Global Theory and History

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Global Theory and History/American Foreign Policy China Study Trip - 2013
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American Foreign Policy/Global Theory and History China Study Trip
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China’s foreign policy in the twenty-first century clearly will be determined by varying combinations of considerations: security, trade and investment, natural resource needs, and geopolitics.

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The Global Theory and History Program examines continuity and change in the formation and maturation of territorially focused relations, along with transnational forces and ideologies. The program includes the interplay of political economy, diplomatic and military strategies, and cultural civilizations.

Great Wall of China - Global Theory and History China Study Trip -2013
Global Theory and History China Study Trip - (Beijing)
Great Wall of China - Global Theory and History China Study Trip
Global Theory and History China Study Trip - (Beijing)
Global Theory and History China Study Trip - (Beijing)
Global Theory and History China Study Trip - (Beijing)
Global Theory and History China Study Trip - (Shanghai)
Global Theory and History China Study Trip (Shanghai)
Global Theory and History China Study Trip (Shanghai)
Global Theory and History China Study Trip - (Shanghai)
Global Theory and History China Study Trip - (Beijing)
Global Theory and History China Study Trip - (Beijing)
Global Theory and History China Study Trip - (Beijing)
Global Theory and History China Study Trip - (Beijing)
Global Theory and History China Study Trip - (Beijing)
Global Theory and History China Study Trip - (Beijing)
Global Theory and History China Study Trip - (Beijing)
Global Theory and History China Study Trip - (Beijing)
Global Theory and History China Study Trip - 2011 (Shanghai)
Global Theory and History China Study Trip - (Shanghai)
Global Theory and History China Study Trip - (Shanghai)
Global Theory and History China Study Trip - (Shanghai)
Global Theory and History China Study Trip - (Beijing)
Global Theory and History China Study Trip - (Beijing)
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Faculty

Program Activities

 

Internships

Students who seek internships with the U.S. government, the private sector and nongovernmental organizations will find that the program's faculty and staff will assist them with supportive recommendations and helpful advice.

For Global Theory and History students based in Washington DC, summer internships are available.  Please talk to Starr Lee for details.
 

 

Global Politics and Religion Initiative (GPRI)

The Global Politics and Religion Initiative (GPRI) at SAIS promotes the study of religion and international affairs. Supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, the initiative has three main components that incorporate the study of the interaction between religion and politics into the school’s existing academic programs—new master’s degree courses, research seminars and executive education training sessions. GPRI’s goal is to foster an appreciation and deeper understanding of religion and international affairs among students, scholars and practitioners who will shape and influence future policymaking. Charles Doran, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations and Global Theory and History Program director, is co-directing the initiative with Jocelyne Cesari and Leila Austin. Cesari serves as a senior visiting professor of international relations in the Global Theory and History Program. She is also director of Harvard University’s Islam in the West Program. Austin is a professorial lecturer in the Global Theory and History and Middle East Studies programs and is deputy director of SAIS Cultural Conversations.

Learn more about the Global Politics and Religion Initiative.

 


Curriculum

 

Global Theory & History | M.A. Requirements

Global Theory and History Program Learning Goals and Objectives

Entering Class 2016-2017

MA students must take the equivalent of 16 non-language courses (64 credits) in order to graduate. Those students who are approved for dual degree or advanced standing may only need to take 12 courses (48 credits) or 14 courses (56 credits) as approved by Academic Affairs.

 

GLOBAL THEORY AND HISTORY (GTH)

Students concentrating in Global Theory & History (GTH) must take a minimum of 4 courses within this program. Students are encouraged to take additional GTH courses.

 

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (IR)

Students must also fulfill the general requirements for International Relations (IR) which include 2 additional courses within IR from two different IR or selected Policy areas other than GTH. These areas include:

IR Areas:
·         Conflict Management
·         International Law and Organizations
·         International Political Economy
Policy Areas:
·         Energy, Resources and Environment
·         Strategic Studies
 
IR students studying at SAIS Europe must take at least three IR courses in Washington with the exception of dual-degree or advanced-standing students, who must take at least two IR courses in Washington.

 

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS

Students must complete 4 courses within this program.
·         Microeconomics
·         Macroeconomics (prerequisite or concurrent Microeconomics)
·         International Trade Theory (prerequisite Microeconomics)
·         International Monetary Theory (prerequisite Macroeconomics)
 
Eligible students who pass the waiver exams in these subjects or who pass Micro in Pre-Term must replace those courses with alternate economics courses. Many students choose to pursue an International Economics Specialization in one of four areas of economics and therefore use electives to meet these requirements. Students may also choose to specialize in Emerging Markets.

Students must receive a 2.67 average in the 4 required economics courses or they must retake a course(s) until a 2.67 average is obtained. If any of the 4 courses are achieved by passing a waiver exam or during Pre-Term, the student must substitute an economics elective course(s) in place of the waived course(s) in order to fulfill the economics requirement above. In this case, SAIS will use the highest economics program elective course grade(s) to compute this average if a student is replacing one or more of the 4 required courses of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Trade Theory or International Monetary Theory.

 

QUANTITATIVE REASONING

Student must complete one course from the list below.
·         Statistical Methods for Business & Economics 
·         Econometrics (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
·         Applied Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
·         Macro Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
·         Risk Analysis and Modeling
·         Quantitative Global Economics (prerequisite International Monetary Theory)
 
Students may not double-count a Quantitative Reasoning requirement as one of the four required International Economics courses and vice-versa. Eligible students who pass the statistics waiver exam or pass the statistics course in Pre-Term are still required to take an alternate Quantitative Reasoning course from the list above.

 

CORE COURSES/EXAMS

All SAIS students must pass 2 core exams and/or courses in addition to their concentration requirements. GTH concentrators must pass Theories of International Relations as one of their core requirements prior to the start of their third semester. If the second core is not completed by the start of the final semester, a student must enroll in second core course.
·         American Foreign Policy Since World War II
·         Comparative Politics (old name Comparative National Systems)
·         Evolution of the International Systems
·         Theories of International Relations

 

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

MA candidates must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in a second language. This language must be offered at SAIS. Students whose native language is not English may use English as their proficiency language. All non-native English speakers are required to pass an English placement exam upon entering SAIS, even if not using English for proficiency.

 

CAPSTONE

Global Theory & History concentrators must complete ONE of the following capstones:

  1. A twenty-page research paper whose focus and subject matter has been approved by the director
  2. A twenty-page written report that draws conclusions about international relations or international political economy based on an internship undertaken while at SAIS
  3. Successful completion of Contemporary Theory of International Relations (SA.600.702)
  4. MA Oral Exam (to compete for honors- if eligible)
 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS BY ACADEMIC YEAR

Entering Class 2015-2016
Entering Class 2014-2015
Entering Class 2013-2014
Entering Class 2012-2013
Entering Class 2011-2012
Entering Class 2010-2011
Entering Class 2009-2010
 

 

Research

Minor

Global Theory and History Minor Requirements: (as of AY 16/17)

  • 3 Global Theory and History or cross-listed courses
  • Passing Theories of International Relations as one of the two core requirements is highly recommended

General Minor Requirements:

  • Minors are optional (like specializations)
  • A student can minor in only one area
  • A student cannot pursue a minor in International Economics or IR/General, but can pursue a Specialization in International Economics
  • Minors consist of three courses
  • Some minors will have a required course(s)
  • A student may use a maximum of one cross-listed course (or 4 credits) towards both a minor and concentration. In this case, the minor would require just two additional courses. In the IR or Asia concentrations, the cross-listed course must be from the primary concentration area (e.g., Conflict Management, Global Theory and History, China, Japan, etc.) and not from the two additional required courses across the other IR or Asia areas. Note: IR/General concentrators can always minor in an IR sub-field or approved policy area (Conflict Management, Global Theory and History, International Law and Organizations, International Political Economy, Energy, Resources, and Environment, or Strategic Studies) by taking just two extra courses (8 credits).
  • Regional minors may require language study or proficiency in the language of that region
  • A student can declare a minor at any time—prior to graduation
  • Students who are pursuing a minor in a program will not have bidding priority in that program (only concentrators)

To add or change a minor, please click HERE.

Events

Inclusive Diplomacy Luncheon Series

Culture Change at the State Department:
Inclusive Government Leaders Share Their Insights

 
Monday, March 6, 2017
12PM – 2:00PM
Rome 806

  • Ms. Betty Bernstein, Office of Global Women’s Issues (Senior Advisor and Director of Operations)
  • Mr. Jesse Bernstein, Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons
  • Ms. Zakiya Carr Johnson,  Director - Race, Ethnicity, and Social Inclusion Unit, Policy Planning and Coordination Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs

Please RSVP by March 3rd to Starr Lee: starr.lee@jhu.edu

For more information, click HERE.


Contact Us


Charles Doran
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations, Director of the Global Theory and History Program, Director of the Center for Canadian Studies
cfdoran@jhu.edu
Nitze 510

Starr Lee
Program Coordinator
starr.lee@jhu.edu
202.663.5714
Nitze 509

Address & Phone

Global Theory and History
Nitze Building
1740 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C.
20036

202.663.5714