As International Studies majors, students will take an interdisciplinary approach to studying different governments and cultures and how they interact with one another. Majors become experts in a specialized area or region of the world and research the history, economics, culture, and language of that region while developing the skills that will set them on a path to professional and personal success.
We encourage our students to pair our program with a language minor or an area that will increase their in-depth knowledge of the field. This level of specialized knowledge makes international relations graduates stand out among other candidates in the job market. Our students also spend approximately 10 hours a week at their internship placement, gaining valuable experience.
This course is an introduction to non-traditional and non-Western political systems. Content will vary from year to year and may include topics such as Asian political systems, Latin American systems, the political structures of ancient imperial organizations, pre-colonial African tribal organizations, etc.
This course examines the causes and consequences of imperialism in the modern world. It considers and compares imperial institutions, ideologies, economies, and cultures.
This course begins by examining aspects of the indigenous societies prior to the arrival of Europeans in what has come to be called “Latin America.” Throughout, it considers issues such as colonialism, militarism, race, gender relations, and religion that have shaped the societies, politics, and economies of nations from Mexico and the Caribbean to those of the Southern Cone.
As multilingual candidates with an interdisciplinary background, graduates of La Salle’s international relations program will have a competitive hiring advantage over students from other universities. Some careers in international relations include: