Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy

Political and economic problems today transcend international boundaries. Schiller International University’s International Relations and Diplomacy program equips students with the expertise they need in order to pursue a life in government, business and journalism and at international organizations and law firms, or to continue graduate studies in political science and international relations.

Schiller International University students initially pursue courses of study in liberal arts in order to give them a thorough foundation in history, economics, political science and international relations.

In their final two years of study, students will go on to apply their analytical skills to case studies, debates and on-site visits.

The international relations program equips students with the expertise they need to pursue careers with international organizations, in law, government, business or journalism, and to move onto graduate programs in political science and international relations if desired.

Offered at the following campuses:
Tampa Bay, Paris, Heidelberg, and Madrid.


Click to access the degree program brochure.

Political and economic problems often transcend national boundaries and encompass scientific, technological, cultural and humanitarian concerns. The SIU program in International Relations and Diplomacy prepares student to pursue careers in government, international organizations, law, business, journalism, or for graduate study in political science and related areas. This degree is available at all SIU campuses and through Online Learning.

Graduates of the International Relations and Diplomacy program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of international relations concepts and ideas.
  2. Display competence in oral and written communication as it relates to international relations.
  3. Apply analytical and critical thinking skills to matters related to international relations and diplomacy.
  4. Analyze key issues associated with international organizations, multilateral processes and the non-governmental sector that operate in international politics.
  5. Exhibit appreciation for multiculturalism and global diversity.

Required General Education Courses Credits: 36

Art History

The course is a survey of European painting, sculpture and architecture of the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and of the Romantic Realist and Impressionist periods. The course reviews distinct chronological and cultural periods. Students come to appreciate that art is not necessarily about the artist’s technical finesse, but it is about communicating an idea using visual language.

European History to 1815

The course provides a survey of European history from medieval era to 1815. This course familiarizes students with the mainline political, socio-economic and cultural development in this time period. Religious and military history is covered as well. It also shows students how Europe evolved from the fall of the Roman Empire through the Early Modern era. This course should provide students with general background material, serving as a compliment to their area of concentration or ad an introduction to further work in history or related fields.

College Mathematics

This course reviews basic math fundamentals and introduces the student to concepts what he or she will need in other University courses. This course reviews, reinforces and develops algebraic skills in problem solving as well as functions, analytical geometry, sequences and series and linear programming. As a review of real numbers, the student is presented with methodology to solve linear equations and functional linear applications. The course then moves on to maximization and minimization techniques and probability and statistics. .A variety of practical problems are also introduced.

Applied Mathematics

This course focuses on the reasoning and technical skills necessary for students to become proficient in applying the mathematical concepts and tools of calculus. This course emphasizes the applications of algebra to a variety of fields, including probability, statistics, and finance. It also covers mathematical modeling and set theory.

Introduction to international Relations

This course introduces students to the academic study of all aspects pertaining to the global states-system, the activities of non-state actors, and international organizations across national boundaries. As a branch of political science, International Relations concerns itself primarily with the affairs of the state, including its political systems and political actors. However, politics cuts across all the social sciences. International Relations involves not only philosophical and institutional matters, but also problems of economic, strategic, social, cultural and legal nature. Thus, the dominant feature of the course is presented as an interdisciplinary focus on the constellation of states and the myriad forms of global interdependence and interactions that exist. At center stage is the theoretical assumption of the sovereign equality of independent states. In addition, the study of International Relations as an academic discipline demands the ability to research and analyze sets of complex information from various sources. Hence, the course also aims to furnish entry level students with the terminology, concepts, tools, and confidence required to analyze the underlying course propositions in a more rigorous and systematic fashion. Through the study of concise historical themes, students are introduced to the key debates that function as evidence to bolster the rich academic literature on the subject. The course provides an overall view for understanding the basic origins of the present world system, the linkage between domestic and international politics, patterns of inter-state behavior, influences on foreign policies, and issues of the national interest.

Science and Society

This course looks at society as a whole through the lens of science and ethics. The course introduces the students to social concerns and advancements in technology in the following areas: nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy requirements, production, conservation, population growth, disease prevention, world food shortage, information technology and changing lifestyles and genetic engineering.

General Psychology

The course is an introduction to the scientific study of motivation, perception, meaning, learning, emotions, feelings and the psychological basis of behaviors. This course is meant to help students learn to think like a psychologist and to understand why scientific and critical thinking is so important to everything they do: from the decisions they make in their own lives to being wary of Internet scams, hoaxes and viral panics. The courses examines theories of personality and development, examining Freudian and post Freudian theories of personality, the way in which the brain, neurons and hormones affect psychological functioning, the basic principles of learning and the impact of social and culture on behavior, The course also shows how the mind, body and environment influence emotions, stress and health.

FR101, GE01, SP101
Beginning Foreign Language 1

This is a beginning course for students who wish to learn French. They will be introduced to basic grammar, vocabulary, phonetics and writing. Students will be able to participate simply, but consistently, in topics on everyday personal topics in the present time frame and to handle themselves in basic travel and social situations. By the end of the course the student will be able to manage everyday situations, maintain a simple conversation and read simple texts.

FR102, GE102, SP102
Beginning Foreign Language 2

This is the second of the beginning courses for students who wish to learn French. Using the same French method as FR 101, the course continues to develop the student’s ability to understand, speak and write in French. Students will be able to participate simply, but consistently, in conversations on everyday personal topics and to handle themselves in basic travel and social situations, among others. By the end of the course, students will be able to read non-complex texts and write short compositions.

English Composition: Expository Writing

The course is an overview of grammatical and syntactical elements, paragraphs and theme development. Expository writing is aimed to enhance students’ capacity to formulate, organize, and express thoughts logically, clearly and effectively. Students write short essays and read selected prose models.

EN 112
English: Research and Writing

This course is an overview of grammatical and syntactical elements, paragraphs and thesis development used in academic writing. This course will emphasize academic writing and research. It is aimed to enhance students’ capacity to formulate, organize, and express thoughts logically, clearly and effectively using credible information sources. Students will prepare a significant research paper using a specific series of steps.

Introduction to Political Science

This course introduces students to the universal scope and methods of politics as either (a) an academic discipline, or (b) as an occupation. In practical terms, politics involves the skill, insight and astuteness of a leader or a state official engaged in politics as a career. As an academic field of study, it can be regarded partly as a social science and partly as an art. Although an individual can certainly combine both skills, it is common to our observation, that capability in one of the above does not necessarily imply success in the other. Many able politicians are unable to explain precisely why or how they do what they do. On the other hand, a great number of professional academics, skilled in the research and analysis of the operational mechanisms of the political system, would be a failure if they held political office. Since ancient times, the study and practice of politics has been concerned with power and effective forms of governance. But what seems to work in theory does not always work in practice. This course examines some of the core normative beliefs linked to democratic politics and the legitimate scope of authority upon which consensual power and allegiances rest. It challenges students to reflect on political inputs and outputs, the nature and functioning of institutions and rules, the aims of the same, and their ultimate capacity to promote human welfare and social stability. Students will approach these questions through the comparative study of a range of countries while applying the empirical principles, key concepts and the necessary theoretical frameworks associated with the science of politics.

Required Core Courses Credits:63

IR 341
Concepts of International Relations

This course critically addresses concepts and approaches in international relations and diplomacy such as state sovereignty, state and non-state actors, interests, and levels of analysis as well as such themes and theories as globalization, cultural and economic imperialism, or neocolonialism, hegemony, complex interdependence and other related topics. The role of international public law in fostering interstate regimes and such treaties as the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations in codifying interstate relations will also be addressed. Against the backdrop of such international relations paradigms as realism, liberalism, structuralism and constructivism, the course will also explore geopolitical variables (e.g., climate change, demography, natural resources) in light of their impact issues related to national and collective security.

EC 452
Resources & the Environment

The focus of the course is an in-depth look at the distribution, allocation, and consumption of both renewable and non-renewable resources, as well as the evaluation of the potential environmental problems which can subsequently arise across the globe. Solving current environmental problems can most likely only be achieved by collective action. Examples of issues that will be looked at are- the changing patterns in resource development, the issues of private producer control vs. state-owned enterprises, and the impact of future markets on resource prices and allocations.

EC 457
Economy of Developing Countries

This course aims to provide the student a first understanding of the economic development and actual problems of Third World countries. These findings will be linked with theories that try to explain the economic mal-development and with discussions of practical attempts to escape from its vicious circles. Specific problem areas are analyzed more in depth, among them: questions of population growth, capital demand, foreign trade imbalance, foreign investment, and the agrarian sector.

IR 331
Modern Diplomacy

This course will seek to identify and define major trends and developments in diplomacy in the modern era. US President Ronald Reagan averred that, although “politics is the second oldest profession [;] I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first”. In other words, espionage (politics, diplomacy) is second as a profession only to prostitution in the popular imagination to which President Reagan refers. Whether modern diplomacy starts with the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 and the subsequent international treatises recognizing the sovereignty of states, or whether it starts with the Congress of Vienna in 1815 following the Napoleonic Wars, or with the 14 points of US President Woodrow Wilson following the First World War and the Covenant of the League of Nations will be questions this course interrogates. Modern diplomacy is often defined in terms of “Open covenants of peace, openly arrived at, after which there shall be no private international understandings of any kind but diplomacy shall proceed always frankly and in the public view” (point 1 of Wilson’s 14). This does not mean that the general public should be privy to international negotiations between states and, often, behind closed doors; rather, it means that the voting public, the “sovereign” in democratic states, must be consulted. In other words, modern diplomacy aims to be inclusive, non-discriminatory, transparent, and just. If its heritage lies in espionage, its future lies in full public disclosure. Every state — no matter how small or poor, large or rich — ought to be equal before the international conventions that govern their interaction. This course will explore and scrutinize the emergence of the international conventions that progressively codify diplomatic relations between states in the modern period and give way to modern — inclusive and popular — diplomacy.

IR 335
American Foreign Policy

This course traces the history, evolution, and implementation of American foreign policy. 19th- century doctrines of isolationism and exceptionalism will be explored and scrutinized against the backdrop of such expansionist programs as “manifest destiny”. From the “Monroe Doctrine” and the “Roosevelt Corollary” to the “Truman Doctrine” as well as subsequent and intermittent articulations of presidential prerogative (the lesser-known doctrines of preceding and succeeding US presidents), students will learn to identify and assess the consistencies and inconsistencies in the historical narrative of the rise of the US to a major world power in the early 20th century to a super power following WWII. The role the US has played and plays in the global arena will be extensively explored with an eye to the future.

IR 353
The Political Economy of North-South Relations

The profound and increasing economic divide between North and South will be examined within historical, political, economic, social, and environmental perspectives. Particular attention will be given to investment and trade condition, population, urbanization, poverty and uneven development, the implications of the debt crisis, and social and political instability.

IR 450
Practical Diplomacy

Diplomacy is an essential political activity that enables states to secure the objectives of their foreign policies without resorting to force, propaganda, or by going against the law. Accordingly, diplomacy can be addressed from a variety of perspectives: historical, legal, cognitive, social, or ethical. The objective of this course is to provide students with a theoretical understanding of diplomacy and practical diplomatic skills. Students will explore and analyze the various concepts of diplomacy, contrast and evaluate the historical development of diplomacy from ancient Egypt, Greece and China up until today- examine and compare theoretical explanations about how diplomats have taken decisions- and evaluate how diplomacy has adapted itself to the 21st Century.

IR 481
Selected Topics in International Relations

This course is designed to allow a thorough evaluation and analysis on a specific institution e.g. European Union, NAFTA, Mercosur; a region of the world e.g. Middle East, Africa, South East, South America; or on a topic such as global terrorism, global inequality and poverty, global crime, globalization of disease, or weapons proliferation.

IR 470
International Economic Policies & Institutions

International economics combines the excitement of world events and the incisiveness of economic analysis. This course introduces and critically explores the principal international economic institutions and policies created during and after World War II, the so-called Bretton Woods system. The roles, interests, and functions of the principal private and public players in the development and elaboration of modern financial and political institutions will be critically examined: the World Bank Group and United Nations Development Group, including the International Monetary Fund, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, and such successor institutions as the World Trade Organization. This course will also interrogate the increasingly significant and controversial role of regional institutions and multilateral development banks, such as the European Union or the Asian Infrastructure Development Bank. The role global and regional economic and financial institutions play in the maintenance of the Post World War II interstate system of mutual self-interest and interdependence will be critically evaluated in the context of competing national and international interests in achieving such UN Millennium Development goals as the “Eradication of Poverty.”

PS 370
American Political System

This course examines the politics, principles, and institutions that developed following the declaration of independence of British colonies in North America. This 18th-century North American experiment in constitutional democracy, namely the United States of America, was a milestone in republican governance that set precedents, not only for representative democracy worldwide, but also for the cause of popular “self-determination” and the wider “interstate” system that prevails today in the form of the United Nations. Against the backdrop of such guiding conceits as “American Exceptionalism,” “Manifest Destiny,” and “Manifest Duty”, the course will thus also examine the larger role the American Political System has played and continues to play in the politics and economics of globalization. In exploring and scrutinizing the federalist ethos, it will focus in particular on the tensions between ideals of rugged individualism (President Herbert Hoover), states’ rights, and federal authority. To this end, the course will critically exam the institutions that make up the system of checks and balances, namely, the three branches of government that constitute the separation of powers: the legislative, executive, and judicial.

BA 369
Introduction to Sustainable Development

This course studies the environmental, economic, and social dimensions of sustainable development. Empirical studies are combined with case studies to illustrate the multifaceted variables of sustainability that interface on a global scale. The course includes an examination of the patterns of consumption, production, and distribution of resources. Ethics and social responsibility are addressed.

BA 370
Business Communication

This course introduces the student to the fundamental principles of business communication and prepares students for the communication challenges in the workplace. The course aims to improve the student’s ability to write well-organized, effective business messages, including letters, resumes, memorandums, and reports. Strategies and techniques will be analyzed for communicating in a range of typical business situations. This course includes writing and presentation practice.

BA 384
Behavioral Aspects

This course embraces organizational behavior. Organizational behavior is the multidisciplinary field that seeks knowledge of behavior in organizational settings by systematically studying individual, group and organizational processes. This course focuses on group behavior and the leadership that is necessary to transform human resources into effective organizational entities. It is a subset of overall business administration and management, which emphasizes the theory and practice that relate to individuals interacting in the work environment. Case studies, films and guest speakers may be included.

BA 401
Human Resources Management

All aspects of human resource management including how companies interact with the environment, acquire, prepare, develop, and compensate employees, and design and evaluate work, can help companies meet their competitive challenge and create value. Meeting challenges is necessary to create value and to gain a competitive advantage. This course familiarizes students with the activities of a human resources (HR) manager and the specific problems of managing a workforce in today’s competitive environment. The course addresses the global, new economy, stakeholder, and work system challenges that influence a company’s ability to successfully meet the needs of the shareholders, customer, employees, and other stakeholders.

BA 437
Multinational Enterprise

This course is designed to keep students knowledgeable about cultural, legal, political, and social differences among countries so they can be informed employees in the global workplace. The course uses case studies to explore how firms address cultural, legal and technological differences among countries. International trade and investment conflicts, natural and man-made disasters, as well international trade statistics, exchange rates, expatriate costs of living and political unrest is also explored.

GEB 1350
Introduction to International Business

This course is developed to help students become better employees, more informed consumers, and/or more successful business owners in an international environment. The course is designed to help students understand the various aspects of the global business environment including organizational administration, employment opportunities available in a career in business as well as what is required to be a successful employee including the knowledge, skills and abilities to work in a culturally diverse, global workforce. Interpersonal, analytical, technical and conceptual skills necessary to be successful managers are reviewed. Some discussion around small business owners and entrepreneurship is introduced in this course. A basic understanding of international business will help students invest in the future and become informed consumers by analyzing issues such as financial structures and financing, stocks, mutual funds and other alternatives to investing in the global business environment. Other topics addressed in this course include patterns of international trade and multinational business operations.

ECO 2013
Principles of Microeconomics

This course will explore individual economic choices and how markets coordinate the choices of various decision makers. Microeconomics explains how price and quantity are determined in individual markets. Economists use scientific analysis to develop theories or models that explain economic behavior. Throughout the course the concern will be in developing an economic relation that can be expressed in words, represented as a table of quantities, described by a mathematical equation or illustrated by a graph. The course will introduce various market systems, public policy and how the market affects international economics in terms of international trade, international finance and economic development.

ECO 2023
Principles of Macroeconomics

This course will explore the performance of the economy as a whole. Whereas microeconomics studies the individual pieces, macroeconomics puts all the pieces together to look at the big picture. Throughout the course the concern will be in developing an economic relation that can be expressed in words, represented as a table of quantities, described by a mathematical equation or illustrated by a graph. The course will examine the fundamental of macroeconomics, fiscal and monetary policy, and international economics.

Cross Cultural Communications

This course will explore the different cultural norms at play when people interact. It is an introduction to the various factors which affect communication, particularly in an international context. The course will explore the relationship between the discipline of cultural anthropology, its central concept of culture and the conduct of global business. The course will present a number of different models for understanding cultural differences, including contrasting values and metaphors to help students appreciate how people from different cultures view the world from the perspective of their own cultural assumptions and how culture affects thinking and behavior. Emphasis is placed on building and maintains relationships through verbal and nonverbal communication. The course will also examine three functional processes critical to success in conducting global business: negotiating, partnering and managing.

Public Speaking

This course provides an introduction to public speaking. Often listed as the number one fear of employees, this course provides a systematic system for success in public speaking. The focus is on preparing, organizing and presenting an effective and professional speech.


A capstone course is required of all bachelor degree candidates. The Capstone is a multi-disciplinary course designed by the student, approved by an Academic Counselor, and completed The course examines the strategic process and implementation of successful strategies in the highly competitive and dynamic global environment. Analyzes the impact of technology, government policy, and world economic and political forces on strategy formulation and execution. This course is the capstone course for the programs. Analytic, integrative, and decision-making skills will be exercised through the use of case analysis and decision making that will involve the core business functions, leadership challenges, and global operations.

Elective Courses:21

ACG 2001
Accounting I

Accounting is called the language of business because all organizations set up an accounting information system to communicate data to help people make better decisions. This course deals with basic accounting such as analyzing, recording and processing transactions. Ethics is also included.

ACG 2011
Accounting II

Accounting is called the language of business because all organizations set up an accounting information system to communicate data to help people make better decisions. This course deals with in-depth discussion of long-lived assets, bonds, stockholders’ equity, etc.; and introduces cost accounting concepts, analysis of financial statements, and income taxes. Ethics is also included.

MAR 2011
Principles of Marketing

Top marketers share a common goal: putting the consumer at the heart of the market. Today’s marketing is about creating customer value and building profitable customer relationships This course introduces students to the concept and techniques of marketing in the business setting. Marketing starts with understanding consumer needs and wants, determining which target markets the organization can best serve, and developing a compelling value proposition by which the organization can attract and grow valued customers. The course provides practical examples and applications, showing the major decisions that marketing manager’s face day to day.

BA 427
Marketing Management

This course embraces holistic marketing. Holistic marketing is the development, design and implementation of marketing programs, processes and activities that recognize the breadth and interdependencies of today’s marketing environment. This course looks at strategic marketing management concepts and their application. Includes the critical role of marketing in organizational performance, market-oriented strategic planning, the application of online marketing, and the development of marketing programs to meet the needs of today’s organization.

EC 455 **
International Trade & Finance

This course will cover such topics as the major theories which seek to explain the patterns of international trade, the reasons for and the attempts to overcome barriers to free trade, the mechanisms for international payments, and the various systems via which exchange rates are determined or influenced. There will also be some discussion of the major international institutions influencing trade, payments and exchange rates, as well as the role of international investment and the multinational corporation.

PSY 376
Industrial Psychology

This course is an introduction to the main concepts in psychology applicable to “industry” and “employment.” Industrial/organizational psychology is the science of people at work and it is the application of psychological principles of organizational and work settings. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor listed industrial/organizational psychology as one of the most rapidly growing occupations. Many topics are covered in this class, ranging from methods of hiring employees to theories of how organizations work. The course is concerned with helping organizations get the most from their employees as well as helping organizations take care of employee health, safety and well-being.

IT 103 **
Applications of Computers

This course acquaints students with the four major applications of computers in business: word processing, databases, spreadsheets and presentation software using Microsoft Office. The course concentrates ion the fundamentals as it is a “hands on” course. A basic view of the operational software, Windows and an introduction to Internet Explorer is also part of this course. The course finished with an introduction to web page creation.

EN 490
Intercultural Communication

This course addressed the ways in which social structuring, social assumptions, and intercultural language usage bears on interactions between members of different cultures. This course is the culmination of foundational principles presented in the core General Education coursework expressed in terms of intercultural contexts. The emphasis is on interdisciplinary activities in the fields of communication, sociology, psychology, technology, and research. Students employ critical thinking and analytical skills to evaluate and integrate diverse ideas within various cultural backgrounds.

HI 226
European History: Napoleonic Period to Present

The course provides a survey of European history from Napoleonic Period to Present. This course familiarizes students with the mainline political, socio-economic and cultural development in this time period. Religious and military history is covered as well. It also shows students how Europe evolved from the fall of the Roman Empire through the Early Modern era. This course should provide students with general background material, serving as a compliment to their area of concentration or ad an introduction to further work in history or related fields.

BA 439
International Business Policy

This course takes an In-depth look at the multinational corporation as it operates and competes in the international business environment. The emphasis on organizational and administrative policies of the multinational company and their development and importance of structuring these aspects of the corporation to suit the international environment in which it operates. Examines the development of the functional skills of planning, financing, marketing and personnel management unique to the international company. The analysis of major international organizations provides current information on how these companies operate and relate theory to actual practices.

BA 469
Entrepreneurship & New Venture

This course is designed to follow the entrepreneurial process. The entrepreneurial process has four distinct phases including identification and evaluation of the opportunity, development of the business plan, and determination of the required resources and management of the resulting enterprise. This course takes a disciplined and practical look at the entrepreneur and small business enterprise. Characteristics of the entrepreneur; rewards and pitfalls of new businesses; basic planning techniques for new successful business venture and ending that venture are among the areas explored in this course.

EC 352
Economic Geography

This course examines the economic activity and production as a function of geographical location.
It uses economic models to explain how economic activities are located, looks at primary, secondary and tertiary production; services; a comparative analysis of global demography; rise and roles of the city and the metropolis; effects of technology; national, regional and strategic political and commercial alignments and realignments; natural resources; less developed, more developed, and developing countries, core and periphery, multinational cooperation and the global village.

IR 370 **
Writing for Foreign Affairs

The course explores various types of diplomatic and political writing, including political analysis papers, position papers, spot reports, cables, press releases as well as diplomatic signaling and, in general, the use of language in diplomacy. In the process of examining and analyzing various forms of diplomatic correspondence and discourse, students will also explore current debates related to confidentiality and privacy, diplomatic immunities and privileges in the modern era of “open” and “transparent” public diplomacy. The role of the media and the internet in diplomatic discourse will also be addressed.

FR201, GE201, SP201
Intermediate Foreign Language 1 or any 200-400 electives

This course aims at giving students an intermediate level in spoken and written French. They are taught complex grammar and vocabulary, reinforced with the use of audio and video to improve their listening comprehension.

FR202, GE202, SP202
Intermediate Foreign Language 2 or any 200-400 level electives

This course aims at giving students an upper intermediate level in spoken and written French. They are taught complex grammar and vocabulary, reinforced with the use of films to improve their listening comprehension.
Total Credits: (** Required if taking the Roehampton Degree)120

Become a student of the world at Schiller International University! Contact us today for more information about how you can earn an International Relations and Diplomacy Bachelor degree!

Don’t wait. Contact Schiller International University today!