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Undergraduate Resources

Undergraduate Departmental Handbook

“Throughout their academic careers at Webster, students work with their academic advisors to plan their choice of University courses.  The advisor helps the student choose coursework to meet individual educational and career goals, informs students about academic policies and procedures, and helps solve a variety of academic problems.  Ultimately, however, it is the responsibility of each student to keep apprised of current graduation requirements for his or her particular degree program.” - Webster University Undergraduate Studies Catalog 

This handbook supplements the undergraduate catalog and the website of the Department of History, Politics, and International Relations at Webster University.

Download the 2015-16 Undergraduate HPIR Departmental Handbook

Department Overview

All departmental majors are required to take the Department Overview in order to graduate. It is offered each year in the spring semester. The Overview process involves reading a book selected by department faculty and engaging in an oral examination with a faculty panel. The purpose of this exercise is to evaluate your ability to analyze the book's thesis and discuss it in an informed manner. Majors should register for Overview (either HIST 4620 or POLT 4620) along with other spring classes. You can take Overview for one credit or as a non-credit course. Once you have registered for the class, we will send you details on the chosen book.

The actual overview examinations will occur at the end of the Spring 1 semester (ie. toward the end of the first 8 weeks). In order to prepare for Overview, there will be at least 3 class meetings on Saturday mornings at the beginning of the Spring semester. When you sign up for the course, read the class description on the computer in order to find out about these preparation sessions. It is very important that you make every effort to attend these meetings.

In the class meetings we will discuss the overview procedure and format and provide some background information related to the book.

Undergraduate Internships

The goal of the Internship Program is to provide the student with professional job experience in fields related to the study of history, political science, or international relations. Host organizations certainly benefit by having qualified interns working for them, but the primary purpose is to provide a meaningful learning experience for the student.  For further information, see the undergraduate internship guidelines and forms.

Partnering Institutions that may offer history-related internships:

In St. Louis, MO:

In Springfield, IL:

International Internship Opportunities

Interns may arrange for academic credit through the History, Politics, & International Relations Department or – potentially – other departments on campus.

 Undergraduate Mentoring Program

Undergraduate Mentoring Program is a University-wide initiative that connects experienced professionals in the field with current graduate students studying international relations. This six month program offers students an opportunity to receive guidance and support by interacting with alumni who share their experiences and knowledge of career paths.


Graduate Resources: International Relations

 Graduate Departmental Handbook

“Throughout their academic careers at Webster, students work with their academic advisors to plan their choice of University courses.  The advisor helps the student choose coursework to meet individual educational and career goals, informs students about academic policies and procedures, and helps solve a variety of academic problems. Ultimately, however, it is the responsibility of each student to keep apprised of current graduation requirements for his or her particular degree program.” -- Webster University Undergraduate Studies Catalog (equally applicable to graduate students) 

This handbook supplements the graduate catalog and the website of the Department of History, Politics, and International Relations at Webster University.

Download the 2016–17 Graduate HPIR Departmental Handbook

Advising

When students begin the Master of Arts (MA) in International Relations, they must visit Academic Advising for an initial consultation. They are thereafter welcome to contact the Department of History, Politics, and International Relations’ Visiting Assistant Professor of International Relations, Dr. Robert P. Barnidge, Jr. (314-246-7562 or robertbarnidge62@webster.edu) for advising throughout the duration of their program.

The Master of Arts (MA) in International Relations affords students considerable flexibility in designing their program of study subject to meeting all program requirements. Students are able to choose their courses several months prior to the beginning of term. 

Students are strongly encouraged to take INTL 5000 Introduction to International Relations (3 hours) and INTL 5100 Research Methods and Perspectives (3 hours) as soon as possible in their program. They are also strongly encouraged to take INTL 5400 International Political Economy (3 hours), INTL 5530 International Law (3 hours), INTL 5540 International Organizations (3 hours), and INTL 5550 War and Diplomacy (3 hours). Students interested in pursuing a PhD or a career path involving significant research may request to pursue INTL 6250 Thesis (6 hours). No student is guaranteed the right to complete a thesis; each request is assessed on its merits.

Students should enroll in the prescribed 36 credit hours and ensure that their course selections avoid timetable clashes. They must meet relevant prerequisites for courses; students will not be permitted to enroll in courses for which they do not meet relevant prerequisites.

International Relations St. Louis Campus Course Rotation*
International Relations Online Course Rotation*

*Please note that course rotations and schedules are subject to change based on the needs of the Department of History, Politics, and International Relations.

Thesis

Students interested in pursuing a PhD or a career path involving significant research may request to pursue INTL 6250 Thesis (6 hours). No student is guaranteed the right to complete a thesis; each request is assessed on its merits. Interested students are advised to consult the University's Graduate Thesis Requirements.

Students must submit, and have approved, the Thesis Declaration of Intent Form and Thesis Approval Form at the campus where they plan to do their thesis and must do so prior to beginning their thesis. General policy dictates that proposals should be submitted before the student's 21st credit hour has been completed.

There is a 16,000 word minimum length for the thesis. Thesis mentors should verify that theses under their supervision meet the minimum number of words by providing the total world count. The font size should be 12 point, excluding bibliography, notes, title page, and table of contents. Exceptions may be made for theses that are based upon mathematical modeling or that have a substantial statistical analysis as the main methodology.

Theses should follow American Psychological Association (APA) style.

Theses for the Masters of Arts (MA) in International Relations cannot be taken for less than 6 credit hours.  

Graduate Internships and Field Work

The Internship Program is designed to enhance the international relations curriculum. Students play an instrumental role in creating an experience that blends coursework knowledge with practical knowledge by working with a host organization under the supervision of a qualified professional. 

Internship Guidelines & Forms

INTL 5300 Field Work provides an opportunity for students to actively involve themselves in field research, which may be of a qualitative or quantitative nature. 

Field Work Documents (pdf)

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to take advantage of Webster's nationally-recognized study-abroad opportunities while pursuing their Master of Arts in International Relations. The Webster World Traveler Program, for example, offers a free round-trip flight for eligible students who study at one of our international campuses or international partner institutions; applications are collected three times a year.

For more information regarding available study abroad programs and global locations, as well as links to blogs and testimonials from students currently studying overseas visit the Office of Study Abroad.

Career Information

The Career Planning and Development Center (CPDC) assists individuals with exploring and defining their personal career goals while developing the skills and confidence necessary to succeed. For further information, visit the CPDC's webpage.

For further information on the international relations field and career options, students may wish to consult: InternationalRelationsEDU

 

Webster International Relations Review: The Graduate Student Working Paper Series

The Webster International Relations Review: The Graduate Student Working Paper Series showcases the best research papers from Master of Arts and Global Master of Arts students. Chosen through a competitive blind review process, these working papers reflect the breadth of the international relations discipline and its key subfields. Papers are selected for their innovative content, analytical rigor, and contribution to the scholarly literature.  This high-quality learning experience reflects Webster’s commitment to global education and the robust exchange of ideas across its worldwide campus network.

Graduate Mentoring Program

Graduate Mentoring Program is a University-wide initiative that connects experienced professionals in the field with current graduate students studying international relations. This six month program offers students an opportunity to receive guidance and support by interacting with alumni who share their experiences and knowledge of career paths.