Indiana Wesleyan University launches new online degree in international relations and security

PR Newswire — February 20, 2017

MARION, Ind., Feb. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Indiana Wesleyan
University is launching a new bachelor’s degree in international relations and
security that students can complete online.

The curriculum for the new Bachelor of Science in international relations and
security offers two specializations in either cybersecurity or global security.
The course of study will enable graduates to pursue careers in government,
military, law enforcement, cybersecurity and intelligence fields, as well as
career tracks in law, non-governmental organizations and other public service
sectors. To earn the degree, students will complete 42 credits in 10 core
courses and four specialization courses, for a total of 120 credits. There are
no pre-requisites for this program, but students do have to have completed at
least 60 transferable credit hours from an accredited college or university. The
university estimates that it will take students about 20 months to move through
the coursework.

The new program is accepting applications from students who want to begin the
program as early as April. A second cohort is planned to start the coursework in
August, said Tony Manganello, program director in the Department of Public
Service in the School of Service and Leadership.

Manganello, who served for 11 years as a U.S. Secret Service agent before moving
into higher education, has been the driving force behind pulling this program
together. In addition to Indiana Wesleyan University, only a handful of
universities in the country offer this degree online, and none of the others are
in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky or Illinois, he said.

Manganello said he was inspired to develop the program because he saw a growing
interest from students, whose knowledge in these career areas comes mostly
through television and movies.

“I began to sense a need for this in the Christian higher education world,”
Manganello said. “Indiana Wesleyan University is the perfect place to offer this
program because of its excellent liberal arts program and its rigorous, ethical
view of the world.”

To help write the curriculum, Manganello said he has drawn together professors
and adjunct faculty members who are experts in their fields, including career
foreign-service officers, active-duty military members and full-time professors
in international relations.

“There is a good breadth of academics and practitioners,” Manganello said. “Many
of these experts will also teach in the program.”

This new degree program also serves the mission of Indiana Wesleyan University,
said David Wright, president of Indiana Wesleyan University.

“The DNA of Indiana Wesleyan University is to look out at the community and see
where the needs are, and then to figure out innovative ways to meet those
needs,” Wright said. “We are not just interested in helping our students find a
better job. We want them to find a cause that they believe in. It isn’t just
about career; it’s about calling.”

To learn more about the online international relations and security degree
program, please visit

About Indiana Wesleyan University
Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is an evangelical Christian comprehensive
university of The Wesleyan Church committed to global liberal arts and
professional education. About 3,000 students are enrolled in traditional
programs on the main campus in Marion, Ind. More than 11,000 adult learners
study online or at education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. IWU has a
sister institution in Sydney, Australia. More information is available at

Indiana Wesleyan University Contact:
Jerry Shepherd, Associate Vice President
Adult Enrollment Services

PR Contact:
Michele Lemmon, GREENCREST

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