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Interdisciplinary IR Questions

isla701isla701 75 replies10 threads Junior Member
Hello everyone! Thank you again for answering all of my questions as they get progressively more complicated!

I have been thinking a great deal about college majors over the past few months due to my schooling situation. I'm currently in high school and earning free CC credits, which will transfer and save me a lot of money at my state universities. I'm so glad to have this opportunity, but it obviously means that I won't have the freshman gen-ed year most people have if I transfer over my credits. This complicates things a bit for an undecided major who's not sure if taking on LAC loans and giving up free credits is worth it.

Luckily, I'm getting a bit of a better picture of what I could possibly major in. Right now, my top choice is international relations. I've developed a huge passion for politics, world issues, foreign languages, etc. Econ is the only unknown aspect of the major to me, and I plan to take that at the CC before I graduate high school. (If I dislike it, my plans may need to be reconsidered.)

But as someone who has been highly capable and interested in almost every school subject thus far, I feel a double major might not only give me an advantage in the job market, but allow me to take advantage of my passion/ability in different subjects.

With that context, I have two questions:
1) If there is no dedicated "international relations major at a school", does a global studies major generally serve people better, or just a straight-up poli sci major (and then grad school)?
2) In terms of double majors, can anyone describe the advantages, disadvantages or experiences they've had with double majoring in IR/poli sci and a STEM field OR double majoring in that and a foreign language?

On the surface, question 2 would seem odd to an observer- of course foreign languages are more relevant to IR/poli sci than STEM fields. However, I've read a few places that foreign language experts (some having learned multiple languages from birth) are much more common and less sought after than those who can bring STEM skills to the table with the necessary understanding of government/nonprofits/etc. Also, I've read that it may be more helpful and efficient to acquire foreign languages while studying abroad and taking the required language classes for an IR major at home, rather than majoring directly in a language.

Again, all just hearsay- I'm looking for more thoughts.

In terms of STEM majors I've considered, it's mostly been environmental sci, comp sci, and statistics, two of which I'd need more experience with between now/college before deciding to major in them. Env. sci due to the importance of climate change/environmental protection to me, comp sci because of my passion for privacy/surveillance debates all around the world, and statistics for its usefulness in global affairs and my longtime enjoyment of math.

As you can see, I'm a bit all over the place in terms of my interest, and I'm assuming I'll still have a freshman semester of gen eds to figure this out (if I transfer my credits), but not much more than that. Things are coming together though, and my parents have said it's okay if Plan A doesn't work out. Of course, I want to research Plan A quite a bit before jumping in, hence this thread!

Thank you all for your support and tolerance of my long posts. I hope they are more helpful than oversimplified questions.
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