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International Relations


What will I learn?

Everything from world religions to the politics of Russia and Eastern Europe. You'll discover that politics is much more than what leads up to Election Day.

An introductory course designed to develop analytic tools that provide an understanding of complex issues in world politics. You will focus on distinguishing different actors, patterns of interaction, availability and use of resources and interaction between domestic and external politics as evidenced in East-West, North-South and regional conflicts.

Understanding the world becomes more important every day

Majoring in international relations will position you for any number of rewarding career options or set you on the path to continue your education. And you'll gain the satisfaction of feeling like you're making a difference.

Model UN: Role-playing Diplomacy

Simpson’s Model United Nations team regularly wins delegation awards at Midwest Model United Nations (MMUN), a diplomacy simulation where students play the role of a nation’s ambassadors. Simpson student participants won 5 delegation awards in 2018. This video captures the excitement at the MMUN conference!

Explore the Political Science Department

Interested in the unique opportunities our political science education has to offer? See more of the opportunities and experiences that will shape your time at Simpson.


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MacKenzie Bills

MacKenzie Bills

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Kyle Liske '09

Kyle Liske '09

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Meghan Chaffee ‘09

Simpson's focus on its liberal arts curriculum helped me discover what topics peaked my interest. In my courses, I had the advantage of smaller class sizes, which encouraged discussion -- creating a solid, well-rounded education.

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