International relations is a degree program that is available at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, and you can find this degree at many Christian institutions in various states. Learn about some of these schools and their distinguishing characteristics.
Several of the 4-year, private schools that offer international relations programs differ in denomination. Here we examine a few of the schools' locations, denominations and tuition rates.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Anderson University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Church of God||Anderson, IN||$29,710|
|Azusa Pacific University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Undenominational||Azusa, CA||$37,506|
|Messiah College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Mechanicsburg, PA||$34,160|
|Liberty University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Evangelical Christian||Lynchburg, VA||$21,310|
|Texas Christian University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)||Fort Worth, TX||$44,760|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of the Christian Colleges with International Relations Programs
Christian colleges with international relations programs vary in size, spiritual growth opportunities and other unique characteristics that students should consider when choosing a school. Explore a few of these schools in depth and learn what sets their programs apart.
Anderson University is an institution in Indiana that offers a major in international relations. Students in this major must complete an internship, an international/intercultural experience and take coursework in foreign language, macroeconomics and globalization. In 2016, the NCES reported that the university had a little over 1,880 undergraduate students. This university helps students grow in their faith through a variety of activities, including chapel services, small groups, mission trips, social/service clubs and mentorship opportunities with faculty and staff.
Azusa Pacific University
California's Azusa Pacific University had 5,770 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES. The university has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations degree program that includes seminars, research opportunities and internship experiences. Internships are available through the American Studies Program in Washington, DC, and through different branches of the federal government. These opportunities can help connect students with contacts in the field. The university also offers 220 chapel services each year, multiple service-learning opportunities and mission trips to help students grow in their faith.
Students interested in studying international relations at Pennsylvania's Messiah College can pursue a major in politics with a concentration in international relations. The concentration focuses on the forces of globalization and prepares students for a variety of careers, such as a diplomat, Foreign Service officer or lawyer. Students also have the opportunity to complete an internship in Pennsylvania's capital and/or study abroad. For their spiritual lives, students can participate in men's or women's small groups, AROMA sports ministry, Worship Community, Bible studies, service opportunities and other activities. According to the NCES, the college had close to 2,790 undergraduates in 2016.
Spiritual life at Liberty University consists of weekly convocation, LU Shepherd (discipleship opportunities), LU Send (missions and travel opportunities), LU Serve (community service), Campus Community, worship services and a unique Center for Online Engagement that offers spiritual content online. The university is based in Virginia, but has a lot of online students. There were around 47,050 undergraduates in 2016, per the NCES. The university offers a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a concentration in international politics and policy or strategic intelligence studies. The school also has a unique online Master of Science in International Relations program that takes about a year-and-a-half to finish completely online.
Texas Christian University
Students at Texas Christian University can pursue a bachelor's degree in political science with a concentration in international relations. Students in the program can participate in the school's Washington Internship Program, the Model United Nations program or the Moot Court team. Students must also take a foreign language. The university supports students' spiritual development with chapel services and spiritual communities. Some spiritual organizations include International Christian Fellowship, Campus Crusade for Christ, Calling in Action and Word of Truth Gospel Choir. Texas Christian University had about 8,890 undergraduate students in 2016, according to the NCES.