Majors and Minors

International Relations

The program in International Relations at Cleveland State University is designed to give students the opportunity to engage in a multidisciplinary study of the variety of subjects concerned with international affairs.

Foreign Study Programs.
Students may apply for credit toward their concentration for study-abroad programs including programs at Clermont (France), Germany, and China, as well as for other programs administered through the Center for International Services and Programs at Cleveland State.

Internship Opportunities.
Students can acquire valuable work experience, and can earn up to 5 credit hours through an internship in the U.S. or abroad (sign up for PSC 406). Specific intern assignments will be worked out on an individual basis by the department's International Relations Intern adviser. Hours earned will not reduce the minimum 34 required to satisfy the major.


Successful completion of the major does not assure job placement in an international career. It does offer a number of advantages to students seeking entry placement in domestic and overseas private-sector firms, and nongovernmental organizations where a premium is placed on the ability to interact successfully with people and economic and political practices in other cultures. It also provides an excellent foundation for more specialized graduate study in international studies, and for taking entry-level examinations into international service.

Examples of Careers in International Relations:

  • CIA Employee
  • Entrepreneur
  • Journalist
  • Plans and Review Officer, USIA
  • Press Officer, US Embassy
  • Foreign Service Agent
  • Teacher
  • Policy Analyst


Click here to see the current academic year's Undergraduate Catalog requirements for the International Relations major .

NOTE: For official requirements, determine your catalog rights, and go to the undergraduate catalog that matches those rights. (The following requirements are ONLY for students whose FIRST semester at CSU is Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. For students who started BEFORE the 2011-2012 school year AND who have been enrolled during at least one of the past three semesters, including summer, please see your undergraduate catalog).

All degree seeking students are required to complete a specific number of General Education (GenEd) courses. Students are responsible for ensuring the appropriate selection of courses to satisfy GenEd requirements and are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding the applicability of selected courses. A comprehensive description of Cleveland State University's General Education Requirements for undergraduate students is available online at

For more information, contact:
Department of Political Science
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, RT 1744
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216.687.4541

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