International Relations

A degree in international relations from OU’s Department of Political Science prepares students for possible careers in government service in the areas of foreign or security policy, international business, or international non-governmental organizations, as well as graduate study in international affairs.

Students acquire strong analytical and communication skills which are also relevant to and valuable in traditional business careers. International relations graduates can enter the workforce immediately, though some careers will require graduate study.

Students interested in attending law school can also take advantage of the Oakland University - Wayne State University Law School 3+3 program which allows students to earn an undergraduate degree (Public Administration and Public Policy, B.S.) and a law degree (J.D.) in a minimum of six years.


This tool should only be used as a guide — remember to meet with your academic adviser, Career Services and/or faculty to determine appropriate career options.

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  • Career Possibilities

    • Congressional staffer
    • Intelligence analyst at
      • CIA
      • Department of Defense
      • Department of Homeland Security
      • National Security Agency
    • International business
      • Finance
      • Marketing
      • Trade
    • Lawyer
    • Peace Corps
    • Policy analyst for international consulting firms and/or think tanks
    • Policy analyst, program officer for U.S. government agencies
    • Political reporter, journalist
    • Staffer for non-profit organizations and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) working in areas such as:
      • International relief and development
      • Promotion of human rights
    • Staffer for U.S. government agencies (e.g., Department of State)
    • Staffer for various international organizations including United Nations, Organization of American States, etc.

    Career Resources

    To get a better understanding of the opportunities, career options, and doors that are opened with a degree in international relations you can explore examples of careers and fields common in political science and related disciplines that can help identify strategies to market yourself for your ideal job.