About the Program

The graduate program of the Department of International Studies offers advanced students an innovative and comprehensive curriculum for the study of cutting-edge international issues such as globalization, democratic governance, comparative and international political economy, post-Cold War conflicts and security threats, new forms of civil society mobilization in world politics, global environmental challenges and the management of the global commons. The teaching and research of our faculty focus on the acceleration of these transformations, which driven by technological progress and forces of political, cultural and economic integration, reduce the distance between societies. Simultaneously, religious, ethnic, nationalist and economic conflicts frequently erupt within and between societies, often in violent form. Growing interdependence among the world’s states, economies and societies, as well as the enduring divides within and between them, demand new and more sophisticated explanation; societies simply can no longer be understood in isolation or at a particular point in time. Contemporary societies are shaped by interwoven legacies from the past within rapidly shifting environments—political, military, economic, social and cultural—posing complex dilemmas of national and global governance.

To organize the study of these exciting debates in the social sciences, the Department offers three fields of specialization:

  • International Relations: international relations theory; globalization;   social movements beyond the nation-state; security studies; peace and conflict studies; international law and organization; international political economy; foreign policy analysis, global public health, and related fields.
  • Comparative Politics: theory and methods of comparative analysis; authoritarian and democratic political regimes; democratic governance and citizenship, comparative political economy; contentious politics and social movements; civil-military relations; and appropriate courses on selected regions, such as the European Union, Latin America, or the Post-Soviet countries.
  • International and Comparative Political Economy: the politics and institutions regulating the global trade, investment, and financial regimes; comparative international development; the politics and economics of international environmental regimes; democracy, partisan politics, and global governance, the domestic and international distributive impacts of globalization; international economic theory; applied macroeconomics, etc.

By means of a combination of seminars and qualifying examinations in these fields, the Department’s curriculum graduate students with the training required to participate actively in state-of-the art intellectual debates among the world’s leading scholars and policymakers. The Ph.D. program’s primary objective is to prepare doctoral students for careers in academic teaching and research. The Master’s program prepares students for careers in international diplomacy, business, trade and finance, for service in government and non-governmental organizations and international institutions, and with the necessary degree and academic training to enter a doctoral program.

Please see the Graduate Student Handbook for details regarding admissions , financial aid, and the requirements of the Ph.D. and Master’s programs, including seminars, credits, qualifying examinations, language requirements, and the doctoral thesis. For an application, please go to: Online Application.