American University’s MA in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs (EPGA) offers an ethical response to some of the world’s most pressing problems. Founded as part of an effort to deepen the ethical context for international studies, the purpose of this interdisciplinary program is to prepare students broadly in the practical application of ethical theory and policy analysis to complex issues in global affairs. The EPGA Program is jointly administered by the Department of Philosophy and Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School for International Service, so students have access to two tremendous faculties to help them synthesize their knowledge of international affairs and ethics.
The EPGA Program uniquely combines ethics with an international policy focus. Hallmarks of the degree include interdisciplinary inquiry, solid grounding in the foundational concepts and issues of both philosophical ethics as well as international affairs, practical applications of ethical and policy analysis to contemporary social problems in global affairs, and interactive teaching utilizing case studies, simulations, interactive exercises, and intensive class discussion. The program has special strengths in developing students’ abilities to grapple with the complex dynamics of war and peace, conflict resolution, and human rights.
In preparing graduates to be ethical and responsible leaders, this program directly supports the global vision of American University. The EPGA Program is built around a set of core courses that provide a strong foundation in international relations, moral philosophy, human rights, and peace studies. Expanding on their knowledge of core concepts, students select a track in which to concentrate their learning and to advance their particular interests. The six tracks are:
- Human Rights and Social Justice
- Peace and Conflict Resolution
- Global Environmental Justice
- Ethics of Development
- International Economic Justice
- Global Governance & International Organizations
As students near completion, they further tailor their program by completing a capstone requirement: a traditional master's thesis, an independent research project, an internship, or a collaborative practicum with an organization related to their intended career field.