You know, I’ve noticed a lot of students trying to hedge their bets and eliminate all risk from their lives. In some cases, it’s because they don’t know what they want to do next, so they want to major in everything they are interested in so they can delay choosing. In other cases, like this one, it’s because they really want and like X, but they are afraid so they want to try to add Y and Z as well.
Majors, in and of themselves, are not marketable. People - with their skill sets, work histories, and experiences - are what’s marketable. A lot of students expect that if they pick a “marketable” major, the work is done; the major will theoretically lead them forward into everything they need to know for work. You can make yourself appealing as a job candidate with many majors, depending on how you use your summers and your time in college. Conversely, I’ve seen graduates with “marketable” majors flail in the market because they haven’t developed the skills necessary to work in that field.
There’s not any meaningful gap in the marketability or desirability of an international relations major and a political science major. They’re pretty similar majors. And with economics, what’s really appealing there is the quantitative skills - which not all economics majors have in spades and which you can acquire with any major, should you take the right classes.
So if you love international relations, want to go to law school but also want to prepare for jobs, go ahead and major in international relations. But then do other things to help yourself:
-Take classes that have rigorous logical reasoning and analysis requirements
-Take classes that will beef up your writing and research skills
-Figure out what skills are in demand in the market and that line up with your interests, and take classes that help you with those
-Do internships in the summer. Start researching them early; visit career services in the early fall of your sophomore year and go to the career fairs. Some internships (including the most competitive ones) start recruiting as early as late September/early October of the fall before the summer they want interns!
-Open your imagination and don’t limit yourself. People do work in international relations across ALL fields. For example, not all the IR jobs are in federal government. Some state and even local governments (think big cities, like New York or LA) may want IR specialists as well. There are lots of nonprofits, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations that have international missions and would need someone with your skill set. And I mean, just think - any sufficiently large business is doing business in other countries and needs people to help them navigate that. So look far and wide when thinking about internships and other opportunities.