International Relations and Diplomacy
It’s a complicated and amazing world out there! This major will prepare you to thrive in today’s global economic and political environment—and to serve the world with intelligence, compassion and competence.
Gain a global perspective on work and life
Interdependence is the new way of the world. More than ever before, nations rely on one another for economic success, military protection and ecological survival. This means that governments and corporations in the U.S. and abroad increasingly need professionals who can cross cultural boundaries. Our graduates serve—internationally and domestically—in a wide range of organizations and agencies in both the public and private sectors, including the U.S. State Department, the World Bank, CARE, the Peace Corps, and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. They’ve learned to make evidence-based decisions, to act thoughtfully as citizens, and to participate productively in the global economy.
More ways to learn—on campus and beyond
In small classes, you’ll work side by side with experts in the field. You’ll study international politics, master a second language, and learn the principles of diplomacy and foreign policy. Our internships will take you inside international organizations in Chicago, Washington and beyond. You can combine academic study with compassionate service to people in need, or complete your own, hands-on research projects in collaboration with faculty (and with university funding). We encourage you especially to take full advantage of Dominican’s outstanding study abroad program—you can choose from programs on four continents, in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.
The field of international relations and diplomacy is attractive to many bright people and thus extremely competitive. Dominican will enable you to earn a variety of professional advantages— early and often. We strongly recommend that you complete an internship with international agencies in Washington, D.C., and we’ll help you land one. The university’s relationship with the Washington Internship Institute will enable you to spend a full semester learning hands-on in the nation’s capital. You’ll be able to apply all of your financial aid and scholarship funding to this exceptional opportunity.
Dominican University Graduate
“I made so many friends at Dominican, and learned so much from the professors there. I’ll never forget my internship at the Embassy of Albania in Washington. Dominican gave me a high-quality education that shaped my character and is making my dreams come true.”
Get ready for a life of meaning and achievement
This major will prepare you to work immediately in the global economy. It also is outstanding preparation for graduate study in law, business, political science and other fields. Our curriculum is designed to foster lifelong intellectual and professional competence. In challenging careers at home and abroad, our alumni know what they’re doing. They’re thoughtful, informed, open to new ideas, skilled at communicating across cultures, and able to adapt and thrive through long and meaningful careers. They have earned their way into leadership positions in the professions of their choice.
Dominican University Graduate
“Dominican’s scholarship program made my college experience possible. The faculty and community were extremely supportive all the way. They inspired me to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector, helping people less fortunate than me.”