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Diplomacy, Defense, & Development

Diplomacy, Defense, and Development Graduate Professional Studies

If you currently work in the fields of diplomacy, security, or international development or are interested in getting into these fields, Graduate Professional Studies in Diplomacy, Defense, and Development will expose you to important aspects of U.S. policy and skills you can take from the classroom to work.

Program includes:

  • Graduate Seminar in Diplomacy, Defense, and Development (3 credits)
  • Evening Graduate Elective within the School of International Service (3 credits) or School of Public Affairs (3 credits)
  • Research Course (online, 3 credits) or Internship (3 days per week, 3 credits) for those who have flexibility in their schedules

The Seminar in Diplomacy, Defense, & Development

The three credit graduate seminar provides a conceptual and practical understanding of how the fields of diplomacy, defense and security, and development work in Washington and beyond. Through exposure to practitioners and policy makers you will gain experience and a better understanding of the policy arena and the skillsets needed to be successful in the field. Skills that you will learn include negotiations, cultural competence, program development, and grant writing.

Classes may satisfy other graduate degree requirements at American University. Please visit the Graduate Professional Studies Foundation for Your Future Page to learn more.

Course Curriculum

The seminar in Diplomacy, Defense, and Development is divided into the three components:

  1. U.S. Policy & Diplomacy
  2. Defense & Security
  3. International Development

The seminar consists of instructor led classroom lectures, guest speakers, and skills sessions conducted by American University's Intercultural Management Institute.

Sample topics covered in the seminar may include:

  • Formulating & Implementing Foreign Policy
  • The Role of U.S. Global Governance
  • U.S. Defense Policy and Private Security Roles
  • Terrorism, Drugs, and Trafficking
  • Economic and Military Assistance
  • Human Rights & Conflict
  • Role of NGOs, Analyzing the local Economy and Political Environment
  • Development: Geography, Health, and Women

Skills sessions led by IMI may include:

  • Requirements of crisis diplomacy and non-crisis public diplomacy
  • Cultural Competence in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Multi-cultural Conflict Role-play
  • Integrated Diplomacy, Defense, and Development
  • Applied Intercultural Relations Research: Strategies for Developing Winning Proposals and Workable Programs

Intercultural Management Institute

The Intercultural Management Institute (IMI) is one of the oldest, professional intercultural and cross-cultural training and education providers in the world.
The Intercultural Management Institute provides customized training for effective communication, negotiation and leadership across cultures. They consult with organizations across sectors and train personnel to recognize and manage cultural differences, using them as positive leverage in the global marketplace.

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Quote from a student

"The contacts and networking options made available through Graduate Professional Studies has given me the opportunity to secure a position in my field."

– GPS Student, Fall 2014

Foundation to your future

Check out the Diplomacy, Defense, & Development Advising Sheet to learn how your GPS semester could be the foundation to your future degree!This file requires Adobe Acrobat.