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International Relations Major (Bachelor of Arts)

Are you fascinated by how governments function? Do you want to make a difference and impact policy? If so, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in international relations from Creighton is right for you.

With an international relations major, you’ll study international conflict, interstate cooperation, and the role of international institutions, nonprofits and law.

In this program, you’ll gain:

  • A comprehensive understanding of international governance, issues and politics
  • Insight into international law and institutions
  • Analytical thinking and methodological skills
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Program Details

Program Goals

A bachelor’s degree in international relations from Creighton opens the door to many careers:

  • Law
  • Business
  • Public administration
  • Journalism or public relations
  • Community service agencies
  • Public affairs
  • Education
  • Military, intelligence and anti-terrorism
  • Political campaign management or public office

International relations majors can learn data analysis skills that are highly sought by market research, intelligence gathering, polling and risk analysis firms. Mastery of a foreign language further enhances career prospects. Graduates who hold a BA in international relations also go on to graduate education in law and government.

Curriculum

The international relations curriculum includes courses such as:

  • Comparative Political Systems
  • Political Science Research Methods
  • International Politics
  • Global Poverty and Development

Mastery of a foreign language during your course of study is strongly recommended.

International Relations Minor

Students who choose the international relations minor will explore international conflict, growing global integration, the development of international law and more. Explore the curriculum.

Legal Studies Minor

You might also be interested in the legal studies minor, which explores the role of the law in society. This includes legal history and philosophy and legal institutions at all levels of government. This minor can help you consider career choices in law, court administration, law enforcement, and dispute resolution. See the curriculum.

Admissions Requirements

Creighton admissions are based upon:

  • High school GPA
  • ACT or SAT scores*
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Personal statement to demonstrate creative abilities not reflected in your transcripts
  • Recommendation from high school counselor
  • Honors sections and advanced placement courses will enhance a candidate’s application
*For students who are choosing to apply test-optional, ACT/SAT exam scores are not required at the time of application for admission.

Dates & Deadlines

Applications for the fall semester open on Aug. 1 of the prior year. For scholarship consideration, the earlier you complete your undergraduate application, the better. For up-to-date deadlines, visit our admissions page.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates are updated each year. Visit our financial aid site to learn more about the cost of attendance.

Financial Aid

Creighton University’s Financial Aid Office administers over $200,000,000 in student aid each year from federal, state, institutional and private sources.

To help make your undergraduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. A variety of scholarships are also available.

Erin Pritza
“I can say with complete certainly that the Political Science Department is one of the best at Creighton. There is so much variety and potential for independence within that I can really tailor it to fit my current interests and my future plans.”
— Erin Pritza, English and Political Science Major
Eliana Rodriguez
“The size of the department and the balance between research and theory make the international relations program unique. I have found these things to be crucial in my success as a student, and I believe they’ll prepare me for the professional world.”
— Eliana Rodriguez, International Relations Major
Alex Swanson
“The INR program offers unparalleled research opportunities and support throughout the program and beyond. The faculty provides support and expertise from course and research topic selection all the way to next steps after graduation.”
— Alex Swanson, International Relations and German Alumna

Pi Sigma Alpha: Political Science & International Relations

  • Creighton has an active chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. Members organize student-faculty events and host outside speakers on campus. Since 2000, seven Creighton students have been awarded “Best Paper” or “Best Thesis Paper” by Pi Sigma Alpha’s national office.

Model United Nations

  • The Model United Nations team participates in several Model UN conferences each year. Students have traveled to conferences in Boston, Montreal, Chicago, Turkey, Germany, Egypt, Japan, Korea, Brazil and Singapore.
  • Creighton students present their research at professional conferences such as the Midwest Political Science Association meeting in Chicago. Faculty members also involve students in research, including collaboration on published research articles.

Capitol Hill Internship Program

  • Through the Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP), you could spend a semester living and working in Washington, D.C. You would work at a compelling internship four days a week (32 hours) and attend classes one day per week. Creighton’s CHIP townhouse is a short walk from Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, the House and Senate Office Buildings, Union Station (and its Metro station), the Capitol Mall and museums, restaurants and galleries.

State and Local Internships

  • Students find internships with city, state and local government, as well as with local interest groups and nonprofits. During election years, many students also intern with local political campaigns.

Legislature Page Internships

  • Some students choose to be a page for the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature.

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