Master of Arts in the Field of International Affairs

The Elliott School's master of arts in the field of international affairs degree program is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the contemporary issues in international affairs as they develop in-depth knowledge of at least one or more areas of specialization. For their concentration, students may choose from among several fields of global issues or one of the regions of the world. Graduates of the program have pursued exciting careers in diplomacy and public service, business, security, conflict resolution, development, and public health.

Specific admission requirements can be found on the Graduate Program Finder. 

Visit the program website for additional information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 40 credits, including: 

9 to 12 credits in core field 
12 credits in major field 
9 to12 credits in electives
3 credits in skills courses
4 credits in capstone course sequence
Foreign language proficiency

All Elliott School master's degree students (except MIPP students) are required to complete the capstone. Those students who wish to complete a thesis must do so in addition to the capstone requirement. Students pursuing a thesis need a minimum of a 3.5 GPA and approval from the faculty member they wish to serve as their thesis director. Thesis students also need to complete at least one research methods course. Thesis credits will be counted as elective or specialization credits with Program Director approval.

Program Requirements

9 to 12 credits in core field courses
IAFF 6101International Affairs Cornerstone
HIST 6030History and Its Uses in International Affairs
Either
ECON 6280Survey of International Economics
And three additional elective or major field credits
Or
ECON 6283
ECON 6284
Survey of International Trade Theory and Policy
and Survey of International Macroeconomics and Finance Theory and Policy
12 credits in either a Global Issues or Regional Focus major field (as outlined below)
9 to 12 credits in electives
May include up to 6 credits of foreign language study, a second field of expertise, or other relevant course work
Students are strongly encouraged to take IAFF 6501 (or its equivalent)
3 credits in skills courses
Skill-based professional workshops (1 credit each)
4 credits in capstone course sequence
IAFF 6898
IAFF 6899
Capstone Workshop
and Capstone Course

Global Issues Major Fields

Conflict and Conflict Resolution Concentration

Required
IAFF 6171Introduction to Conflict Resolution
Electives
9 additional credits from the following:
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (International Law and the Use of Force)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Reinventing the United Nations)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (National Security & Humanitarian Law)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (US Foreign Policy and International Organizations)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Conflict Prevention and Early Warning)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Insurgency and Counterinsurgency)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Peacekeeping)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Politics of Peace Agreements)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Security Challenges in Africa)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Stabilization and Peacebuilding)
IAFF 6318Special Topics in Asian Studies (Political and Ethnic Conflict in South Asia)
PSC 6476The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Up to two relevant courses in the GW Law School (requires permission from the Law School dean of students)*

Global Energy and Environmental Policy Concentration

Required
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy
ECON 6295Special Topics
IAFF 6151Environmental Policy
PPPA 6066U.S. Environmental Policy
Electives
6 credits from the following:
ECON 6237Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
EMSE 6260Energy Management
EMSE 6290Climate Change: Policy, Impacts, and Response
ENRP 6140Introduction to Environmental Law
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Managing the World’s Water)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Climate Change and Community Development)
IAFF 6141International Science and Technology Policy Cornerstone
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Environmental Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Energy Security)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (International Climate Change Policy)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Oil: Industry, Economy, Society)
IAFF 6501Quantitative Analysis for International Affairs Practitioners
IBUS 4900Special Topics (Global Energy)
LAW 6454International Environmentl Law
LAW 6455Int'l Climate Change Law
LAW 6460Envir&Energy Policy Practicum
PUBH 6122Protecting Public Health and the Environment: Policies, Politics, and Programs
PUBH 6130Sustainable Energy and the Environment

Global Gender Policy Concentration

Required
IAFF 6102Global Gender Policy
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Research Methods in Global Gender Issues)
Electives
6 additional credits from the following:
ANTH 6501Gender and Sexuality
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Research Methods in Global Gender Issues)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Women, War, and Peace)
IAFF 6136Gender and Development
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Gender, Tourism, and Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Gender, Disaster & Policy)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Human Trafficking)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Violence, Gender & Humanitarian Assistance)
PHIL 6238Feminist Ethics and Policy Implications
PSYC 8275Women and Health
SOC 6271Gender and Society
SOC 6273The Sex Industry
WSTU 6230Global Feminisms
Students may take ONE undergraduate class for graduate credit with permission from the program director, academic advisor, and instructor (who must agree to assign additional work) at the graduate level:
IAFF 2190WSpecial Topics (Women in Global Politics)
IAFF 3183Special Topics in Development Policy (Human Trafficking)

Global Health Concentration

Required
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
ANTH 6505Medical Anthropology
Electives
9 additional credits from the following:
GEOG 6223Seminar: Population and Health
PUBH 6128Global Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6440Global Health Economics and Finance
PUBH 6441Global Health Organizations and Regulations
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
PUBH 6436Global Health Program Management and Leadership
PUBH 6443Global Health Agreements and Conventions
PUBH 6480Public Health in Humanitarian Settings
PUBH 6482International Food and Nutrition Policy

International Affairs and Development Concentration

Required
One of the following:
IAFF 6122Development Policy and Practice
ECON 6250Survey of Economic Development
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Poverty Alleviation and Bottom Up Development)
Electives
9 additional credits from the following:
Culture, Society and Development
ANTH 6301The Anthropology of Development
ANTH 6508Ethics and Cultural Property
ANTH 6507Nationalism and Ethnicity
ANTH 6391Anthropology and Contemporary Problems (Refugees and Displaced People)
ANTH 6505Medical Anthropology
ANTH 6501Gender and Sexuality
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Indigenous People and Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Gender and Development)
ANTH 6591Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology
ANTH 6591Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology
ANTH 6702Issues in Latin American Anthropology
GEOG 6223Seminar: Population and Health
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Indigenous Social Movements)
SOC 6273The Sex Industry
Economic Development Policy
ECON 6221Economics in Policy Analysis
ECON 6237Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
ECON 6250Survey of Economic Development
ECON 6269Economy of China I
ECON 6270Economy of China II
ECON 6271Economy of Japan
ECON 6283Survey of International Trade Theory and Policy
ECON 6284Survey of International Macroeconomics and Finance Theory and Policy
ECON 6285Economic Development of Latin America
ECON 8358Urban Economics
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Political Economy in Latin America)
PSC 6373Political Economy of Industrializing Asia
Gender and Development
ANTH 6501Gender and Sexuality
GEOG 6223Seminar: Population and Health
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Gender and Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Gender, Disaster and Policy)
SOC 6273The Sex Industry
WSTU 6230Global Feminisms
WSTU 6270Seminar: Selected Topics (Global/Domestic Labor Studies)
WSTU 6270Seminar: Selected Topics (Gender and Islamic Activism)
Global Health
ANTH 6302Issues in Development
ANTH 6505Medical Anthropology
ANTH 6591Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology
GEOG 6223Seminar: Population and Health
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks (strongly recommended)
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
PUBH 6440Global Health Economics and Finance
PUBH 6442Comparative Global Health Systems
PUBH 6443Global Health Agreements and Conventions
PUBH 6480Public Health in Humanitarian Settings
PUBH 6482International Food and Nutrition Policy
Humanitarian Assistance
ANTH 6505Medical Anthropology
EMSE 6305Crisis and Emergency Management
EMSE 6320International Disaster Management
EMSE 6325Medical and Public Health Emergency Management
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Human Trafficking)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Violence, Gender, Humanitarian Assistance)
LAW 6540Refugee and Asylum Law **
Institutions and Politics
PSC 6230Comparative Govt & Politics 1
PSC 6336Political Economy of Developing Areas
PSC 6373Political Economy of Industrializing Asia
PSC 6383Comparative Politics of Latin America
PSC 6439International Political Economy
PSC 6442Politics and Practice of International Institutions
PSC 6476The Arab-Israeli Conflict
PSC 8334Democracy and Democratization in Comparative Perspective
PSC 8337Theories of Political Development
PSC 8388Selected Topics in Comparative Politics
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Development in Africa)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Democracy and Governance Development)
International Business
IBUS 6404New Global Competitive Framework
IBUS 6401International Business Strategy
IBUS 6402Managing in Developing Countries
IBUS 6301International Business Finance
MBAD 6241Global Perspectives
MGT 6291Entrepreneurship
International Development Management
PPPA 6057International Development Administration
PPPA 6058International Development NGO Management
PPPA 6059International Development Management Processes and Tools
PPPA 6016Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation
International Education
EDUC 6601International and Comparative Education
EDUC 6602Regional Studies in International Education
EDUC 6610Programs and Policies in International Education
EDUC 6620Strategies and Analysis in International Education
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education
EDUC 6650Education and National Development
Natural Resources and the Environment
ECON 6237Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
EMSE 6220Environmental Management
GEOG 6223Seminar: Population and Health
GEOG 6244Urban Sustainability
GEOG 6261Geographical Perspectives on Latin America
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Climate Change and Sustainable Development)
IAFF 6151Environmental Policy
LAW 6454International Environmentl Law **
PPPA 6066U.S. Environmental Policy
SMPP 6210Strategic Environmental Management

International Economic Affairs Concentration

Required
Students must take ECON 6283 and ECON 6284 to satisfy the core field requirement
Students must demonstrate proficiency in introductory statistics by having taken a satisfactory undergraduate course an equivalent course at USDA or STAT 1051, 1053, 1111 or IAFF 6501
At least 6 credits from the following:
PPPA 6014Microeconomics for Public Policy II
PPPA 6015Benefit-Cost Analysis
ECON 6237Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
ECON 6250Survey of Economic Development
ECON 6255Economics of Technological Change
ECON 6269Economy of China I
ECON 6271Economy of Japan
ECON 6285Economic Development of Latin America
ECON 6292Topics in International Trade (Economics of U.S. Trade Policy)
ECON 6292Topics in International Trade (Technology Trade & the Multinational Firm)
ECON 6293Topics in International Finance
ECON 6295Special Topics
ECON 6295Special Topics
Electives
Remaining credits selected from the following:
IAFF 6142Technology Creation/Diffusion
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy
IAFF 6318Special Topics in Asian Studies
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Migration, Remittances, and Development in Latin America)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies
IBUS 6202Regional Strategy for Multinationals
IBUS 6297International Management Experience
IBUS 6301International Business Finance
IBUS 6405Legal Aspects of International and Multinational Business
PSC 6439International Political Economy
Recommended skills courses
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Analyzing International Economic Data)
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Developing Trade Policy Options)
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Financial Statement Analysis)
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Micro-Enterprise Lending)
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Nuts and Bolts of U.S. Trade Policy)
IAFF 6503Professional Skills II (The Art and Practice of Global Investing)
IAFF 6503Professional Skills II (Negotiating Skills)
IAFF 6503Professional Skills II (Understanding the U.S. Federal Budget)
MBAD 6211Financial Accounting
MBAD 6234Financial Management
Only one MBAD skills course can be used within the International Affairs degree

International Law and Organizations Concentration

Required
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (International Organizations and International Norm)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (National Security & Humanitarian Law)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Reinventing the United Nations)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (US Foreign Policy and International Organizations)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Care of Children in Complex Emergencies)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Global Food Security)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Human Trafficking)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Non-State Actors)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Politics of Peace Agreements)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (International Climate Change Policy)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (European Union Foreign Policy)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century)
IAFF 6999Thesis
LAW 6520International Law **
LAW 6534Law of the European Union **
PSC 6439International Political Economy
PSC 6444Politics of International Law

International Security Studies Concentration 

Required
PSC 6349International Security Politics
Electives
9 credits from 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
ANTH 6507Nationalism and Ethnicity
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Cyber Security)
IAFF 6163Transnational Security
IAFF 6165Fundamentals of Intelligence
IAFF 6169Homeland Security
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Civil War, Insurgency and Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Environmental Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Organized Crime)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Non-State Actors)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Political Risk Analysis)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Psychology of Stragetic Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Responses to Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Space and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Weapons Proliferation and Non-Proliferation)
IAFF 6342Drug Trafficking in the Americas
LAW 6552Law of War **
PPSY 6103Political Violence and Terrorism
Intelligence
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies
IAFF 6165Fundamentals of Intelligence
IAFF 6163Transnational Security
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Defense Trade in the 21st Century)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Energy and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Environmental Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Global Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Intelligence in the Middle East)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Organized Crime)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Responses to Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Weapons Proliferation and Nonproliferation)
PPSY 6101Fundamentals of Political Psychology
PPSY 6103Political Violence and Terrorism
U.S. National Security Policy and Process
PSC 6348Politics of U.S. National Security Policy
HIST 6330Modern U.S. Foreign Policy
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs
IAFF 6165Fundamentals of Intelligence
IAFF 6175Nuclear Weapons
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Energy and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (National Security Priorities)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Political Risk Analysis)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Strategic Planning for the 21st Century)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy)
IAFF 6521U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program
LAW 6386National Security Law **
PSC 6346The Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy
Political Psychology
PPSY 6101Fundamentals of Political Psychology
PPSY 6102Political Psychology Research Methods
PPSY 6103Political Violence and Terrorism
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Responses to Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Political Risk Analysis)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Psychology of Strategic Terrorism)
Conflict and Conflict Resolution
IAFF 6171Introduction to Conflict Resolution
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (International Law and the Use of Force)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Reinventing the United Nations)
IAFF 6173Security and Development
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Civil War, Insurgency, and Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Early Warning and Conflict Prevention)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Insurgency and Counterinsurgency)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Peacekeeping)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Politics of Peace Agreements)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Post Conflict Reconstruction and Stabilization)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Responses to Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Security Challenges in Africa)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (War and Conflict in Africa)
IAFF 6318Special Topics in Asian Studies (Political and Ethnic Conflict in South Asia)
Homeland Security
IAFF 6169Homeland Security
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Cyber Security)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Security, Privacy and Technology)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Intelligence and Homeland Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Organized Crime)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (National Security Priorities)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Political Risk Analysis)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Responses to Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Science, Technology, and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Weapons Proliferation and Nonproliferation)
IAFF 6163Transnational Security
IAFF 6165Fundamentals of Intelligence
Strategic Concepts and Military History
HIST 6040Topics in Modern Military and Naval History
HIST 6042Seminar: World War II
HIST 6051Re-thinking Cold War History
HIST 6330Modern U.S. Foreign Policy
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Insurgency and Counterinsurgency)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Strategic Planning for the 21st Century)
PSC 6476The Arab-Israeli Conflict
PSC 8489Selected Topics in International Politics
Science, Technology, and National Security Policy
IAFF 6141International Science and Technology Policy Cornerstone
IAFF 6145U.S. Space Policy
IAFF 6151Environmental Policy
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Cyber Security)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Space and National Security)
IAFF 6175Nuclear Weapons
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Science, Technology, and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Energy and Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (New Proliferation Dynamics)
Security and Development
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Care of Children in Complex Emergencies)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Food, Globalization, and Security)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Human Trafficking)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Violence, Gender, and Humanitarian Assistance)
IAFF 6171Introduction to Conflict Resolution
IAFF 6173Security and Development
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Civil War, Insurgency and Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Early Warning and Conflict Prevention)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Insurgency and Counterinsurgency)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Post Conflict Reconstruction)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (War and Conflict in Africa)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (Corruption, Development & Governance)
IAFF 6318Special Topics in Asian Studies (Political and Ethnic Conflict in South Asia)
PPSY 6103Political Violence and Terrorism
PSC 8336The Political Economy of Developing Areas
PSC 8489Selected Topics in International Politics (Ethnic Conflict)
Weapons of Mass Destruction
IAFF 6175Nuclear Weapons
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Space and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Weapons Proliferation and Nonproliferation)
Regional Security
Four courses which focus on the security issues within a region; general policy courses are not applicable. Please consult with the program director/advisor to develop a regional security field.

Nuclear Policy Concentration

Required
IAFF 6106Nuclear Weapons
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Nuclear Security Policy)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (The Science of Nuclear Materials)
Other courses not listed above may be substituted with the approval of the program director.

Technology Policy and International Affairs Concentration 

Required
IAFF 6141International Science and Technology Policy Cornerstone
9 additional credits from the following:
ECON 6255Economics of Technological Change
IAFF 6142Technology Creation/Diffusion
IAFF 6145U.S. Space Policy
IAFF 6151Environmental Policy
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Science, Technology and National Security)
IAFF 6501Quantitative Analysis for International Affairs Practitioners

U.S. Foreign Policy Concentration

Required
At least one of the following:
HIST 6330Modern U.S. Foreign Policy
IAFF 6521U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program
PSC 6346The Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy
PSC 6347U.S. Foreign Policy Traditions
PSC 6348Politics of U.S. National Security Policy
Electives
Remaining credits selected from the following:
ECON 6292Topics in International Trade
HIST 6032Reading and Research Seminar: Strategy and Policy
HIST 6320Readings/Research Seminar: Recent U.S. History
HIST 6320Readings/Research Seminar: Recent U.S. History
HIST 6321Readings/Research Seminar: Recent U.S. History
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Public Diplomacy)
IAFF 6145U.S. Space Policy
IAFF 6148Space and National Security (Space and National Security)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (IT Policy)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Science, Technology, and Energy Policy)
IAFF 6163Transnational Security
IAFF 6165Fundamentals of Intelligence
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (National Security Resources)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Covert Action and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Insurgency and Counterinsurgency)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Responses to Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Non-Proliferation Dynamics)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Science, Technology and National Security)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy
IAFF 6208Special Topics in Global Communication (Public Diplomacy)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (U.S. Foreign Policy in the Gulf)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (U.S. Security Policy in the Middle East)
IAFF 6505Elliott School Seminars (Forward Engagement)
PSC 6349International Security Politics
PSC 6439International Political Economy
 

Regional Focus Major Fields

Africa Concentration

Required
At least two of the following:
ANTH 6391Anthropology and Contemporary Problems
HIST 6502Western Representations of Africa
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Politics of East Africa and the Horn)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Rising China in Africa)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Development in Africa)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Security Challenges in Africa)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (War and Conflict in Africa)
PSC 8388Selected Topics in Comparative Politics
Electives
Remaining credits selected from the following:
ANTH 6301The Anthropology of Development
ANTH 6391Anthropology and Contemporary Problems
ECON 6250Survey of Economic Development
ECON 6237Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
IAFF 6122Development Policy and Practice
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Climate Change and Sustainable Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Development in Conflict Zones)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Gender and Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Humanitarian Assistance)
IAFF 6171Introduction to Conflict Resolution
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Peacekeeping)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Politics of Peace Agreements)
IBUS 6402Managing in Developing Countries
PSC 8489Selected Topics in International Politics
PSC 8334Democracy and Democratization in Comparative Perspective
PUBH 6480Public Health in Humanitarian Settings

Asia Concentration

Required
Four courses from at least three of the following groups:
Group 1: History of Modern Asia
HIST 6001Special Topics (Gender and Subjectivity in East Asia)
HIST 6001Special Topics (Geography and Politics of Afghanistan and South & Central Asia)
HIST 6601Topics: Asian History (History, Memory and Violence in Modern Asia: 1850–present)
HIST 6611Readings Seminar: Twentieth-Century China
HIST 6621Readings Seminar: Modern Japanese History
HIST 6630Special Topics in Korean History (Modern Korea)
HIST 6641Modern Southeast Asia
Group 2: Politics and Policy in Asia
A. Domestic Politics, Foreign Policy and Law
AH 6270Special Topics in Art History (Textiles and Politics in South Asia)
ENGL 6560Postcolonialism
IAFF 6302Taiwan: Internal Development and Foreign Policy
IAFF 6318Special Topics in Asian Studies (Politics of Finance in India and China)
LAW 6536Law of Japan
LAW 6543Law of the People's Repub/Chin
PSC 6336Political Economy of Developing Areas
PSC 6368Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy
PSC 6370Politics of China I
PSC 6371Politics of China II
PSC 6374Korean Politics
PSC 6388Topics in Comparative Politics
B. Security and Military Policy
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Pakistan and the Radical Islamic Threat)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (The Chinese Military)
IAFF 6318Special Topics in Asian Studies (Political and Ethnic Conflict in South Asia)
PSC 6467Asian Security
PSC 8388Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (Stability and Conflict in South Asia)
Group 3: International Relations of Asia
HIST 6301Topics: U.S. History
IAFF 6302Taiwan: Internal Development and Foreign Policy
IAFF 6305U.S.-South Asia Relations
IAFF 6318Special Topics in Asian Studies (International Relations of South Asia)
PSC 6372Foreign Policy of China
PSC 6467Asian Security
PSC 6475International Politics of East Asia
PSC 8489Selected Topics in International Politics
Group 4: Asian Business and Development
ECON 6269Economy of China I
ECON 6271Economy of Japan
IAFF 6318Special Topics in Asian Studies (Politics of Finance in India and China)
PSC 6336Political Economy of Developing Areas
PSC 6373Political Economy of Industrializing Asia
PSC 8388Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (Politics of Development in South Asia)

Europe, Eurasia, and Russia Concentration

Required
At least one course from each group
Group A. Western, Central and Eastern Europe
HIST 6042Seminar: World War II
HIST 6050Modernization, Imperialism, Globalization
HIST 6051Re-thinking Cold War History
HIST 6101Topics: Europe
HIST 6120Seminar: Early Modern European History
HIST 6121Reading and Research Seminar: Modern European History
HIST 6128Europe and the World, 1500–Present
HIST 6133English People and Institutions
HIST 6170Eastern European History I
HIST 6171Eastern European History II
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (The European Union)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (European Union Foreign Policy)
PSC 6360Western European Politics
PSC 6361Politics of European Integration
PSC 6364Comparative Governments and Politics of Central And Eastern Europe
PSC 6465The International Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
PSC 8388Selected Topics in Comparative Politics
Group B. Russia and Eurasia
EDUC 6602Regional Studies in International Education (Education, Transformation, and the Former Soviet Union)
HIST 6001Special Topics (Central Asian History)
HIST 6001Special Topics (History of the Russian and Soviet Empires)
HIST 6180History of Modern Russia and the Soviet Union
HIST 6185Seminar: Russian and Soviet Thought
HIST 6188The Soviet Union and the World, 1917–1991
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Post-Soviet Democracy Development)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Turkey's Place in Europe)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (History and Politics of the Caucuses)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Security in Russia/Eurasia)

Latin America Concentration

Core field
In order to acquire a broad, multidisciplinary understanding of the hemisphere, students must take three courses in three different disciplines (for a total of nine courses) selected from the following:
Anthropology
ANTH 6702Issues in Latin American Anthropology
or another 6000-level ANTH course approved by the Program Director.
Economics/Political economy
IAFF 3187Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies *
or
Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Economic and Social Development of Latin America)
or
Economic Development of Latin America **
Geography
GEOG 6261Geographical Perspectives on Latin America
or GEOG 6232 Migration and Development
History
Any HIST course numbered 3700 or above approved by the Program Director.
International affairs
PSC 6484International Relations of Latin America
Political science
PSC 6383Comparative Politics of Latin America
Spanish
Any SPAN course numbered in the 3400s, 3500s, 4400s, or 4500s that focuses on the literature of Latin America.

 *Prerequisites: ECON 1011 Principles of Economics I and ECON 1012 Principles of Economics II or their equivalents; students requesting an exception should see the instructor upon entering the class.

**Prerequisites: ECON 1011 Principles of Economics I and ECON 1012 Principles of Economics II or their equivalents.

Middle East Concentration

Required
PSC 6377Comparative Politics of the Middle East
PSC 6478International Relations of the Middle East
Electives
Six credits from the following:
ANTH 6707Issues in Middle East Anthropology
GEOG 6293Special Topics
HIST 6001Special Topics (History of the Modern Middle East)
IAFF 6363Political Economy of the Middle East
IAFF 6364Religion and Society in the Modern Middle East
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Iraq and Iran)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Lebanon and Syria)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Politics of North Africa)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Politics and Religion in Post-Revolutionary Iran)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (U.S. Policy in the Gulf)

*Students should consult the Elliott School Academic Advising & Student Services office before enrolling in Law School courses
**Law School course – Students may, with permission of their advisor, include courses in the GW Law School in their major field. Enrolling in a Law School course also requires permission of the Law School dean of students. Students should consult the Elliott School Academic Advising & Student Services office before enrolling in Law School courses.

Language Proficiency

Students must demonstrate proficiency in a modern foreign language. The ability to communicate across cultures in more than one language is both a distinguishing and expected skill of the international affairs professional. Therefore, completion of the M.A. in International Affairs requires a demonstrated oral and reading proficiency in a modern foreign language.

Additional information available on the program website