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International Relations Major

Study International Relations at Azusa Pacific University

You’ll gain internship experience, professional connections, and leadership skills to be proficient in international politics, geography, diplomacy, security studies, and more. You’ll be prepared for success in a variety of vocations, including a career in one of over a dozen federal agencies. You’ll learn to make sense of global events and how they shape the world, and you’ll stand out in your ability to articulate a Christian perspective on international issues. We’ll provide ways to get involved in the field through an internship in your area of interest. You’ll be equipped with contacts and substantial experience on your résumé.

Program at a Glance

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers diverse well-rounded degree programs to prepare critical thinkers to make a difference in the world for Christ.

Upcoming Events

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  • March 8, 2024

Application Deadline

Early Action        (Freshmen Only)

  • November 15

Regular Decision

  • March 1 priority application deadline
  • June 1 final deadline
  • August 1 final transfer deadline

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Program Information

  • Program Units: 50



  • Azusa (Main Campus)
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Gain Hands-on Experience

  • Study international politics, geography, diplomacy, security studies, and more.
  • Learn to articulate a Christian understanding of politics and government.
  • Intern with the American Studies Program, congressional offices, or other offices of the federal government.

By the Numbers

1 of 126 Best Western Colleges according to Princeton Review's 2023 Best Colleges Guide
10 :1 Student-to-faculty ratio
100 % of incoming students receive financial aid

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Program Details

The international relations major prepares students to be effective leaders in their community, nation, and the world. Students learn to make sense of global events, to identify the degree to which peaceful interactions and political crises shape the world, and to articulate Christian perspectives on relations between peoples and nations. The international relations major prepares students for many vocations through rigorous training in international politics, philosophy, history, geography, diplomacy, and security studies.

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General Undergraduate Admission Requirements

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You might think that a private college education is beyond your reach, but there are many financial resources available to help make an Azusa Pacific education a reality. APU students may take advantage of three basic types of financial aid: scholarships and grants, education loans, and student employment.

Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants are considered “gift aid” and do not require repayment. They can come from federal, state, or private sources. Scholarships are typically merit-based, meaning they are awarded depending on demonstrated academic ability or other specific talents.

Scholarships are often available from sources outside of APU. You can search for these scholarships through websites such as or The Student Services Center is sometimes notified of scholarships available through APU departments or local organizations, and can provide information about any available scholarships on request.

Education Loans

Education loans are usually repaid after graduation, may be deferred until after graduate school, and often have very low interest rates.

Military Benefits

Military members—and in some cases their spouses and dependents—qualify for financial assistance covering tuition, housing, and books. Azusa Pacific is a Yellow Ribbon University and Military Friendly School, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the benefits and flexibility you need to complete your education.

Student Employment

On-campus student employment is available for students needing additional income to pay for education-related expenses. APU students also find work off campus in the surrounding community.

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We’re committed to helping families understand early in the college search process the value of the APU experience and options for affordable financing of a top-tier Christian university education.

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To view specific requirements and coursework information, visit the current academic catalog:

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Featured Faculty

Daniel Palm

Daniel Palm

Chair and Professor, Department of History and Political Science

Ethan Schrum

Ethan Schrum

Director, Humanities Program, and Associate Professor, Department of History and Political Science

Abbylin H. Sellers

Abbylin H. Sellers

Associate Professor, Department of History and Political Science

Career Outlooks and Outcomes

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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