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.
SAIS graduates are in great demand by employers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Economics knowledge, analytical abilities, regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems give our students a distinct professional advantage.
“This program examines the most important problems confronting world politics today. Global Theory and History courses discuss the rise of great states and their integration into the balance of power and the community of nations; the international political economy of finance and of oil; cultural clashes between religion and politics worldwide; and the role that history and theory can play in the understanding of these issues. Students examine the big questions facing world order in the 21st century.”Charles F. Doran, --Global Theory and History
Students in the Global Theory and History Program are able to take courses in two tracks: (1) International Political Economy and (2) Global Strategy and Security. The International Political Economy track offers a set of integrated courses in international and comparative political economy.
Students are also able to participate in the Global Politics and Religion Initiative (GPRI) at SAIS. GPRI promotes the study of religion and international affairs. The initiative has three main components that incorporate the study of the interaction between religion and politics into the school’s existing academic programs.
Informal lectures are given throughout the semester by academics, diplomats and business professionals on varied topics of interest.
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.