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International Relations

In recent decades, the forces of globalization have increased awareness of the interdependent and interrelated nature of modern society. The International Relations major educates students in the historical, political, and cultural forces that shape the interactions between states, international organizations, multi-national corporations, and other international actors.

The International Relations program at Duquesne is truly distinct because it is grounded in the commitment to promoting peace and justice in global society that is essential to the mission of Duquesne and its founders, the Spiritans. Our IR majors come from all continents and are exposed to a challenging and diverse academic curriculum, with the opportunity to choose from 8 areas of concentration and learn from professors and speakers of international reputation.

Career Options

Students majoring in International Relations have a variety of career paths open to them. Majors are prepared to work in a governmental, social, or business environment within an international context. Training in advanced language skills, combined with historical and political knowledge of specific regions of the world, will make International Relations majors very competitive in the job market.

International Relations graduates from Duquesne are presently employed by:

    • Government Agencies (e.g.: Homeland Security, State Department, USAID - U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Commercial Service)
    • Law Firms
    • NGOs
    • Multinational Corporations (e.g.: Westinghouse, PPG, PNC, BNY Mellon)
    • Non-profit organizations (e.g.: UNICEF, Brother's Brother Foundation)

For additional information, please e-mail us at ir@duq.edu.