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Worlds Apart, Worlds Together: Conflict, Culture, and Cooperation

Difference, particularly cultural difference, is the source of many conflicts in international relations. This course will explore conceptual components and theories of conflict, culture, and conflict resolution—with a special focus on the role that culture plays in both starting as well as resolving conflicts. An in-depth examination of contemporary international conflicts will be used as illustrative case-studies. The class will then bridge the gap between interpersonal, group, and international conflicts by exploring strategies of conflict resolution and cross-cultural understanding.  

Diplomacy and Dictators: U.S. Foreign Policy in an Uncertain World

How does the U.S. government confront dictators, maintain allies, and protect the nation from international threats to national security? This course will introduce the major departments, agencies, and actors within the government involved in foreign policy and national security. It will explore how they operate in the new strategic environment by considering major threats and issues facing the United States today, from terrorists to rogue states to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The course will also address the conflicting goals, agendas, and trade-offs present in any foreign and national security policy. Debating the range of policy options, students will explore how the U.S. might best act to enhance U.S. national security and international position.

Climate Change and Global Conflict: 21st Century Challenges

Today's most serious environmental challenges require global perspectives and global solutions. This course will examine the social, political, and economic conditions and choices that drive environmental degradation, and the nature of effective responses to complex environmental crises. By examining various dimensions of climate change politics, students will link local actions and activism to global outcomes.

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"The best part of the program was being with people who share the same ideas as you."

- 2009 Community of Scholars Student

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 “My professor was one of the best teachers I've ever had, and I am very grateful for the knowledge that I have gained during this experience.”

- 2015 Community of Scholars Student

"The program was really fantastic and so interesting. I learned a lot and finally met people who were as interested in foreign policy as I am."

- 2014 Community of Scholars Student


"Absolutely loved the classroom time."

- 2012 Community of Scholars Student


“I loved the hybrid format. The online portion served as a prelude and prepared for the in-class part.”

- 2015 Community of Scholars Student