International Relations

Level: Bachelor
Language: English

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Conflict resolution
June 25, 2015
It was a major undertaking. You have to be disciplined and able to work on your own. The challenge is technology, if your network goes down you will be in trouble if you waited for the last minute. The responsibility for completing assignments on time relies solely on you. If you have not done so I recommend you brush up on English grammar. Spell check alone will not work, instructors are not going to hold ...

IR degree in Globalization and Human Security
December 5, 2014
This course took me approximately two years to complete once I had knocked out my gen ed course. The content of the degree was rigorous and required about 4-8 hours a week of involvement with each class I was taking at one given time. As an active duty Marine every class I took with this degree had direct impact on my ability to be a bette warfighter. I understood the environments in which I operated ...

Excellent Faculty, Wide Range of Programs
July 22, 2014
AMU offers working adults an ideal way to complete a college degree - in my case, the only way I could do so. The number and frequency of courses offers considerable flexibility; and I have always been impressed with the faculty - although there are, of course, significant differences in course diligence and responsiveness. But in general, I have been very pleasantly surprised at the dedication of the professors that I have been fortunate enough ...

Very Decent Education
June 18, 2013
This is a great program for those who are willing to put forth some effort and learn. Online education is not for everyone and it sure isn't for the lazy or faint of heart. The instructors/Professors are excellent, thorough and some are globally recognized leaders in their professions, this shows when you are in class and given some of the assignments you will need to accomplish, they are not easy, nor are they get done ...

Good school, not a degree mill.
December 29, 2012
I finished my A.A. at a traditional school and then started deploying. I knew I would never finish college taking classes between deployments. I switched to AMU while I was in Afghanistan (the first time) and have not looked back. I completed a B.A. in International Relations (IR); now trying to finish my Masters in the same discpline. All of my peers that attend AMU are happy with the school and are suprised that the ...

Excellent Int'l Relations Degree
October 5, 2012
I rate AMU as outstanding! I was pushed to work harder than at a traditional school. I completed my B.A. in International Relations at AMU after compiling credits at various schools that are members of the SOC - Serviceman's Opportunity College system. Tranfer credits were rigurously screened; don't expect to get a free ride on non-pertinent classes! Many of my Profs were literally world class, several are subject matter experts you will see on the ...

Excellent Introductory Program
September 18, 2012
I had an extensive background in Strategic Studies when I enrolled at AMU and so was not expecting to be challenged as much as I was. The professors were, without exception, highly qualified and took their role seriously, pushing their students to excellence. The texts were appropriate and the workload somewhat heavy. I obtained an A "With Distinction" for my Comprehensive Exam and an MA With Honors--and I worked for both. I recommend this school ...

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June 23, 2010, 2:20 p.m.
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I am thinking of enrolling in the International Relations program for my BA. Have anyone had any experiences with this program at APU/AMU? and how was it?

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June 11, 2010, 6:15 p.m.
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To ucfit,

 I saw what you wrote on your review and if i were you, GO FOR YOUR PHD! don't let your degree from AMU put you down. Apply to all the schools you want to attend and take it from there?
Sept. 2, 2009, 9:26 p.m.
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I took classes with AMU while I was stationed overseas in the military. After reading through the comments on this site I felt compelled to toss in my two cents. AMU is a solid school. I am now completing my degree through a brick and mortar school here in the US and AMU was much harder than this. I have a 4.0 here (towards the end of my senior year) and at AMU I struggled to maintain over a 3.5 GPA. That being said I must agree with some of the complaints that the courses are hit or miss at AMU. I found a few to be informative and challenging and others were a joke. Since attending a "real" brick and mortar school I have found that this remains true here. Some classes are good and others I can sleep through/skip and still easily get straight A's. That is just the way things go in college. If you want every class to challenge you, then go to an Ivy League school. I do not feel that I am getting any better education here than I got at AMU and I will most likely return to AMU for my Graduate degree when I complete my BA.
May 8, 2009, 10:52 p.m.
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I recently completed my degree requirements for a BA in International Relations, and thought I'd write a little about my experiences at AMU and the program itself.  

In terms of support, I have no complaints.  During my three years at AMU, I never had any difficulty communicating with my student adviser or program director. Additionally, I was able to utilize my TA, MGIB, and Financial Aid without any problems.  Naturally there's a process I had to go through to get my funding 'online'. However, I was able to accomplish everything I needed through email and phone -  calls and questions were returned promptly, and the entire process was painless.

Tuition. At 250 per credit hour, it's cheaper than most 'for-profit' educational institutions, but keep in mind that 750 a class adds up - even with the help of TA & MGIB.  If you follow APUS President W. Boston's blog, you'll know that the current tuition rates are likely to remain unchanged.  

Professors at AMU:  Some are good, some are great, some I didn't like at all.  Over the course of three years I found most professors to be engaging and demanding. Creativity, discussion and feedback are major components you'll come across in your academic plan. Overall, most online classes are writing intensive, and typical coarse loads included major research projects (15+ papers), 7-8 pg papers & LOTS of reading.  Lower level classes typically demand multiple 4-5 pg papers, multiple question & essay exams.

Now, did a few instructors run on 'autopilot'? Sure, I've come across two or three. Although, I should note that the university system is constantly providing opportunity for students to submit online assessment surveys & feedback - in fact one is available for each course you complete.  If someone is dissatisfied with a course, they should annotate that dissatisfaction on a survey, or write the program director/school dean. Too easy.

Overall, I found my time at AMU to be rewarding and challenging. Although still relatively unknown in the civilian sector, APUS has become highly regarded within the military and federal government - A fact which underlines the value of AMU's School of Security and Global Studies.

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