International Affairs Program of Study

To earn your Master of Arts in International Affairs you must successfull complete our 40 credit program which includes 9-12 credits in core courses, 12 credits in your major field and 12 credits of elective courses. You must also complete a capstone project and have the option for writing a thesis.

 

Master of Arts in International Affairs Program of Study

 

International Affairs (3 credits)

  • IAFF 6101 International Affairs Cornerstone

History (3 credits)

  • HIST 6030 The Use of History in International Affairs

Economics (3-6 credits)

  • ECON 6280 Survey of International Economics

The three-credit, one-semester economics track is designed for students who have little background in economics. Those with a stronger prior background in economics may wish to substitute with this two-course sequence for six credits:

  • ECON 6283 International Trade Theory and Policy
  • ECON 6284 International Macroeconomic Theory and Policy

Note: ECON 6283 - 6284 is the required sequence for the major field of International Economic Affairs.

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 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

Program Advisor

Marcus King ([email protected])

The program advisor is the student's main point of contact for developing their plans of study. Professor King is responsible for reviewing and approving the plans of study and any subsequent revisions/updates.

Faculty Advisors

Students are encouraged to seek advice as needed from the Faculty Advisors who serve as resource persons for specific concentrations.

Global Issues Fields

 

Conflict & Conflict Resolution
Matthew Levinger
[email protected]

 

Global Energy and Environmental Policy
Marcus King
[email protected]

 

Global Gender Policy
Shirley Graham
[email protected]
 

International Affairs and Development
Christina Fink
[email protected]
 

International Economic Affairs
Michael Moore
[email protected]
 

International Security Studies
Paul Williams
[email protected]

 

Nuclear Policy
Allison MacFarlane
[email protected]

 

Technology Policy & International Affairs
Nicholas Vonortas
[email protected]
 

U.S. Foreign Policy
Henry Nau
[email protected]

Regional Focus Fields

 

Asia
Emmanuel Teitelbaum
[email protected]
 

Europe & Eurasia
Peter Rollberg
[email protected]

 

Middle East
Mona Atia
[email protected]


Regional Specializations 

Our regional specializations provide an opportunity for you to take a country, content or area you are interested in and passionate about and turn it into area you are an expert on. Major fields in the International Affairs program consist of at least four courses selected from one of these regional areas.  You are encouraged to discuss these choices with your major field faculty advisors. You can find specific course listings for your chosen Regional Specialization in the GW Bulletin.

Select four courses from the list below. At least two (6 credits), must come from the core courses list.

Core Courses- Choose at least two

IAFF 6118 Special Topics in International Affairs

  • Rising China in Africa

IAFF 6138 Special Topics in Development Studies

IAFF 6138 Development in Africa

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies

  • Security Challenges in Africa
  • War and Conflict in Africa

PSC 8388 Political Economy of Africa

Supporting Courses

ANTH 6301 Anthropology of Development

ANTH 6391 Refugees, Displacement, and Diaspora

ECON 6250 Survey of Economic Development

ECON 6237 Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources

IAFF 6138 Special Topics in Development Studies

  • Climate Change and Sustainable Development
  • Development in Conflict Zones
  • Gender and Development
  • Humanitarian Assistance

IAFF 6171 Introduction to Conflict Resolution

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies

  • International Peacekeeping
  • Politics of Peace Agreements

IBUS 6402 Managing in Development Countries

PSC 8489 Civil War

PSC 8334 Democracy and Democratization in Comparative Perspective

PUBH 6480 Humanitarian Operations

Students are encouraged to explore Africa offerings in the consortium institutions (Howard, Georgetown and American University) and discuss these with the Faculty Advisor.

Asian studies concentrators must take four courses from at least three of the following groupings:

Group 1: History of Modern Asia

HIST 6601 Special Topics Seminar

  • Geography and Politics of Afghanistan and South & Central Asia

HIST 6602 History, Memory and Violence in Modern Asia: 1850–present

HIST 6611 Readings Seminar: 20th Century China

HIST 6630 Topics in Korean History

HIST 6641 Modern Southeast Asia

Group 2: Politics and Policy in Asia

A. Domestic Politics, Foreign Policy and Law

PSC 6336 Political Economy of Developing Areas

PSC 6368 Japanese Politics

PSC 6370 Politics of China I

PSC 6374 Korean Politics

IAFF 6302 Taiwan: Internal Development and Foreign Policy

LAW 6543 Law of the People's Republic of China

ENGL 6560 Postcolonialism: Representing Displacement: Gender, Religion and Migration in Postcolonial South Asia and Beyond

B. Security and Military Policy

IAFF 6118 Special Topics in International Affairs

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy:

  • The Chinese Military

Group 3: International Relations of Asia

HIST 6301 US-Asia Relations

IAFF 6302 Taiwan: Internal Development and Foreign Policy

IAFF 6308 International Relations of South Asia

PSC 6372 Foreign Policy of China

PSC 6475 International Politics of East Asia

PSC 6489 U.S. China Relations

Group 4: Asian Business and Development

ECON 6269 Economy of China

ECON 6271 Economy of Japan

PSC 6336 Political Economy of Developing Areas

PSC 6373 Political Economy of Industrializing Asia

Choose at least one course from Group A: Western, Central and Eastern Europe and one from Group B: Russia and Eurasia. The other two courses may be taken from either group.

Group A. Western, Central and Eastern Europe

HIST 6042 World War II

HIST 6050 Modernization, Imperialism, Globalization

HIST 6051 Re-thinking Cold War History

HIST 6121 Modern European History

HIST 6170 Eastern European History, 1772–1918

HIST 6171 Eastern European History, 1919–1945

IAFF 6338 Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies

  • The European Union
  • Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century

PSC 6364 Comparative Governments and Politics of Eastern Europe

PSC 6465 International Politics of Eastern Europe

PSC 8388 Selected Topics

Group B. Russia and Eurasia

HIST 6188 Soviet Foreign Policy, 1917–1991

IAFF 6138 Special Topics in International Development Studies

  • Post-Soviet Democracy Development

IAFF 6338 Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies

  • Turkey's Place in Europe
  • History and Politics of the Caucuses
  • Security in Russia/Eurasia

Core Courses- Choose at least two

ANTH — Any 6000-level Anthropology course approved by the Program Director

ECON 6285 Economic Development of Latin America

IAFF 6341** LAHSP Cornerstone

IAFF 6343 Indigenous Social Movements

IAFF 6358 Security in the Americas

PSC 6383 Government and Politics of Latin America

PSC 6484 International Relations of Latin America

Supporting Courses

IAFF 3187 / 2190W Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies
Appropriate topics may be completed for graduate credit with completion of extra work and permission from the major field faculty advisor.

IAFF 6343 Indigenous Social Movements

IAFF 6358 Special Topics in Latin American & Hemispheric Studies

** Students in the International Affairs M.A. program may register for IAFF 6341 with permission of the course instructor.

A major field with a regional focus on the Middle East consists of 12 credits (four 3-credit classes), as described below:

Choose at least one:

PSC 6377 Comparative Government and Politics of the Middle East

PSC 6478 International Relations of the Middle East

Supporting Courses

ANTH 6707 Issues in Middle East Anthropology

IAFF 6364 Religion and Society in the Modern Middle East

IAFF 6378 Special Topics in Middle East Studies

  • Iraq and Iran
  • Lebanon and Syria
  • Politics of North Africa
  • Politics and Religion in Post-Revolutionary Iran
  • U.S. Policy in the Gulf

A full listing of Middle East courses is posted in advance of each semester on the Institute for Middle East Studies website.

 


Thematic Specializations

Our world grows increasingly complex and connected by the day. Practioners in fields that impact the entirety of the globe must be knowledgable and prepared to tackle these challenges while capitalizing on opportunities. Our courses in thematic specializations will help you acquire this knowledge and more.  Major fields in the International Affairs program consist of at least four courses selected from one of these global issues. You are encouraged to discuss these choices with your respective major field faculty advisers. Any Special Topics courses may vary each semester. You can find specific course listings for your chosen Thematic Specialization in the GW Bulletin.

NOTE: The major fields are currently under revision, additional supporting courses not listed can be substituted with approval of the program director.

Required Course:

IAFF 6171 Introduction to Conflict Resolution

Supporting Courses:

IAFF 6118 Special Topics in International Affairs

  • International Law and the Use of Force
  • Reinventing the United Nations
  • US Foreign Policy and International Organizations

IAFF 6138 Special Topics in International Development Studies

IAFF 6186 Special topics in Security Policy Studies

  • Conflict Prevention and Early Warning
  • Stabilization and Peacebuilding

IAFF 6318 Special Topics in Asian Studies

Under the new Global Energy and Environmental Policy (GEEP) concentration, students will be required to take 12 credit hours, consisting of two core and two supporting courses. Additional supporting courses can be substituted with approval of the Program Director.

GEEP Major Field

Core Courses (6 credit hours)

IAFF 6158 Energy Policy

ECON 6295 Energy Economics

IAFF 6151 Environmental Policy

PPPA 6066 Environmental Policy

Supporting Courses (6 credit hours)

IAFF 6186 Environmental Security

IAFF 6186 Energy Security

IAFF 6501 Quantitative Analysis International Affairs Practice

IBUS 6400 Oil: Industry, Economy, Society

IAFF 6141 International Science Technology and Public Policy

IBUS 4900 Global Energy

EMSE 6290 Climate Change: Policy, Impact

EMSE 6260 Energy Management

PUBH 6130 Sustainable Energy and Environmental Health

PUBH 6122 Protecting Public Health and the Environment

LAW 6454 International Environmental Law

LAW 6455 International Climate Change Law

LAW 6460 Environment & Energy Policy Practicum

ENRP 6140 Environmental Impact Statement Procedures and Environmental Law

Suggested Skills Courses

IAFF 6503 Conflict and Corruption: The Resource Curse (1 credit)

PUBH 6262 Introduction to GIS (1 credit)

PUBH 6263 Advanced GIS (1 credit)

Core Requirement:

IAFF 6102 Global Gender Policy

Supporting Courses:

Choose two courses below.

IAFF 6118 Special Topics in International Affairs

  • Gender, War, and Peace
  • Research Methods in Global Gender Issues

IAFF 6138 Special Topics in International Development Studies

  • Gender, Tourism, and Development
  • Gender, Disaster & Policy
  • Gender and Development
  • Human Trafficking
  • Violence, Gender & Humanitarian Assistance

Students may also select ONE of the following as a supporting course:

ANTH 6501 Gender and Sexuality
PHIL 6238 Feminist Ethics and Policy Implications
SOC 6265 Women, Welfare & Poverty
SOC 6273 The Sex Industry
WGSS 6230 Global Feminisms

ANTH 6506 Topics in Medical Anthropology

  • Women, Health & Development

EDUC 6640 Gender in Intl. Education & Development
IAFF 6138 Special Topics in International Development

  • Care of Women and Children in Complex Emergencies

IAFF 6186 Roles, Identities and CVE
PUBH 6099 Research - Violence Against Women
MGT 6290 Special Topics

  • Research - Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership

WGSS 6220 Fundamentals - Feminist Theory
WGSS 6221 Research Issues in Women’s Studies
WGSS 6240 Women and Public Policy
WGSS 6241 Women and the Law
WGSS 6268 Race, Gender and Class
WGSS 6270 Seminar: Selected Topics

  • African Women in America
  • Women & Gender in International Perspectives

Students may take ONE undergraduate class for graduate credit as a supporting course with permission from the program director, academic advisor, and instructor (who must agree to assign additional work) at the graduate level:

IAFF 2190W Special Topics

  • Women in Global Politics

IAFF 3183 Special Topics in Development Policy

  • Human Trafficking

Please consult your academic advisor with questions about building a Global Health major as most PUBH courses in Global Health are two credits instead of three.

Required Course: 2 credits

PUBH 6400 Global Health Frameworks (Fall semester only)

Supporting Courses: (10 credits)

ANTH 6505 Medical Anthropology (3 credits)

GEOG 6223 Population and Health (3 credits)

Research Methods in Global Health:

PUBH 6410 Global Health Study Design (2 credits)

PUBH 6411 Global Health Qualitative Methods (2 credits)

PUBH 6412 Global Health Quantitative Methods (3 credits)

PUBH 6416 Ethical and Cultural Issues in Global Health Research and Programs (1 credit)

Theory and Methods courses in Global Health:

PUBH 6430 Theories and Applications of Global Health Promotion (2 credits)

PUBH 6435 Global Health Program Development and Implementation (2 credits)

PUBH 6436 Global Health Program Management (2 credits)

Global Health content courses:

PUBH 6128 Global Environmental and Occupational Health (2 credits)

PUBH 6132 Design, Implementation and Evaluation of WASH Programs (1 credit)

PUBH 6440 Global Health Economics and Finance (2 credits)

PUBH 6441 International Health Organizations (2 credits)

PUBH 6442 Comparative Global Health Systems (2 credits)

PUBH 6443 Global Health Agreements and Conventions (2 credits)

PUBH 6480 Public Health in Complex Emergencies (2 credits)

PUBH 6481 Global Mental Health (2 credits)

PUBH 6482 International Nutrition and Food Policy (2 credits)

PUBH 6499 Topics in Global Health (1-3 credits)

Required Courses- choose one (3 credits)

You are required to take one of the following (any of these courses may also be used as supporting courses):

IAFF 6118 International Development Policy

ECON 6250 Survey of Economic Development

IAFF 6138 Special Topics in International Development Studies

  • Poverty Alleviation and Bottom Up Development
  • Democracy and Governance Development
  • Poverty in all its Dimensions
  • Civil Society and Development

Supporting Courses- choose three

The following courses are grouped into broad fields/issues areas to help guide students in choosing appropriate coursework. Students should use these to develop a coherent and logical narrative for their program of study. Students should feel free to select courses from different fields listed below to construct a program around their area of focus. They may consult with the faculty advisers for help in the process. Students should also look out for 'Special Topics' courses that are offered from time to time and feel free to revise their plan of study to incorporate these as and when appropriate.

Culture, Society and Development

ANTH 6301 Anthropology of Development

ANTH 6508 Ethics and Cultural Property Rights

ANTH 6391 Anthropology and Contemporary Problems

  • Capitalism and Neoliberalism
  • Globally Shared Heritage

ANTH 6505 Medical Anthropology

ANTH 6501 Gender and Sexuality

IAFF 6138 Special Topics in International Development Studies

  • Indigenous People and Development
  • Gender and Development

ANTH 6591 Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology

ANTH 6702 Anthropology of Latin America

GEOG 6223 Population and Health

IAFF 6358 Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies

  • Indigenous Social Movements
  • OAS & Democracy in the Americas
  • Migration, Remittances & Development
  • Economic & Social Development of Latin America
  • Brazil Development Policy in the 21st Century
  • Brazil in the Global Arena

SOC 6273 The Sex Industry

Economic Development Policy

ECON 6237 Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources

ECON 6250 Development Economics

ECON 6269 Economy of China

ECON 6271 Economy of Japan

ECON 6283 Survey of International Trade Theory and Policy

ECON 6284 Survey of International Macroeconomic and Finance Theory and Policy

ECON 6285 Economic Development of Latin America

ECON 8358 Urban Economics

IAFF 6358 Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies

  • Political Economy in Latin America
  • Migration, Remittances & Development
  • Economic & Social Development of Latin America
  • Brazil Development Policy in the 21st Century

PSC 6373 Political Economy of Industrializing Asia

Gender and Development

ANTH 6501 Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality

GEOG 6223 Population and Health

IAFF 6138 Special Topics in International Development Studies

  • Gender and Development
  • Gender, Disaster and Development
  • Violence, Gender & Humanitarian Assistance

SOC 6273 The Sex Industry

WGSS 6230 Global Feminisms

WGSS 6270 Seminar: Selected Topics

  • Women & Gender in International Perspectives
  • Global Islamic Feminisms

Global Health

ANTH 6302 Resources, Consumption, Environment

ANTH 6505 Medical Anthropology

GEOG 6223 Population and Health

PUBH 6400 Global Health Frameworks (strongly recommended)

PUBH 6441 International Health Organizations

PUBH 6440 Global Health Economics and Finance

PUBH 6442 Comparative Global Health Systems (Prerequisite: PUBH 6400; Co-requirement: PUBH 6401)

PUBH 6443 Global Health Agreements and Conventions

PUBH 6480 Public Health in Complex Emergencies

PUBH 6482 International Nutrition and Food Policy

» Milken Institute School of Public Health Global Health course descriptions

Humanitarian Assistance

ANTH 6505 Medical Anthropology

EMSE 6305 Crisis and Emergency Management

EMSE 6320 International Disaster Management

EMSE 6325 Medical and Public Health Emergency Management

IAFF 6138 Special Topics in International Development Studies

  • Human Trafficking
  • Violence, Gender, Humanitarian Assistance
  • Care of Children in Complex Emergencies
  • Monitoring and Evaluation for Foreign Assistance Programs

LAW 6540 Refugee and Asylum Law**

Institutions and Politics 

PSC 6336 Political Economy of Developing Areas

PSC 6373 Political Economy of Industrializing Asia

PSC 6383 Comparative Politics of Latin America

PSC 6439 International Political Economy

PSC 6476 The Arab-Israeli Conflict

PSC 8226 Politics and Organizations

PSC 8334 Democracy and Democratization in Comparative Perspective

PSC 8337 Theories of Political Development

PSC 8388 Selected Topics in Comparative Politics

  • Nationalism & Nation-Building
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Authoritarianism & Democratization

IAFF 6138 Special Topics in International Development Studies

  • Development in Africa
  • Democracy and Governance Development
  • Local Government, Decentralization & Development
  • Civil Society & Development
  • Private Sector Development

International Business

IBUS 6404 Global Competitive Frameworks

IBUS 6400 Oil: Industry, Economy, Society

IBUS 6401 International Business Strategy

IBUS 6402 Managing in Developing Countries

IBUS 6301 International Business Finance

MBAD 6241 Global Perspectives

MBAD 6265 Entrepreneurship

International Development Management

The following PAD courses are limited to IDS students and PAD/PPOL students during early registration; open to all others on basis of availability after early registration:

PPPA 6057 International Development Administration**

PPPA 6058 International Development NGO Management**

PPPA 6059 International Development Management Processes and Tools**

PPPA 6016 Public and Non-Profit Program Evaluation (Prerequisite: PPPA 6002 or equivalent statistics and research method course)

International Education

EDUC 6601 International and Comparative Education

EDUC 6602 Regional Studies in International Education

  • Education & Tradition in the Middle East & North Africa
  • Education & Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Education & Equality in Latin America

EDUC 6610 Policies and Programs in International Education

  • International Higher Education
  • Policy Issues in INternational Education: Developing Countries

EDUC 6620 Strategies & Analysis in International Education

EDUC 6640 Selected Topics in International Education (topics vary)

EDUC 6650 Education and National Development

Natural Resources and the Environment

ECON 6237 Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources

EMSE 6220 Environmental Management

GEOG 6223 Population and Health

GEOG 6244 Urban Sustainability

GEOG 6262 Geographical Perspectives: Middle East

IAFF 6138 Special Topics in International Development Studies

  • Climate Change and Sustainable Development
  • Global Food Security

IAFF 6151 International Environmental Policy

Law 6454 International Environmental Law**

PPPA 6066 Environmental Policy

SMPP 6210 Strategic Environmental Managemen

Take ECON 6283 and ECON 6284 to satisfy the core requirement in economics.

Demonstrate proficiency in introductory statistics. This statistics requirement can be met by having taken a satisfactory undergraduate course, an equivalent course at USDA or STAT 105110531111 or IAFF 6501 at GW.

Complete 12 credits for the major field from the courses listed below. At least 6 credits must be from ECON courses.

Economics- choose two or more

PPPA 6014 Economics in Policy Analysis

PPPA 6015 Benefit-Cost Analysis

ECON 6237 Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources

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 6293 Topics in International Finance

ECON 6295 Special Topics

  • Economic Conditions: Analysis & Forecasting
  • Economic Analysis of International Trade Law
  • Applied Behavioral Economics
  • Applied Industrial Organization
  • Applies Labor Economics and Public Policy
  • Applied Financial Derivatives
  • Economic Forecasting

Supporting courses- choose a maximum of two

IAFF 6142 Technology: Creation and Diffusion

IAFF 6198 Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy

  • 21st Century Trade Policies: Issues & Strategy
  • Corruption, Development & Governance
  • Advanced Qantitative Analysis
  • Strategy & Political Economy
  • Digital Trade & Global Governance Issues

IAFF 6358 Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies

  • Migration, Remittances, and Development in Latin America
  • Economic & Social Development of Latin America

IAFF 6378 Special Topics in Middle East Studies

  • Oil: Industry, Economy, and Society
  • Political Economy of the Middle East

IBUS 6202 Regional Strategies for Multinationals

IBUS 6297 International Management Experience

IBUS 6301 International Business Finance

PSC 6439 International Political Economy

Skills courses (Elliott School) and Corporate Finance/Accounting (Business School)

The following is a list of recommended skills courses. Please note that only ONE MBAD course can be used as a skills course with the IA degree.

IAFF 6502 Graduate Skills Courses

  • Analyzing International Economic Data
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Micro-Enterprise Lending
  • Nuts and Bolts of U.S. Trade Policy

IAFF 6503 Graduate Skills Courses

  • Negotiating Skills
  • Understanding the U.S. Federal Budget
  • Intro to Gaming and Simulations

MBAD 6211 Financial Accounting I: Basic Financial Statements

MBAD 6234 Financial Management

IAFF 6118 Special Topics in International Affairs

  • National Security & Humanitarian Law
  • Reinventing the United Nations
  • US Foreign Policy and International Organizations
  • International Law
  • International Law & the Use of Force
  • Emerging Powers & International Order
  • Diplomacy, Technology & Global Spaces

IAFF 6138 Special Topics in International Development Studies

  • Care of Children in Complex Emergencies
  • Global Food Security
  • Human Trafficking
  • Civil Society & Development
  • Democracy & Governance Development
  • Monitoring and Evaluation for Foreign Assistance Programs

IAFF 6146 Space Law

IAFF 6158 Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy

  • Cybersecurity

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies

  • Non-State Actors
  • International Organized Crime
  • Illicit Finance and Security
  • Insurgency & Counterinsurgency
  • Responses to Terrorism

IAFF 6198 Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy

  • International Climate Change Policy

IAFF 6338 Special Topics in European & Eurasian Studies:

  • The European Union
  • European Union Foreign Relations
  • Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century

LAW 6870 National Security Law**

LAW 6520 International Law**

LAW 6534 Law of the European Union**

PSC 6439 International Political Economy 

The following courses are grouped into issues areas to help guide students in choosing appropriate coursework; students do not necessarily need to select one concentration, however, what is important is that there is a logic and believable narrative to their course choices. Students should consult their major field faculty advisor to help with this determination.

Transnational Security Issues

IAFF 6158 Special Topics in International Science & Technology Policy

  • Cyber Security

IAFF 6163 Transnational Security

IAFF 6165 Fundamentals of Intelligence

IAFF 6169 Homeland Security Policy

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies:

  • Environmental Security
  • International Organized Crime
  • Non-State Actors
  • Political Risk Analysis
  • Responses to Terrorism

LAW 6552 Law of War**

Intelligence

IAFF 6138 Special Topics in International Development Studies:

  • Human Trafficking

IAFF 6165 Fundamentals of Intelligence

IAFF 6163 Transnational Security

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies

  • Energy and National Security
  • Environmental Security
  • International Organized Crime
  • Responses to Terrorism
  • Weapons Proliferation and Nonproliferation

U.S. National Security Policy and Process

PSC 6348 U.S. National Security Policy Making

HIST 6330 Modern U.S. Foreign Policy

IAFF 6118 US Foreign Policy and International Organizations

IAFF 6165 Fundamentals of Intelligence

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies

  • Energy and National Security
  • Political Risk Analysis
  • Strategic Planning for the 21st Century

PSC 6346 The Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy

Conflict and Conflict Resolution

IAFF 6171 Introduction to Conflict Resolution

IAFF 6118 Special Topics in International Affairs

  • International Law and the Use of Force
  • Reinventing the United Nations

IAFF 6173 Security and Development

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies

  • Civil War, Insurgency, and Terrorism
  • Early Warning and Conflict Prevention
  • Insurgency and Counterinsurgency
  • International Peacekeeping
  • Responses to Terrorism
  • War and Conflict in Africa

IAFF 6318 Special Topics in Asian Studies

Homeland Security

IAFF 6169 Homeland Security Policy

IAFF 6158 Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy

  • Cyber Security

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies

  • International Organized Crime
  • National Security Priorities
  • Political Risk Analysis
  • Responses to Terrorism
  • Weapons Proliferation and Nonproliferation

IAFF 6163 Transnational Security

IAFF 6165 Fundamentals of Intelligence

Strategic Concepts and Military History

HIST 6042 Seminar: World War II

HIST 6051 Rethinking the Cold War History

HIST 6330 Modern U.S. Foreign Policy

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies

  • Insurgency and Counterinsurgency
  • Strategic Planning for the 21st Century

PSC 6476 The Arab-Israeli Conflict

PSC 8489 Selected Topics in International Politics: Origins of Major Wars

Science, Technology, and National Security Policy

IAFF 6141 International Science & Technology Policy Cornerstone

IAFF 6145 U.S. Space Policy

IAFF 6151 Environmental Policy

IAFF 6175 Nuclear Weapons

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies

  • Science, Technology, and National Security
  • Energy and Security

Security and Development

IAFF 6138 Special Topics in International Development Studies

  • Care of Children in Complex Emergencies
  • Food, Globalization, and Security
  • Human Trafficking
  • Violence, Gender, and Humanitarian Assistance

IAFF 6171 Introduction to Conflict Resolution

IAFF 6173 Security and Development

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies

  • Civil War, Insurgency and Terrorism
  • Early Warning and Conflict Prevention
  • Insurgency and Counterinsurgency
  • War and Conflict in Africa

IAFF 6198 Corruption, Development & Governance

IAFF 6318 Special Topics in Asian Studies

  • Political and Ethnic Conflict in South Asia

Other courses offered by the International Development Studies (IDS) program may also be applicable here. Please consult with your program director or advisor.

Weapons of Mass Destruction

IAFF 6175 Nuclear Weapons

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies

  • Space and National Security
  • Weapons Proliferation and Nonproliferation

Regional Security

Regional fields consist of four courses. All courses must focus on the security issues within the region; general policy courses are not applicable. Please consult with the program director/advisor to develop a regional security field.

Core Coursework (12 credits required):

IAFF 6118 Special Topics in International Affairs

  • Nuclear Weapons
  • The Science of Nuclear Materials
  • Nuclear Security Policy

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies

  • Nuclear Security Policy

Students may substitute other courses not listed above with the approval of the program director.

Required course:

IAFF 6141 International Science and Technology Policy Cornerstone

Supporting courses- choose three

ECON 6255 Economics of Technological Change (prerequisite Econ 6217)

IAFF 6501 Quantitative Analysis for International Affairs Practitioners

IAFF 6142 Technology: Creation and Diffusion

IAFF 6151 Environmental Policy

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies

  • Science, Technology and National Security
  • Military Technology Assessment

IAFF 6158 Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy

  • Cyber & Information Policy
  • Issues in Space Policy
  • Science, Technology & Policy Analysis
  • Cybersecurity

Choose four courses, at least one must be from the 'Core Course' list:

Core Courses

HIST 6330 Modern U.S. Foreign Policy

PSC 6346 U.S. Foreign Policy-Making

PSC 6347 U.S. Foreign Policy 

PSC 6348 U.S. National Security Policy-Making

IAFF 6521 U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era (Summer Program)

Supporting Courses

ECON 6292 Economics of U.S Trade Policy

HIST 6032 Readings Seminar: Strategy and Policy

HIST 6321 Readings Seminar: Recent U.S. History

IAFF 6118 Special Topics in International Affairs

  • Public Diplomacy
  • Leadership Challenges & Ethical Dilemmas in National Security
  • Afghanistan & Iraq: Does Intervention Work?
  • US Foreign Policy & International Organizations
  • Contemporary Issues in US Diplomacy

IAFF 6145 U.S. Space Policy

IAFF 6148 Space and National Security

IAFF 6158 Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy

  • Cyber & Information Policy
  • Science, Technology, and Energy Policy
  • Cybersecurity

IAFF 6163 Transnational Security

IAFF 6165 Fundamentals of Intelligence

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies

  • National Security Budgeting
  • Insurgency and Counterinsurgency
  • Responses to Terrorism
  • Military Technology Assessment
  • Strategic Planning for the 21st Century
  • Countering Violent Extremism
  • Military Power & Effectiveness

IAFF 6198 21st Century Trade: Issues and Strategy

IAFF 6118/SMPA 6275 Public Diplomacy

IAFF 6208/SMPA 6270 Communications in Modern Diplomacy 

IAFF 6302 Taiwan: International Development and Foreign Affairs

IAFF 6338 Special Topics in Europe and Eurasian Studies

  • Transatlantic Relations 21st Century

IAFF 6378 Special Topics in Middle East Studies

  • U.S. Foreign Policy in the Gulf
  • U.S. Security Policy in the Middle East

PSC 6349 International Security Politics

PSC 6439 International Political Economy

SMPA 6270 Topics in Media and Public Affairs

  • Public Diplomacy