Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Relations

Program Description

Whether you want to work in government, a global corporation, academia, or a nongovernmental organization, a degree in International Relations opens many doors. You will learn how to do rigorous and structured research, how to understand and explain a comprehensive range of international relations issues and how to develop scholarly analysis as well as how to apply it. You can specialize in different fields such as European integration studies, Asian security studies, energy politics, terrorism or international law, just to mention a few. Our international classrooms, with students and faculty from all around the world, enhance the different political and cultural discussions leading to a better understanding in the field of International Relations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of key subfields and theories of international relations as a discipline.
  • Identify major actors and institutions of international relations and know their functions.
  • Analyze international issues from perspectives other than their own.
  • Display familiarity with foreign cultures and languages.

Degree Requirements

Students are required to complete 42 credit hours within the department, including methods, a research requirement (fulfilled by taking the seminar, senior thesis, or a designated upper-division course), and senior overview. A minimum of 18 credit hours of International Relations at Webster University is required.

Students are required to have significant international language experience. This requirement can be met by taking 12 sequential credit hours in an international language or by passing an advanced-level proficiency examination. This requirement will be waived for students whose native language is not English and who are studying in English. Their mastery of English as a second language fulfills the requirement.

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 42 required credit hours in the Major (14 courses)
  • 27 credits Global Citizenship Program (9 courses)
  • 59 elective credit hours (20 courses)

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Required Courses

Core Courses

One of the following:

One of the following:

The following (will be counted as general non-department elective):

One of the following:

One of the following:

Each of the following:

*) all students require a public defending of their knowledge in order to graduate


Department Electives

Any of the above or any other HIST/INTL/POLT courses, such as:

The following courses offered by other areas of study may be applied as electives:

At least 12 of the 36 required credits  must be upper-level courses (3000 or above) with an international focus.

HIST 1800 may not be used to satisfy the 42-credit-hour requirement in international relations. Teacher certification courses (HIST 3800 and HIST 3810) may not be used to satisfy the upper-level coursework or practicum requirement. A maximum of 3 credit hours of individualized learning experiences (INDZ), practicum, or debate may be applied to total upper-level coursework. A maximum of 6 credit hours of INDZ, practicum, or debate may apply to the total 42 credit hours.

International Relations Minors