International Relations

Undergraduate: Major, Minor

College of Arts & Sciences

Welcome to the International Relations Program at Canisius College, where we prepare today's global citizens to be knowledgeable, effective communicators and analysts--and develop their potential to become tomorrow's leaders.

Program Description

International Relations (IR) is a multidisciplinary program that provides majors with solid foundations for graduate study or jobs in government, the nonprofit sector, education, diplomacy, and international business. Our majors develop knowledge of the historical and political features of the international system, of foreign countries and peoples, and cultivate valuable analytic and communications skills. International Relations majors may pursue one of four distinct study tracks: International Business, International History, International Politics or Language and World Cultures.

Highlighted Courses:

  • PSC 241 Human Rights and Globalization 
  • HIS 230 The Holocaust in Historical Perspective
  • PSC 245 American Foreign Policy
  • HIS 394 Contemporary Middle East
  • PSC 345 Transnational Crime after 9/11 
  • IBUS 301 Fundamentals of International Business


Since 2008 the IR program has produced 6 Fulbright award winners and over 20 graduates admitted to high-quality law schools or graduate schools. Graduates with International Relations degrees work as lawyers, agents and officials in government agencies like Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, managers at international banking and finance institutions, freelance writers, and coordinators of international student activities at colleges and universities.


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