Prepare for a career in international, regional, and global affairs; diplomacy; or the Foreign Service. Learn about the structure of the global political system and the possibility and limits of multilateral diplomacy to address the most critical global issues facing the planet.
The program begins in Washington, DC, where you’ll participate in a two-week foundational traveling seminar and learn firsthand from professionals in the field. You’ll then travel to Geneva, Switzerland, to study multilateral diplomacy and strategic decision-making. The Geneva portion of your program will include a three-day traveling seminar in Brussels to learn about the European Union. In the spring, you’ll go to South Africa to explore non-western perspectives on international relations, south-south diplomacy, and the politics of the African Union. A three-day excursion to visit the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will take place at the end of the spring semester.
Skills gained include negotiation and mediation, diplomatic leadership, crisis management, strategic decision-making, collaborative problem-solving, and applied research. Graduates will be positioned to work with government agencies, NGOs, and intergovernmental organizations, particularly in situations of conflict, crises, and rapid change.