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.
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.
The seminar in Diplomacy, Defense, and Development is divided into the three components:
U.S. Policy & Diplomacy
Defense & Security
The seminar consists of instructor led classroom lectures, guest speakers, and skills sessions conducted by American University's Intercultural Management Training (IMT) program.
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
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 Training
American University's Intercultural Management Training (IMT) 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.
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."