B.A. in International Relations: Extended Major

General

Program Description

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The Bachelor of Arts in International Relations: Extended Major is a 3-year, internationally accredited program offering a modern and interdisciplinary education in international relations. You will earn a globally recognized American and European B.A. degree.

The B.A. in International Relations: Extended Major program at Anglo-American University is delivered by a faculty of experts from all over the world that bring years of professional experience to the classroom. Students can expect to gain a solid background in theoretical and philosophical concepts as well as an understanding of international and domestic politics. 

The curriculum offers a balanced mix of courses on political and international relations theory, philosophy, economy, and history which is complemented by a range of skills-oriented courses in writing and research or classes increasing proficiency in foreign languages.

“AAU makes networking incredibly easy to do. I was able to participate in various events that don’t necessarily connect to my coursework—conferences, literature festivals, debates, lectures, etc. AAU has helped me and my club get in touch with event-organizers, which, for example, allowed us to host an event during the Festival of Democracy organized by the famous Forum 2000 conference.”
Veronika Bartáková, IR student, President of Diplomatic Club

Beyond the classroom, you can join student clubs like Diplomacy or Model UN, practice your debate skills at a faculty-student debate or discuss current political issues with professors and local experts at an event like ‘Professors in the Pub’.

AAU’s Career Center also connects students with numerous professional internships in the Czech Republic and abroad every year.

Program Structure

International Relations: Extended Major is a 3-year study program. To graduate, students must accumulate 90 US credits (180 ECTS credits) by completing 30 courses.

This program does not include a specific concentration, instead, students are required to take more major courses which allow for more choice of electives. 

General Education Module
  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Computer Information Systems

One course from the following:

  • World History II
  • European History II

One course from the following:

  • Intro to Sociology
  • Intro to Economic Thought
Major Module
  • Introduction to Politics (Politics I)
  • POS 201 Political Philosophy I
  • IRS 101 Introduction to International Organizations
  • POS 204 Nations and Nationalism
  • IRS 200 Introduction to International Relations
  • IRS 250 Political Geography
  • IRS 251 History of the Cold War 

One course from the following:

  • POS 240 Social Sciences Research Methods/International Relations Research Methods/History of European Integration/Global Security/Political Economy

On top of that students are also required to complete the Thesis Seminar, Internship, and Thesis module.

IR Electives Module

Students can choose 5 elective courses offered by the School of International Relations & Diplomacy.

Open Electives Module

Students can choose 5 elective courses offered by the School of International Relations & Diplomacy as listed below or electives offered by any other school at AAU.

School of International Relations & Diplomacy Electives
  • French I/German I/Spanish I or Russian I
  • French II/German II/Spanish II or Russian II.
  • American Foreign Policy in Film
  • British Foreign Policy
  • Central European History
  • Culture Wars in the West: Politics of the Digital Era
  • Democracy in the USA
  • Democratization and Survival of Autocrats 
  • Editorial Cartoons in Political and Social Science
  • (The) Emergence of the Modern Middle East
  • Germany in the 20th Century
  • Global Governance
  • Human Rights
  • Islam and the West
  • (The) Legacies of Totalitarianism: Post-Totalitarian Europe
  • Non-Violent Conflict: Theory and Application
  • Political Parties and Party Systems
  • Russian Foreign Policy
  • Sustainable Development: From Global Vision to Meaningful Practice
  • Terrorism in Global Politics
  • US – UK Special Relationship
  • US in Global Politics (in the Age of Trump)
  • US National Security Policy

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Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the B.A. in International Relations can expect to:

  • Discuss and debate basic theories, levels of analysis and empirical evidence used in relevant scholarly literature.
  • Apply theory to compare and contrast the meanings and functions of political institutions in different political systems and explain the outcomes and performance of political processes.
  • Apply theory to understand the workings of the global economy, and to assess the role of businesses, governments, and international organizations.
  • Apply theory to understand history and current events in international relations.
  • Apply theory to understand European integration history, institutions, and policy.

Career Prospects

AAU graduates thrive in multinational environments and are able to communicate professionally in English to international audiences. As a graduate of this degree program, you will be well equipped to continue your studies or pursue a global career in areas such as: 

  • Diplomacy 
  • Cultural Management 
  • Social Research and Publishing
  • Reporting and Administration
  • Public Service
  • Humanitarian Government or NGO’s

Admissions

Αnglo-American University offers a wide range of undergraduate programs across five different schools as well as in cooperation with international partners. You can enter AAU as a first year student or if you have credits that are transferable, you can apply as a transferring student. The process of application is straight forward and a dedicated admission counselor is always available to assist you and answer any questions you might have.

Decide which program suits you best

The first step is to decide on the program you would like to study. Currently, we offer 108 (sic!) undergraduate programs across six schools including the combined Global Degree Program we deliver in cooperation with Kent State University, USA.

Prepare and collect required documents

Once you decide on the program of your choice it is time to prepare the documents. You will be able to upload them directly via the AAU Application Portal once you start your application.

  • High School Diploma
  • High School Transcript
  • English Language Exam Results
  • CV/Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Copy of Passport / ID
  • Passport Size Photo
  • *For Transferring Students
    Please note that the transcript must be sent directly from your university in a sealed envelope.
Apply

In order to apply please register and submit an online application via the AAU Application Portal. There is a non-refundable CZK 2,000 application fee which can be submitted online through the portal. You will be also able to submit all required documents directly through the portal.

Prepare for an Interview

Once your application is reviewed by the admissions counselor, an interview with the Dean/Assistant Dean of the school you are applying to will be conducted. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about Anglo-American University, but also for the Dean’s Office to learn more about you. The interview can be carried either online or in person.

Wait for Final Decision

The Admissions Office will notify you through e-mail on the outcome of your application one week from the date of your interview.

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