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Online Undergraduate Education in International Politics at Penn State

Gain a broad understanding of international political concepts with the 123-credit Bachelor of Arts in International Politics from Penn State. The program is suited for students interested in foreign affairs and homeland security; those pursuing careers in international business; and individuals interested in graduate study or education in domestic or international law.

In this program, you will have the opportunity to study with highly regarded faculty from Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts, one of the premier institutions in the world to study and work in the liberal arts disciplines.

Choose Your Concentration

The BA in International Politics offers three areas of study for you to choose from:

  1. International Relations
    Offers a multidisciplinary foundation in the study of foreign affairs and foreign policy
  2. International Political Economy
    Provides for focused study at the intersection of politics and economics, with courses that allow students to engage with topics such as the global economy, foreign investment, and international political economy
  3. National Security Studies
    Focuses on a study of global security and international threats and risks, with attention paid to addressing threats from state and non-state actors in the international system

The Curriculum in International Politics

As a student in this program, your courses will examine theoretical concepts and various contemporary issues such as ethnic conflict, terrorism, global violence, and economic and political globalization. Studies in international and comparative politics, as well as in economics, geography, and history round out this comprehensive degree. 

National Political Science Honor Society – Alpha Iota Omega World Campus Chapter

The mission of the honors society is to promote excellence in the study of political science, government, and international and public affairs. Members have access to networking, grants, awards, scholarships, and other opportunities.