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B.A. (Hons) Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

B.A. (Hons) Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

FOUR YEARS PROGRAMME

About The Programme

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy is a four-year degree programme offered by the Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA) at O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU). This programme is designed to equip undergraduates with a detailed, practical understanding of how foreign policy is conceived, formulated and implemented, as well as how the individual or allied foreign policies of countries strive to work in harmony based on shared interests. 

The B.A. (Hons.) Diplomacy and Foreign Policy programme aims to provide students with an overview of the various instruments a state may use to pursue its foreign policy in a complex and challenging world order. It takes into consideration the constraints and limits that states face in the international domain, such as the rise and fall of globalization, social and economic rights, and communication technologies which are central to media-based public diplomacy. 

What Makes It Different at JGU

The B.A. (Hons.) Diplomacy and Foreign Policy programme from JSIA offers numerous advantages to students interested in international relations and world politics. One of its key benefits is its comprehensive approach to teaching foreign policy and diplomacy, which provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about contemporary global challenges and the role of diplomacy in stabilizing or changing international orders. This programme is therefore ideal for students who aspire to join the foreign services of their country or work in regional and international organizations and private corporations with operations in multiple countries.

The programme is designed to prepare students for careers as foreign affairs journalists and editors, lawyers, civil society activists, government relations executives in multinational corporations, and many other pathways. By thoroughly studying various aspects of diplomacy, including motives, objectives, methods, and treaty-making, students will gain a full understanding of complex power relations, geopolitics, geo-economics, bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, negotiations, armed conflicts, and diplomatic crisis management.
In addition, this programme offers students the opportunity to develop their linguistic and cultural competencies by studying foreign languages, engaging in cross-cultural exchanges and field trips, and participating in international internships and research projects. Such experiences can help students to broaden their perspectives, deepen their understanding of different cultures, and develop the cross-cultural communication skills necessary to succeed in today's globalized job market.

To be eligible for the B.A. (Hons.) Diplomacy and Foreign Policy programme at JSIA, candidates must have successfully completed their Class XII examination or equivalent, such as CBSE, State Boards, IB, Cambridge and other Government-recognized school leaving exams.

The admissions process for this programme is designed to evaluate each application in its unique context. It consists of three rounds, which include submitting a personal statement, answering a supplemental question, providing Class 10 and 12 marks, participating in a faculty interview, and meeting the JSAT/SAT/ACT score requirements.

The B.A. (Hons.) Diplomacy and Foreign Policy curriculum includes 23 core courses over eight semesters, elective courses from Semester 2 onwards, and an option to undertake a guided research paper or semester abroad pathway from semester 5 onwards. Mandatory internships are also required, and the Office of Career Services supports students in obtaining internships based on merit.

During the first year, the programme focuses on introducing students to foundational concepts and issues of foreign policy. In the second year, students develop skills in diplomatic correspondence and report-writing and move towards specialising in their chosen sub-fields. In the third year, students are deeply immersed in contemporary foreign policy issues and problems, culminating in the requirement to write research papers, essays, and summaries that prepare students for practical skills.

Students must complete a total of 185 credits to earn the B.A. (Hons.) Diplomacy and Foreign Policy degree, with three mandatory industry internships to be completed in any of the first five semesters. Students can opt for a guided research paper or semester abroad pathway from semester 5 onwards and can also undertake an independent research study along with electives in the fourth year.

Year 1

Course Type

Semester 1

Semester 2

Details

Credits

Details

Credits

I. Mandatory Courses

    

A. Core

Five courses

20

Four courses

16

B. Skill-Based

Two courses

7

Two courses

7

C. Practice-Based

One course

4

II. Elective Courses*

  

One optional course

4

A. General

Electives

  

One cross elective from other JGU Schools

 

B. Specialized Electives

  

Or One JSIA Elective/Cross Elective

 

III. Internship

Mandatory Industry

Internship I

2

Mandatory Industry Internship

II

2

 

29

 

29

* Elective courses are optional in semester two.

Year 2

Course Type

Semester 1

Semester 2

Details

Credits

Details

Credits

I. Mandatory Courses

    

A. Core

Three courses

12

Two courses

8

B. Skill-Based

One course

3

One course

3

C. Practice-Based

One course

4

One course

4

II. Elective Courses

Two courses

8

Two courses

8

A. General

Electives

Cross elective from other JGU Schools

 

Cross elective from other JGU Schools

 

B. Specialized Electives

JSIA Elective/Cross Elective

 

JSIA Elective/Cross Elective

 

III. Internship

Mandatory Industry Internship III

2

Mandatory Industry Internship IV

2

 

29

 

25

Year 3*

Course Type

Semester 1

Semester 2

Details

Credits

Details

Credits

I. Mandatory Courses

    

A. Core

Three courses

12

Three courses

12

B. Skill-Based

One course

3

C. Practice-Based

II. Elective Courses

Two courses

8

Three courses

11

A. General

Electives

Cross elective from other JGU Schools

 

Cross elective from other JGU Schools

 

B. Specialized Electives

JSIA Elective/Cross Elective

 

JSIA Elective/Cross Elective

 
 

23

 

23

* Students can apply for Dual degree from semester 5 or Semester Exchange in Semester 5 or 6

Course Type

Semester 1

Semester 2

Details

Credits

Details

Credits

II. Elective Courses

Six Courses

24

Six Courses

24

A. General

Electives

Cross elective from other JGU Schools

 

Cross elective from other JGU Schools

 

B. Specialized Electives

JSIA Elective/Cross Elective/ IRS* (Min. three courses)

 

JSIA Elective/Cross Elective/IRS* (Min. three courses)

 
 

24

 

24

* Students can opt for an Independent Research Study of 4 credits in Year 4.

Credit Summary for BA [Hons.] Diplomacy & Foreign Policy [4 Years]

Course Type

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Total credits

I. Mandatory Courses

     

A. Core

36

20

24

80

B. Skill-Based

14

6

3

23

C. Practice-Based

4

8

12

II. Elective Courses

 

16

19

48

83

III. Internship

4

4

8

Total

58

54

46

48

206

Details of Programme for Mandatory Courses

Year 1

I. Mandatory Courses

A. Core

1.      Understanding Our World (Semester 1) – 4 credits

2.      International History I – (Semester 1) – 4 credits

3.      Introduction to Political Science – (Semester 1) – 4 credits

4.      Introduction to Statistics – (Semester 1) – 4 credits

5.      Introduction to Microeconomics – (Semester 1) – 4 credits

6.      International History II – (Semester 2) – 4 credits

7.      Introduction to Macroeconomics – (Semester 2) – 4 credits

8.      War, Peace and Diplomacy – (Semester 2) – 4 credits

9.      Foreign Policy Analysis – (Semester 2) – 4 credits

B. Skill-Based

10.   Academic Reading and Writing I (Semester 1) – 4 credits

11.   Language – level 1 (Semester 1) – 3 credits

12.   Academic Reading and Writing II (Semester 2) – 4 credits

13.   Language – level 2 (Semester 2) – 3 credits

C. Practice-Based

1.  Introduction to Diplomatic Practice – (Semester 2) – 4 credits

Year 2

I. Mandatory Courses

A. Core

1.      IR Theory & Concepts – (Semester 3) – 4 credits

2.      Comparative Politics – (Semester 3) – 4 credits

3.      Indian Foreign Policy I – (Semester 3) – 4 credits

4.      Indian Foreign Policy II – (Semester 4) – 4 credits

5.      International Security – (Semester 4) – 4 credits

B. Skill-Based

1.      Language – level 3 (Semester 3) – 3 credits

2.      Language – level 4 (Semester 4) – 3 credits

D. Practice-Based

1.      Public Diplomacy and the News Media (Semester 3) – 4 credits

2.      Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis (Semester 4) – 4 credits

Year 3

I. Mandatory Courses

A. Core

1.      Introduction to International Organizations & UN System (Semester 5) – 4 credits

2.      Conflict Management & Peace Negotiations (Semester 5) – 4 credits

3.      Economic Diplomacy – (Semester 5) – 4 credits

4.      Defense, National Security & Foreign Policy – (Semester 6) – 4 credits

5.      Cultural Diplomacy: Cross Cultural Communication (Semester 6) – 4 credits

6.      Contemporary Political Economy – (Semester 6) – 4 credits

7.  Skill-Based

1.  Language – level 5 (Semester 5) – 3 credits

Elective Courses

JSIA Elective Policy

  • BADFP students are offered elective courses from their second semester of study (as an optional course).
  • Elective courses are categorized into:
    1. General Electives: They are cross elective courses offered by other JGU These courses are interdisciplinary in nature.
    2. Specialized Electives: Offered by JSIA (as school elective or cross elective). They are grouped into five main clusters:
      • Peace and Conflict Studies
      • Economics and Foreign Policy
      • Defence and National Security Studies
      • Human Rights and International Development
      • Global South Studies
  • Students can select three electives worth 12 credits from one cluster to specialize in a given
  • The three cluster elective courses can be taken in one semester or may be spread over two or more semesters.

Guidelines and Rules for Electives

  1. Students can take a maximum of 51 credits outside JSIA in case they choose to opt for other school’s cross elective which is 25% of the minimum credit requirement for graduation (206 credits).
  2. External JSIA Credits exceeding 25% will imply the approval of the Dean of the School and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs for Undergraduate programmes.
  3. The removal of an elective with an (F) grade is possible only after the final semester if the student is fulfilling the mandatory credit requirement of 206 credits.

B.A. (Hons.) with Research in Diplomacy & Foreign Policy Programme Structure

Students with 7.0 CGPA have the option of taking the research pathway in the fourth year and get awarded B.A. (Hons.) with Research in Diplomacy & Foreign Policy degree.

Course Type

Semester 1

Semester 2

Details

Credits

Details

Credits

I. Mandatory Courses

    

A. Skill-Based

Research Writing and Design Colloquium

4

  

B. Research Based

B.A. Thesis

16

II. Elective Courses

Six Courses

24

One course

4

A. General

Electives

Cross elective from other JGU Schools

 

Cross elective from other JGU Schools

 

B. Specialized Electives

JSIA Elective/Cross Elective/ IRS* (Min. three courses)

 

Or JSIA Elective/Cross Elective

 
 

28

 

20

* Students can opt for an Independent Research Study of 4 credits in Year 4.

Credit Summary for BA [Hons.] with Research in Diplomacy & Foreign Policy [4 Years]

Course Type

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Total credits

I. Mandatory Courses

     

A. Core

36

20

24

 

80

B. Skill-Based

14

6

3

4

27

C. Practice-Based

4

8

 

12

D. Research Based

   

16

16

II. Elective Courses

 

16

19

28

63

III. Internship

4

4

8

Total

58

54

46

48

206

Details of Mandatory Courses in the Year 4 of the for BA [Hons.] with Research in Diplomacy & Foreign Policy

Year 4

I. Mandatory Courses

A.  Skill-Based

1.  Research Writing and Design Colloquium – (Semester 7) – 4 credits

B.  Research Based

2.  B.A. Thesis – (Semester 8) – 16 credits

 

 

The B.A. (Hons.) Diplomacy and Foreign Policy programme offers students a range of elective courses from their second semester of study. These interdisciplinary courses involve law and other social sciences and humanities disciplines. In addition to JSIA elective courses, students can also bid for cross electives offered by other schools at JGU.

Elective courses are categorized into five main clusters: Peace and Conflict Studies, Economics and Foreign Policy, Defence and National Security Studies, Human Rights and International Development, and Global South Studies. Students can specialize in a given concentration by selecting three electives worth 12 credits from one track and will receive a certificate of specialization after graduation.

Students may take a maximum of 46 credits outside of JSIA if they opt for cross electives. This represents 25% of the minimum credit requirement for graduation (185 credits). Approval from the Dean of the School and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs for Undergraduate programmes is required for external JSIA credits exceeding 25%.

The B.A. (Hons.) Diplomacy and Foreign Policy programme from JSIA offers a diverse range of career opportunities for its graduates. Students who complete the mandatory guided internships can explore career streams in Peace and Conflict Resolution, International Justice, International Economic Development, Humanitarian Relief, Human Rights Advocacy, Political and Economic Risk Analysis, and many more. A Career Director also assists students in finding suitable internships in various intergovernmental, regional and non-governmental organisations, financial institutions, think tanks, and diplomatic missions.

JSIA Alumni have gone on to work in various sectors such as news media, consulting/corporate, think tanks/research, embassy/government, INGO & NGO/social venture, and United Nations/international organisations. Some of the major employers of JSIA students/alumni include Amnesty International, Brookings, BBC Monitoring, Carnegie India, Embassy of People’s Republic of China, Greenpeace India, Human Rights Watch, Indian Council of World Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs, NITI Aayog, United Nations Development Programme, and many more. Graduates of JSIA have become versatile international affairs professionals, making a significant impact in the global arena.

Completing the B.A. (Hons.) Diplomacy and Foreign Policy programme at JSIA provides students with a range of opportunities to continue their education and enhance their career prospects. One such opportunity is the chance to progress directly to the M.A. DLB programme at JSIA, provided the student has achieved high academic performance during their undergraduate studies. This allows students to build on the skills and knowledge they have acquired and gain further expertise in diplomacy, law, and business.

In addition to the M.A. DLB programme, students can choose to pursue a second M.A. from prestigious universities in the UK and Poland, expanding their educational and professional horizons. JSIA’s Career Director is also available to assist students in finding internships in various organizations, including the United Nations, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, financial institutions, think tanks, and diplomatic missions.

JSIA Minor in Political Science

To earn a minor in “Political Science”, students must successfully complete 20 credits by taking any five courses out of six from the following list of core papers as electives.

          List of Courses

Core courses (Any 5 courses)

Semester

Credits

Topics in Indian politics-I

III

4

Indian history, politics and government

I

4

Gender, identity and politics

IV

4

Electoral politics and analysis

IV

4

Political leadership

IV

4

Politics and history

II

4

Total credits

 

20

Selection Criteria

  1. Students must be full-time enrolled in the four-year BADFP or BAGA programs of JSIA. The students can start the minor program from semester three (III) onwards.
  2. Students must have consistently achieved a high standard of academic standing of 6.5 GPA.
  3. There should not be any “F” in core paper from the previous two semesters.

 

JSIA-JSBF Minors Programmes

Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA) and Jindal School of Business and Finance (JSBF), have launched a minor programme of 24 credits for JSIA students.

JSBF is offering two minor programmes to JSIA students: (1) Business and Finance and (2) Entrepreneurship.

I. Business and Finance Minor programme
The minor programme in the Banking and Finance trackway for JSIA students is composed of core courses of 16 credits and electives of 8 credits with a total of 24 credits as follows:

 


Course names

 

Core courses (Students will select core courses of 16 credits total)

Semester

Credits

Financial Accounting

Fall

4

Foundations of Finance

Fall

4

Effective Business Communication

Fall

2

Principles of Management

Fall

4

Macroeconomics

Fall

4

Tech Law

Fall

4

Business Statistics and Decision Science

Spring

4

Corporate Governance

Spring

4

Marketing for Financial Services

Spring

4

Global Financial Markets

Spring

4

Corporate Finance

Spring

6

Business Law

Spring

4

Total core courses credits

 

16

Electives (Two Electives of 4 credits)

 

8

Total credits

 

24

 

II. Entrepreneurship Minor programme
The minor programme in the Entrepreneurship trackway for JSIA students is composed of core courses of 16 credits and electives of 8 credits with a total of 24 credits as follows:


Course names

 

 

Core courses (Students will select core courses of 16
credits total)

Semester

Credits

Principles of Management

Fall

4

Accounting Essentials for New Ventures

Fall

4

Entrepreneurial Marketing

Fall

4

Entrepreneurial Economics

Fall

4

Macroeconomics

Fall

4

Foundations of Entrepreneurship, and Start up Eco system

Fall

6

Financial Statements for Entrepreneurs

Spring

4

Economics II

Spring

4

Sustainability, Enterprise and the Environment

Spring

4

Total core courses credits

 

16

Electives (Two Electives of 4 credits)

 

8

Total credits

 

24

Students Selection Criteria

  1. Students must be full-time enrolled in the four-year UG programs of JSIA. The students can start the minor program from semester three (III) onwards.
  2. Must have consistently achieved a high standard of academic standing of 6.0 GPA
  3. The applicant must not have any judgment against them in either the DC/UMC/SHC

Guidelines and Regulation

  • Before opting for any course, students must read the course manual and consult the course instructor.
  • In case of any doubt, students can approach JSBF Academic Affairs for advice.
  • Please note that some of the courses listed in the minor programme may be added or deleted, and the students shall be informed about it before the start of the semester.

 JSIA-JSAA Minor in Urban and Community Studies

Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA) and Jindal School of Art and Architecture (JSAA) have launched minor programme of 24 credits for JSIA students.

The minor programme in the “Urban-Community Studies” trackway is composed of five- core courses with a total of 25 credits as follows:

 

Course names

 

Core courses (Students will select core courses of 25
credits total)

Semester

Credits

The Politics and Histories of Planning

Fall

5

Geospatial Technologies for Urban and Regional Area Analysis

Fall/Spring

5

The City: A multiple perspective (Intro to urban studies)

Spring

5

Development & Sustainability (Introduction to Community Planning & Development)

Spring

5

Land: Perceptions; prejudices and politics

Spring

5

Total credits

 

25

 

Selection Criteria

  1. Students must be full-time enrolled in the four-year UG programs of JSIA. The students can start the minor program from semester three (III) onwards.
  2. Students must have consistently achieved a high standard of academic standing of 6.0 GPA.
  3. The applicant must not have any judgment against them in either the DC/UMC/SHC.

Guidelines and Regulation

  • Before opting for any course, students must read the course manual and consult the course instructor.
  • In case of any doubt, students can approach JSAA Academic Affairs for advice.
  • Please note that some of the courses listed in the minor programme may be added or deleted, and the students shall be informed about it before the start of the semester.

 

FAQ's

1. What is the Diplomacy career scope in India?

The scope of a career in diplomacy in India is quite promising. With India’s growing global influence, there is a high demand for skilled diplomats who can represent the country’s interests on the world stage. Diplomats play a crucial role in formulating and implementing India’s foreign policy, conducting negotiations with other countries, and promoting India’s culture and values abroad.
There are many different career paths that one can take in diplomacy in India. Some of the most common career paths include:
Foreign Service Officer: Foreign Service Officers are the main representatives of India abroad. They work in Indian embassies, high commissions, and consulates around the world.
Diplomatic Attaché: Diplomatic Attachés are responsible for providing support to Foreign Service Officers. They may conduct research, prepare reports, and draft correspondence.
International Relations Specialist: International Relations Specialists work in government ministries, think tanks, and NGOs. They conduct research and provide analysis on international affairs.
Foreign Policy Analyst: Foreign Policy Analysts work in government ministries, think tanks, and media organizations. They analyze foreign policy issues and provide commentary on international events.

2. What are the career opportunities of the foreign policy course at JSIA?

The foreign policy course at JSIA provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to pursue a variety of careers in diplomacy and international relations. Some of the potential career paths for graduates of the program include:

Diplomat: Graduates of the program may work as diplomats in the Indian Foreign Service or in other foreign ministries.
International Relations Officer: Graduates may work as international relations officers in government ministries, think tanks, or NGOs.
Foreign Policy Analyst: Graduates may work as foreign policy analysts in government ministries, think tanks, or media organizations.
Research Scholar: Graduates may pursue further studies and become research scholars in international relations.
Journalist: Graduates may work as journalists specializing in international affairs.

3. What is the course structure of the B.A. (Hons.) Diplomacy and Foreign Policy program at JSIA?

The B.A. (Hons.) Diplomacy and Foreign Policy program at JSIA is a four-year program that consists of core courses, elective courses, and internships. The core courses provide students with a foundation in the principles and theories of international relations, diplomacy, and foreign policy. The elective courses allow students to specialize in a particular area of interest, such as peace and conflict studies, economics and foreign policy, or defense and national security studies. The internships provide students with hands-on experience in the field of diplomacy and foreign policy.

4. What are the core subjects covered in the B.A. (Hons.) Diplomacy and Foreign Policy syllabus at JSIA?

The core subjects covered in the B.A. (Hons.) Diplomacy and Foreign Policy syllabus at JSIA include:

International Relations Theory: This course introduces students to the major theories of international relations, such as realism, liberalism, and constructivism.
Foreign Policy Analysis: This course examines the factors that shape a country’s foreign policy.
International Law: This course introduces students to the basic principles of international law.
Comparative Politics: This course examines the political systems of different countries.
Indian Foreign Policy: This course examines the history and evolution of India’s foreign policy.

5. What are the elective subjects offered in BA in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy program at JSIA?

The elective subjects offered in the B.A. (Hons.) Diplomacy and Foreign Policy program at JSIA include:

Peace and Conflict Studies: This cluster of elective courses examines the causes of conflict and the strategies for peacebuilding.
Economics and Foreign Policy: This cluster of elective courses examines the relationship between economics and foreign policy.
Defense and National Security Studies: This cluster of elective courses examines the issues of national security and defense policy.
Human Rights and International Development: This cluster of elective courses examines the relationship between human rights and international development.
Global South Studies: This cluster of elective courses examines the political, economic, and social issues of the developing world.