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International Relations and Diplomacy | AA

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  3. Competitive tuition.
  4. Based on your experience and training, fewer credits may be required for completion of an NEC degree program. Fewer credits needed means you’ll earn your degree faster and save money – fewer credits also means lower cost of completion.
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  6. Flexible 7-week terms allow you to concentrate on one class at a time.
  7. AAIRD faculty are scholar-practitioners who work in the foreign policy and diplomacy fields.
  8. New England College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
  9. This program is a stepping stone to our BA and MA in International Relations and Diplomacy.
  10. Our Veteran Affairs Office offers a range of support services, and the College is a designated Yellow Ribbon college with recognition by multiple military-friendly organizations.

Our Associate of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy (AAIRD) program gives you an understanding of the field, which will prepare you for either public or private sector positions in any industry when a grasp of the foreign policy process is desired. Upon completion of our program, you will be well placed for undergraduate level work.

The AAIRD major consists of 24 credits and focuses on building an understanding of the theory, policy, and politics of the field. As an AAIRD student, you will gain an understanding of the intellectual foundations of key foreign policy discussions and how the outcomes affect and are changed by the political process. You will develop analytical and advocacy skills, and will be prepared to enter or continue careers in the public, private, and non-profit foreign policy and national security sectors.

Our program builds and integrates your intellectual interest and experience with small group dialogue and interaction with theoreticians and practitioners in the field. At the heart of this degree program is the value of the experience, the opportunity to network, and apply knowledge developed through the online classroom.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of our AA in International Relations and Diplomacy, you will be able to:

  • Collect information to better understand historical and contemporary issues in international relations and diplomacy.
  • Apply negotiation tools to collaboratively reach consensus and identification of common objectives in diverse populations with diverging interests.
  • Understand the key governmental and non-governmental institutions that formulate and implement foreign policy.
  • Formulate alternative theoretical perspectives to the analysis of international relations and diplomacy.
  • Use research to support writing and communicating effectively in the international relations and diplomacy realms.

All students must meet the general education requirements (28 credits), requirements for the major (24 credits), and general electives (8 credits) to equal 60 credits. For full program layout, including course descriptions, please visit the catalog.

General Electives: Total of 28 credits

All Courses are worth 4 credits

  • WR 1015 – Writing in the Liberal Arts and Sciences I
  • WR 1020 – Writing in the Liberal Arts and Sciences II
  • MT 1100 or MT1010 – Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning or College Algebra
  • LAS Course (choose one from available options)
  • LAS 2 Course (choose one from available options)
  • LAS 3, 4, 5, 6 (choose two from available options)

Major Requirements: Total of 24 credits

All Courses are worth 4 credits

  • PO 1520 – Introduction to International Politics
  • PO 1850 – Introduction to International Relations Theory
  • PO/HSEP 2060 – Research Methods
  • PO 2920 – Economics in a Global Context
  • PO 3450 – US Foreign Policy
  • PO/HSEP 3580 – Global Security

Add 8 credits of General Elective courses. Total credits: 60

Explore our other International Relations degrees!

BA in International Relations and Diplomacy
MA in International Relations


Allyson Goldman
Graduate Admission Counselor