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BA in International Relations University of Missouri - St. Louis




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UMSL Cyber Start Grant for Fall 2020 - Under this scheme, F1 international students who are unable to report to campus this fall due to COVID19 are able to pay a reduced rate of tuition. • This will only be for the Fall 2020 semester as the students should be on campus in Spring 2021 paying regular rates. • Any UMSL Global scholarship awarded for Fall 2020 would be deferred until Spring 2021. • Students must be enrolled in a degree program conducive to online learning.

The BA in International Relations is designed for students who want to change the world through careers in government service, nonprofits, business, think tanks, and consulting. The curriculum provides flexibility in allowing students to select international relations and comparative politics courses that will prepare them for their specific career and academic needs. Throughout the program students will develop skills in critical thinking, communication, quantitative analysis, and cultural awareness along with deeper knowledge of cross-cultural and international phenomena. These skills will prepare students for the workforce as well graduate study. Students have opportunities to apply these skills through internships and study abroad.

BA International Relations curriculum—36 credit hours

General Education Requirements
Majors must satisfy the university and college general education requirements. Political science courses may be used to satisfy the social sciences requirement. The foreign language requirement for the B.A. degree may be satisfied in any language.

Departmental Honors
The department awards honors to students having a grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 in the major, an overall GPA of 3.2 (except in extraordinary circumstances), and successfully completed an honors thesis, project, or report.

Degree Requirements
All majors must complete at least 15 credit hours at the 3000 level or above.

PART A: Core Courses (15 credit hours):

POL SCI 1500 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POL SCI 2800 World Politics
POL SCI 1820 Contemporary International Relations
POL SCI 2000 Political Analysis
POL SCI 3950 Senior Seminar in Political Science (when focus is on international relations) or capstone experience approved by the Undergraduate Advisor

PART B: International Relations Courses (12 credit hours)–Select 4 of the following courses:

POL SCI 2510 The Politics of the European Union
POL SCI 2820 US Foreign Policy
POL SCI 2850 Gender, Power and International Politics
POL SCI 2900 Studies in Political Science (with consent of undergraduate advisor)
POL SCI 3800 Media, Film, Literature, and International Politics
POL SCI 3830 International Political Economy
POL SCI 3850 International Organizations and Global Problem-Solving
POL SCI 3860 Studies in War and Peace
POL SCI 3880 African Diasporas: International Relations, Transnational Communities & Citizenship
POL SCI 3890 Studies in International Relations
POL SCI 3900 Special Readings (with consent of instructor and Undergraduate Advisor)
POL SCI 4850 International Law

PART C: Comparative Politics Courses (9 credit hours)–Select 3 of the following courses:

POL SCI 2500 Comparing Different Worlds
POL SCI 2530 Political Systems of South America
POL SCI 2540 Political Systems of Mexico, Central American, and the Caribbean
POL SCI 2550 East Asian Politics
POL SCI 2580 African Politics
POL SCI 2590 Globalization: Prospects and Problems
POL SCI 3500 Politics of the Middle East
POL SCI 3570 Gender, Ethnicity, and Public Policy
POL SCI 3590 Women and Leadership World-Wide: Breaking the Glass Ceiling
POL SCI 4510 Comparative Public Policy and Administration
POL SCI 4520 Mega-Cities and Diasporas: Understanding Global Migration

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study BA in International Relations.

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

$24,406.00 (17,88,945) per year

COVID - 19 Fee Changes-Online Start: UMSL Cyber Start Grant for Fall 2020 - USD $550 per credit hour for Undergraduate tuition + fees (Normally USD $976.50 per credit hour + fees)

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution


23-Aug-21, 18-Jan-22, 22-Aug-22


College of Arts and Sciences

1 University Boulevard,

303 Lucas Hall,



63121, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Students in their last year of high school should submit transcripts for all years completed thus far. Students who have completed high school must submit final transcripts and degree certificates or exam results.
Students who have studied at a college or university must submit university transcripts to date. If you have completed more than 24 credit hours at a university, you do not need to submit high school transcripts.
Transcripts are required from all high schools or universities attended.
Proof of English proficiency: This can be shown with an official TOEFL, IELTS or PTE-A score. The minimum requirements are 61 iBT TOEFL, 5.5 IELTS, or 44 PTE-A.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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