According to Foreign Policy, which is focused on global affairs, current events and domestic and international policy, now is a better time than ever to study international relations. “International affairs programs are better situated than other disciplines and professional programs to help us understand and develop solutions to the complex, vexing, and ever-changing array of global challenges and opportunities,” the magazine noted.
UC San Diego’s academic programs in international relations are offered through the department of political science in the division of social sciences, and the school of global policy and strategy.
“UC San Diego is pleased to receive this distinction for being home to faculty who are experts at creating better design and evaluation methodologies for public policy around the globe, with the goal of improving our society and planet,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “Our scholars’ innovative approaches to the study of the political world is matched by the passion they bring to our classrooms, producing groundbreaking research while training future generations of global change -makers.”
The magazine added that international relations programs are essential because they attract scholars from various backgrounds, acting as bridges between the worlds of thought and action, among different generations and communities, and among the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
UC San Diego’s political science department combines world-class research with an innovative and intensive approach to teaching undergraduates and PhD students, with faculty who represent a broad spectrum of backgrounds, methodologies and approaches.
The UC San Diego school of global policy and strategy addresses the crucial societal challenges of the 21st century. The school’s pioneering research builds on the internationally recognized expertise of the Americas and Asia, integrates analysis of public policy and markets, and explores global issues of conflict and cooperation.