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 Core Courses and Cluster Courses). 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 120 credit hours consisting of the following:


Core Courses (mandatory)

  • INTL 1050 Introduction to International Relations (3 credit hours)
  • INTL 1500 The World Since 1500 (3 credit hours)
  • INTL 2030 International Law (3 credit hours)
  • INTL 2680 International Relations Theory (3 credit hours)
    Prerequisite: INTL 1050
  • INTL 2700 Methods of Political Inquiry (3 credit hours)
    Prerequisite: INTL 1050 or simultaneously with INTL 1050
  • INTL 3100 International Political Economy (3 credit hours)
    Prerequisite: INTL 1050, INTL 2700, ECON 2030
  • INTL 3700 International Organizations (3 credit hours)
    Prerequisite: INTL 1050, INTL 2700
  • POLT 1070 Introduction to Political Theory (3 credit hours)
  • POLT 3310 Conduct of Foreign Policy (3 credit hours)
    Prerequisite: INTL 1050
  • SOCI 2750 Introduction to Measurement (3 credit hours)
    Prerequisite: MATH 1430 or STAT 1100
  • ECON 2030 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credit hours)
    Prerequisite (IR students only): MATH 1430 or STAT 1100

Cluster Courses

POLT - One of the following:

  • POLT 1080 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 credit hours)
  • POLT 2250 Politics in the Industrialized World (3 credit hours)
    Prerequisite: INTL 1050
  • POLT 2550 The Politics of the Developing World (3 credit hours)
    Prerequisite: INTL 1050

Any of these not used to satisfy the POLT Cluster requirement may be counted as an elective course.

INTL - One of the following:

  • INTL 3500 Environmental and Energy Security (3 credit hours)
    Prerequisite: INTL 1050, INTL 2700
  • INTL 3800 International Security (3 credit hours)
    Prerequisite: INTL 1050, INTL 2700

Any of these not used to satisfy the INTL Cluster requirement may be counted as an elective course.

HIST - One of the following:

  • HIST 3100 Diplomatic History (3 credit hours)
    Prerequisite: INTL 1050, INTL 2700
  • HIST 3130 History of Human Rights (3 credit hours)
    Prerequisite: INTL 1050, INTL 2700
  • HIST 3150 International Affairs (3 credit hours)
    Prerequisite: INTL 1050, INTL 2700

Any of these not used to satisfy the HIST Cluster requirement may be counted as an elective course.

Undergraduate Thesis

All major requirements and a minimum of 116 credit hours must be completed prior to registering for the thesis. More information about the Undergraduate Thesis can be found here.

  • INTL 4700 Senior Thesis (4 credit hours)*
    Prerequisite: Senior standing or Department Head permission

* 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 INTL 4600 International Relations Seminar (3 credit hours).

Electives

Department Electives

Any of the above not used to satisfy core/cluster course requirements, or any other HIST/INTL/POLT courses, such as:

  • POLT 1550 Introduction to Political Argumentation and Debate (3 credit hours)
  • POLT 3650 Internship (3 credit hours)
  • INTL 2100 Model U.N. (3 credit hours)
  • HIST 2020 Topics in Modern European History (3 credit hours)
  • HIST 2230 The Age of Total War: Europe 1890-1945 (3 credit hours)
  • HIST 2240 Contemporary Europe: 1945-Present (3 credit hours)

OR

Non-INTL/HIST/POLT ELECTIVES (General Electives)

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

  • HRTS 1100 Introduction to Human Rights (3 credit hours)
  • ECON 3700 Economics of Development (3 credit hours)
    Prerequisite: INTL 1050, INTL 2700, ECON 2030, INTL 3100
  • ECON 4910 Comparative Economic Problems (3 credit hours)
    Prerequisite: ECON 3700
  • BUSN 4650 International Business (3 credit hours)
    Prerequisite: INTL 2690
  • MNGT 3320 Business Law: International (3 credit hours)
    Prerequisite: INTL 1050, INTL 2030
  • JOUR 3080 Global Journalism (3 credit hours)
  • Other courses not listed here must be pre-approved by the Department Head

 

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.