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School of International Service, PhD

SIS-807 Qualitative Methods in International Relations

This 3 credit course covers the history and practice of qualitative methodology. Students learn about the history of qualitative methodology and the ethics of conducting research on human subjects. Students also learn how to do specific qualitative methods, including ethnography, interviewing, discourse analysis, participatory action research, and case study analysis. Each method is learned through a hands on application. This course is also interdisciplinary in nature. Students will engage with qualitative research in international studies, geography, anthropology, and sociology as well as cross disciplinary work.

Prerequisites: admission to the PhD in International relations.


Contact Kasey Neil Petri, the PhD Program Coordinator, at 202-885-6582 or

We encourage prospective candidates to visit the University to meet faculty members and current PhD students. To arrange a visit, contact Graduate Admissions at 202-885-1646 or