BA International Relations

Students of International Relations are given the opportunity to explore, critique and understand the social, political and economic interactions of our contemporary globalized world. The International Relations Program at Webster University Leiden is designed to prepare students for leadership and service in the international community. Students examine the great political powers, humanitarian issues and the dynamics of the global community using contemporary American and European approaches.

Program Structure: Webster University’s undergraduate programs follow the Liberal Arts system which is designed to provide students with a well-rounded education, and provide a broad background for their future career. Together with our Global Citizenship Program, students will be able to combine areas within their major with electives in other fields, allowing them to gain knowledge in different areas. International relations courses are taught by academics, political scientists, lawyers and ambassadors. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the study abroad possibilities within the Webster system and to pursue internship opportunities. The international nature of the faculty and the student body enriches this academic experience. Students experience international relationships firsthand on campus.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the program, students should:

  •     Be able to demonstrate knowledge of key subfields and theories of International Relations as a discipline.
  • Be able to identify major actors and institutions of international relations and to know their functions.
  • Be able to analyze international issues from perspectives other than their own.
  • Be able to display familiarity with foreign cultures and languages.


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Dr. Islam Qasem
Interim Head of Department of International Relations

Required Courses:

  • POLT 1050 Introduction to International Politics

One of the following:

  • POLT 1070 Introduction to Political Theory
  • INTL 2680 International Relations Theory

One of the following:

  • POLT 1080 Intro to Comparative Politics
  • POLT 1060 Introduction to American Politics
  • POLT 2250 Politics in the Industrialized World
  • POLT 2550 The Politics of th Developing World

One of the following:

  • INTL 2700 Methods of Political Inquiry
  • INTL 2600 Research Methods and Appoaches in Political Science

  • INTL 2030 International Law
  • INTL 1500 The World System Since 1500
  • INTL 3100 International Political Economy
  • POLT 3310 Conduct of Foreign Policy
  • INTL 3700 International Organizations

One of the following:

  • INTL 3800 International Security
  • INTL 3600 Environmental Energy Security

One of the following:

  • HIST 3100 Diplomatic History
  • HIST 3150 International Affairs
  • HIST 3130 History of Human Rights

Plus 3 additional department courses in HIST/INTL/POLT (electives) or ECON 3700/ ECON 4910/ JOUR 3080/ MNGT 3320/ BUSN 4650/ HRTS 1100, and mastery of a Foreign Language (total of 12 credits).


Career Prospects:

  • Graduates of International Relations, through their insight, knowledge and transferrable skills, are prepared for the workforce and a wide range of careers in international agencies, governmental organisations and the global private sector on an international scale.
  • Webster students pursue internships and are provided with valuable opportunities to embark on careers in organizations such as the United Nations network, the OPCW, the Peace Corps, government ministries, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, multinationals and embassies/consulates, or to work as political consultants, lobbyists or journalists.

Key Courses: A degree in International Relations combines both theory and practice, providing a strong theoretical foundation to facilitate an informed and critical exploration of the interaction of states, international organizations and the global economy while further evaluating concepts of human rights, peace and security.

The key features are:

  • International Relations theories
  • Human Rights
  • International Security
  • International Political Economy
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