Government & International Relations

Students who are interested in learning about the relationships among countries, governments, peoples and organizations or about U.S. policy can gain a perspective of many global issues through a number of Union majors and interdisciplinary studies.  

Possible majors:

Political science, in particular, is an ideal course of study for learning about political systems, international affairs and policy, and governmental institutions, concepts that are applicable on a global scale. History and Economics also provide a strong foundation for students considering careers in international relations. Other suggested majors and areas of concentration include Africana Studies, American Studies, Asian Studies, Jewish Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Law and Humanities, Modern Languages and Literatures, Religious Studies, Russia and East European Studies, Sociology and Psychology.  

Academic and honor societies:

National Political Science Honor Society (Pi Sigma Alpha); National History Honor Society (Phi Alpha Theta)

Clubs and organizations:

Model United Nations; Pi Sigma Alpha chapter of Zeta Upsilon; The Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics

Internship opportunities:

Council on Hemispheric Affairs; New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; Union political policy-making internship, District of Columbia; Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition; U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; U.S. Senate

Suggested terms abroad/mini-terms:

Argentina mini-term; Brazil (São Paulo); China (Shanghai); England (London); New Hampshire Presidential Primary mini-term; Palau

Alumni in International & Government Relations:

  1. Neil Abercrombie ’59, governor of Hawaii
  2. Heather Bennett ’02, regional assistant, Latin America and Caribbean USAID
  3. Abigail Cable ’10, legislative assistant/policy and government affairs manager, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
  4. Lillian Briger ’08, research associate, Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA)
  5. Peter Haviland-Eduah ’10, deputy press secretary, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
  6. Bridget Jameson ’10, communications and development assistant, American Society of International Law
  7. Robert Mayron ’03, director, international trade policy, Embassy of Israel
  8. Samuel Merlin ’11, energy investment analyst, Task Force for Business and Stability Operations, U.S. Department of Defense
  9. Neil Routman ’02, international trade analyst, Embassy of Korea
  10. Linda Seymour ’96, commander, U.S. Navy; former speechwriter for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff