International Affairs

Careers in International Affairs

By emphasizing clarity in speech and writing, analytical skills and a detailed knowledge of world politics international affairs prepares students for careers in government, journalism, law, non-governmental organizations, international business, and teaching and research. Recent IR graduates currently work in all of these fields.

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International Affairs Requirements

1). Explain what citizenship in the world means to you and what you think it takes to be a good world citizen.

2). Do the following:

  • Choose a current world event. In relation to this current event, discuss with your counselor how a country’s national interest, history, and its relationship with other countries might affect areas such as its security, its economy, its values, and the health of its citizens.
  • Select a foreign country and discuss with your counselor how its geography, natural resources, and climate influence its economy and its global partnerships with other countries.

3). Do the following:

  1. Explain international law and how it differs from national law. Explain the role of international law and how international law can be used as a tool for conflict resolution.

4). Select TWO of the following organizations and describe their role in the world.

(1) The United Nations and UNICEF
(2) The World Court
(3) Interpol
(4) The World Health Organization
(5) Amnesty International
(6) The International Committee of the Red Cross
(7) CARE (Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere)
(8) European Union

5). Do the following:

  • Discuss the differences between constitutional and nonconstitutional governments.
  • Name at least five different types of governments currently in power in the world.
  • Show on a world map countries that use each of these five different forms of government.

6). Describe the roles of the following in the conduct of foreign relations and prepare a 5-10 min presentation to share with our class:

(1) Ambassador
(2) Consul
(3) Bureau of International Information Programs
(4) The purpose of a passport and visa for international travel.