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Learn about the complex relationships among institutions of international governance.

The international studies degree program at Webster puts the world at your fingertips. As an international studies major, you can personalize your degree with a regional and a thematic concentration, learn a foreign language, and explore another part of the globe through study abroad — all within a four-year undergraduate program. Understanding how cultures and customs are integrated into business, politics and society creates a great foundation for many professionals and students. The international relations curriculum enables students to analyze the legal, historical, socioeconomic and political factors that are key elements in this field of study. Webster's BA in International Relations students also examine the dynamics, structural characteristics and humanitarian issues of the global community.

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BA in International Relations

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International studies draws from classes across the University — from art history to economics to English — to give you a well-rounded understanding of contemporary global issues. You’ll receive language instruction from our expert faculty, many of them native speakers, who infuse culture studies into their language instruction. Webster’s network of global campuses spans three continents, giving you the opportunity to learn about your area of regional concentration from first-hand experience. You’ll graduate with a global framework for exploring and understanding the world and its key issues, preparing you for a wide range of careers and a life as a responsible global citizen.

Choose Webster University

Webster Athens, part of Webster University's global network of international schools, brings the best of American education to Greece. Class sizes are small and our faculty bring real-life knowledge and personal attention to the classroom.


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Program Highlights

The undergraduate international relations major at Webster is designed to help students develop the skills they need to understand and take part in an interconnected world: political awareness, economic understanding, cultural competency and global citizenship.

  • Students personalize their degree with regional and thematic areas of concentration to suit their specific interests.
  • Classes are small and discussion-oriented, and students are individually mentored by their professors and advisors every step of the way.
  • Webster offers instruction from native speakers in over half a dozen different languages.
  • Specialized and general global knowledge, second language skills and significant international experience make international studies graduates extremely competitive in the job market.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • 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.

The 42 credit hours required for the international relations major include the following:

  • INTL 1050/POLT 1050 Introduction to International Relations (3 hours)
  • POLT 1070 Introduction to Political Theory (3 hours)
    or INTL 2680 International Relations Theory (3 hours)
  • POLT 1080 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 hours)
    or POLT 1060 Introduction to American Politics (3 hours)
    or POLT 2250 Politics in the Industrialized World (3 hours)
    or POLT 2550 The Politics of the Developing World (3 hours)
  • INTL 2700 Methods of Political Inquiry (3 hours)
    or POLT 2600 Research Methods and Approaches in Political Science (3 hours)
  • INTL 1500 The World System since 1500 (3 hours)
  • A 2000-level or above HIST course with an international focus (3 hours)
  • Three of the following sub-field courses (9 hours):
    • INTL 2030 International Law (3 hours)
    • INTL 3100 International Political Economy (3 hours)
    • POLT 3310 Conduct of Foreign Policy (3 hours)
    • INTL 3800 International Security (3 hours)
    • INTL 3500 Environmental and Energy Security (3 hours)
    • INTL 3700 International Organizations: Structure and Political Conflict (3 hours)
  • INTL 4000 Research Requirement (to be taken in conjunction with a designated 3000-level or 4000-level course) (0 hours) 
  • INTL 4620 Overview (0-1 hours)
  • INTL/POLT/HIST electives (15 hours, 9 of which must have an international focus)

At least 12 credit hours of upper-level (3000-level or above) coursework in the department with an international focus must be completed in addition to methods and overview. Note: In Athens, the research requirement and overview are satisfied by the seminar course (INTL 4600).

To satisfy the study abroad residency, students may study at one of Webster University’s international campuses or at an approved alternative location. International students who have lived outside of the country of their home campus are exempt from this requirement.

Students are required to have significant international language experience. This requirement can be met by completing the full elementary and intermediary sequence in a single foreign language (usually consisting of four 3-credit hour sequential courses), completing a 3000-level or 4000-level course in a foreign language with a grade of C- or better, 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.

You can get a Minor in International Relations with a required 18 hours in INTL classes at Webster University. Note: Students majoring in political science or international relations are not permitted to double-count courses toward their major and minor requirements.

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Founded in 1915, Webster University is committed to ensuring high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence. In 2014, Webster Athens joined our network to bring the best of American education with the only fully owned and controlled (academically and financially) accredited campus of a U.S. university in Greece.

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