Global Communication Program of Study

To earn your Master of Arts in Global Communication you must successfully complete our 40 credit program which includes 15 credits in core courses, 9 credits in either a Global Issue or Regional Field Specialization, one 3 credit Skills Course, and 9 credits of electives. You must also complete a 4 credit capstone project or enroll in the 3 credit Alternative Capstone Option. Students also have the option to pursue a thesis.

 

Master of Arts in Global Communication Program of Study

 

SMPA 6210 Media and Foreign Policy (fall)

SMPA 6241 Research Methods (recommended first semester course)

IAFF 6101 International Affairs Cornerstone*

ECON 6280 Survey of International Economics
- OR - 
ECON 6250 Survey of Economic Development

PLUS one additional course (3 credits) from the following:

SMPA 6202 Media Effects and Persuasion 

SMPA 6204 Strategic Political Communication (offered to Global Communication students only in spring semesters)

HIST 6030 Uses of History in International Affairs

*The International Affairs Cornerstone is the Elliott School's core graduate course on International Relations Theory and Policy, taught by two of our best faculty, and tailored to the needs of Elliott School graduate students. Global Communication students are required to take this course in the first fall semester of their studies. The International Affairs Cornerstone will not be offered during the spring semester.

You must complete a Capstone project as a culminating experience during your final year of study at the Elliott School.

 

Elliott School Capstone projects provide an opportunity for you to apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired through your coursework to a current policy question.

 

Global Capstone Project

If you want to to continue to a Ph.D. program or pursue a research-oriented job, you may consider writing a thesis, which is an independent, in-depth research project that takes a year or more to complete. If you choose to complete a thesis, you must do so in addition to the Capstone requirement. Thesis credits will be counted as elective or specialization credits with Program Director approval. To pursue a thesis you need a minimum of a 3.5 GPA after completing 20 credit hours in the program and approval from the faculty member you wish to serve as your thesis director. Thesis students also need to complete at least one research methods course.

 

Thesis Option

IAFF 6502-6503

  • Cross Cultural Communication
  • Developing Communication Strategies
  • Formal Briefing
  • Introduction to Editing
  • Negotiating Skills
  • Op-Ed Writing Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Writing for International Affairs Professionals

Students in the Global Communication program are also permitted to take skills courses in the School of Media and Public Affairs. Courses are only offered in the spring semester and are 1.5 credit hours each. View SMPA skills courses

Electives may consist of courses relating to international affairs or communication, with approval of the program director.

With Program Director approval, graduate students can apply a maximum of 6 credits of language courses toward the electives.  In consultation with the student, the Program Director will determine which level language course and how many credits of language are appropriate for the student’s Plan of Study.


Global Issues 

The Global Issue specialization will deepen your understanding of contemporary issues facing Global Communication. You may choose from among ten global issue specializations. You can find specific course listings for your chosen Global Issue Specialization in the GW Bulletin.

ECON 6255 Economics of Technological Change

IAFF 6142 Technology Creation/ Diffusion

IAFF 6151 Environmental Policy

IAFF 6153 Science, Technology, and National Security

IAFF 6158 Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy

IAFF 6501 Applied Quantitative Analysis

IAFF 6996 U.S. Space Policy

LAW 6412 Communication Law

LAW 6414 Telecommunication Law

PMGT 6214 Public Opinion Dynamics

PPPA 6018 Public Policy, Governance, and the Global Market

PSPR 6201 Public Relations Principles and Practice

PSPR 6204 Media Relations in the New Media World

PSPR 6208 Strategic Marketing and Marketing Communication

SMPA 6250 Special Topics in Media Processes and Institutions

  • Information, Media and National Security
  • Changing Media Technology
  • International Communication
  • Electronic Media Policy
  • Public Affairs and Government Information

ANTH 6507 Nationalism and Ethnicity

GEOG 6224 Political Geography

HIST 6822 Nationalism in the Middle East

IAFF 6118 Special Topics in International Affiars

  • Ethics and International Politics
  • Nation Building: Theory and Practice
  • Religion and International Affairs
  • Reinventing the United Nations
  • Theory and Practice of International Negotiations

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy

  • Food, Globalization, and Conflict
  • Military and Post-Conflict Intervention
  • Responses to Terrorism
  • War to Peace Transition

IAFF 6999 Thesis Research

  • Issues in Conflict Resolution
  • Conflict Mitigation and Resolution in Africa

MGT 6215 Conflict Management and Negotiations

PPSY 6103 Political Violence and Terrorism

PSC 6442 Politics and Practice of International Institutions

PSC 6444 Politics of International Law

PSC 6349 International Security Politics

PSC 6351 Civil-Military Relations

PSC 6476 The Arab-Israeli Conflict

PSC 8388 Selected Topics in Comparative Politics

  • Nationalism in Former Soviet Republics

SMPA 6250 Topics in Media Processes and Institutions

  • Race, Media and Politics

Students interested in pursuing a specialization in Global Gender Policy will be encouraged to find classes across the university that best suit their career and research interests. As with other specializations, the Global Communication program will offer some suggestions as to appropriate classes listed in the GW Bulletin, but with the understanding that this is not meant to represent the universe of potential classes (especially with some classes being taught as Special Topics). A sample of such recommended classes include:

IAFF 6102 Global Gender Policy

IAFF 6136 Gender and Development

IAFF 2190W Women in Global Politics

IAFF 3183 Human Trafficking

IAFF 6122 Development Policy & Practice

WGSS 6230 Global Feminism

WGSS 6225 Contemporary Feminist Theory

SMPA 6205 Media, Development & Globalization

PHIL 6238 Feminist Ethics and Policy Implications

PSYCH 8275/WGSS 8275 Women & Health

SOC 6271 Gender and Society

SOC 6273 The Sex Industry

SOC 6265/WGSS 6265 Women, Welfare, and Poverty

SOC 6268 Race, Gender, and Class

WGSS 6257/ANTH 6501 Gender and Sexuality

WGSS 6266 Gender and Criminal Justice

WGSS 6268/SOC 6268 Race, Gender and Class

WGSS 6240 Women and Public Policy

ANTH 6302 Issues in Development

ANTH 6505 Medical Anthropology

ANTH 6591 Topics

  • Refugees and Displaced Persons

ECON 6248 Health Economics

GEOG 6223 Population and Health

PUBH 6430 Theories and Applications for Global Health Promotion

PUBH 6435 Global Health Program Development and Evaluation

PUBH 6437 Global Health Program Evaluation

PUBH 6442 Comparative Global Health Systems

PUBH 6503 Introduction to Public Health Communication and Marketing

Anthropology

ANTH 6301 The Anthropology of Development

ANTH 6302 Issues in Development

ANTH 6331 Research Methods in Development Anthropology

ANTH 6391 Anthropology and Contemporary Problems

ANTH 6505 Medical Anthropology

ANTH 6507 Nationalism and Ethnicity

ANTH 6591 Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology

ECON | GEOG | STAT 6291 Methods in Demographic Analysis

PPPA 6006 Policy Analysis

PPPA 6002 Research Methods and Applied Statistics

PPPA 6016 Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation

PSPR 6204 Media Relations in the New Media World

PSPR 6208 Strategic Marketing and Marketing Communication

SOC 6230 Sociological Research Methods

SOC 6232 Qualitative Methodology: Doing Field Research

Environment

EMSE 6200 Policy Factors in Environmental and Energy Management

IAFF 6151 Environmental Policy

GEOG 6222 Resources and the Environment

GEOG 6223 Population and Health

GEOG 6230 Environmental Issues in Development

GEOG 6250 Geographical Perspectives on Development

PPPA 6066 Environmental Policy

PHIL 6281 Environmental Philosophy and Policy

Humanitarian Assistance

EMSE 6305 Crisis and Emergency Management

EMSE 6320 International Disaster Management

GEOG 6224 Political Geography

PUBH 6430 Theories for Global Health Communication Interventions

PUBH 6442 Comparative Global Health Systems

PUBH 6503 Introduction to Public Health Communication and Marketing

International Development Management

DNSC 6265 International Development for Project Managers

IBUS 6402 Managing in Developing Countries

PPPA 6025 Ethics and Public Values

PPPA 6057 International Development Administration

PPPA 6058 International Development NGO Management

PPPA 6059 International Development Management Processes and Tools

PPPA 6016 Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation

PPPA 6018 Public Policy, Governance and the Global Market System

SMPA 6250 Topics in Media Processes and Institutions

  • Media in the Developing World

International Education

EDUC 6100 Special Topics

  • Technology and Development in International Education

EDUC 6601 International and Comparative Education

EDUC 6602 Regional Studies in International Education

EDUC 6610 Programs and Policies in International Education

EDUC 6620 Strategies and Analysis in International Education

EDUC 6640 Selected Topics in International Education

EDUC 6650 Education and National Development

Global Health

ANTH 6505 Medical Anthropology

PUBH 6430 Theories for Global Health Communication Interventions

PUBH 6442 Comparative Global Health Systems

PUBH 6503 Introduction to Public Health Communication and Marketing

Political Economy

ECON 6250 Survey of Economic Development

ECON 6269 Economy of China

ECON 6285 Economic Development of Latin America

ECON 6295 Special Topics

  • Industrial and Technology Policy in Developing Countries

IBUS 6404 Global Competitive Frameworks

IBUS 6403 International Business Negotiations

PSC 6439 International Political Economy

PSC 6442 Politics and Practice of International Relations

PSC 8388 Selected Topics in Comparative Politics

  • Politics of Development

PSPR 6208 Strategic Marketing and Marketing Communication

Women and Development

ANTH 6501 Gender and Sexuality

GEOG 6223 Population and Health

SOC 6273 The Sex Industry

WGSS 6230 Global Feminisms

WGSS 6270 Selected Topics

  • Global/Domestic Labor Studies
  • Global Islamic Feminisms
  • Women and Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Women, Development, and Rights

ECON 6250 Survey of Economic Development

ECON 6255 Economics of Technological Change

ECON 6269 Economy of China

ECON 6271 Economy of Japan

ECON 6285 Economic Development of Latin America

ECON 6295 Special Topics

  • Economic Analysis of International Trade Law
  • International Economic Integration
  • Industrial and Technology Policy in Developing Countries
  • Economics of the European Union
  • Economics of U.S. Trade Policy
  • Economics of U.S. Trade Law
  • Emerging Market Financial Crises

IAFF 6138 Special Topics in International Development

  • U.S Aid and Trade in the Developing World

IAFF 6318 Special Topics in Asian Studies

  • Political Economy of South Asia

IAFF 6358 Special Topics in Latin American Studies

  • Political Economy of Latin America

IBUS 6301 International Business Finance

IBUS 6302 Seminar: International Banking

IBUS 6303 External Development Financing

IBUS 6306 Seminar: International Financial Markets

IBUS 6404 New Global Competitive Frameworks

IBUS 6405 Legal Aspects of International and Multinational Business

PSC 6439 International Political Economy

ECON 6295 Special Topics

  • Economics of the European Union

IAFF 6118 Special Topics in International Affairs

  • Reinventing the United Nations
  • Theory and Practice of International Negotiations

LAW 6870 National Security Law

LAW 6520 International Law

LAW 6534 Law of the European Union

PSC 6439 International Political Economy

PSC 6442 Politics and Practice of International Institutions

PSC 6444 Politics of International Law

PSC 8226 Politics and Organizations

SMPA 6250 Topics in Media Processes and Institutions

  • Media Law
  • Public Affairs and Government Information

Required Course

SMPA 6275/IAFF 6118 Public Diplomacy

Recommended Core Course

SMPA 6204 Strategic Political Communication

Recommended Elective Courses

*Remaining courses in the concentration can be drawn from the following (other courses not listed may count with Director approval):

EDUC 6620 Designing and Managing International Education Development Projects

EDUC 6640 Designing Cross-Cultural Training Programs

IAFF 6208/SMPA 6270 Communications in Modern Diplomacy

IAFF 6138 Special Topics in International Development

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies

PPPA 6018 Public Policy, Governance, and the Global Market

PPPA 6058 International Development NGO Management

PSC 8334 Democracy and Democratization in Comparative Perspective

PSC 6442 Politics and Practice of International Institutions

PSC 6345 Comparative Foreign Policy

PSC 6351 Civil-Military Relations

PUBH 6431 Global Health Communications

PUBH 6571 Social Marketing

SMPA 6205 Media, Development, and Globalization

SMPA 6270 Development, Governance, and Digital Technology

SMPA 6274 Media and War

ECON 6295 Special Topics

  • Economics of U.S Trade Policy

HIST 6001 Special Topics

  • History of International Economic System

HIST 6032 Strategy and Policy

HIST 6310 Readings in 19th Century American History

HIST 6320-6321 Readings/Research Seminar: Recent U.S. History

HIST 6330 Modern U.S. Foreign Policy

IAFF 6118 Special Topics in International Affairs

  • U.S Public Diplomacy

IAFF 6153 Science, Technology, and National Security

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies

  • Covert Action and National Security
  • Forward Engagement
  • Globalization and National Security
  • Intelligence and National Security Policymaking
  • Military and Post Conflict Intervention
  • National Security Resources
  • Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Transnational Security Issues

IAFF 6302 Taiwan: Internal Development and Foreign Policy

IAFF 6305 U.S.-South Asian Relations

IAFF 6338 Special Topics in European & Eurasian Studies

  • Transatlantic Relations

IAFF 6378 Special Topics in Middle East Studies

  • Mediterranean Region and U.S. Security

IAFF 6505 Elliott School Seminar: The Internet and International Relations

IAFF 6521 U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era

IAFF 6145 U.S. Space Policy

LAW 6870 National Security Law

PSC 6346 The Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy

PSC 6347 U.S. Foreign Policy Traditions

PSC 6348 Politics of U.S. National Security Policy

PSC 6372 Foreign Policy of China

PSC 6439 International Political Economy

PSC 8229 Politics and Public Policy

PSC 8388 Selected Topics in Comparative Politics

  • Theories of Democracy

PSC 8489 Selected Topics in International Politics

  • Identity and Major Wars

Note: Special/Selected Topics courses change often
Check the schedule of classes for each semester's offerings. With permission of the program director, other Special/Selected Topics courses not listed here may be used to fulfill program requirements.

SMPA 6250 Topics in Media Processes and Institutions

SMPA 6270 Topics in Mass Media and Public Opinion

HIST 6001 Special Topics

IAFF 6118 Special Topics in International Affairs

  • U.S. Public Diplomacy
  • Theory and Practice of International Negotiation

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy

  • Covert Action and National Security
  • Forward Engagement
  • Health and National Security
  • Military Geography
  • Organized Crime
  • Post-Conflict Development
  • Responses to Terrorism
  • Strategic Planning for the 21st Century
  • Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy
  • National Security Resources
  • Military and Post-Conflict Intervention
  • Weapons Proliferation and Nonproliferation
  • Intelligence and National Security Policymaking
  • Issues in International Criminal Law

IAFF 6338 Special Topics in European & Eurasian Studies

  • Transatlantic Security Issues
  • NATO & European Security

IAFF 6318 Special Topics in Asian Studies

  • Transatlantic Security Issues
  • Asian Regional Security

ANTH 6507 Nationalism and Ethnicity

ANTH 6391 Anthropology and Contemporary Problems

ECON 6239 Economics of Defense

GEOG 6224 Political Geography

HIST 6032 Strategy Policy

HIST 6330 Modern U.S. Foreign Policy, 1898–2001

IAFF 6145 U.S. Space Policy

IAFF 6151 Environmental Policy

IAFF 6153 Science, Technology, and National Security

IAFF 6160 Defense Policy and Program Analysis I

IAFF 6167 Defense Policy and Program Analysis II

IAFF 6165 Fundamentals of Intelligence

IAFF 6163 Transnational Security

IAFF 6169 Homeland Security

IAFF 6171 Intro to Conflict Resolution

IAFF 6362 Regional Security in the Middle East

LAW 6870 National Security Law

LAW 6552 Law of War

MGT 6215 Conflict Management and Negotiation

PPSY 6101 Fundamentals of Political Psychology

PPSY 6102 Political Psychology Research Methods

PPSY 6103 Political Violence and Terrorism

PSC 6442 Politics and Practice of International Institutions

PSC 6444 Politics of International Law

PSC 6346 The Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy

PSC 6347 U.S. Foreign Policy Traditions

PSC 6348 Politics of U.S. National Security Policy

PSC 6349 International Security Politics

PSC 6457 Arms Control and Disarmament

PSC 6476 The Arab-Israeli Conflict

 


Regional Field Specializations

You may choose one regional field specialization, selecting three courses listed under that field. Students may design their own field with the approval of the Program Director, or select one of the following fields. You can find specific course listings for your chosen Regional Field Specialization in the GW Bulletin.

ECON 6269 Economy of China

ECON 6271 Economy of Japan

HIST 6001 Special Topics Seminar

  • Central Asian History

HIST 6610 Readings Seminar: Late Imperial China

HIST 6611 Readings Seminar: 20th Century China

HIST 6621 Modern Japanese History

HIST 6630 Topics in Korean History

HIST 6641 Modern Southeast Asia

IAFF 6302 Taiwan: Internal Development and Foreign Policy

IAFF 6318 Special Topics in Asian Studies

  • Asian Regional Security
  • Force in Asian Politics
  • International Relations of South Asia

IAFF 6305 U.S.-South Asia Relations

PSC 6370 Politics of China I

PSC 6372 Foreign Policy of China

PSC 6475 International Politics of East Asia

PSC 8388 Selected Topics in Comparative Politics

  • Political Economy of East and Southeast Asia
  • Japanese Politics

PSC 8489 Selected Topics in International Politics

  • Japanese Foreign Policy
  • U.S.-China Relation
  • Politics of Asia Pacific Economic Integration

PSPR 6201 Public Relations Principles and Practice

PSPR 6204 Media Relations in the New Media World

PSPR 6208 Strategic Marketing and Marketing Communications

SMPA 6250 Topics in Media Processes and Institutions

  • Media in the Developing World

ECON 6295 Special Topics

  • East European Economies in Historical Perspective
  • Post-Communist Economic Analysis

GEOG 6265 Geography of the Former Soviet Union

HIST 6001 Special Topics Seminar

  • Central Asian History

HIST 6042 World War II

HIST 6050 Modernization, Imperialism, Globalization

HIST 6051 Re-thinking Cold War History

HIST 6105 European Intellectual History

HIST 6120 Early Modern European History

HIST 6121 Modern European History

HIST 6128 Europe and the World, 1500-Present

HIST 6133 English People and Institutions

HIST 6170-71 Eastern European History

HIST 6180 History of Modern Russia and the Soviet Union

HIST 6185 Russian and Soviet Thought

HIST 6188 Soviet Foreign Policy, 1917–1991

IAFF 6338 Special Topics in European & Eurasian Studies

  • Caucasus in the 20th Century
  • Central Asia: Issues and Challenges
  • Geopolitics of Ukraine
  • Mediterranean Region & U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Nationalism in Ukraine and Russia
  • NATO and European Security
  • Political Economy of the European Union
  • Scandinavia & Baltic States
  • Transatlantic Security Relations
  • Turkey's Place in Europe

PSC 6333 Comparative Politics of Russia and Eurasia

PSC 6360 Western European Politics

PSC 6361 Politics of European Integration

PSC 6364 Comparative Governments and Politics of Eastern Europe

PSC 6366 Government and Politics of Russia

PSC 6462 The Political Economy of Advanced Industrial States

PSC 6465 The International Politics of Eastern Europe

PSC 8388 Selected Topics in Comparative Politics

  • Government and Politics of Ukraine

PSPR 6201 Public Relations Principles and Practice

PSPR 6204 Media Relations in the New Media World

ANTH 6702 Anthropology of Latin America

HIST 6701 Topics in Latin American History

  • 20th Century Latin American Revolutions

ECON 6285 Economic Development of Latin America

GEOG 6261 Geographical Perspectives on Latin America

IAFF 6341 Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Cornerstone

IAFF 6342 Drug Trafficking in the Americas

IAFF 6343 Indigenous Social Movements

IAFF 6358 Special Topics in Latin American Studies

  • Brazil Since Independence
  • Economic Integration of the Americas
  • Mexico Since Independence
  • Political and Economic Development of the Southern Cone
  • Political Economy of Latin America
  • Remittances in Latin America

PSC 6383 Comparative Politics of Latin America

PSC 6484 International Relations of Latin America

SMPA 6250 Topics in Media Processes and Institutions

  • Media in the Developing World

HIST 6822 Nationalism in the Middle East

IAFF 6362 Regional Security in the Middle East

IAFF 6363 Political Economy of the Middle East

IAFF 6364 Religion and Society in the Middle East

IAFF 6378 Special Topics in Middle East Studies

PSC 6377 Comparative Politics of the Middle East

PSC 6476 The Arab-Israeli Conflict

PSC 6478 International Relations of the Middle East

SMPA 6250 Topics in Media Processes and Institutions

  • Media in the Developing World