About the Program

International relations allows students to examine complex global issues from a variety of perspectives-including political science, business, history, sociology and literature.

Why study International Relations at Roanoke?

It's about relationships. Dynamic, seminar-style classes. Fellow students who are passionate and well-informed. Professors who connect with students and are committed to their success. Roanoke provides a spring-board for significant relationships during the college years and beyond.

It's about guidance. The international relations program at Roanoke offers one-on-one career coaching to help students define goals and pursue them effectively at every stage of their academic career.

It's about the journey. Roanoke's special arrangement with colleges across the globe gives our students extensive world travel opportunities. In the past year alone, international relations students traveled to Japan, South Korea, the Czech Republic, China, Romania, Morocco, India, Denmark and Israel.

Real-world Learning

What happens outside the classroom is a crucial part of the international relations experience at Roanoke. 

Long and short term travel

Internships and service

Through Roanoke's distinctive Washington Semester program, international relations students have interned at Capitol Hill, the State Department and non-profit organizations in the nation's capital.

Students have also volunteered or completed internships in the Roanoke Valley with immigration lawyers, refugee resettlement services, Feeding America, ESL programs and more.


Research completed through summer scholars programURAP and independent studies often leads to publications or presentations at professional conferences.


Roanoke's Model U.N. sends a delegation to New York every spring to participate in the national simulation at the United Nations Headquarters.

Sigma Iota Rho allows student members to contribute to the International Relations honor society blog or serve as assistant editors for their prestigious annual publication.

Student may also be interested in taking part in Roanoke's active international community.


The Folwer Lecture Series has hosted presidents, prime ministers, national commentators, the first female supreme court justice, renowned scholars and recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. Students have the chance to connect with global leaders and hear first-hand about issues facing the world.

Institute for Policy and Opinion Research is a professional, student-staffed organization that conducts polls about political and social issues in the state.

What's next?

Roanoke's public affairs students have been accepted to top rank graduate and law schools, often securing fellowships to support their studies.

Graduates currently work as lobbyists, lawyers, judges, professors, political advisors and more.


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