: Middle East, Latin America, EU, Asia, etc. Juris Doctor (JD) degree PhD degree

A Stepping-stone to an international career in either the Private or Public sectors.

(International consultancy, international organizations, Foreign Service, public administration, international trade, international banking, MNCs, journalism & media outlets, NGOs, education, international law, think tanks, etc.)

Career Outlook
individuals you may know for their contributions to the field of IR:

Ban Kimoon (Former UN Secretary General) Bachelors degree in International Relations (Seoul National University), Masters degree in Public Administration (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University). Irina Bokova (DirectorGeneral , UNESCO) MBA in international Relations (Moscow State Institute of International Relations). Willem Frederik Duisenberg (Former President of the European Central Bank) Degree in International Economic Relations (University of Groningen); PhD in Economics (University of Groningen). Mevlt avuolu (President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly) B.A. in International Relations (Ankara University); M.A. in Economics (Long Island University). Craig Fagan (Senior Policy Coordinator USA, Transparency International) B.A. in International Studies & Spanish, (University of Richmond ); M.A. in International Affairs & Development Economics (SAIS, Johns Hopkins University ). William J. Antholis (Managing Director, The Brookings Institution) B.A. in Government & Foreign Affairs (University of Virginia): PhD in Politics (Yale University) Ruth Porat (Chief Financial Officer, Morgan Stanley) B.A. in Economics (Stanford University); MBA (Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania); Masters degree in International Relations (London School of Economics). Jos Manuel Barroso (President of the European Commission) Degree in European Studies (University of Geneva); Master's degree in Political Science (University of Geneva). Ian Davis (Senior Partner Emeritus, McKinsey & Company) Honors degree in Philosophy, Politics & Economics (Oxford University). John Ridding (Chief Executive Officer, Financial Times) Honors degree in Philosophy, Politics & Economics (Oxford University). Paul Boorman (Global Leader Operations, Pricewaterhouse Coopers) Joint honors degree in Economics & Politics (Loughborough University). Thomas Curley (President, Associated Press) B.A. in Political Science (La Salle University); MBA (Rochester Institute of Technology). Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. (Chairman, New York Times Company) B.A. in Political Science (Tufts University). Greg Dyke (former DirectorGeneral of the BBC) Degree in Politics (University of York).