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International Relations

The master’s degree in International Relations tackles all of the central aspects of the international and European public sphere: the economy, by now integrated at the supranational level, the law, which is increasingly multilevel, and a politics that is seeking balance between national life and regional and global dynamics. These aspects will complement the acquisition of knowledge essential for historical and philosophical orientation and the language skills (foreign languages, including English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese) needed to better grasp the opportunities that the new socio-political context offers.

The goal is to provide students with theoretical and practical skills that will enable them to enter the labor market once they have finished their studies. This is further facilitated by the availability of internships and interaction with the professional world starting in the second part of the degree. Particularly significant are the opportunities offered by Double Degree programs (in English) that allow students to spend a year at LUISS and a year in a foreign partner institution (Brussels, London, Moscow, Beijing, etc.) and get two degrees in two years. The international openness that characterizes the department is then enriched by the numerous opportunities to spend time (from six months to a year) at a foreign university (in over 100 countries) and by the opportunity to take courses taught by international lecturers at LUISS.

The master’s degree in International Relations is divided into three majors, Relazioni internazionali (International Relations), held in Italian; European Studies, held in English; and Global Studies (held in English), and provides students with a multidisciplinary approach that helps them understand and address the increasingly supranational problems of an ever more globalized world.

Graduates of the major in International Relations, taught in both English or Italian, will be able to fully understand the connections between the various legal, economic, historical and political phenomena, and will be able to work in multicultural and multilingual areas. This academic program has been designed to give intellectually curious and flexible students the tools to adapt to new and diverse contexts; to enable them to synthesize information and come up with original solutions, thanks to the integration of skills that comes from the study of different and complementary disciplines.

The major in European Studies, taught entirely in English, provides tools for understanding European social phenomena and the progressive growth of the role of supranational European organizations. Using the comparative method, courses analyze the political, legal, historical, philosophical and economic aspects of these processes. Among the areas studied, particular attention is paid to the Mediterranean, a crossroads of cultures and traditions in which Europe must now play a decisive role.

The Global Studies major, held in English, focuses on global issues that are markedly reshaping the international political landscape. A number of courses analyze global economic, political, legal, social and philosophical transformations. In addition, special emphasis is given to the Arab world as an area where global changes are posing major challenges, both within the Arab world and in its relationship with other macro-regions such as Europe.

Employment and professional opportunities for graduates

For graduates in International Relations, in addition to the traditional outlets of the diplomatic corps and within international governmental organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), there are ever-growing employment opportunities at international and European public and private companies, including those operating in the banking and financial sector, as well as at public administrations, both central and local ones, for which an understanding of the international and European scope of problems and their solutions is indispensable (for example in the field of environmental protection, immigration, public procurement, etc.). There are also career opportunities as consultants at companies, businesses and/or law firms, and in foreign investment and commercial arbitration. The major in European Studies combines specific skills that can be usefully deployed within institutions, organizations and other entities operating within or influenced by the European system, with the general professional opportunities offered by the degree program in International Relations. A graduate of this major will acquire skills and methodologies that will allow them to enter the job market in both the public and private sector, not only at the European level, but also at the national and local one, in consideration of the growing interconnections between the two areas. The major in Global Studies, in addition to giving students essential tools for the careers mentioned for the major in International Relations, also provides the necessary foundation for a distinctly global professional career. A graduate of this major is ideally a student with an intercultural approach who is ready to seize the opportunities offered by the global market. Combined with the study of non-European languages, the major can help students enter the American and Asian job markets, as well as those in the Arab world, with confidence.

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