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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.

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Faculty

  • [4]
    Charles
    F.
    Doran
    [5]
    Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations, Director of Global Theory and History, Director of Canadian Studies, Director of International Political Economy
    Washington, D.C.
    Email [6]
  • [7]
    Mark
    Gilbert
    [8]
    Professor of History and International Studies
    Bologna, Italy
    Email [9]
  • [10]
    Lisel
    Hintz
    [11]
    Assistant Professor of International Relations and European Studies
    Washington, D.C.
    Email [12]
  • [13]
    Matthias
    Matthijs
    [14]
    Assistant Professor of International Political Economy
    Washington, D.C.
    Email [15]

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 [16].

 



Curriculum

 

Global Theory & History | M.A. Requirements (Entering Class 2018-2019)

Learning Goals and Objectives [17]

MA students must complete 64 credits and all degree requirements in order to graduate.

Students who are approved for a Dual Degree program or with Advanced Standing only need to complete 48 credits or 56 credits as determined by Academic Affairs, but still must fulfill all degree requirements.

 

Global Theory and History Concentration

Students concentrating in Global Theory & History must complete 24 credits of applicable coursework and a program capstone. 16 credits must be Global Theory and History courses. The remaining 8 credits must be divided between two different programs below:

  • Conflict Management
  • Energy, Resources and Environment
  • International Law and Organizations
  • International Political Economy
  • Strategic Studies

Global Theory and History concentrators studying at SAIS Europe must complete at least 3 concentration courses at SAIS Washington.  Global Theory and History concentrators in a Degree Degree program or with Advanced Standing must complete ony 2 concentration courses at SAIS Washington.

Capstone
Global Theory and History concentrators must complete one of the following capstones:

  • A twenty-page research paper whose focus and subject matter has been approved by the director
  • A twenty-page written report that draws conclusions about international relations or international political economy based on an internship undertaken while at SAIS
  • Successful completion of the course Contemporary Theory of International Relations (SA.600.702). Note: students must select the paper option to use this course as a capstone.
  • MA Oral Exam (to compete for honors- if eligible)

 

 

International Economics Concentration

MA students must complete a concentration in International Economics (16 credits). The four required courses are:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics (pre-requisite or concurrent: Microeconomics)
  • International Trade Theory (pre-requisite: Microeconomics)
  • International Monetary Theory (pre-requisite: Macroeconomics)

If a student is waived [18] from a required course(s), the student must take a replacement International Economics course(s) to fulfill the concentration requirement.

Students who pass the non-credit Microeconomics course in Pre-Term [19] will have this concentration reduced to 12 credits, but still must complete the remaining required International Economics courses (or a replacement course(s) if waiver exam(s) passed).

International Economics GPA Requirement
Students must achieve an International Economics concentration GPA of at least 2.67.

In the standard case, the concentration GPA is the average of the grades in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Trade Theory, and International Monetary Theory.  If a student completed the non-credit Microeconomics course in Pre-Term, the concentration GPA is calculated based on the grades in the remaining required International Economics courses. If one or more of the required courses is waived, the highest grade(s) from any eligible replacement International Economics course(s) is used.

Students who do not meet the minimum International Economics concentration GPA must re-take required courses (or take additional replacement courses if any required course(s) are waived) until the minimum is achieved. The highest grade from any attempt at a required course is used in this calculation.

 

Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

MA students must fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning Requirement (4 credits). Eligible courses include:

  • Statistical Methods for Business & Economics 
  • Econometrics (pre-requisite: Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
  • Applied Econometrics (pre-requisite: Econometrics)
  • Macro Econometrics (pre-requisite: Econometrics)
  • Risk Analysis and Modeling
  • Quantitative Global Economics (pre-requisite: International Monetary Theory)
  • Credit Markets & Credit Risk (pre-requisite: Corporate Finance)

Students may not double-count the same course toward the Quantitative Reasoning requirement and as a replacement International Economics concentration course and vice-versa.

If a student is waived [20] from a Quantiative Reasoning course, the student must take an different course from the list above to fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

Students who pass the non-credit Statistical Methods for Business & Economicscourse  in Pre-Term [19] will have fulfilled the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

 

Core Requirements

MA students must fulfill two Core requirements. Students may fulfill a Core requirement by passing a for-credit Core course or by passing a non-credit Core exam.

For students concentrating in Global Theory and History, one of the Core requirements must be:

  • Theories of International Relations
This must be completed prior to the start of the third semester.

The second Core requirement may be one of:

  • American Foreign Policy Since WWII
  • Comparative Politics
  • Evolution of the International System

Students may not take a Core exam in the semester in which they plan to graduate. If Core requirements are not completed before the start of a student’s final semester, the student no longer has the option of completing the exam and must enroll in the Core course(s) for credit.

 

Language Proficiency

MA students must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in a non-native language taught at SAIS. Students enroll in non-credit language courses to prepare for the proficiency exam.

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 the school, even if not using English for proficiency, and may be required to take additional English language coursework.

 

Electives, Minors and Specializations

Beyond the requirements, MA students may have room in their degree for electives, a minor, and/or a specialization(s).

Students may pursue an optional minor in any policy/regional area [21] other than General International Relations.

Students may pursue an optional specialization(s) in five areas International Economics [22] or Emerging Markets [23].

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS BY ACADEMIC YEAR

Entering Class 2017-2018 [24]
Entering Class 2016-2017 [25]
Entering Class 2015-2016 [26]
Entering Class 2014-2015 [27]
Entering Class 2013-2014 [28]
Entering Class 2012-2013 [29]
Entering Class 2011-2012 [30]
Entering Class 2010-2011 [31]
Entering Class 2009-2010 [32]
 

 

Research

Minor

Global Theory and History Minor Requirements: 

  • 3 Global Theory and History (or cross-listed) courses (12 credits)
  • Passing Theories of International Relations as one of the two core requirements is highly recommended

General Minor Requirements:

  • MA students may pursue an optional minor in a policy or regional program. A student cannot pursue a minor in General IR or International Economics, but can pursue a Specialization in International Economics [33]
  • A student can have only one minor and can declare a minor at any time prior to graduation.
  • Students do not receive bidding priority for a minor.
  • All minors require three courses. Some minors require a specific course(s) and/or language proficiency.
  • A student may use a maximum of one applicable cross-listed course (4 credits) toward both a minor AND concentration requirements. In the IR or Asia concentrations, the cross-listed course must be from the primary concentration area and not from the 2 additional required courses in the other IR or Asia areas.
  • General IR concentrators can minor in an IR area or policy area (Conflict Management, Global Theory and History, International Law and Organizations, International Political Economy, Energy, Resources, and Environment, or Strategic Studies) by completing 2 additional area/policy courses (8 credits) beyond the 1 used toward the concentration.

To add or change a minor, please click HERE [34].

SAIS Women Lead

http://www.sais-jhu.edu/swl#about-sais-women-lead [35]
SAIS Women Lead is a global women’s leadership development program that partners the school's faculty, students, alumni, and public and private organizations to raise the political and economic status of communities through the empowerment of women. By fostering scholarship and cross-cultural exchange, SAIS Women Lead raises awareness of gap areas in research and advocacy to create more inclusive, compassionate, and service-oriented societies.

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 [36]

For more information, click HERE [37].


External Resources

 

SAIS Women Lead [38]
SAIS Women Lead is a global women’s leadership development program that partners the school's faculty, students, alumni, and public and private organizations to raise the political and economic status of communities through the empowerment of women. By fostering scholarship and cross-cultural exchange, SAIS Women Lead raises awareness of gap areas in research and advocacy to create more inclusive, compassionate, and service-oriented societies.

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 [39]
Nitze 510

Starr Lee
Senior Academic Program Coordinator
starr.lee@jhu.edu [36]
202.663.5714
Nitze 503

Address & Phone

Global Theory and History
Nitze Building
1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC
20036

202.663.5714