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BS 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



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 credit hours of coursework. Students may choose a specialization in Global Security or 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.


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.

Cybersecurity Specialization

  • 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

  • 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.



Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at www.indwes.edu/about/iwu-profile/accreditation.


Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Tuition
42 Total $392 / credit hour

*Effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

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 IWUfinaid@indwes.edu.


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.


Core Courses



Cybersecurity Specialization Courses



Global Security Specialization Courses



Below are the lists of requirements for the B.S. in International Relations and Security 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

  • Proof of high school graduation or GED certification.
  • Original transcript from each undergraduate college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (DoED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • Prior completion of at least 60 transferable credit hours is required before the student is eligible to start a bachelor core program.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of 120 semester hours.
  • Overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Completion of the required core courses with a GPA of 2.25 or higher.
  • Completion of 30 hours of General Education Requirements as specified in the IWU Catalog.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.
Students are expected to possess a computer throughout the duration of their program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser and handle additional plug-ins as identified by the Learning Management System (LMS) company. Students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent offerings of Microsoft Office to complete most of the assignments. IWU will offer support to students on only these two offerings of office software. Computer and Internet connection may need to be fast enough in some courses to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures. In addition to these minimum expectations, participation in a CAPS course or program may entail additional computing and/or technology requirements.
Library instruction is provided to students at the start of their program at IWU. Reference and document delivery services give students access to all collections of the Jackson Library on the IWU residential campus, as well as Instructional Resource Center services, Interlibrary Loan services, and many e-books and online journals. For more information, see indwes.edu/ocls.

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.