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2023 International Relations and Affairs Popularity

There are about 27,284 students enrolled in International Relations and Affairs in the USA.

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International relations and affairs is the 48th most popular degree in America, with 9,868 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #49 Fine Art, and narrowly lost to #47 Health and Fitness.

The degree is offered at a total of 380 colleges across the nation, and is the 60th most widely offered degree. Given that international relations and affairs is offered at 44% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America, you can be sure this is a critical degree and the skillsets acquired are likely to last for a long time.

It is also worth noting that 36% of colleges offering international relations and affairs are public making it a relatively inaccessible field.

The southeast produces the most international relations and affairs graduates, largely led by Florida International University, while it’s the Atlantic 10 Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, District of Columbia ranks highest, with particular help from American University and George Washington University.

All that being said, no individual school produces more international relations and affairs graduates than Troy University, which graduated 647 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study international relations and affairs). More students studied international relations and affairs as a percentage of total students at American University than any other college.

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