2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Jun 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Description and Learning Outcomes


Program Description

The New England College International Relations and Diplomacy (BAIRD and AAIRD) programs prepare students for opportunities in both the public and private sector for positions in and out of government, particularly in foreign policy and think tanks or in any industry where an in-depth knowledge of the foreign policy process is desired. Students who successfully complete the BAIRD program are also well prepared for graduate level work. 

The BAIRD major consists of 44 credits and focuses on the intersection between theory, policy and politics.  The AAIRD major consists of 24 credits and provides an introduction and broad overview of the system of international politics and U.S. foreign policy. IRD faculty are scholar practitioners in the in the world of foreign policy and diplomacy, and bring their experience to bear in course design, instruction, and student interactions.

IRD students will gain an understanding of the intellectual foundations for key foreign policy discussions and how the outcomes affect and are changed by the political process. They will develop analytical and advocacy skills, and will be prepared to enter or continue careers in the public, private, and non-profit foreign policy and national security sectors.

Our graduates are prepared to begin careers and make a difference in the realm of foreign policy, national security, and related fields. The program builds and integrates the student’s intellectual interest and experience, small group dialogue, and interaction with theoreticians and practitioners in the field. The value of this experience, opportunity to network and apply knowledge developed through asynchronous interaction in the online classroom, all while earning academic credit, is at the heart of this degree program.

The bachelor’s degree program may be completed in 4 years for students who carry a full course load of 30 credits per year.

The associate’s degree program may be completed in 2 years for students who carry a full course load of 30 credits per year.

Bachelor’s Learning Outcomes

Graduates from the BAIRD should be able to:

  • Collect, synthesize, and analyze information to better understand historical and contemporary issues in international relations and diplomacy;
  • Apply negotiation tools to collaboratively reach consensus and identification of common objectives in diverse populations with diverging interests;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of key governmental and non-governmental institutions that formulate and implement foreign policy;
  • Articulate the nuances of national level politics, and how they influence the formulation and implementation of public policy and diplomacy;
  • Formulate alternative theoretical perspectives to the analysis of international relations and diplomacy;
  • Use applied research to support writing and communicating effectively in the international relations and diplomacy realms.

Associate’s Learning Outcomes

Graduates from the AAIRD should be able to:

  • Collect, synthesize, and analyze information to better understand historical and contemporary issues in international relations and diplomacy; 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of key governmental and non-governmental institutions that formulate and implement foreign policy;
  • Use applied research to support writing and communicating effectively in the international relations and diplomacy realms.