International Studies

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Programs in International Studies at GW

Asian Studies (M.A.)

Through an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes both analytical and practical professional skills, the Asian studies program prepares students with a greater understanding of the region’s security significance, as well as its culture and history. Students gain a broad perspective of Asia while focusing on a particular country.

Chinese Language & Culture (M.A.)

The Master of Arts in Chinese language and culture offers students the opportunity to deepen their intellectual and cultural understanding of China, as well as train in the Chinese language. Students are prepared for careers in various fields, including academia, consulting, government, business, the non-profit sector, and education. The program allows students the opportunity to interact with many related organizations, business headquarters, consulting firms, government agencies, and media headquarters based in DC.

European & Eurasian Studies (M.A.)

The European and Eurasian studies program develops practical, analytical skills that are essential in the professional world of international affairs. Students take courses on both the Eastern and Western parts of the region and choose one or two professional specialization fields, such as international economics, business and political economy, organization and diplomacy, and international security, to complement research interests and career goals.

Global Communication (M.A.)

Offered jointly by the Elliott School of International Affairs and the School of Media and Public Affairs, the M.A. in global communication helps students understand the complex global information environment and implications for governance, security, and business. Students learn to communicate effectively with global audiences.

Global Gender Policy (Graduate Certificate)

As gender inequality continues to challenge society, global gender policy continues to grow within international affairs. This program prepares students to become leaders in promoting gender equality around the world. Students in the program will take a cornerstone course on global gender policy, as well as a rigorous methods course that explores the challenges and best practices of genderspecific data collection and analysis. Elective courses range from subjects such as gender and disaster to human trafficking.

Global Public Relations (Graduate Certificate)

The program teaches students the strategic and tactical skills needed to excel in the changing profession of global public relations. Designed for working professionals, the coursework can be applied toward the master’s degree in either strategic public relations or advocacy in the global environment.

International Affairs (M.A.)

The Master of Arts in international affairs, the Elliott School’s flagship program, prepares students for a wide variety of exciting careers in diplomacy and public service, business, security, conflict resolution, development, and public health. The option of regional specializations equips students for careers requiring in-depth knowledge of a particular area of the world. Students may also pursue a combined program with the M.B.A. in the School of Business.

International Development Studies (M.A.)

The international development studies program trains the next generation of development practitioners by providing a broad understanding and appreciation of current development theories and issues, as well as the processes involved in formulating policies and implementing development projects.

International Policy & Practice (M.I.P.P.)

The program prepares mid-career professionals for the challenges of globalization by developing highly valuable, career-enhancing skills and a broad knowledge of national and international policies and issues.

International Science & Technology Policy (Graduate Certificate, M.A.)

This dynamic program focuses on the interactions among advances in science, technological innovation, and public and private sector activities at the domestic and international levels. It emphasizes a comparative approach to science and technology policy, including space policy, based upon an in-depth understanding of U.S. policies and policy developments around the world.

International Studies (M.I.S.)

The 28-credit-hour Master of International Studies is a unique degree open only to current students and recent alumni from master’s programs at Elliott School partner institutions around the globe. Building on the foundation of coursework at the partner school, students complete an additional year of full–time study in Washington, DC, to prepare for careers in diplomacy, public service, and international, nongovernmental, and multinational organizations.

Latin American & Hemispheric Studies (M.A.)

The Latin American and hemispheric studies program helps prepare future leaders who will develop innovative approaches to enduring problems in the Western Hemisphere. The program involves internationally recognized faculty who provide insiders’ perspectives on key institutions and policies, and incorporates a dynamic series of events bringing leading policymakers from Washington, DC, and all over the world to engage with students.

Middle East Studies (M.A.)

Bridging the theory and practice of international affairs, the program includes a range of courses covering the history, politics, economics, international relations, and cultures of the societies and nations of the Middle East. Each student develops a program of study that combines a broad overview of the region with a specialized field based on the student’s specific academic and career interests.

Nuclear Policy (Graduate Certificate)

The graduate certificate provides students with a broad knowledge of nuclear security, non-proliferation, and arms control issues, as well as broader security and energy policy issues in an international context. Unique to the program is the requirement of a hands-on scientific analysis course for non-scientists. Students will gain detailed knowledge of contemporary issues, critical thinking skills, and laboratory experience from expert faculty through a rigorous, interdisciplinary program that blends the academic and professional skills vital to careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Security Policy Studies (M.A.)

A policy-oriented program focusing on international security issues and policy responses, the M.A. in security policy studies has a particular emphasis on emerging transnational threats, including weapons of mass destruction proliferation, terrorism, regional and ethnic conflicts, international crime, and the security implications of a global economy.