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International Affairs

It’s the 21st century, and the world is changing rapidly. Global technologies, threats to international security, fundamentalist movements, and mounting tensions between nations, regions, and factions mean that the study of international relations is more relevant than ever.

Students in the Department of International Affairs at Lewis & Clark examine the political, military, economic, legal, and cultural relations involving states, nations, international organizations, and NGOs, and seek to understand how they affect the prospects for conflict and cooperation.

Unlike many other International Relations programs that are contained within Political Science, our Department is free-standing, allowing students to study the multifaceted dimensions of international relations in the depth they deserve and demand. Though the scope of the coursework is broad, emphasis is placed on foreign policy, national security, international law, international economic relations, and national political and economic development.

Our students have internships with government entities, firms, and non-profits, and they participate in events such as the International Affairs Symposium, the Model United Nations and Model Security Council. And they write astute, critical papers and contribute original work to The Meridian, a student-run journal related to international affairs.

They’re keenly aware of the world around them, and whether they go on to work in public service, journalism, education, business, or government, our students bring with them a deep knowledge of the dynamics of this new century.


September 30th, 2014

  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm: International Relations Graduate Schools Info Session
    There will be an open information session for International Affairs majors on graduate programs in the field, including their nature and how best to prepare to attend them.  We are fortunate that admissions representatives from the top professionally-oriented international relations graduate schools will be present–the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (at Tufts), the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, The Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia, and the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown.

October 27th, 2014

  • 1:50pm - 2:50pm: International Affairs Speakers Series
    A chance to informally get to know new tenure-track IA faculty, Professors Bennett and Lascurettes, and ask about their research and interests. Assistant Professor Elizabeth Bennett holds a PhD in political science from Brown University and specializes in international political economy and fair trade policies. Assistant Kyle Lascurettes holds a PhD in foreign affairs from University of Virginia and specializes in international order, global governance, and American foreign policy.

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