Why the Study of International Relations is More Important Now Than Ever

Why the Study of International Relations is More Important Now Than Ever

International Relations, or International Studies, is a branch of Political Science that examines the role of states, international alliances, Non-Governmental Organizations and multinational companies. International Relations is also vast enough to include politics, law, and commerce; as well as social, cultural, scientific, environmental, and technological aspects that need to be acknowledged and addressed.  With countless lives and the fate of whole nations at stake, it has become even more necessary for us to know about and understand international relations. The study of international relations is broad in scope and draws upon many fields.  These fields include economics, political science, history, sociology, game theory and even psychology!

The study and practice of international relations is valuable for many reasons:

  • International relations encourages trade policies between nations.
  • International relations encourages travel for tourism, business and immigration.
  • International relations provides people with opportunities to enhance their lives.
  • International relations encourages nations to cooperate with one another and pool resources.
  • International relations helps to face global issues include pandemics, terrorism, and the environment.
  • International relations promotes cultural exchanges, diplomacy and policy development.


As an international relations major you will develop your knowledge of world affairs, economics, culture, history, and language.  You will develop many valuable skills as well during your studies. These skills  will include listening, speaking, critical thinking, problem solving, and writing. International relations majors often go on to have careers in government, law, politics, business, education, media, and international affairs.

A degree in international relations can be applied in many settings. Some examples include:

  • Humanitarian organizations
  • International Corporations
  • Government agencies
  • Media outlets
  • Intergovernmental organizations
  • International communications
  • Research centers/Think tanks

If you are considering a major in international studies, you might want to prepare by taking classes in world history, American history, government, politics, geography, and at least one language aside from your native tongue.

Some suggested Bachelor’s and Master’s programs to consider overseas, include:




European Cultures and Society (EUCS)

Europa-Universität Flensburg

Flensburg, Germany

International Management

University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt

Würzburg, Germany

International Economics and Management

University of Strasbourg

Strasbourg, France




Theory and Practice of Human Rights

University of Oslo

Oslo, Norway

International Environment and Energy Law

University of Oslo

Oslo, Norway

International Development Studies

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

Ås, Akershus, Norway

International Trade, Investment and Commercial Law

University of Oslo

Oslo, Oslo, Norway


Many students are attracted to the idea of pursuing a career in international relations.  These careers are possible and can be found around the world, in positions that affect the functioning of our national and global political, economic, social, and cultural systems in a variety of ways.  However, unless one is extraordinarily lucky, such careers do not just happen.  These jobs are the result of serious planning and preparation.  It can also be difficult to find a “starting job” in international relations with only a B.A. degree.  Many students find that either graduate education of some sort or direct job experience — or both — is necessary.


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