At Carroll, International Relations (IR) is an interdisciplinary program that draws together insights from many academic fields. IR students learn to connect issues in theory, and they also go out to build connections through study abroad and internship programs. Our success in training students who go on to work as foreign service officers speaks to the strength of the program. Our interdisciplinary approach exemplifies the benefits of the liberal arts model of a broad education. In studying some of the biggest issues facing humanity, we also challenge students to connect academic insights with questions of ultimate values, and to put these values into practice by learning with and from diverse others.
History of Humanitarianism
The current practice of humanitarianism is of unprecedented size and scale, but it is built on the foundations laid by pioneers over a hundred years ago. Since the beginning, it has been critiqued as naïve, open to self-interest, colonial in its practices, and sometimes doing more harm than good.