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IR /Global Futures

The pace of change in international relations (IR) is accelerating rapidly and strategic surprise is now the norm. Nearly every day we wake up to something new and unanticipated. This concentration is designed to give students an advanced understanding of the factors shaping IR, and to place these factors in a futures context. What alternate future scenarios can we imagine? What are the forces for change in IR? How are these forces shaping the policies and capabilities of states and nonstate actors? What are the emerging issues that the world will have to face, and how might they be addressed? Courses within this concentration help students improve their ability to anticipate change, and equip them with the analytical tools essential for professional success in a transforming environment.

Concentration Prerequisites:  The Future of IR/ GLOB1-GC-2045

Private Sector

The Private Sector concentration provides a broad introduction to international business and finance, as well as in-depth examinations of such emerging issues as corporate power and social responsibility. Attention is paid to the challenges of economic globalization and interdependence, the issues and problems associated with economic growth, and the relationship between economic growth and human development.

Concentration Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Corporate Finance / GLOB1-GC-2295

Human Rights & International Law

International law and its enforcement, transitional justice, human rights, laws of war, protection of the environment, national reconstruction, and international organizations all play an increasingly important role in the discourse of international affairs. The concentration not only provides an exploration of international law and basic human rights standards, as well as the women’s human rights movement and environmental and human rights, it also provides opportunities to develop skills in human rights research and advocacy.  

Concentration Prerequisites: International Human Rights / GLOB1-GC-2240


The challenge of constructing peace demands a broad set of interdisciplinary skills and approaches that reach beyond those utilized historically in narrow attempts to resolve or manage conflicts. This concentration consists of courses that critically examine emerging concepts such as positive peace and conflict transformation against more traditional realist paradigms. Courses focus on the relational aspects of peace and the centrality of process in its emergence, as well as the practical skills involved. Through an emphasis on critical thinking and analysis, students learn how to apply important skills and strategies in the pursuit of peace through the work of governments, inter-governmental organizations, NGOs and the private sector.

Concentration Prerequisites: Peacemaking & Peacebuilding / GLOB1-GC-1010

International Development & Humanitarian Assistance

What can be done about the massive disparities in wealth, development and opportunity between and within the countries of the world? Among the issues explored by the International Development and Humanitarian Assistance concentration are global poverty, the state and civil society in development, foreign aid, the role of gender in poverty alleviation, the principles and politics of humanitarian assistance and intervention including those aimed at refugees and internally displaced persons.

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Developing Countries / GLOB1-GC-2240

Transnational Security

The Transnational Security concentration focuses on cross-border threats and sources of international instability. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the global security agenda expanded in breadth and rose in prominence. This concentration introduces students to this agenda by combining the study of more traditional issues such as the use of military force, weapons of mass destruction, and disarmament with more contemporary issues like terrorism, organized crime, and human security scourges. In conveying the substance of such issues, the courses in this concentration place great emphasis in helping students develop skills for service in the public sector.

Concentration Prerequisites: Transnational Security / GLOB1-GC-2000

Environment & Energy Policy

This concentration analyzes the implications of the changing global energy and environmental landscape, as well as the new and emerging opportunities and challenges energy and climate changes present for national and global sustainability and security. The modern energy sector is experiencing rapid change with new oil and gas developments reshaping traditional energy geopolitics; a strong and growing renewable energy sector impacting local, national, and international energy policies and future forecasts; and innovative technological advances that are transforming all areas of the energy supply chain. This concentration prepares students to compete and thrive in this challenging and exciting sector, taking advantage of the opportunities occurring across the energy and environmental landscape. Courses reflect the increasing importance of energy in the formulation of national and foreign policy among countries the world over, as well as the impact of climate change on our environment.

Concentration Prerequisites: Energy and the Environment / GLOB1-GC-2430

Global Gender Studies (NEW)

Gender equality has not been achieved anywhere, but it is an international priority:  there is increasing awareness of the fact that abuses of women’s rights are among the drivers of the demographic changes and social inequalities that trigger violent conflict, as well as poverty and other ills.  Gender issues are a critical component of national and international decision-making.  This new concentration in Global Gender Studies within the M.S in Global Affairs is one of the few Masters-level training courses available to equip graduate students with the knowledge and skills to analyze the fundamental relationship between gender and international politics.  It provides students with a solid foundation to promote social justice, development, human rights and corporate social responsibility in international development, peace and governance organizations, national foreign affairs, aid, social policy and defense departments, private sector organizations, the not-for-profit sector, and academia. 

Concentration Prerequisites: Gender in IR / GLOB1-GC-2340