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GPS International Affairs

In the International Affairs program in Graduate Professional Studies, you will study important issues in international relations, such as the interaction of International politics and regional political systems, as well as the current shifts in global economic power. You will study international and cross-cultural communication, peace and conflict resolution, and the role of international law and organizations in international affairs. Students have used this program to transition to careers as foreign affairs professionals – whether in government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international institutions, business and industry, or academia.

Program includes:

  • Graduate Seminar in International Affairs (3 credits)
  • Graduate Elective at the School of International Service (3 credits)
  • International Affairs Internship (3 days per week, 3 credits)


The three credit graduate seminar provides a conceptual and practical understanding of the main fields of the discipline of international affairs through lectures by a professor from American University’s School of International Service and seminar sessions with guest speakers from the U.S. Congress, Departments of State, Defense, Commerce and other executive branch agencies, as well as other experts. The fields of study include International Politics, International Law and Organizations, International Peace and Conflict Resolution, Comparative and Regional Studies, International Communication, International Economic Relations, International Development, Global Environmental Politics, and US Foreign Policy.

All classes serve as a foundation to graduate programs in American University’s School of International Service.

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Quote from a student

“The most valuable aspect of Graduate Gateway was seeing and meeting various professionals within my interested field. Seeing variety in the international development field recognizes the importance of options and possibilities.”
GPS Student, Fall 2013

Foundation to your future

Check out the International Affairs Advising Sheet to learn how your GPS semester could be the foundation to your future degree!This file requires Adobe Acrobat.