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Concentrations

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Major Concentrations

Given the enormous range of potential careers in the international arena, flexibility is key. All students are expected to select a major concentration from the four core areas: Diplomacy, International Commerce, International Security and Intelligence, Development and International Organizations. Specific course requirements within these concentrations (detailed below) are minimal, enabling students to take a wide variety of electives as long as at least one-half of the required 30 credit hours are in 600 to 700 level courses. Students should work closely with their academic advisor to fashion a precise plan of study that provides essential skills and training, while matching personal interests and goals. Following are examples of course combinations which have been selected by Patterson School students in the last few years. A more complete listing of possible courses may be found in the Graduate School Program and University Bulletin.

The study of diplomacy prepares students for a wide range of careers in international affairs. These include positions with the U.S. or foreign diplomatic services, international organizations, Congress, and non-governmental organizations. Our graduates with diplomacy concentrations have also found careers in regional, state, provincial, or local government, as well as with think tanks, private foundations, journalism, and business.

This interdisciplinary concentration centers on mastering strong communications, analytical and leadership skills, with an aim toward the formulation and implementation of policy options. A solid understanding of international political and economic statecraft is particularly important, as is the development of negotiating, conflict resolution, and cross-cultural communication skills. These skills are highly marketable in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Developing a regional specialization is also a plus.

Students concentrating in diplomacy at Patterson develop the knowledge and practical skills necessary to succeed in their career of choice. This is done both in the classroom and through exercises in negotiation, mediation, decision-making, and crisis management. To support this concentration, the diplomacy program also offers opportunities to participate in policy-related conferences in Washington, DC and arranges visits to key government agencies and NGOs.

Required: DIP 700 Dynamics of Diplomacy, DIP 777

Other Possibilities (not limiting):
  • DIP 600A Comparative Foreign Policy
  • DIP 600 B European Security
  • DIP 600 C International Ethics Practicum
  • DIP 600D Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • DIP 600 F Asian Security and Politics
  • DIP 712 Weak States and International Security
  • DIP 720 Economic Statecraft
  • DIP 730 Cross-Cultural Negotiation and Bargaining
  • DIP 740 Globalization
  • DIP 750 Defense Statecraft
  • DIP 755 Politics and Diplomacy of the Middle East
  • DIP 756 Diplomacy of Nuclear Weapons
  • DIP 600A Comparative Foreign Policy
  • DIP 600 B European Security
  • DIP 600 C International Ethics Practicum
  • DIP 600D Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • DIP 600 F Asian Security and Politics
  • DIP 712 Weak States and International Security
  • DIP 720 Economic Statecraft
  • DIP 730 Cross-Cultural Negotiation and Bargaining
  • DIP 740 Globalization
  • DIP 750 Defense Statecraft
  • DIP 755 Politics and Diplomacy of the Middle East
  • DIP 756 Diplomacy of Nuclear Weapons

Since the beginning of the War on Terror, career paths for Security and Intelligence graduates have expanded in number and scope. Public sector growth in the intelligence community, in the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, and in an array of other agencies and workshops has created an environment where graduates trained in security and intelligence fields can thrive. At the same time, private entities engaged in political risk analysis (such as STRATFOR, the Eurasia Group, or the Economist Intelligencer Unit) have expanded exponentially, offering new and exciting career paths.

Students concentrating in International Security and Intelligence at Patterson develop a familiarity both with the grand debates of national security strategy and the nuts and bolts of military and bureaucratic activity. Courses probe the array of today’s global threats, their political and economic implications, and the strategies best used to address them. Students will become familiar with the intelligence cycle and the structure of global intelligence collection and analysis, and will develop an understanding of the technical systems utilized to tackle the challenges posed by state and non-state actors. They learn the ways in which intelligence contributes to policymaking and foreign policy, as well as how oversight is maintained.

Keen analytical skills top the list of core competencies in this field. Language skills – particularly in Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and other "hard" languages – can help set top career candidates apart.

Required: Two of DIP 742 (National Security Policy), DIP 726 (Intelligence), DIP 750 (Defense Statecraft)

Other Possibilities (not limiting):

  • DIP 600B European Security
  • DIP 600F East Asian Security
  • DIP 600D Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • DIP 700 Dynamics of Diplomacy
  • DIP 712 Weak States and International Security
  • DIP 725 Geopolitical Modeling
  • DIP 727 Analytical Methods for Intelligence Analysis
  • DIP 756 Diplomacy of Nuclear Weapons
  • DIP 742 National Security Policy
  • PS 431G Conduct of American Foreign Relations

The International Development concentration covers a wide range of issues from microfinance and sustainable development to human rights and justice. There is a strong focus on policy analysis and fundamental theory. The concentration includes the study of economic development as taught in Economics, with courses designed to focus on a particular facet of development like agricultural or social development drawn from different disciplines. Students often combine the study of development either with International Commerce (trade and economic statecraft) or International Organizations (institutions where development is practiced). Students are also encouraged to develop a geographic specialty – generally Latin America, Africa, or South or Southeast Asia – and to pursue an internship in a developing country.

Students in this concentration are frequently committed to a particular issue – poverty eradication, global public health, nutrition, gender equality, mitigating infectious diseases – and determined to make a difference. Careers options include development and humanitarian assistance work in either the public (USAID, Peace Corps), or private sector (the Open Society Institute, World Vision, Catholic Relief Services, CARE), as well as international organizations such as the World Bank, the United Nations, or the International Development Banks.

Required: PS 737, DIP 777, plus either DIP 700 or DIP 720

Other Possibilities (not limiting):

  • AEC 532 Agriculture and Food Policy
  • AEC 626 Agriculture and Economic Development
  • ANT 646 Global Health
  • ANT 637 Socio/Cult Dimensions of Economic Dev.
  • DIP 600H Africa Development Challenges
  • DIP 700 Dynamics of Diplomacy
  • DIP 720 Economic Statecraft
  • DIP 730 Cross Cultural Negotiation
  • ECO 473G Economic Development
  • ECO 670 International Financial Institutions
  • ECO 672 World Trade and Commercial Policy
  • GEO 542 Political Geography
  • GS 600 Media and Other Non-Traditional Actors
  • LAW 824 Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • LAW 925 International Law
  • PS 437G Dynamics of International Law
  • PS 738 Politics of Economic Development
  • SOC 640 Science, Agriculture, and Development

International Organizations includes the study of various kinds of institutions from inter-governmental and regional organizations like the United Nations and the European Union, to non-governmental organizations, including both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Students concentrating in this area develop a solid theoretical foundation regarding how these institutions should operate and the limitations imposed on their activity by international law and politics. Students often combine the study of International Organizations with an emphasis in a substantive issue area like international development, human rights, or the environment. This focus can also be fused with elements of diplomacy and security.

Potential employers include those detailed above under development, as well as regional political institutions and the full range of UN specialized agencies.

Required: PS 737, DIP 777, plus either DIP 700 or DIP 720

Other Possibilities (not limiting):

  • AEC 532 Agriculture and Food Policy
  • AEC 626 Agriculture and Economic Development
  • ANT 646 Global Health
  • ANT 637 Socio/Cult Dimensions of Economic Dev.
  • DIP 600H Africa Development Challenges
  • DIP 700 Dynamics of Diplomacy
  • DIP 720 Economic Statecraft
  • DIP 730 Cross Cultural Negotiation
  • ECO 473G Economic Development
  • ECO 670 International Financial Institutions
  • ECO 672 World Trade and Commercial Policy
  • GEO 542 Political Geography
  • GS 600 Media and Other Non-Traditional Actors
  • LAW 824 Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • LAW 925 International Law
  • PS 437G Dynamics of International Law
  • PS 738 Politics of Economic Development
  • SOC 640 Science, Agriculture, and Development
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The concentration in International Commerce readies students for careers in both the public and private sectors. Public sector careers (in the US at the Department of Commerce, USTR, TDA, Ex-Im Bank, Millennium Challenge Corporation, World Bank) focus on maintaining and improving the framework through which private international commercial activity takes place. This includes economic policy, economic modeling, international trade policy, trade agreement enforcement, regulatory enforcement and business promotion, and commercial advocacy. Private sector opportunities are countless and varied.

Patterson School graduates specializing in international commerce and trade learn the fundamentals of commercial activity, and develop the analytical and interpersonal skills that are sought by international companies that are engaged in global management, sales, operations, supply chain management, communications, technology, and customer service.

Required: DIP 720 Economic Statecraft, DIP 777

Other Possibilities (not limiting):

  • DIP 716 International Trade Policy and Practice
  • DIP 730 Cross Cultural Negotiation
  • DIP 740 Globalization
  • AEC 610 International Trade in Agricultural Products
  • AEC 645 Natural Resource Economics
  • ECO 670 International Financial Institutions
  • ECO 672 World Trade and Commercial Policy
  • ECO 692 Econometrics for Policy Analysis
  • MGT 608 Comparative International Management
  • MGT 610 Global Management
  • MKT 624 International Marketing Management
  • PS 433G Politics of International Economic Relations
  • PS 733 International Political Economy
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Minor Concentrations

9 credit hours or more are needed to establish a minor concentration.

If you minor in a major concentration area or subfield, you must take the following (plus two other courses):

  • Diplomacy: DIP 700
  • International Commerce: either DIP 716
  • International Security: DIP 750
  • Development: DIP International Organization: PS 737
  • Intelligence: DIP 726

Students may minor in other, more specialized areas as well. In these cases, your schedule should be worked out with your advisor. Some notional suggestions are listed below:

  • AEC 532 Agriculture and Food Policy
  • AEC 626 Agriculture & Economic Development
  • AEC 610 International Trade in Agricultural Products
  • ANT 580 Topics in Anthropology
  • ANT 637 Socio/Cult Dimensions of Economic Dev.
  • ANT 640 Science, Agriculture, and Development
  • ANT 646 Global Health
  • DIP 730 Cross Cultural Negotiation
  • GS 600 Media and Other Non-Traditional Actors
  • CJT 619 Proseminar in International Communications
  • CJT 719 International/Intercultural Com
  • CJT 730 Seminar in Mass Media/Public Policy
  • DIP 730 Cross Cultural Negotiation
  • DIP 720 Economic Statecraft
  • ECO 465G Comparative Economic Systems
  • ECO 652 Public Policy Economics
  • ECO 672 World Trade and Commercial Policy
  • GEO 542 Political Geography
  • GEO 565 Topics in Geography
  • GEO 702 Concepts in Geography
  • GEO 713 Economic Geography

Courses covering specific geographic regions drawn from the following departments:

  • History
  • Political Science
  • Anthropology
  • Geography

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