Undergraduate Major

International Relations Major (BA)

Take the inside-track to a career that prepares you for an interconnected global economy. You'll gain cross-cultural leadership skills in negotiation, analysis, and advocacy with an international relations degree.

Students international discussion

Program Overview

At Widener, you'll master the skills to analyze and assess political and economic relations on a global level. In the classroom you'll find yourself culturally immersed through simulations and training in foreign language.

You'll gain additional skills and experience through:

  • Study abroad
  • Co-curricular trips to Widener's international partners 
  • Simulations
  • Internships

Our focus on leadership development means you'll gain qualities and skills that will set you apart from others in the international relations field. You can tailor your degree to personal interests to prepare yourself for long-term success. Building confidence and leadership skills is just the beginning of what this degree will do for you.

Program Options

Here, you will prepare for a fast start and long-term career success with internships, research, leadership training, and a network of professionals.

You have the flexibility to tailor your degree to your personal interests. View the Loading... to learn more.

International relations majors can participate in the following pathways:


Applying to Widener is easy—and free! Simply complete our Widener Application or the Common Application. You'll also need your official high school transcript and either an admissions essay or your SAT/ACT scores. We're a test-optional school, so there's no need to submit both.

Know you're interested in applying to Widener but unsure if you're ready to zero-in on a major? You can apply as an Exploratory Studies student with an undecided major. This program will help you start your college journey on the right foot while you explore which undergraduate program is the right fit for you.

When to Apply​

We accept applications on a rolling basis—there are no hard deadlines. Apply when you're ready and we'll take a look as soon as we receive your app. 

Key dates to keep in mind:​

  • October 1: FAFSA opens for the next academic year (Widener's school code is 003313)​
  • November 1: Early Action deadline and decision notifications begin​

What to Expect After Applying​

Once we receive your application and all materials, you can expect to hear back from us quickly. Along with your application decision, you'll also find out about any merit-based scholarship awards. You're automatically considered for merit scholarships as soon as you apply—you don't need to apply separately.

Learn more about the application process

If you apply before November 1, you are considered an Early Action applicant which comes with benefits like:

  • Receiving your admissions decision by Thanksgiving
  • Early consideration for merit-based scholarships
  • Early notification of financial aid offers, including need-based awards
  • Priority enrollment for summer registration—where you sign up for classes!

All applications are non-binding, so why wait? Apply today!

Our admissions team will help you make the most of college-level credits earned after high school. We maintain strong partnerships and articulation agreements with numerous local community colleges and also accept a wide range of course credits earned at accredited colleges and universities.

Curious about how many credits may transfer? Email your transcripts to transfer@widener.edu and our transfer coordinator will personally review your coursework as an unofficial credit evaluation. Applicants are given priority during busy seasons, but you don't have to apply to work with our transfer coordinator. 

Transferring doesn't have to be a guessing game—share your stats and we'll take it from there! 

Learn more about applying as a transfer student

Widener University serves as a "second home" for students from around the world. We are located just outside of Philadelphia and close to New York City and Washington, D.C.—offering many unique professional and personal opportunities to explore.

Want to know what it's like to be an international student on campus or need assistance navigating English proficiency requirements? We're here to help, and our international admissions director will support you through the application process. 

This support doesn't end with admissions—our International Student Support team will serve as a valuable resource throughout your Widener journey—meeting Visa/immigration requirements, getting acclimated to campus, and much more.

Learn more about applying as an international student

Program Highlights

We believe experiential learning should be at the core of any degree. That's why you'll take a hands-on approach to international relations by applying what you learn inside the classroom to unique and innovative activities outside of formal classes.

Students at EuroSim

Applied Leadership

With a variety of clubs and organizations on-campus you'll have multiple opportunities to lead and participate in politics and community engagement.

You'll take your knowledge of foreign governments and current events to participate in EuroSim. This European Union simulation is held in alternative years in Europe and the United States.

Students and faculty international relations

Faculty Mentorship

Small, interactive classes deepen your learning, and create a community of faculty, staff, and students. You'll have opportunities to work on unique research, get one-on-one advice, and regularly meet with a faculty mentor. Before long, your professors and classmates will feel like a second family. 

High Impact Practices and Research

You'll participate in high impact practice research to gain real-world experience exploring political affairs to set you apart from others in the international relations field.

Clubs & Organizations

International relations majors have the opportunity to join various clubs and organizations across and outside of campus to expand their network, including the Amnesty International clubs, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), and many more.


Research & Innovation

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Upon graduation, you'll have a resume distinguished by career-specific learning experiences and be ready for long-term success.

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Intelligence Specialist
  • Grants Coordinator
  • Policy Analyst
  • Military 
  • Global Human Resources

Recent Employers

  • Global Philadelphia Association
  • Agilent Technologies
  • World Health Organization
  • US Army 
  • Ernst & Young Accounting Firm

Student Stories

Cloe DiFlumeri poses alongside two individuals during an internship at Museum of Arts and Sciences.

"There’s so much overlap with my majors. They’re interdisciplinary so they allow me to explore my passions, but I love the different perspectives they all bring."

Cloë Di Flumeri

Class of 2023
Mamadou Keita is mentored by Professor Stephanie Schechner

"I am very fortunate to have come to this country and received one of the best educations. My mindset now is ‘how can I give that type of opportunity to others back home in Guinea?’"

Mamadou Keita

Class of 2013 and 2018

Take the Next Steps


Applying online has never been easier—and it’s free! We also accept the Common Application. Take the next step toward joining the Widener Pride.

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