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Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (B.A.I.S.)

International Studies at AUD cultivates globally aware citizens who are ready to address various social, cultural, and political challenges in order to succeed in the region and internationally.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (B.A.I.S.) degree empowers students to critically evaluate international affairs from an interdisciplinary perspective while preparing them for professional careers or further graduate study. BAIS students learn to engage the world around them through a challenging course of study that blends history, political science, anthropology, and sociology. They specialize in International Relations, International Development, or Middle Eastern Studies. 

BAIS Graduates are found in government service, international organizations, the private sector, and graduate schools in Europe and North America. This degree is particularly designed for students with a passion to solve complex social, economic, political and environmental problems and create positive change in their communities and the world. At AUD we capitalize on Dubai’s international nature to inspire students to gain a deep understanding of the dynamics and forces shaping our globalizing world.  

Upon completion of the degree program, students will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing at an intermediate level in a language other than English;
  • Demonstrate understanding of the connections between culture, business, economics, and politics;
  • Apply the principles of political science to analyze key topics in international affairs and the interconnection between local and global geo-political issues and events;
  • Synthesize fundamental tenets of business and economics with increased awareness and basic understanding of how international corporations and global markets operate;
  • Critically examine personal values, religious beliefs, social norms and issues coming from diverse cultures, world views, and experiences;

Identify historical events, issues and themes which have shaped current world conditions.

PROGRAM DETAILS

The International Studies program at AUD is interdisciplinary in every way. It addresses an increasingly urgent set of global concerns by instilling in its graduates transferrable skills, including critical thinking, data analysis, research, and writing. Our graduates continue to prove highly successful in attaining post-graduate positions in some of the best European and American graduate schools; they also become leaders in the marketplace, regionally as well as internationally. 

The 124-hour, 4-year program allows students to select a specialization from one of three tracks:

All students must meet the following credit hours to complete the degree.

Course Classification

Credit Hours Required

 

 

 

International Relations Track

International Development Track

Middle Eastern Studies Track

International Studies Core

39

39

39

International Studies Core Languages

16

16

16

Track Electives

24

24

24

Arts & Sciences Core

36

36

36

General Electives

9

9

9

Total

124

124

124

For the full course details and sequencing, click here.

Facilities

Located on the main campus of AUD, the School of Arts & Sciences is conveniently positioned in the center of campus, within the cafeteria and food court buildings, and housing a gym, library and many other facilities.

ADMISSIONS ENTRY

All applying students must have:

  • A high school/secondary school certificate or equivalent from an institution accredited by the Ministry of Education in the U.A.E. or by the relevant national or regional institutional accrediting body;
  • International TOEFL®or Academic IELTSTM or the equivalent score on another internationally-recognized English exam. PBT is accepted from specific centers in the UAE;
  • The University administers the ACCUPLACERTM Exam (Math) to place students at the appropriate mathematics level. Students may substitute the SAT for this, depending on the score.

Students should consult with the Admissions Office for further details at admissions@aud.edu.

CAREER

Graduates of International Studies go on to pursue further study or careers in various sectors, including:

  • Government Service
  • Diplomacy
  • Security and Intelligence
  • International Organizations
  • Nongovernmental Organizations
  • Research and Policy Think Tanks
  • International Law
  • International Banking
  • International  Business
  • International Development
  • Journalism- International Reporting or War Correspondent
  • Public Relations
  • Academia

 

STAFF

Administrative Assistant – School of Arts and Sciences
Zeina Al-Tbaishi
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Administrative Assistant – School of Arts and Sciences
Jennifer Cruz
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FACULTY

Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History
Sabrina Joseph
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Chair, Department of International & Middle Eastern Studies and Assistant Professor of International Studies
Elham Seyedsayamdost
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Assistant Professor of International Studies
David Sancho Barrera
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Associate Professor of Social Sciences
Deniz Gökalp
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Assistant Professor of History
James Lockhart
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Assistant Professor of International Studies
Omar Bortolazzi
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Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (B.A.I.S.)

I can undeniably say that taking courses like International Development, Globalization, Geopolitics, and Contemporary Historical and Political Issues provided me with the right analytical and critical thinking tools vital to understanding today’s world