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Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs Handbook

Welcome to EPGA from the SIS and CAS Staff


We would like to welcome you to American University! The Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs Master’s Degree (EPGA) offers students an innovative, multidisciplinary way to grapple with some of the world’s most pressing problems. We are excited to work with you to help build your skills, hone your critical thinking, and provide you with the resources you need to help make a difference in the world.

The EPGA program is one of a select few degree programs at American University run jointly by two different academic units. This means that students entering the program do so either from the College of Arts and Sciences or the School of International Service. Although both of these schools will flavor students’ educational experiences differently, the primary goal of the EPGA program is to offer all students full access to two tremendous faculties and to help them synthesize their knowledge of international affairs and ethics. In 2012, the degree requirements were revised to provide all EPGA graduates with an integrated, uniform curriculum. We hope that the shared courses and interdisciplinary spirit of the EPGA program helps foster lasting relationships among all its students.

This handbook has answers to most, if not all, of the questions you may have about your studies at American University; however, you should always feel free to call or email Evan Berry, Jeff Bachman, or Ellen Feder with any questions or requests you may have.

Evan Berry
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion

Jeff Bachman
Professorial Lecturer in Human Rights

Ellen K Feder
Chair of the Philosophy and Religion Department

Letter to Incoming EPGA Students

Dear EPGA students:

We would like to welcome you to the Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs program at American University and to wish you the best in your graduate studies.  

This handbook has been designed to inform students about department and university policies, procedures, requirements, and regulations. Although much of this information is available in other sources, such as the American University Catalog, much of the information about the Department of Philosophy and Religion is not. By providing in one guide the essential information you will need to complete your MA, we hope to help streamline the administrative side of graduate school. Although the academic experience at AU will no doubt be challenging (but also rewarding), the administrative paperwork should be relatively painless as long as you know what to expect.

Therefore, we ask you to read this handbook in its entirety, as well as to familiarize yourself with the web sites listed in the table of contents. While it is your responsibility to make sure you successfully meet degree requirements and deadlines, please do not hesitate to contact either the graduate advisor, the chair of the department, or the administrative assistant, for help when you have questions.  Details and check lists are included in this handbook to help you keep organized.

We look forward to working with you.

The staff of the Department of Philosophy and Religion
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