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Bachelor of Diplomacy and International Relations


​​​​Program Overview

The Bachelor of Diplomacy and International Relations major at Dar Al-Hekma University is the study of interactions at the global level, among states, as well as between states and other entities, such as international organizations and nonstate actors and how these actors’ interface with each other affects international trade, economic prosperity, migration, the global environment, cross-border crime, war, and, ultimately, global peace and security. These outcomes are felt not just at the international level, but also at national and local levels. The University also offers a bachelor’s degree in law. ​For further advanced studies in international relations, the University offers a master’s degree in international relations.​

​​​​​Program Mission

Graduating professionals with knowledge, skills, and values in the multi-disciplinary field of International Relations within an academic environment that encourages scientific research and community engagement.​

​​​​​Program Goals

  • ​​​​​​​Prepare highly competent and skilled women who can effectively engage in policy-making in the international system.
  • ​Contribute to the regional and international discourse on diplomacy and international relations through research and presentations in the field.
  • ​Promote awareness of global current events in the field of diplomacy and international relations amongst all.

Why Choose this Bachelor ​​​​​Program ​at Dar Al-Hekma University?

  • ​The Bachelor of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations (BADIR) program at Dar Al-Hekma University is the first and only undergraduate program in the Kingdom for women wishing to study international relations.
  • The curriculum is entirely in English, providing students the opportunity to study in a global language used by international organizations and global networks. 
  • The BADIR curriculum combines theory with practice and is designed to provide students with the tools for understanding and analyzing the complex interactions among global actors.
  • Students learn about theories of international relations, global politics, international law, culture, migration, environmental sustainability, and economics. They also develop practical skills through courses on economic analysis, negotiation, and policy analysis.
  • Students acquire outstanding critical thinking and writing skills that allow them to analyze and assess current global events and to create policy recommendations.
  • Students have the option to engage directly at the international level by taking part in a yearly trip abroad during the spring break. These study trips focus on introducing students to cultures, institutions, and economies different from theirs.​

Graduate Attributes​

  • ​Knowledgeable of the broad conceptual and theoretical aspects of international relations.
  • Informed of factors influencing the policy-making process.
  • Persuasive communicators orally and in writing.
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Capable of making effective decisions.
  • Able to solve problems, think critically, and build strong evidence-based arguments.
  • Capable of producing international relations-related research.

​Admission Requirements


​​​​​ Programs​
Linguaskill Score​​
Required ​Certificate Percentage​​
Qudurat Test Score​​​
​Othe Admission Requirement
​Bachelor of Arts in Diplomacy
and International Relations

For further details about admissions, click here

​​Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:


  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts, and essential features of the international state system.
  • ​Develop an understanding of the impact of socio-economic, cultural, religious, and ethnic factors in policymaking.


  • Use oral and written communication skills and critical thinking and problem-solving skills to assess scholarly work and public policy.
  • Conduct an autonomous and/or collaborative research project that reflects an understanding of central theories and concepts of international relations (IR).
  • ​Utilize various technological tools to improve the research process and outcome.


  • Demonstrate integrity in the selection and use of academic sources and in the work place. ​

Plan of Study

Year One
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

HIST 1301 Contemporary World History 3BECO 1201 Principles of Microeconomics 
INTR 1301
Introduction to International Relations
3LGLS 1301 Introduction to law 3
MATH 1301 College Algebra3POLI 1301 Introduction to Comparative Politics3
3COMM 1302
Communication Skills II
EMOI 1201
Emotional Intelligence
2ICTC 1301

Information Communication Technology

COMM 1301Communication Skills I


Islamic Studies


Total Credit Hours 17 Total Credit Hours 17

Year Two
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

BECO 2301

Principles of Macroeconomics

STAT 2301
Elementary Statistics
HIST 2301History of the Modern Middle East3INTR 2303International Organizations3
INTR 2301Causes of Modern War
INTR 2304Diplomacy and Statecraft3
INTR 2302International Law3
INTR 2305Culture, Society and Political Power 3
ARAB XXXXArabic Studies3ISLS XXXXIslamic Studies3

XXXX XXXXRequired General Elective3

Total Credit Hours 15 
Total Credit Hours 18

Year Three
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

BECO 3301
International Macroeconomics3
IRRM 3301Research Methodology3
POLI 3301Politics, Culture, and Environmental Sustainability3
INTR 3303
International Trade3
INTR 3301Processes of International Negotiation3INTR 3304Globalization and Social Change
INTR 3302Foreign Policy of Saudi Arabia
XX XXXXMajor Elective3
XXXX XXXXFree Elective3ENTR 3301Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking3
BBBF 1101Basic Body and Brain Fitness1
ENTR 3301
Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking3
MUSC 1201Art and Design2
Total Credit Hours 16  Total Credit Hours 17

Year Four
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

INTR 4201Senior Thesis Research and Writing 12
INTR 4202Senior Thesis Research and Writing 22
INTR 4301Political Economy in Comparative Perspective
3INTR 4303Internship3
INTR 4302Migration, Refugees and Citizenship in a Globalized World 3
Major Elective
XX XXXXMajor Elective 3ISLS XXXXIslamic Studies2
Required General Elective
LOGC 1201Logic and Problem Solving 

Total Credit Hours 16  Total Credit Hours 13 



​Career Prospects

The program equips​ students with the necessary skills that qualify them for a variety of career paths/jobs in the job market including, but not limited to:

  • Foreign service officer
  • Ministry employee
  • Civil servant
  • Analyst for intergovernmental organization
  • Administrator at non-profit organization
  • Researcher
  • Development aid worker
  • International business women
  • University professor (following graduate studies)
  • Community volunteer​

Dr. Dareen Abdulmohsen

Chair - Director - Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Business and Law

Ms. Maha Mustafa Akeel


Hekma School of Business and Law

Key Facts

Program Name

Diplomacy and International Relations

Academic Degree


Credit Hours


Program Length

4 Years

Mode of study

Full time

Dr. Dareen Talal Abdulmohsen

Chair, Law & Diplomacy Department; Director, Diplomacy & International Relations Program

PhD, Cultural Studies, George Mason University, USA, 2018

MA, Public Anthropology, The American University, USA, 2008

BA, International Studies, The American University, USA, 2004

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