This Bachelor of Arts program enables students to fully experience the cultural dynamism of Central Europe. Students can expect to gain a solid background in international relations and political theory, history, philosophy, nationalism or security.

The Bachelor of Arts in International Relations is a three-year undergraduate program offering a modern and interdisciplinary education in international relations. The program builds on knowledge of theoretical and philosophical concepts across historical contexts helping students better understand politics internationally as well as domestically. The curriculum offers a balanced mix of courses on political and international relations theory, economy, philosophy and history which provide students with a solid knowledge base for their further specialization in required and elective courses dedicated to international security, foreign policy or European integration. The curriculum is complemented by a range of skills-oriented courses on writing, research or classes increasing student’s proficiency in languages other than English.  

Upon completion, our students acquire the ability to critically examine and address theinternational/intercultural challenges of our time, such as global inequalities, economic dependency, conflict and security, or globalization including the evolving roles of organizations such as the United Nations, NATO and the European Union.

The B.A. in International Relations program at Anglo-American University is delivered by a faculty of experts from all over the world. They bring to the classroom the highest qualifications and professional experience.

obrázek“AAU makes networking incredibly easy to do. I was able to participate in various events that don't necessarily connect to my coursework—conferences, literature festivals, debates, lectures, etc. AAU has helped me and my club get in touch with event-organisers, which, for example, allowed us to host an event during the Festival of Democracy organised by the famous Forum 2000 conference.”
Veronika Bartáková, IR student, President of Diplomatic Club 

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the B.A. in International Relations can expect to:

  • Demonstrate an actionable knowledge and understanding of world politics and events, and competently identify trends in social and political movement
  • Confidently articulate and express specific issues in international relations, such as security, conflict resolution, human rights, and culture in advanced English in writing and public speaking
  • Have basic fluency in French, German, or Russian language
  • Uphold civic responsibility, identify ethical problems, and resourcefully structure debate with respect to civil society, colleagues, and opponents

Practical Learning

The B.A. in International Relations is a full-time study program. Study and advancement is based on classroom lectures and interactive exercises. Attendance and participation are mandatory.

Full-time: Study and advancement is based on classroom lectures and interactive exercises. Attendance and participation are mandatory.

  • 7 class hours = 1 ECTS credit
  • 42 hours = 6 ECTS/3 US credits

Your Degree & After

Degree Awarded

Having completed all program requirements, students are conferred a Bachelors degree. The degree awarded is concurrently recognized as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in the United States, per AAU's accreditation by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, and as a Bakalář (Bc.) accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic. Graduates may select whether to use the U.S. post-nominal or the Czech title.

Career Prospects

Our graduates are prepared for success in cultural management, reporting, or diplomacy, humanitarian government and nonprofit organizations, education, social research and publishing, and various forms of print and web media. Our graduates are able to decisively practice their skills in intercultural communication, psychology, and sociological concepts in any field they choose to pursue.

Our graduates are able to communicate professionally, decisively and strategically in verbal and written English. Our graduates are able to identify, describe and discuss complex topics for international audiences.

Access to Master’s Studies

AAU graduates are sought after in master’s programs at private and public universities in the Czech Republic, other EU countries, the United States, Canada and many other countries around the world.

Program Structure

 For the course descriptions, please see the Online Course Catalog HERE

International Relations is a 3-year study program. Students have to accumulate 90 US credits (180 ECTS credits) by completing 30 courses. 

General College Courses

  • COM 101 Composition I.
  • COM102 Composition II.
  • CIS 161 Computer Information Systems
  • LEG 101 Introduction to Law
  • HIS 104 World History II.
  • ECO 120 Microeconomics
  • ECO 110 Macroeconomics

Program Required Courses

  • POS 101 Politics I.
  • POS 102 Politics II.
  • SOC 100 Intro to Sociology or Social Psychology, or Social Anthropology
  • IRS 100 History of the Cold War 
  • POS 201 Political Philosophy I.
  • IRS 200 Introduction to International Relations
  • POS 204 Nations and Nationalism
  • POS 202 Political Philosophy II.
  • POS 230 Political Economy
  • POS 240 Social Sciences Research Methods
  • IRS 221 Contemporary Europe: History of European Integration
  • IRS 222 Contemporary Issues in International Relations French I., German I., Spanish I., or Russian I. French II., German II., Spanish II., or Russian II.
  • IRS 301 European Union: Policies and current issues
  • IRS 300 Global Security
  • POS 340 Thesis seminar
  • POS 345 Thesis

Internship

  • POS 341 Internship

Electives

  • IR Elective
  • IR Elective
  • IR Elective
  • IR Elective

 

Recommended course structure
1st semester

  • COM 101 Composition 1
  • CIS 161 Computer Information Systems
  • LEG 101 Introduction to Law
  • HIS 104 World History II.
  • POS 101 Politics I.

2nd semester

  • COM 102 Composition 2
  • ECO 120 Microeconomics
  • POS 102 Politics II.
  • IRS 100 History of the Cold War
  • POS 201 Political Philosophy I.

3rd semester

  • ECO 110 Macroeconomics
  • SOC 100 Intro to Sociology or Social Psychology, or Social Anthropology
  • IRS 200 Introduction to International Relations
  • POS 204 Nations and Nationalism
  • POS 202 Political Philosophy II.

4th semester

  • POS 230 Political Economy
  • POS 240 Social Science Research Methods
  • IRS 221 Contemporary Europe: History of European Integration
  • IRS 222 Contemporary Issues in International Relations
  • IR elective I.

5th semester

  • French I., German I., Spanish I., or Russian I. (offered only in Fall)
  • IRS 301 European Union: Policies and current issues
  • IRS 300 Global Security
  • IR Elective II.
  • POS 340 Thesis Seminar

6th semester

  • French II., German II., Spanish II., or Russian II. (offered only in Spring)
  • POS 341 Internship
  • POS 345 Thesis
  • IR Elective III.
  • IR Elective IV.

 

Having passed all the required and elective courses, students complete their study by taking state exams and defending their thesis.

 

More Information

Exam and Assessment Regulation

AAU uses the U.S. grading and evaluation system complemented by the European Credit Transfer System (“ECTS”). For more information on assessment and related policies see the Study and Examination Code in the Academic Codex

Accreditation
The B.A. in International Relations program was accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic on 30 May, 2007 (code number N6701R005) thereby qualifying graduates to apply for admission to master’s programs at private and public universities in the Czech Republic and other countries of the European Union, the United States, Canada, and in many other countries.

Study Abroad
AAU actively participates in the EU's Erasmus+ exchange program with over 30 European university partners. Additional exchanges exist with universities in North America, Australia, and Asia. These exchanges enable students to partially complete their studies in another country. Ask the Dean for more information on what Erasmus+ and exchange opportunities might be available.

Internship & Mentoring
All students at AAU’s School of Humanities & Social Sciences are required to complete an internship credit. The School of International Relations & Diplomacy and the Career Center offer assistance, advice and guidance to ensure that students are able to fulfill this requirement. Ask the Career Center Specialist for more information on what internship opportunities are currently available.