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What will I learn?

If you want to be globally aware, debate pressing issues such as war, disease, diplomacy, poverty, human rights and trade, and prepare yourself for a career overseas or with any number of government or international organizations, then international relations may be the major for you. Majoring in international relations will position you competitively for work in the Foreign Service, non-governmental and international advocacy organizations, and environmental and humanitarian agencies. Our program will teach you to grapple successfully with complex global issues and international challenges in an increasingly interdependent world, training you for responsible global citizenship and international engagement.

The international relations major at Saint Michael's is built on small classes, extensive student-faculty interaction, and close mentoring and guidance by faculty who are leading scholars in their field. The program includes learning and co-curricular opportunities specifically designed to enhance the international content of your education, including semester and short-term study abroad, international internships, service learning and civic engagement projects, and leadership in student clubs and service organizations devoted to international citizenship.

The international relations major has six components:

  • Three core courses - Introduction to International Relations, Introduction to Comparative Politics, and either Introduction to American Government or European Political Thought
  • Four international relations electives in political science, including American Foreign Policy or Politics of the World Economy
  • Four breadth or area courses drawn from anthropology, business, economics, geography, history, humanities, religious studies, or sociology
  • Two research or integrative courses - Research Methods and Senior Seminar
  • Four semesters of a foreign language
  • An international relations experiential learning practicum

Special Opportunities

International relations majors must complete an international-themed practicum: a semester abroad or faculty-led study away experience, an internship at an agency such as the Vermont Council on World Affairs or Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, or an alternative experiential learning activity such as a MOVE international service trip.


Careers for international relations graduates include:

  • U.S. State Department Foreign Service
  • International aid agencies
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • United Nations
  • Research and think tanks
  • International business, education and journalism

Which department am I in?

Saint Michael's College

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$46,175.00 per year
Start date

18 January 2021


Saint Michael's College

One Winooski Park,



05439, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Application must have completed a high school record and strength of college preparatory curriculum (including the senior year of high school). Applicants should have at least sixteen Carnegie Units of college preparatory course work in high school including some combination of the following (in order of importance). Four years of English; While courses like speech and other English electives are interesting, students are recommended to take those in addition to (not as replacements for) English courses with a strong emphasis on writing and the reading of literature. Two to three years of the same foreign language; A minimum of two are required, but it is highly recommended that applicants pursue as many years of language as possible. Three to four years of theoretical mathematics; Three to four years of science, including at least two lab sciences; Three to four years of history and social sciences.

For international students

Students must complete their high school from a recognized institution.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS - 6.5

TOEFL (IBT) - 79

Cambridge - C1

Duolingo - 110

Application Deadlines for Fall Semester: June 7; for Spring Semester: November 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.