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. Learn More
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
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
Carla Barqueiro, Visiting Assistant Professor, International Relations: Global Governance, Human Security, Responsibility to Protect, Normative Life-Cycles, Prevention of Mass Atrocities
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 Global Education website for more information.
Opportunities & Internships
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.
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Read My Story
“Goucher offers an interactive learning experience that allows students early on find their voice and give them the confidence to share their ideas, grow, and be a much more proactive participant in their education instead of a passive consumer.”
- Image associated with "Associate Professor Julie Chernov Hwang Discusses Her New Book "Why Terrorists Quit""March 15, 2018
Through interviews with current and former leaders and followers of radical Islamist groups in Indonesia, Hwang's book examines why terrorists decide to leave their organizations of terror and how the state can help them reintegrate into nonterrorist society.