Saturday, February 8, 2014

Top 10 International Relations/Studies degree programs in the Philippines






The Philippine International Studies Organization (PHISO) is the pioneering professional organization dedicated to the promotion of International Relations (IR) as a field of study in the Philippines, as well as interdisciplinary exchange of research and knowledge through workshops, conferences and collaborative publication projects aimed at furthering understanding about the concept of the ‘international’.
The mission and vision of PHISO encompasses goals for research and education. Firstly, besides providing a venue for the discussion of dominant approaches to IR such as realism, liberalism and constructivism, PHISO seeks to develop interest and scholarship in Global International Relations through the study of theories, scholars and sources of knowledge from the Global South, particularly the Philippines. This may include relational theory, contrapuntal reading, decoloniality, civilizational encounters in a multiplex world, and the incorporation of IR texts that express the realities of one’s culture and experiences.
Secondly, PHISO endeavors to foster relations and knowledge-sharing with educational institutions, scholars, practitioners and students in order to strengthen ties between the academe and the public, as well as create a broad base of interest in the field. Lastly, PHISO serves as a platform for critical engagement with the theoretical diversity of IR, from the rich corpus of Euro-American scholarship that has historically characterized the discipline and emerging scholarship critical of the limitations of this legacy.

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Ang Kalipunan para sa Araling Pandaigdigan sa Pilipinas (PHISO) ay ang nangungunang samahan ng mga propesyonal na nakalaan sa pagpapatampok ng Relasyong Pandaigdigan (IR) bilang isang larangan ng pag-aaral sa Pilipinas, gayundin bilang isang inter-disiplinayong palitan ng pagsasaliksik at kaalaman sa pamamagitan ng mga palihan, komperensiya at mga may pagtutulungang proyektong pampahayagan na nakatuon sa mas malawak na pag-unawa ukol sa konsepto ng “internasyonal”.
Ang misyon at bisyon ng PHISO ay hindi lamang natatali sa layunin ng pananaliksik at edukasyon. Una, maliban sa pagbibigay puwang sa mga talakayan ukol sa mga nangungunang pamamaraan sa IR tulad ng reyalismo, liberalismo at konstruktibismo, ang PHISO ay naglalayong paunlarin ang interes at pag-alam sa Global na Relasyong Pandaigdigan sa pamamagitan ng mga teorya, mga pag-aaral at mga bukal ng kaalaman mula sa timog global, partikular sa Pilipinas. Kabilang na rito ang teoryang ‘relationality’, pagbasang contrapuntal, dekolonyal, enkuwentrong sibilisasyon sa mundo, at ang paglalapat ng mga teksto ng IR sa pagpapahayag ng mga katotohanan sa kultura at karanasan ng tao.
Ikalawa, sinisikap ng PHISO na paunlarin ang ugnayan at pagbabahaginan ng mga kaalaman sa pagitan ng mga institusyong edukasyonal, mga iskolar, mga tagaganap at mga mag-aaral upang patatagin ang ugnayan sa pagitan ng akademya at mamamayan, gayundin ay makalikha ng mas malawak na base ng interes sa larangang ito. Huli, ang PHISO ay tumatayong plataporma sa mga kritikal na ugnayan ng iba’t ibang teorya ng IR, mula sa mayamang karanasan ng mga mag-aaral na ‘Euro-American’ na makasaysayang tinukoy at namamayagpag na pag-aaral sa limitasyon ng pamana.]
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For updated IR degree programs available in the Philippines click here.

There are more or less 35 Philippine universities and colleges that offer International Relations (IR) as degree programs. Most of the IR programs in the Philippines are under the Political Science program or concentrated on area studies. My top 10 highly recommended IR degree programs in the Philippines are:


College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
Department of Political Science
MA-BA in Political Science (with cognate courses on International Relations)
UP Asian Center - MA in Asian Studies
UP IIS - MA in Islamic Studies (IR course of the Muslim world is offered)


College of Liberal Arts
Department of International Studies
MA in International Studies major in European Studies
MA in Asian Studies major in Japanese Studies
BA in International Studies major in American, European, Japanese or Chinese studies
De La Salle's sister schools (Benilde, Dasmariñas, and St. La Salle) offer IR courses.


School of Social Sciences
Department of Political Science
BA in European Studies (International Relations or Business tracks)
BA in Chinese Studies (Business, Humanities or Social Science tracks)
Ateneo's sister schools in Cagayan (Xavier), Davao, Naga, and Zamboanga have IR degree programs. 


College of International, Humanitarian and Development Studies







College of International Relations
BA Foreign Service major in Diplomacy or International Trade
Lyceum Cavite - BS in Foreign Service major in Diplomacy










The King Faisal Center for Islamic, Arabic and Asian Studies
BS in International Relations






Helena Z. Benitez School of International Relations and Diplomacy



School of Multidisciplinary Studies







School of Arts and Sciences









Specialized IR programs:

Centro Escolar University
Graduate School
PhD and MA in Southeast Asian Studies

Foreign Service Institute (Department of Foreign Affairs)
Carlos P. Romulo School of Diplomacy
--Foreign Service Officers (FSO) Cadetship Course
--Career Ministers’ Course
--Course on Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Mediation
--Course on Diplomatic Communication
--Basic Course in International Relations
--Course on Foreign Policy Analysis
Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies (CIRSS)
--CIRSS undertakes studies in support of the formulation, review and dissemination of Philippine foreign policy. It also organizes conferences, round table discussions (RTD), lectures, and forums as channels for interaction, cooperation and integration of the efforts of local and foreign experts from government, private and academic sectors on foreign policy issues and their domestic implications.

National Defense College of the Philippines
Department of Academics
Master in National Security Administration


List of the remaining IR programs in alphabetical order:

Ateneo de Naga University
College of Arts and Sciences
BA in Philosophy major in Foreign Service and International Relations

Ateneo de Zamboanga University
School of Liberal Arts
Department of Social Sciences

BS in International Studies major in Chinese, European, Japanese, Korean or Southeast Asian studies.

School of Arts and Education
BA in International Studies

De La Salle University, Dasmariñas 
College of Liberal Arts and Communication
BA in International Development Studies

Institute of Arts and Sciences
Department of International Studies
BA in International Studies

College of Arts and Sciences
BA in International Studies

Manuel L. Quezon University
School of Education, Arts & Sciences
BS in Foreign Service

Department of Arts and Sciences
BS in International Studies major in Japanese Language and Studies

College of Arts and Sciences
BA major in International Studies

BS in Diplomacy and International Relations
- URL is inaccessible.

St. Dominic College of Asia
School of International Hospitality and Tourism Management
BS in International Relations

St. Peter’s College, Iligan City
BS in International Relations
URL is inaccessible.

St. Scholastica's College
School of Arts and Sciences
BA in Political Science with specialization in International Relations

BS in Foreign Service

College of Arts & Sciences
BA in Foreign Service

University of San Jose-Recoletos
College of Arts & Sciences
BA in International Studies

University of Santo Tomas
Faculty of Arts and Letters
BA in Asian Studies

University of Southern Mindanao, Kabacan
Institute of Middle East and Asian Studies
Department of International Relations
- URL is inaccessible.

University of St. La Salle
College of Arts and Sciences
BA Political Science major in International Studies

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of History and International Studies
BA in International Studies major in American or Chinese studies

College of Arts and Sciences
BA in International Studies


- Ateneo de Davao University
- Ateneo de Zamboanga University
- Liceo de Cagayan University
- Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku
- Mindanao State University, Marawi Campus
- RC-Al Khwarizmi International College
- University of Southern Mindanao, Kabacan
- Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan


See: Tickner and Wæver's International Relations Scholarship Around the World (Worlding Beyond the West)

NB. This list is not an exhausted one, but those are the well-known programs within the circles of IR academia in the Philippines. To learn how IR became an independent social science discipline, read the compendium project of ISA.