Patrick Cottrell, Ph.D.
International Relations (IR) majors are world travelers, innovators, researchers, problem-solvers, diplomats, and advocates. They draw from their interdisciplinary knowledge to ask and analyze questions about power, economics, nationalism, culture, ethics, and identity. They speak different languages, study abroad, and learn to embrace multiple human perspectives. They analyze complex global issues like wealth or gender inequality, forced migration, climate change, nuclear weapons proliferation, and the rise of authoritarianism. They push their comfort zones and, in so doing, develop a dynamic skill set that not only equips them to adapt to the changing world, but to shape it.
IR graduates receive Fulbrights or serve in the Peace Corps, attend top graduate programs in diverse areas such as public policy, public health, and international affairs, and pursue careers ranging from government to business to law to non-profit advocacy to public relations to education to intergovernmental organizations and beyond.