The American Foreign Policy Program prepares students to understand the history (particularly from the Spanish-American War to the present), culture (ideas, premises and perspectives), process and politics of America’s foreign relations and contemporary issues of American foreign policy.
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.
SAIS was my best choice because of its outstanding economics program with a unique international focus, integrating research, classroom learning and politics on a global scale. Students' access to international and government organizations along with distinguished guest speakers complement a strong academic foundation. From faculty to students, the people at SAIS are unparalleled in creativity, passion and inspiration–and make the education an unmatched experience.Alexandra Altman, M.A., American Foreign Policy
Global macroeconomic research and development economics; educational and health care development in the developing world
Faculty Book Panel Discussions
The American Foreign Policy Program regularly sponsors discussions of recently published books written by SAIS faculty.
Small stipends are available for AFP-related research, at the director's discretion.
Domestic Study Visits
The American Foreign Policy Program sponsors annual visits to the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of State.
International Study Trips
The American Foreign Policy Program offers its students the opportunity to take part in international study trips, contingent on available funding. In academic years 2010-11, AFP sent students on a study trip to China.