BA International Relations

Webster University in Geneva

Program Description

BA International Relations

Webster University in Geneva

BA International Relations

The main degree offered by the International Relations Department is the BA in International Relations. Students have a choice of pursuing the degree with either an emphasis in International Economics or Migration and Refugee Studies, thereby enabling them to gain knowledge and mastery of one of two important sub-fields in international relations. The emphasis also ensures students take enough credit hours in their major to meet the requirements of the Bologna System instituted in Europe since 1999.

Webster Geneva is an ideal place to study international relations. The city of Geneva is home to over 270 international organizations, the largest concentration in the world. Moreover, many of the faculty members have worked or are currently working in international organizations, NGOs, and diplomatic missions. Therefore, students are not only exposed to the theories of international affairs but also its realities and practicalities. The study program is further enhanced by having guest speakers from the various international bodies and field trips to designated agencies. Moreover, the fact that Webster Geneva has faculty and students from over 90 different countries enriches campus life and the study of international affairs at the site.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 42 required credit hours with the Department of History, Politics, & International Relations
  • Study abroad residency requirement of at least one term (eight weeks) outside the United States
  • 12 international language credit hours (or advanced proficiency)
  • Applicable University Global Citizenship Program hours
  • Electives

Courses completed with a grade of D+ or below do not count toward fulfilling the specific course requirements of the major.

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. At least 12 credit hours of upper-level (3000 or above) coursework in the department with an international focus must be completed in addition to methods and overview. Note: In Europe, the research requirement and overview is 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 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.

Special Requirements

With permission of the student's advisor, the following courses offered by other areas of study at Webster University may be applied toward the 42 credit hours required in international relations:

  • HRTS 1100 Introduction to Human Rights (3 hours)
  • ECON 3700 Economics of Development (3 hours)
  • ECON 4910 Comparative Economic Problems (3 hours)
  • JOUR 3080 Global Journalism (3 hours)
  • MNGT 3320 Business Law: International (3 hours)
  • BUSN 4650 International Business (3 hours)

Courses in the emphases (international economics; migration and refugee studies) are also considered pre-approved electives for the INTL major. Qualified students may take selected graduate-level courses in international business and international relations as part of international relations major with permission of the department and the instructor of the course.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 10, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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Feb. 2019
3 - 4 years
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Switzerland - Geneva, Geneva
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