International Relations (Ph.D.)

Beginning in fall 2018, Salve will offer the nation’s first online Ph.D. program in international relations. Building on the success of our master’s program in international relations, this terminal degree continues to emphasize justice, with a primary focus on seeking wisdom.

Our Program

Our curriculum encourages students to think outside the box when studying the different regions of the world, while also inspiring them to consider a single box: the global one. Through comparative study that seeks to expose differences and reveal similarities in a respectful and considered way, our doctoral candidates challenge myths and misconceptions that different cultures have about themselves.

Consistent with the University’s mercy and justice mission, our program’s mission is to promote humanity and eliminate prejudice. Coursework emphasizes the reality that different regions are part of an integral whole. Our students explore and understand all of the world’s regions, then choose a single area of focus for their dissertation.

Program Spotlight: Innovative Understanding

 Salve Regina University is thrilled to be the first university in the United States to offer an online Ph.D. in international relations. The mission of the degree is to provide an innovative understanding of area studies through comparative analysis. 

Dr. Symeon Giannakos, professor

Our Faculty

Our instructors are full-time teaching faculty at their respective institutions, including Salve Regina, the University of Rhode Island, the U.S. Naval War College and Roger Williams University. All hold doctorates and are regionally, nationally or internationally known scholars with expertise in a specific area of study.​

International Relations (Ph.D.)

13 courses | 48 credits

Students choose 12 of their courses from the following list:

  • INR602: American Foreign Policy
  • INR603: American Foreign Policy Decision Making
  • INR612: Chinese Foreign Policy
  • INR613: The Korean Peninsula
  • INR622: Russian Foreign Policy
  • INR623: Chinese Politics
  • INR633: Comparative Politics of Russia
  • INR643: The Middle East in World Affairs
  • INR652: South Asia in World Affairs
  • INR653: Latin America in World Affairs
  • INR662: Europe in World Affairs
  • INR672: Africa in World Affairs
  • INR675: Quantitative Methods (required for all students)

Once this coursework is completed, students will take the 12-credit course INR690: Dissertation, Research and Writing.