Core Field

The MIS core field consists of three required courses in economics, history, and international affairs/political science, as described below. If the MIS candidate has taken an equivalent course at the partner institution, the student may transfer credit to satisfy that core field requirement and does not need to take that course at GW, with the permission of the Program Director.

Political Science (3 GW credits)

This core course covers the major theories of international relations and international politics. It identifies the major actors, the forces working upon those actors and various ways of analyzing the relations between nations. The requirement may be satisfied by:

  • GW IAFF 6101 International Affairs Cornerstone
  • Equivalent coursework on international relations theory, international politics, comparative politics. Any transfer must be approved by the Program Director.

History (3 GW credits)

This core course encourages students to place broader trends in world affairs in their historical context and to understand how historical knowledge includes policy decisions.

The history core requirement is satisfied by:

  • GW Hist 6030 Uses of History in International Affairs
  • Transfer credits from the partner institution for equivalent coursework on the history of the international system or the use or misuse of "lessons" of history and how countries attempt to deal with difficult aspects of their pasts. Any transfer credit must be approved by the Program Director.

Economics (3 GW credits)

This course includes coursework in international macroeconomic theory or the theory of international trade.

The economics core requirement is satisfied by:

  • GW Econ 6280 Survey of International Economics
  • GW Econ 6283 Survey of International Trade Theory and Policy and Econ 6284¬†Survey of International Macroeconomics and Finance Theory and Policy or
  • Transfer of credit from the partner institute for equivalent economics coursework in international trade and finance, including the economic effects of trade liberalization and protection, exchange rate determination, and macroeconomic policies in an open economy.