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MA Concentrations

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At SIS, students expand their degree program focus by building specific expertise with a concentration drawn from across the School’s programs. A sample of our concentrations are listed below. Students can also design their own concentrations in consultation with their faculty advisor. To learn more about how these concentrations fit into our MA programs, visit the program pages.

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Africa

A sample of SIS courses offered in this concentration is listed below.

  • SIS-619 Conflict in Africa
  • SIS-619 Politics of Peacebuilding in Africa
  • SIS-653 US Policy toward Africa
  • SIS-654 State and Society in Africa
  • SIS-676 International Relations of Africa
  • SIS-676 Political Economy of Africa
  • SIS-676 Africa in Comparative Perspective

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The Americas

A sample of SIS courses offered in this concentration is listed below.

  • SIS 676 Americas in Comparative Perspective (Americas Core Seminar)
  • SIS 676 Race and Ethnicity in the Americas
  • SIS-619 Human Rights in Latin America
  • SIS-653 US Policy toward Latin America
  • SIS-658 Financial Issues in Latin America
  • SIS-676 Brazil: Politics, Econ, Society
  • SIS-676 Political Economy of Latin America
  • SIS-676 Political Violence in the Americas

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Asia

A sample of SIS courses offered in this concentration is listed below.

  • SIS 655 East Asia in Transition (Asia Core Seminar; alternates with Southeast Asia, U.S. & Regional Powers)
  • SIS-619 Afghanistan’s Political Transition
  • SIS-619 International Security in Asia
  • SIS-653 US Foreign Policy toward Afghanistan
  • SIS-676 Japan: Social, Political, Foreign Policy
  • SIS-676 Nuclear North Korea
  • SIS-676 US-China Relations
  • SIS-676 Afghanistan: Conflict & Society
  • SIS-676 ASEAN and S.E. Asia
  • SIS-676 Chinese Foreign Policy
  • SIS-676 Contemporary SE Asia
  • SIS-676 India, Pakistan, & Afghanistan
  • SIS-676 Southeast Asia, United States, and Regional Powers

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Development

A sample of SIS courses offered in this concentration is listed below.

  • SIS-635 Development Management
  • SIS-619 Conflict & Development
  • SIS-624 Children & Int’l Development
  • SIS-632 Microfinance
  • SIS-635 Health in Developing Countries
  • SIS-635 Urban Development
  • SIS-635 Community Development
  • SIS-635 Population, Migration & Development
  • SIS-635 Community Development
  • SIS-635 Development Policies
  • SIS-635 NGO Management: Best Practices
  • SIS-635 Program Evaluation
  • SIS-635 Youth in Development
  • SIS-635 NGO Private Sector Engagement
  • SIS-635 Social Accountability
  • SIS-636 Micropolitics of Development
  • SIS-644 Communication & Social & Economic Development
  • SIS-647 Governance, Democracy, and Development
  • SIS-648 Women and Development
  • SIS-649 Environment & Development
  • SIS-650 Global Economy and Sustainable Development

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Diplomacy

A sample of SIS courses offered in this concentration is listed below.

  • SIS-611 Int’l Negotiation
  • SIS-619 Negotiation Analysis & Skills
  • SIS-619 Dialogue: Approaches and Applications
  • SIS-628 Applied Public Diplomacy
  • SIS-628 U.S. Public Diplomacy
  • SIS-628 Global and Comparative Perspectives on Public Diplomacy
  • SIS-628 Strategic Communication
  • SIS-642 Cross-Cultural Communication
  • SIS-653 Diplomatic Practice
  • SIS-653 Foreign Policy of Major and Emerging Powers

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Environment

A sample of SIS courses offered in this concentration is listed below.

  • SIS-620 Building a Post-Carbon World
  • SIS-620 Climate Change Policy
  • SIS-620 Policy Analysis for GEP
  • SIS-620 Political Ecology of Food & Agriculture
  • SIS 620 Water Governance
  • SIS 619 Environmental Peacebuilding
  • SIS 660 Environment and Politics
  • SIS 620 Sustainable Design/LEED training
  • SIS-649 Environment & Development

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Europe/Eurasia

A sample of SIS courses offered in this concentration is listed below.

  • SIS-619 Ethnic Conflict in Eurasia
  • SIS-619 European Foreign & Security Policy
  • SIS-619 Geopolitics of Energy: Eurasia
  • SIS-629 Comparative European Politics (Europe Core Seminar)
  • SIS-629 European Political Economy
  • SIS-630 Economic Policies in the European Union
  • SIS-653 Transatlantic Security
  • SIS-676 Crime, Immigration, Race in U.S. and Europe

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Global Health

A sample of SIS courses offered in this concentration is listed below.

  • SIS-628 Community Research Methods for Health Research
  • SIS-628 Global Health, Culture, and Communication
  • SIS-628 Strategic Communication
  • SIS-628 Health Research
  • SIS-635 Health in the Developing World
  • SIS-635 Organizations,Governance, and Global Health
  • SIS-635 Youth in Development
  • SIS-648 Women & Development

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Human Rights

A sample of SIS courses offered in this concentration is listed below.

  • SIS-613 Reconciliation & Justice
  • SIS-619 International Law and the Global Order
  • SIS-619 Human Rights in Latin America
  • SIS-619 Refugees, Rights, and Peacebuilding
  • SIS-619 The Law of War
  • SIS-619 Human Rights and US Foreign Policy
  • SIS-619 Islam & Human Rights
  • SIS-619 Human Rights & Conflict
  • SIS-619 Human Rights and Political Change in the Digital Age
  • SIS-619 Human Rights and US Foreign Policy
  • SIS-619 Human Rights Org/Law in Americas
  • SIS-622 Human Rights

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Intercultural Communication

A sample of SIS courses offered in this concentration is listed below.


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International Economics

A sample of SIS courses offered in this concentration is listed below.

  • SIS-616 International Economics
  • SIS-619 Economics of Violence and Peace
  • SIS-619 Global Economic Governance
  • SIS-619 Global Financial Architecture
  • SIS-619 Int’l Trade Law
  • SIS-619 Politics of Int’l Trade Policy
  • SIS-627 Int’l Finance and Emerging Markets
  • SIS-650 Global Economy and Sustainable Development
  • SIS-665 Int’l Trade & Investment Relations
  • SIS-666 International Monetary and Financial Relations
  • SIS-673 Comparative Political Economy
  • SIS-696 Int’l Economic Organizations

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International Education

A sample of SIS courses offered in this concentration is listed below.

  • SIS-624 Children in Development
  • SIS-628 Intercultural Leadership
  • SIS-628 The Emergence of Transnational Education
  • SIS-628 Managing International Education and Exchange Programs
  • SIS-633 Culturally-Responsive Program Design
  • SIS-633 Developing Budgets for International Education Programs
  • SIS-633 Program Evaluation and Assessment for International Education

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International Law and Organizations

A sample of SIS courses offered in this concentration is listed below.

  • SIS 619 Complex Intervention and Peacekeeping
  • SIS 619 Financial Flows, Development and Global Justice
  • SIS 619 Foundations of Global Security
  • SIS 619 Governance, Development, and Corruption
  • SIS 619 International Law and the Global Order
  • SIS 619 Law of War
  • SIS 619 EU and Global Governance
  • SIS 619 Genocide & Pol of Int'l Law
  • SIS 619 Great Powers Politics
  • SIS 619 Leadership in Global Organizations
  • SIS 619 Refugees, Migration, and Trafficking
  • SIS 619 State Building
  • SIS 619 The United Nations
  • SIS 620 Global Climate Change
  • SIS 625 International Organizations
  • SIS 635 Organizations, Governance, and Global Health
  • SIS 673 Comparative Globalizations
  • SIS-647 Governance, Democracy, and Development

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International Negotiation

A sample of SIS courses offered in this concentration is listed below.

  • SIS-611 Int’l Negotiation
  • SIS-617 Applied Conflict Resolution
  • SIS-619 Int’l Economic Negotiation
  • SIS-619 Negotiation Analysis & Skills
  • SIS-619 Peacemaking in Intractable Conflict
  • SIS-619 Comparative Peace Processes
  • SIS-642 Cross-Cultural Communication

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International Political Economy

A sample of SIS courses offered in this concentration is listed below.

  • SIS-589 Global Political Economy
  • SIS-619 Transnational Crime & Corruption
  • SIS-619 Political Economy of Oil & Energy
  • SIS-629 European Political Economy
  • SIS-673 Comparative Political Economy
  • SIS-676 Political Economy of Latin America
  • SIS-676 Political Economy of Africa
  • SIS-676 Political Economy of the Middle East/Northern Africa

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Middle East

A sample of SIS courses offered in this concentration is listed below.

  • SIS-619 Israeli Society
  • SIS-619 US-Iran Conflict and Reconciliation
  • SIS-619 Kurds: Social, Cultural, Political Identity
  • SIS-619 The Kurds and their Neighbors
  • SIS-653 USFP toward the Middle East
  • SIS-653 Rethinking U.S. Strategy Toward Iran
  • SIS-676 Comparative Politics of MENA (Middle East Core Seminar)
  • SIS-676 Islamic Political Movements
  • SIS-676 Oil, Islam, and Politics in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf
  • SIS-676 Protest and Change in the Middle East
  • SIS-676 Democracy and Civil Society in Middle East/N.Africa
  • SIS-676 Political Economy of the Middle East/Northern Africa

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Peacebuilding

A sample of SIS courses offered in this concentration is listed below.

  • SIS-606 Culture, PCR: Alternatives to Violence
  • SIS-610 Theories of Violence & War
  • SIS-613 Reconciliation & Justice
  • SIS-617 Applied Conflict Resolution
  • SIS-619 Conflict in Africa
  • SIS-619 Conflict Prevention & Assessment
  • SIS-619 Peacemaking in Intractable Conflict
  • SIS-619 Economics of Violence and Peace
  • SIS-619 Peace Education
  • SIS-619 Post-War Peacebuilding
  • SIS-619 Comparative Peace Processes
  • SIS-619 Dialogue: Approaches & Applications
  • SIS-619 Localizing Peace
  • SIS-619 Peacebuilding in Divided Societies
  • SIS-619 Youth & Conflict
  • SIS-619 Gender & Conflict
  • SIS-619 Human Rights & Conflict

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Russia and Central Eurasia

A sample of SIS courses offered in this concentration is listed below.

  • SIS-676 US-Russia: Post-Cold War
  • SIS-676 Energy/Security in Europe and Central Eurasia
  • SIS-676 Pol and Elections in Contemp Russia
  • SIS-661 Civil Society, Markets, and Russian State (Russia and Eurasia Core Seminar)
  • SIS-676 Energy and Security in Europe and Central Eurasia
  • SIS-676 Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus: Borderlands Between Europe and Eurasia
  • SIS-676 U.S.-Russia Post Cold War Relations

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Security

A sample of SIS courses offered in this concentration is listed below.

  • SIS-619 Regional Security in the Global South
  • SIS-619 Weak States and War
  • SIS-619 Cybercrime, Espionage & Warfare
  • SIS-619 Energy and Security in Eurasia
  • SIS-619 Human and Global Security
  • SIS-619 Insurgency and Counterinsurgency
  • SIS-619 Migration and Security
  • SIS-619 Security and Insecurity: Conflict and Politics in a Global Era
  • SIS-619 Transnational Crime and Terrorism
  • SIS-628 Cyberconflict, Activism, and Security
  • SIS-653 Countering Terrorism
  • SIS-653 Politics of Na’tl Security Budgeting
  • SIS-653 Issues in Intelligence
  • SIS-653 Transnational Security Challenges
  • SIS-653 Bioterror in the 21st Century
  • SIS-653 Combatting Terrorism
  • SIS-653 Missiles and Crisis Decisions
  • SIS-653 National Security and Proliferation
  • SIS-653 Transatlantic Security
  • SIS-682 Intelligence and Foreign Policy

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Self-Designed

A sample of SIS courses offered in this concentration is listed below.


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Social Entrepreneurship

A sample of SIS courses offered in this concentration is listed below.

  • SIS-628 Social Entrepreneurship
  • SIS-632 Microfinance
  • SIS-635 Social Enterprise: Context & Best Practices
  • SIS-635 Leading Social Innovation
  • SIS-635 NGO-Private Sector Engagement
  • SIS-635 NGO/SE Management
  • SIS-635 Social Accountability

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