2019-2020 Graduate and Continuing Education Catalog 
    Jul 06, 2022  
2019-2020 Graduate and Continuing Education Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Relations

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Classes are offered at our Newport campus and online.

Director: Symeon Giannakos, Ph.D.
(401) 341-3177

About the Program

The curriculum and content of the international relations programs are a reflection of the University’s mission regarding justice and the increasing need to envision international political behavior in the framework of justice. In its own capacity and within the University’s mission, the international relations program promotes international and world harmony through the inculcation of the concept of justice in the analysis of international and world politics.

The program prepares graduates to be constructively critical of their immediate and broader political environment, whether in their place of work (government, education, the private sector, the media, or non-governmental organizations) or simply as citizens of both their country and the world. The program’s objective is to reinforce the vision of its graduates to regard fellow human beings not only as representatives of national and social compartments, but also as overlapping circles in a world community. In practical terms, this translates into global solidarity and the elimination of injustice everywhere. Graduates are able to produce creative and pragmatic solutions to problems and dilemmas confronting our world.

The program accomplishes its objective by exposing the candidates in a systemic and comprehensive way to the realities of the political environment through a core curriculum covering political thought, international relations and comparative politics. Through rigorous analysis, the core courses familiarize the master’s candidates with the various layers of our political landscape and provide them with the skill to become critical thinkers. A series of topical and regional electives present the students with the opportunity to practice and sharpen critical skills on a variety of timely issues.

Joint Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program

Salve Regina University offers an accelerated program of study that leads to both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree within five years. This program is designed for the University’s highly motivated, academically talented and qualified undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.3 or higher. Current undergraduates must complete the application process by February 15 of the junior year.  Although many students enter this program with a major in politics, anthropology and sociology or economics, a student from any undergraduate major may apply for admission.

Undergraduate students considered for the five-year program are conditionally accepted into the master’s program and may take four graduate courses (12 credits) during their senior year. Of these 12 credits, six are applied to the undergraduate degree. Final program acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree and four graduate courses in the senior year. The total number of credits required to complete the five-year program is 150, 24 of which are graduate credits taken in the fifth year.


Matriculated graduate students are welcome to develop a course concentration in an area of their educational and professional interests. A student, for example, may wish to pursue an international relations masters degree with a concentration in homeland security or in cybersecurity and intelligence. Concentrations are conditioned on the availability of sufficient relevant course offering by other Salve Regina University graduate programs. To fulfill the requirements for a concentration, a student may opt to complete three of the required elective courses by selecting available courses from another graduate program degree at Salve Regina University. Please discuss your concentration plans with the program director.

Program and Course Listings


    Master of ArtsCertificate of Graduate StudiesDoctor of Philosophy


      International Relations

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