Master of Arts in the Field of International Affairs, International Security Studies Concentration

International Security Studies courses
Choose four from the courses listed below:
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 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
• Environmental Security
• International Organized Crime
• Non-State Actors
• Political Risk Analysis
• Responses to Terrorism
LAW 6552Law of War **
Intelligence:
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies
• Human Trafficking
IAFF 6163Transnational Security
IAFF 6165Fundamentals of Intelligence
IAFF 6186Special 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 6348Politics of U.S. National Security Policy
HIST 6330Modern U.S. Foreign Policy
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs
IAFF 6165Fundamentals of Intelligence
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies
• Energy and National Security
• Political Risk Analysis
• Strategic Planning for the 21st Century
PSC 6346The Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy
Conflict and Conflict Resolution:
IAFF 6171Introduction to Conflict Resolution
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs
• International Law and the Use of Force
• Reinventing the United Nations
IAFF 6173Security and Development
IAFF 6186Special 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 6318Special Topics in Asian Studies
Homeland Security:
IAFF 6169Homeland Security
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy
• Cyber Security
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies
• International Organized Crime
• National Security Priorities
• Political Risk Analysis
• Responses to Terrorism
• Weapons Proliferation and Nonproliferation
IAFF 6163Transnational Security
IAFF 6165Fundamentals of Intelligence
Strategic Concepts and Military History:
HIST 6042Seminar: World War II
HIST 6501Topics: Africa
HIST 6330Modern U.S. Foreign Policy
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies
• Insurgency and Counterinsurgency
• 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 6175 Nuclear Weapons
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies
• Science, Technology, and National Security
• Energy and Security
Security and Development:
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies
• Care of Children in Complex Emergencies
• Food, Globalization, and Security
• Human Trafficking
• 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
• Early Warning and Conflict Prevention
• Insurgency and Counterinsurgency
• 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
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 6186Special 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.

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.

** 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.