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BS in International Relations and Security

“The DNA of Indiana Wesleyan University is to look out at the community and see where the needs are, and then to figure out innovative ways to meet those needs.”

- Dr. David Wright, President

 

Overview

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in International Relations and Security requires a student to earn 42 credits in 10 core courses and 4 specialization courses for a total of 120 credits of coursework. Students may choose from two specializations: Global Security and Cybersecurity. Graduates in this program will be prepared to pursue careers in government, military, law enforcement, cybersecurity and intelligence fields as well as those seeking tracks in law, NGO, and other public service sectors. 

Cybersecurity Specialization

Students in the Bachelor of Science in International Relations and Security (Cybersecurity Specialization) program will identify the primary technical and human components of the cybersecurity environment; and evaluate the political, strategic, and ethical dimensions of the cybersecurity milieu. Students will evaluate the global security landscape relating to transnational safety and security issues, integrating legal, ethical, and biblical frameworks with the analysis of global affairs and conflict. Students will also demonstrate communication skills in a diverse, globalized, and changing technological context and conduct social science research and analysis. 

  • Identify the primary technical and human components of the cybersecurity environment. 
  • Evaluate the political, strategic, and ethical dimensions of the cybersecurity environment. 

Global Security Specialization

Students in the Bachelor of Science in International Relations and Security (Global Security Specialization) program will identify the primary theoretical, political, religious, and organizational structures that compose the international relations landscape; and analyze the effects of globalization upon the world political system, identifying the roles and interactions of both state and non-state actors. Students will evaluate the global security landscape relating to transnational safety and security issues, integrating legal, ethical, and biblical frameworks with the analysis of global affairs and conflict. Students will also demonstrate communication skills in a diverse, globalized, and changing technological context and conduct social science research and analysis. 

  • Identify the primary theoretical, political, religious, and organizational structures that compose the international relations and global security landscape. 
  • Evaluate the global security landscape relating to transnational safety and security issues.

Program Learning Outcomes 

Students graduating from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in International Relations and Security degree should be able to: 

  • Analyze the effects of globalization upon the world political system, identifying the roles and interactions of both state and non-state actors. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct social science research and analysis. 
  • Integrate legal, ethical, and biblical frameworks with the analysis of global affairs and conflict. 
  • Demonstrate communication skills in a diverse, globalized, and changing technological context.

 

Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Online Tuition
42 Total $368 / credit hour

* Effective July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017.

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, eBooks, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email NonResAid@indwes.edu.

Courses

Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.

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Core Courses

POL-100,POL-215,POL-230,POL-232,ECO-213,POL-322,POL-455,POL-460,POL-445,POL-495

Cybersecurity Specialization Courses

POL-385,POL-380,CRJ-464,POL-430

Global Security Specialization Courses

POL-340,POL-480,POL-440,POL-450

Requirements

Below are the lists of requirements for the B.S. in International Relations program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

  1. Official transcripts from all previous college or university studies at regionally accredited colleges or universities or at an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
  2. Submission of all required items for the admission process as outlined in the “application procedures” section of the application packet.
  3. Prior completion of at least 60 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university or from an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Education is required before starting the core program. A maximum of 40 credit hours may be earned through the assessed learning process toward the required 60.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of 120 credit hours.
  2. Completion of the required core (major) courses with a GPA of 2.25 or as specified in a program of study and a minimum of 30 hours of the core (major) taken at Indiana Wesleyan University.
    • 3 credit hours in Biblical Studies
    • 3 credit hours in Biblical Studies or Philosophy or Religion
    • 6 credit hours in English Written Communication
    • 3 credit hours in English Oral Communication
    • 6 credit hours in Social or Behavioral Science
    • 3 credit hours in Mathematics
    • 3 credit hours in Natural Science
    • 3 credit hours in Arts and Humanities
  3.  The remaining credits may be earned through classes, CLEP, or Portfolio. Additional requirements include:
    • Completion of the required core courses with a GPA of 2.25 or higher
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  4. Payment of all tuition and fees*
*The cost of the remaining credits required to graduate are not included in the costs listed for the core curriculum.

Application Procedures

To be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Science with a major in Biblical Studies degree program, complete each of the following steps. For more information, call 866-498-4968 to speak with a Program Representative.

  1. Application

    Apply online at www.indwes.edu.

  2. Transcripts

    High School
    Applicants who have fewer than 30 credit hours of college coursework or applicants who are applying to the certificate program are required to submit a copy of a standard high school diploma or transcript or GED scores for admission.

    College
    Applicants who have more than 30 credit hours of college coursework are required to submit an official transcript from each undergraduate regionally accredited institution attended. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent in directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution(s). Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped “student copy,” “issued to student,” or “unofficial” cannot be accepted as official.

    College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools
    For college transcripts from non-U.S. schools, secure a “Course-by-Course Report” from Educational Credential Evaluators (see www.ece.org). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. The evaluation must list course-by-course credit hours and grades.

  3. TOEFL Scores

    Submit a copy of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores if English is not your primary language. For more information about this test, see  www.toefl.org.

Prior Learning Assessment

Undergraduate students accepted to or enrolled in any of the CAPS associate or baccalaureate degree programs are eligible to complete Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Credit hours awarded may be counted toward general education, elective, or select core requirements as applicable to the undergraduate degree or as specified for approved graduate programs. Baccalaureate students may earn a maximum of 40 hours of credit through PLA. Associate degree students may earn a maximum of 18 hours through PLA. Undergraduate students may use PLA credit to accrue toward the 60 hours of credit required for admission to the bachelor’s core curriculum and/or to meet degree requirements while in the core and/or after the core has been completed.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Bachelor of Science in International Relations. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.