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    International Relations

    Students of international relations learn about international politics and institutions and the principles of diplomacy and foreign policy. They examine interactions between governments on several levels: political, economic, cultural, and militaristic. In the current U.S. political climate, they may deliberate questions like: How has the Donald Trump presidency affected the world view of the United States? How have allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election impacted diplomatic and trade relations between the United States and Russia?

    Through lectures, debates, discussions, the writing of essays, and guest speaker presentations, degree programs in international relations focus on the art of diplomacy and negotiation between countries. Here are some sample courses:

    • International Relations Theory
    • International Organizations (examples: the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, the World Health Organization)
    • International Law
    • International Political Economy (the interaction between politics and economics within a global context)
    • United States Foreign Policy
    • The Politics of the Middle East
    • The Politics of Africa
    • The Politics of Latin America
    • The Politics of Europe and the European Union
    • Global Human Rights Issues
    • Global Environmental Issues
    • Diplomacy
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