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International Relations and Global Security

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Global Security analyzes the nature of modern global relationships and provides you with an improved understanding of diplomacy, foreign policy analysis, international organizations, global development, and international relations theory. This online bachelor’s degree explores the interconnectedness of global economies, societies, and cultures. You will focus on civic engagement and social responsibility while developing broad critical thinking skills in politics, economics, culture, and history. This online program provides an excellent foundation for careers in government agencies, the diplomatic service, international organizations, world trade and finance, and international media careers.

Program Courses

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Distinguish the political, economic, social, and security theories, methods, and historic patterns of international relations as applied to contemporary issues and actors within the world system.
  • Explain the process and implications of interdependence among individuals, groups, states, and regions in the context of globalization.
  • Analyze the theories, assumptions, and causes of conflict within international systems as related to the institutions of international law, diplomacy, and world order, including the prospects for sustainable peace.
  • Assess the unique principles, structure, organization, and impact of international organizations and other non-state actors within the international system of states.
  • Evaluate the multidimensional effects of globalization and integration as applied to issues in human security, conflict resolution, and sustainable economic development.

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Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

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Asian Studies

Students in this concentration undertake an in-depth examination of issues that affect the Asian community and will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the history, essential tenets, and central practices of different cultures within various Asian societies.
  • Explain the historical, sociological, economic, geographic, political, and defense factors as they relate to current events within Asia.
  • Discuss the key issues that lie ahead for Asian relations within the regions, but externally as well.
  • Assess the ethnic, tribal, cultural, and religious divides that exist in Asia and their impact on internal and regional stability.

IRLS300

Comparative Political Systems

IRLS310

Introduction to Human Security

IRLS392

Globalization and the Market Economy

IRLS412

Comparative Foreign Policy

IRLS331

Asian Politics

HIST230

History of East Asia

IRLS213

Political Geography

TLMT442

International Trade and Regulations

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Comparative Politics

Students in this concentration undertake an in-depth examination of cross-national analysis. Students will learn how to think about politics in systematic and comparative terms by focusing on the domestic politics in a variety of countries and will be able to:

  • Comprehend the roles of various actors in the development and implementation of both domestic and international policy.
  • Explore the political history, social background, culture, and institutions of various countries.
  • Identify the various manifestations of globalization and its impact on various public policies as they relate to cultural, economic, political, and social institutions.

IRLS300

Comparative Political Systems

IRLS322

African Politics

IRLS392

Globalization and the Market Economy

IRLS412

Comparative Foreign Policy

IRLS213

Political Geography

IRLS343

Government and Security of Russia

IRLS344

European Politics

IRLS355

Latin American Politics

IRLS460

Government & Security in the Middle East

IRLS463

Arab-Israeli Conflict: Contemp. Politics & Dipl.

IRLS331

Asian Politics

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European Studies

Students in this concentration undertake an in-depth examination of issues that affect the European community and will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the history, essential tenets, and central practices of different cultures within various European societies.
  • Explain the historical, sociological, economic, geographic, political, and defense factors as they relate to current events within Europe.
  • Discuss the key issues that lie ahead for European relations within the regions, but externally as well.
  • Assess the ethnic, tribal, cultural, and religious divides that exist in Europe and their impact on internal and regional stability.

IRLS300

Comparative Political Systems

IRLS344

European Politics

IRLS392

Globalization and the Market Economy

IRLS412

Comparative Foreign Policy

FREN100

French I

IRLS343

Government and Security of Russia

IRLS416

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

IRLS213

Political Geography

FREN101

French II

GERM100

German I

GERM101

German II

RUSS100

Russian I

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Globalization and Human Security

Students in this concentration undertake an in-depth examination of security in all its forms. Students will learn how to think about security as more than protecting the nation state from external threats. By focusing on myriad threats faced by individuals and communities, students will develop a thorough understanding of security as a complex web of economic, environmental, food, health, personal, community, and political dimensions and will be able to:

  • Identify the major security threats and opportunities facing the global civil society.
  • Describe the interconnected political, social, cultural, and economic forces that affect human security.
  • Analyze the various methods designed to increase human security.
  • IRLS310

    Introduction to Human Security

    IRLS400

    Human Rights

    IRLS405

    National and Transnational Justice

    IRLS409

    Environmental Security

    INTL411

    International Criminal Organizations

    INTL451

    Terrorism and U.S. National Security

    IRLS413

    International Conflict Resolution

    IRLS417

    International Civil Order

    IRLS414

    Principles of Peacekeeping

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    International Studies

    Students in this concentration undertake an in-depth examination of international and transnational issues that affect the global community as a whole and nation-states as individual entities and will be able to:

    • Comprehend various theories about the nature of conflict and cooperation in the post-Cold War era.
    • Explore the norms and purposes of international structures and regimes.
    • Identify the various manifestations of globalization and its impact on various political, economic and social systems.

    IRLS392

    Globalization and the Market Economy

    IRLS413

    International Conflict Resolution

    INTL434

    Threat Analysis

    INTL411

    International Criminal Organizations

    SCMT319

    Global Terrorism

    IRLS400

    Human Rights

    IRLS405

    National and Transnational Justice

    INTL451

    Terrorism and U.S. National Security

    IRLS491

    Special Topics in International Relations

    IRLS417

    International Civil Order

    TLMT442

    International Trade and Regulations

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    Latin American Studies

    Students in this concentration will undertake an in-depth examination of issues that affect the Latin American community and will be able to:

    • Compare and contrast the history, essential tenets, and central practices of different cultures within various Latin American societies.
    • Explain the historical, sociological, economic, geographic, political, and defense factors as they relate to current events within Latin America.
    • Discuss the key issues that lie ahead for Latin American relations within the regions, but externally as well.
    • Assess the ethnic, tribal, cultural, and religious divides that exist in Latin America and their affect on internal and regional stability.

    IRLS300

    Comparative Political Systems

    IRLS355

    Latin American Politics

    IRLS392

    Globalization and the Market Economy

    IRLS412

    Comparative Foreign Policy

    HIST360

    History of Latin America

    IRLS310

    Introduction to Human Security

    IRLS213

    Political Geography

    SPAN100

    Spanish I

    SPAN101

    Spanish II

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    Peacekeeping

    Students in this concentration undertake an in-depth study of the principles and foundations of peace operations within the context of international and regional mechanisms. The student gains valuable insight into the skills necessary to step into international incidents between countries and among peacemakers to assist in the resolution of difficult problems and will be able to:

    • Understand the nature of conflict and diplomatic negotiations in the post-Cold War era.
    • Identify the evolving theory and practices of United Nations peacekeeping operations.
    • Describe the role of UN and regional peacekeeping initiatives in specific peace-building, peacemaking, and peace-keeping operations in conflict areas.

    IRLS310

    Introduction to Human Security

    IRLS405

    National and Transnational Justice

    IRLS414

    Principles of Peacekeeping

    IRLS415

    Peacekeeping Logistics

    MILH422

    History of Peacekeeping: 1988-Present

    IRLS409

    Environmental Security

    IRLS416

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

    IRLS413

    International Conflict Resolution

    IRLS417

    International Civil Order

    Admission Requirements

    • All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
    • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
    • There is no fee to complete the APU admission application. View steps to apply.

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    Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

    Per credit hour:

    $270 through 12/31/2019
    $250 with military grant*

    $285 effective 1/1/2020
    $250 with military grant**

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    *U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, Guard members, Reservists, and veterans are eligible for a grant that currently caps tuition at $250 per credit hour .

    **To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, Guard members, and Reservists are eligible for a grant that will cap tuition at $250 per credit hour (military TA cap) . See all military student benefits.

    Paying for School

    Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

    Ways to Save

    Undergraduate Book Grant

    Books are provided online at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $600 per academic semester* if you are registered as a full-time student.

    Transfer Credits

    Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

    Employer Contributions

    APU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.

    *According to College Board Trends in College Pricing.