Ron Smith

Assistant Professor of International Relations

Ron Smith

Ron Smith's interest in world affairs started early. "I was born into it," he says. His father, an Alabama native, and his mother, from Israel, made politics a frequent household discussion.

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Focus on human rights, peace, food security, law, immigration and more, and understand how nations and organizations around the world interact. How will you make the world better?

You'll get your knowledge firsthand: Nearly all of our international relations majors study abroad. And when you graduate, you'll be ready for whatever career you pursue. Our alumni excel in graduate and law school, overseas business and service, positions in the federal government, banking and finance — you name it. The more you know about our globalized world, the better you can improve it.

Did You Know?

International relations is a multidisciplinary major that offers courses from a variety of departments and programs including East Asian studies, economics, environmental studies, geography, history, international relations, Latin American studies, political science, sociology and modern languages.

You may begin your study of international relations as a first year student by joining the Global Residential College and taking its provocative course, "The Modern World System."

Through the area concentration, you can learn the history, language, society and foreign policy of a world region or country. Options include Africa, Asia, Europe, Eurasia and Russia, Latin America and Caribbean and the Middle East.

The thematic tracks allow you to concentrate on and gain expertise in issues, problems, and solutions that cut across geographic regions. You can pursue one of three thematic tracks: foreign policy and diplomacy, sustainability and development, or global governance and conflict resolution.

Faculty Spotlight

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David Mitchell

Associate Professor

David Mitchell

"I want students to view the issues as if they were in the position to make political decisions themselves. When students get to the point where they can say "I don't know" — that's when they really can begin to learn and their minds open."

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Emek Uçarer


Emek Uçarer

"There are more than 190 million migrants worldwide. The study of the causes and consequences of mobility of people will be a lasting field in the study of international relations."

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Cymone Fourshey

Associate Professor

Cymone Fourshey

"I want my students to understand the civilizations that were already in place. The newcomers saw Africa as a place to be tamed, but in reality, social life, economy and politics were running quite effectively. "

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Hands-on Experience

Outside the Classroom

Study Abroad

Nearly all international relations majors study abroad in a country related to their area of concentration. A large majority of international relations majors study off campus for at least one semester, either in a foreign study program (in Europe, Russia, Latin America, India, Africa, China or Japan) or in academic/internship programs (in U.S. foreign policy, international development or peace and conflict resolution).


Undergraduate Research

Many Bucknell students engage in undergraduate research projects with their professors. Each year, some international relations majors write honors theses under the supervision of a professor. Recent research and honors project titles include: India's Foreign Policy; Microcredit and the Grameen Bank; The Changing Post-Cold War System; Women and Human Rights; Reproductive Health and Development.



International relations students can gain career experience through internships in the United States or abroad during the summer. Recently, majors have interned at the French embassy, the U.S. embassy in Turkey, the American Academy of Diplomacy, Macedonian Red Cross, Women for Women (Kigali, Rwanda), and the Washington, D.C. offices of senators and representatives.


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