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International Relations and Global Affairs, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Saint Petersburg, FL, United States
International relations involves the study of the actors– state and nonstate, international and transnational– that make up the international system as well as the political, economic, and social relationships between those actors. 
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 International relations has developed as a subfield within political science because of its tendency to focus on political phenomena in the international system (e.g., power, order, stability, causes of conflict, methods of conflict resolution, negotiation, foreign policy, etc.). In fact, a generally accepted synonym for international relations is “world politics.” However, in today’s changing world, international relations involves much more than just the political relations between states.

Today, international relations is a field that draws heavily on economics and history as well as other social science fields. As international trade and finance have become more significant to global affairs, so too have the study of international economics and political economy become crucial to the field of international relations. As the problem of finding sustainable development models has emerged for the global community, so too have the study of economic development and environmental policy become relevant to international relations. And as the continuing problems of war and violence remain central to the question of global security, so too have history, anthropology, and sociology provided useful lessons for the study of the causes and cures of violent conflict in international relations. 

The international relations and global affairs major at Eckerd College is designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of the international political and economic factors, relationships, and issues shaping today’s global community. It is an interdisciplinary major, but its home discipline is political science. Students majoring in international relations and global affairs affiliate with the Collegium of Behavioral Sciences and will be associates of the political science faculty. Students in this major will take courses in political science, economics, history, anthropology, and modern languages, among other disciplines.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Geneva and International Organization
  • The Hague and International Law
  • International Relations and Global Affairs Practicum
  • Senior Seminar: International Relations and Global Affairs

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Common Application or Eckerd College Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official Test Scores (SAT or ACT): SAT code: 5223/ ACT code: 0731
  • Official High School Transcript and/or G.E.D. results
  • Admission Recommendation Letter
  • Personal Essay

Tuition Fee

  • International

    42428 USD/year
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    Based on the original amount of 42428 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    42428 USD/year
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    Based on the original amount of 42428 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Saint Petersburg

  • 1132 - 1750 USD/month
    Living Costs

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