International Relations / Peace and Conflict Management

International relations involves studying world societies and the interactions between them. Students with a concentration in this subject area develop expertise in diplomacy and foreign policy. Coursework and knowledge usually take an interdisciplinary approach which often includes expertise in history, politics, economics, world languages, geography, or some combination of those disciplines.

Peace and conflict studies delve into human relations and how behavior, cooperation, and conflict work in relation to one another. One of the core questions is how conflicts arise and how violent and non-violent conflicts can be solved.

Explore Careers

As a career field, international relations encompasses many different areas. Many automatically think of working for the State Department as a Foreign Diplomat. That's very true but international relations also encompasses other governmental agencies, private businesses, nonprofits and NGOs, policy, think tanks, law, and consulting. Don't limit yourself.

Working in the Peace and Conflict world is similar. Common job titles include diplomat, director of a nonprofit, development agent, press officer, policy officer, legal advocate, conflict resolution expert, human resources liaison, trauma management specialist, professor, and researcher. It's important to remember that getting involved with peace and conflict often requires expertise; think about your skills and interests and hone those.


Join a club/organization on campus

Below is a small portion of some of the different clubs on campus. For a full listing, check out this list and go to Campus Activities Night during blocks 1 and 5. There are many affinity groups that can be joined as well pertaining to race.

American Enterprise Institute Executive Council

The American Enterprise Institute Executive Council is a student group dedicated to eloquently and respectfully representing the principles of limited government, economic freedom, human dignity, and a strong American role in the world to the Colorado College community.

Aprender Mediante Amistad (AMA)

AMA is dedicated to assisting community children whose parents in many cases do not speak English fluently and are unable to help their children with their homework. AMA helps these children improve their reading and homework skills, and provides them with fun and educational activities. Through our service, the students we tutor have an opportunity to improve their academic performance, as well as establish trusting relationships with role models from Colorado College.


We aim to promote multicultural understanding and Spanish abilities among students at Steele Elementary, while fostering leadership and community engagement among CC students.


GlobeMed is a student organization that is dedicated to increasing the visibility and awareness of global health issues with the goal of improving health disparities around the world. GlobeMed at Colorado College is partnered with Western Organization of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Western Kenya to improve the health of vulnerable communities. We invite all members of the CC community to engage in debate, advocacy and service in the issues of global health, health of underserved populations in the United States, humanitarian relief, international development, and health policy.

J Street U Colorado College

This group works to find a solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in the Middle East and to ignite this difficult conversation on CC Campus. Movie screenings, discussions and food to come!

Model United Nations (MUN)

The Model United Nations Club will encourage understanding in international security, health policy, environmental protection, human rights, and humanitarian aid by researching countries' positions and representing them at collegiate conferences. Members of the club will also strive to promote global awareness on campus.

Multicultural Organization of Students: An International Community (MOSAIC)

The mission of MOSAIC is to bring awareness to multiculturalism and internationalism at Colorado College and the surrounding community. Mosaic not only provides a safe space for international students to organize and talk about their own culture and the realities of being an international student at CC, but it also provides an opportunity for CC students of U.S. nationality an opportunity to exchange ideas and learn about multiculturalism and internationalism at CC.

Colorado College Refugee Alliance

We partner with Lutheran Family Services Refugee and Asylee Programs to help refugees achieve self-sufficiency in the U.S.

Work a Relevant Job on Campus

This is a great place to think outside the box. Language skills are important so think about being a tutor or grading papers for a language department. Be a mentor/leader for our international students especially during International Student Orientation. Be a representative for a study abroad program. Be a Resident Advisor working with individuals from all backgrounds. These are just a few to think about but there are many more!


Helpful skills/experiences to have

International Relations and Peace and Conflict industries have similar skill sets. That makes sense since the end goal is somewhat similar. 

  • Multicultural competence and sensitivity: working with people around the globe takes a certain finesse. Listening to and understanding other viewpoints is really important. Ask questions. Educate yourself. Listen!
  • Language competency: speaking another language will only help. Critical languages are useful but other common languages are important too. The more you can speak with the individuals in the countries you are working with, the bigger difference you can make.
  • Critical thinking and analysis: put those liberal arts skills to use! Think outside the box. Find a solution. Look at a situation and dissect it. Research.
  • Teamwork: working across the globe means working together. Not just on your particular team but with partner organizations. Find the common denominator. Listen and contribute to ideas. Be the person that others know they can count on.
  • Flexibility: this might be right off the bat when working with time zones! Being patient with others is key and a great way to show you are part of the team and believe in the mission.
  • Interpersonal: be kind to one another. We've always been taught this so why would it change with a full-time job? Listen to others. Empathize. Offer solutions when asked. Be nice!
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