"If we are to have peace on earth… we must develop a world perspective."
Visiting the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC, I was struck by how many of the quotes on its inscription wall touch on international affairs. "We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but on the positive affirmation of peace." "Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies." "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied together in a garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." In contrast to Tip O'Neill's dictum that all politics is local, Dr. King clearly recognized that most solutions are global. His pronouncements — on peace, justice, freedom, and serving a higher purpose — mirror the aims and principles we encourage at the Patterson School.
I'm delighted you have discovered the Patterson School and encourage you to explore our website. Our school is highly selective and globally recognized, distinguished by its intimate size, affordability, and focus on both diplomacy and international commerce. Academic training here is unique with its focus on teamwork and an emphasis on augmenting classroom instruction with experiential and interactive learning. This can be seen in our visits to corporate and government facilities, internships, and the extensive use of negotiation and crisis simulations. Patterson School students are bright, diverse and dedicated with many passionately embracing Dr. King's calls to make this world a better place.
For over 50 years our professional masters degree program has helped students "develop a world perspective." If you believe Patterson matches your personal needs, desires, and ambition we would love to hear from you.
I wish you every success as you prepare for a career in international affairs, either as part of our family or elsewhere. As Dr. King so eloquently proclaimed, "Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle…" Given the daunting global challenges policymakers and executives face today, the world needs your active engagement.
Carey Cavanaugh, Director
Having celebrated its 50th anniversary, the Patterson School is earnestly building the pedagogical and technological foundation for continued success in the 21st century.