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International Relations and Diplomacy | BA

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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. BAIRD faculty are scholar-practitioners who work in the foreign policy and diplomacy fields and design our program curriculum.
  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 MA in International Relations and Diplomacy.
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Our Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy (BAIRD) prepares you for opportunities in both the public and private sector, particularly in foreign policy and think tanks, or in any industry where an understanding of the foreign policy process is desirable. Students who successfully complete our BAIRD program are also well-prepared for graduate level work.

The BAIRD major consists of 44 credits and focuses on the intersection between theory, policy, and politics. As a BAIRD 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 graduates are prepared to begin careers and make a difference in the realm of foreign policy, national security, and related fields. The program builds and integrates your intellectual interest and experience with small group dialogue, research, 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 BA in International Relations and Diplomacy, you will be able to:

  • Collect, synthesize, and analyze 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.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of key governmental and non-governmental institutions that formulate and implement foreign policy.
  • Articulate the nuances of national level politics, and how they influence the formulation and implementation of public policy and diplomacy.
  • Formulate alternative theoretical perspectives to the analysis of international relations and diplomacy.
  • Use applied research to support writing and communicating effectively in the international relations and diplomacy realms.

All students must meet the general education requirements (40 credits), requirements for the major (44 credits), and electives (36 credits) to equal 120 credits. For full program layout, including course descriptions, please visit the catalog.

Major Requirements: total of 44 credits

All Courses are worth 4 credits

  • PO 1520 – Introduction to International Politics
  • PO 1920 – Comparative Politics
  • PO 1850 – Introduction to International Relations Theory
  • PO/HSEP 2060 – Research Methods
  • PO 2430 – American Diplomatic History
  • PO 2920 – Economics in a Global Context
  • PO 3450 – US Foreign Policy
  • PO/HSEP 3580 – Global Security
  • PO/HSEP 3910 – Understanding the Causes of Terrorism
  • PO 4220 – International Organizations in a Changing World
  • PO/HSEP 4960 – Senior Thesis

Students who have at least a 3.0 GPA and wish to pursue a Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) graduate degree after completing the undergraduate BAIRD program can enroll in up to 3 of the graduate MAIR courses. These courses can be used toward both the undergraduate degree and meet requirements for the graduate degree. Students interested in pursuing this option should contact the Program Director for approval.

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Allyson Goldman
Graduate Admission Counselor