Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Relations

For more information on the International Relations Program, please see the International Relations Department page.

Degree Requirements 

42 Required credit hours in the Major (14 courses)
27 General Education credit hours (9 courses)
59 Elective credit hours (20 courses)

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.

Required Courses

Core Courses
POLT
1050
Introduction to International Politics
3 CR
POLT 2600 Research Methods and Approaches in Political Science 3 CR
Prerequisite: POLT 1050 or simultaneously with POLT 1050
One of the following:
POLT
1070 Introduction to Political Theory  3 CR
INTL 2680 International Relations Theory 3 CR
Prerequisite: POLT 1050
One of the following:
POLT
1080 Introduction to Comparative Politics
3 CR
POLT 1060 Introduction to American Politics 3 CR
POLT 2250 Politics in the Industrialized World 3 CR
Prerequisite: POLT 1050 and Sophomore Standing
POLT 2550 The Politics of the Developing World 3 CR
Prerequisite: POLT 1050 and Sophomore Standing
Both of the following: (will be counted as general non-department elective)
ECON
 
2020
Principles of Microeconomics
3 CR
ECON 2030 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 CR
Prerequisite: ECON 2020
One of the following:
INTL
3800 International Security  3 CR
Prerequisite: POLT 1050, POLT 2600, ECON 2030, INTL 3100
INTL 3500 Environmental and Energy Security 3 CR
Prerequisite: POLT 1050, POLT 2600, ECON 2030, INTL 3100
One of the following:
HIST
3100 Diplomatic History
3 CR
Prerequisite: POLT 1050, POLT 2600, or 6hrs HIST
HIST 3150 International Affairs 3 CR
Prerequisite: POLT 1050, POLT 2600, or 6hrs HIST
HIST 3130 History of Human Rights 3 CR
Prerequisite: POLT 1050, POLT 2600, or 6hrs HIST
Each of the following:
INTL
1500 The World Since 1500
3 CR
INTL 2030 International Law 3 CR
Prerequisite: POLT 1050
INTL 3100 International Political Economy 3 CR
Prerequisite: POLT 1050, POLT 2600, ECON 2030
POLT 3310 Conduct of Foreign Policy 3 CR
Prerequisite: POLT 1050
INTL 3700 International Organizations 3 CR
Prerequisite: POLT 1050, POLT 2600
INTL 4600 International Relations Seminar 3 CR
Prerequisite: Senior standing or Department Head permission
INTL 4620 Senior Overview (Final Semester/Term) ** 0 CR

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

Electives

Department Electives -- ANY of the above or any other HIST/INTL/POLT courses, such as:
INTL 3220 Current European and American Diplomatic Issues 3 CR
Prerequisite: POLT 1050, POLT 2600
INTL 2690 Multinational Corporations 3 CR
Prerequisite: POLT 1050, POLT 2600, INTL 3100, ECON 2030
The following courses offered by other area of study may be applied as electives:
HRTS
1100 Introduction to Human Rights
3 CR
ECON 3700 Economics of Development 3 CR
Prerequisite: POLT 1050, POLT 2600, ECON 2030, INTL 3100
ECON 4910 Comparative Economic Problems 3 CR
Prerequisite: ECON 3700
BUSN 4650 International Business 3 CR
Prerequisite: INTL 2690
MNGT 3320 Business Law: International 3 CR
Prerequisite: INTL 1050, INTL 2030
JOUR 3080 Global Journalism 3 CR

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

  • History
    18 credits in history.
  • International Relations
    18 credits in international relations.
  • Political Science
    18 credits in political science.