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The Chevalier interdepartmental major in Diplomacy and World Affairs (DWA) provides an opportunity for students to prepare for a broad spectrum of careers in international relations. Recognizing the variety of goals of such internationally-oriented students, the major cuts across several related disciplines. Offerings in the departments of Asian Studies, Critical Theory – Social Justice, Economics, History, Politics, Religious Studies, and Urban and Environmental Policy can supplement the core courses offered by the DWA department itself.

The Chevalier Program was established in 1957 by the late Mrs. Stuart Chevalier to honor the memory of her husband, a distinguished lawyer and pioneer leader on behalf of the United Nations, who for 19 years served as a member of Occidental’s Board of Trustees. The program is one of the few undergraduate interdisciplinary majors in international relations offered by an institution the size of Occidental.

OCCIDENTAL-AT-THE-UNITED NATIONS: DWA students are strongly encouraged to participate in study and research programs abroad and on Occidental's UN program in New York. Students interested in this rich array of opportunities should work with an advisor to plan their curriculum to include language and other prerequisite courses as early as possible

CAREERS: Opportunities of interest to DWA graduates include service with U.S. government agencies, such as the Department of State and the Foreign Service, the Peace Corps, the Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of Defense, and Central Intelligence Agency, as well as careers with the United Nations or one of its affiliated agencies, and in the non-governmental organization (NGO) community. Students also have an opportunity to prepare themselves for work in the general fields of international business and banking, law, or the academic world. -- Occidental College Course Catalog


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