ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study International Relations at Goucher?

The curriculum in international relations is designed to provide a rich and diverse understanding of the character of politics and public policy in communities ranging from the city to the international system. Courses explore both theoretical and practical aspects of politics and the processes by which policies, rules, and political cultures are contested and established.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?

The purposes of the major are threefold: (1) to understand the major analytical perspectives and key concepts used by scholars to study international relations; (2) to use the theoretical literature to analyze global issues and problems; and (3) to engage in a discussion of the complex issues and developments that drive and define contemporary global politics.

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?

Within the context of a liberal arts college, the program gives special attention to preparing students for careers in government, politics, public interest organizations, law, and journalism, as well as providing training useful for those wishing to pursue graduate or professional degrees. Certification for teaching social studies in the secondary schools may be based on a major in political science or international relations. International relations at Goucher seeks to sensitize students to the role of the active citizen who is responsibly assertive in the community.


Major & Minor Program Contacts
International Relations major: Julie Chernov Hwang

Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Julie Chernov Hwang, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations: political Islam, Islamist political parties, radical Islamism, social movements, terrorism and disengagement from terrorism, countering violent extremism, conflict and security, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkey

Romero Fernando, Visiting Assistant Professor: International relations and political economy, modern and contemporary political theory

Amalia Fried Honick, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations: Middle East, international organizations, U.S. foreign policy

Eric Singer, Professor of Political Science and International Relations: International relations theory, African politics

Study Abroad

By studying abroad, choosing three-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, Goucher international relations students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study. In fact, students majoring in international relations are normally expected to participate in an approved study-abroad program or international internship.

Visit the Office of International Studies website for more information.

Opportunities & Internships

Internship Program

Internships are a very important facet of the curriculum at Goucher College. As such, the international relations faculty members consider well-structured internships to be essential to a student's education. The department sponsors both full- and part-time internships in a variety of organizations and government agencies. Most internships are in the Baltimore-Washington area. The variety of internships that have been completed under the supervision of this department is evidence of the flexible and creative applicability of degrees in international relations. Students find internship opportunities through the Career Development Office, through faculty and staff members, or on their own.

A detailed description of the off-campus experience is published by the Career Development Office each year and fully describes the guidelines and timetable for internships. Students interested in arranging an internship in international relations should contact their individual academic advisers.

Special Programs

Hughes Field Politics Center

Funded by an endowment made by the late Judge Sarah T. Hughes '17, the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center was originally founded in the early 1950s under a grant from the Maurice and Laura Falk Foundation. The center, directed by Mileah Kromer, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Political Science and International Relations Department, sponsors a variety of activities designed to facilitate student involvement in governmental and political affairs.The Hughes Center conducts the Goucher Poll, which surveys citizens across Maryland on the most important political, social, and economic issues of the day.

The center also sponsors a variety of programming to engage students in politics and public discourse.

Student Work Opportunities

To find on-campus employment especially suitable for international relations, please visit the Career Development Office.