The four-year undergraduate program in International Relations leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. The language of instruction for the program is English. The program has been designed in line with RDU’s emphasis on international employability. As a comprehensive approach to the study of international relations, the program includes courses that cover the main elements of both international relations and international law. This program aims to prepare graduates to enter the professional market immediately after graduation.
The primary goal of the undergraduate program in International Relations is to educate skilled practitioners in the fields of international relations and international law. The program prepares students for active participation in local and international politics, as well as a solid understanding of the social, economic, and psychological dynamics at the heart of political decision-making.
Those graduating from the undergraduate program in International Relations are expected to carry on one the following career paths.
1. Consular and/or legal officer in embassies and foreign ministries of their respective countries
2. Advisor to legal teams in issues related to international law
3. Advisor to international governmental and non-governmental organizations
4. Policy analysts in think tanks
5. Research Fellows in research centers
6. Advisor to parliamentarians and political parties
Students are supposed to be able to carry on the following tasks after graduation.
1. Describe the major theories of international relations.
2. Use the theoretical approaches to international relations to interpret and predict
the behavior of international actors.
3. Describe and explain the societal, cultural, historical, linguistic, and ideological aspects of a particular region.
4. Critically analyze the complex interrelationship between nations, individuals and societies
5. Employ social scientific methods to adopt research on different aspects of international relations
6. Integrate multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of international relations.
7. Describe and explain the structure and the role of different actors in international relations
8. Make logically coherent arguments on the topics related to international relations
9. Write grammatically correct and logically organized essays and papers.