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School of International Service, PhD

United States Foreign Policy Concentration

Field Concentration Themes

  • Executive branch foreign policy and national security policy decision-making, management, and organizational coordination;
  • Defense budgetary process and weapons acquisition process;
  • Intelligence community, including internal processes and coordination, consumer-producer relations, executive and legislative branch oversight, reform, and civil liberties
  • Executive-legislative relations and the role of Congress and interest groups in defense and foreign policy processes
  • Decision-making theory and practice, including the roles of public opinion, media, senior officials, and bureaucracy
  • Constitutional and legal issues pertaining to U.S foreign policy
  • Historical evolution of U.S foreign policy since 1789
  • U.S relations with various countries, regions, and nonstate actors, as well as internal conditions within countries and cultures affecting U.S foreign policy
  • Substantive foreign policy issues, including international economic forces, the spread of democracy, foreign aid, immigration, illicit narcotics, and environment, access to energy sources, and human rights
  • Substantive security issues, including the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, arms control, terrorism, alliance policy, cooperative security, and U.S force posture

Field Concentration courses

  • ECON-603 Introduction to Economic Theory (3)
  • SIS-682 Foreign Policy: Institutions and Processes (3)
  • SIS-689 Foreign Policy: Theories of Decision Making (3)
  • SIS-615 Fundamentals of U.S. Foreign Economic Policy (3)
  • SIS-616 International Economics (3)
  • HIST-661 U.S. Foreign Relations since 1914 (3)
  • SIS-653 Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy (3)
  • SIS-653 Issues in Intelligence (3)
  • SIS-681 Intelligence and Foreign Policy (3)
  • SIS-653 US National Security Strategy (3)
  • SIS-653 President, Congress, and Foreign Policy (3)
  • SIS-653 Diplomatic Practice (3)
  • SIS-653 Politics of National Security Budgeting (3)
  • SIS-653 Major Powers and Critical Issues (3)
  • SIS-653 Defense Politics (3)
  • SIS-688 President, Media, Public Opinion, and USFP (3)

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