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 Vienna Private 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)
  • 30 credits Global Citizenship Program (10 courses)
  • 58 elective credit hours (20 courses)

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Required Courses

Core Courses (mandatory)


* Effective entry term Fall 1, 2016 students are required to write an undergraduate thesis. Students who enrolled before Fall 1, 2016 can chose to either write a thesis (INTL 4700) or take the seminar (INTL 4600). All students require a public defending of their knowledge in order to graduate.

POLT - One of the following:

INTL - One of the following:

HIST - One of the following:


A minimum of 3 elective courses is required, these can either be departmental or general electives.

Department Electives

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


General Electives

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

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 Minor

A minor in International Relations requires 18 credits hours (6 courses) compiled from INTL, POLT, or HIST* course offerings. Of those a minimum of 12 credit hours (4 courses) must be earned from INTL or POLT courses.

*Only applicable to HIST courses offered by the International Relations Department.