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International Relations

International Relations at Linfield: An Interdisciplinary Education


The International Relations (IR) major equips students to become difference makers in a complex and changing world. In pursuit of their degree in IR, students will:

Develop the habits of mind necessary to think critically and creatively about a wide range of complex problems;
Explore issues and seek meaning from multiple perspectives: disciplinary, cross-cultural, and philosophical;
Integrate concepts and make connections across disciplines;
Cultivate superior communication skills: written, listening, and oral;
Assume ownership over their growth as scholars and effective citizens;
Apply their knowledge and skills to real-world settings, including integration with Linfield's Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE). [insert link to PLACE]
All IR majors conduct rigorous cross-disciplinary training, demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language, study abroad for at least a semester, and as part of the senior sequence, complete a senior capstone and participate in intensive professional training. With a supportive faculty and a flexible curriculum, it is also easy to pair IR with another major.

Recent graduates are excelling in the public and private sectors, attending top graduate and law schools, and serving abroad through programs like Fulbright and the Peace Corps.

Questions? Check out the FAQ or reach out to Professor Patrick Cottrell.