The International Relations Program is designed for students who are interested in studying global problems from an interdisciplinary perspective. The program emphasizes the study of political science, foreign language, history and related fields to provide students with an understanding of contemporary issues.

Program Highlights

  • What to expect at Saint Martin's

    Saint Martin’s provides a broad liberal arts background with strong emphasis on written and oral skills. It further stresses the ability to think critically about global issues and provides a broad understanding of major value questions in the study of international relations.

    Students participating in the International Relations program are provided with:

    • A strong theoretical foundation in international relations.
    • Opportunities for practical experience.
    • Internships through the Washington Semester Program.
    • Study abroad opportunities.
  • Research and internships

    Our students have completed internships with a large cross-section of local organizations including:

    • Washington Semester Program
    • Washington State Legislature
    • Study abroad
  • Career paths

    Graduates with a minor in international relations are prepared for careers in:

    • Teaching
    • Politics
    • Journalism
    • Private and non-profit organizations
    • Public service

    For a complete list of professional applications, visit "What Can I Do With Major?". For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.



  • Nine semester hours of international courses
  • Three semester hours of non-western history courses
  • Six semester hours or its equivalent* of intermediate Spanish, French or Japanese
  • Three semester hours of electives from comparative politics, international business, and sociology

*Credit through the Defense Language Institute at the intermediate proficiency level may be used to fulfill this requirement.

  • Non-western history courses (3 semester hours)

    One course from:

    HIS 211 History of Latin American Civilization
    HIS 213 History of African Civilization to 1880
    HIS 215 History of Islamic Civilization
    HIS 217 History of Chinese and Japanese Civilization


  • Intermediate Spanish, French, or Japanese (6 semester hours)

    Six (6) semester hours chosen from one of the following languages:

    SPN 201
    SPN 202
    Intermediate Spanish I
    Intermediate Spanish II
    FRN 201
    FRN 202
    Intermediate French I
    Intermediate French II
    JPN 201
    JPN 202
    Intermediate Japanese I
    Intermediate Japanese II


  • Elective course (3 semester hours)

    One elective chosen from:

    ECN 420 International Business
    PLS 152 U.S. and World Affairs
    PLS 325 History of the Vietnam War
    PLS 350 European Politics
    PLS 352 Asian Politics
    SOC 103 Cultural Anthropology
    SOC 396 Intercultural Communication