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What is a degree in "International Relations" ?

Asked by partyrock (3865 points ) January 8th, 2012

What does it mean to have a degree in International Relations? Would getting a degree in Political Science be better? Would most colleges offer a degree in this? What kind of people get degrees in International Relations? Would it be a good choice for someone who wanted to have a career that deals with people and cultures all over the world? Diplomatic? Thanks.

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Yes it would be useful for that. Throw in a good dose of psycology and history.
I read a great definition of International Relations. It’s basically nations screwing each other.

partyrock's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe – What’s the difference between PolySci and International Relations though? Do you know?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@partyrock PolySci is more about how government works. IR is more about how governments (and or nations) interact.

marinelife's avatar

People who want to work for the State Department or be in the foreign service would use it.

partyrock's avatar

Do you guys know if it’s possible to get a Bachelor’s in this, or is it only a master’s ? It would be best to get a master’s anyway right ?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

A Bachelors would get you started, but the scope and amount of variety in IR probably means a Masters or a PhD.

Aethelflaed's avatar

International Relations is a sub-category of poly-sci degrees. Some schools offer poly-sci degrees where you can focus on international relations, some schools let international relations have its own program so that it can be expanded and have more resourced dedicated to it and become extra-awesome. Poly-sci is the more common program, but not necessarily the better one.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Aethelflaed We need an AA here. Awesome Answers.

filmfann's avatar

Poly Sci would be useful if you had to deal with Shites and Sunnis, and had to know the difference.
International Relations would be more about customs and beliefs, so as not to accidentally insult someone by offering to shake their hands, or hold a door open for them.

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